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The song is a mid-tempo ballad with a "half-spoken, half-sung delivery" about a man approaching a woman and expressing a desire to know her more closely. It was written by Hunt, Josh Osborne, and Shane McAnally, and was produced by McAnally and Zach Crowell.
Giving it an "A", Jon Freeman of Country Weekly noted the "futuristic production" and said "It's an incredibly seductive bit of songcraft, heightened by the way Sam confidently glides from his breathy speaking voice to his silky smooth, R&B-influenced vocal instrument". Billy Dukes of Taste of Country also gave the song a positive review, saying that "As a singer, the Georgia-born ex-footballer holds his own, but doesn't make any attempts to prove he's the next Ronnie Dunn. Vocally, he's more about style than power on 'Take Your Time,' a sincere ballad about meeting a beautiful woman at the bar." Website For The Country Record was less favorable, praising Hunt's vocals but criticizing the lack of a country influence.
The music video was directed by Tim Mattia and premiered on March 13, 2015. The video's storyline involving domestic violence is much different than that of the song's wherein a young man wanting simply to talk to a young woman at a bar.
In the video, Hunt's character witnesses several instances of a tattooed man abusing his young girlfriend in public, including at a biker bar and a coin-operated laundry. Together, the two have a baby. Hunt and several others see the witness but do nothing. Then, near the end of the video, the woman tries to leave with her baby, when the boyfriend comes outside to stop her. When he begins hitting her, Hunt, who happens to be walking by the tattooed man's house, sees this and begins to fight with the man, keeping him occupied long enough to give the woman and her baby time to drive away and escape the relationship. Scenes of Hunt performing the song in the biker bar are also seen.
In the United States, "Take Your Time" debuted at number 55 on the BillboardCountry Airplay chart for the week of November 29, 2014. It also debuted at number 35 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of November 15, 2014, and peaked at number one for the week of February 21, 2015. It entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 93 for the week of January 17, 2015, and peaked at number 20, becoming Sam Hunt's second highest-charting single on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also debuted at number 40 on the BillboardAdult Pop Songs chart for the week of April 25, 2015. The song crossed over to additional pop formats in June, debuting at number thirty-seven on the BillboardPop Songs chart and at number 28 on the BillboardAdult Contemporary chart, respectively, for the week of June 13, 2015. The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on March 11, 2015, Platinum status on April 14, 2015, and 2× Platinum on August 7, 2015. The song reached its two million sales mark in the US in March 2016.
The song has elsewhere charted in Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Lebanon, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovakia.