I Love These Love Songs
With Valentine’s Day approaching here are some country love songs that should never be overlooked or forgotten.
Alabama - Feels So Right
Written by Randy Owen Feels so Right was the Title Track to Alabama’s 5th studio album in 1981 and climbed to # 1 in July of 1981 where it remained at #1 for 2 weeks. It has that Urban Country feel with a blend of Rock that made Alabama one of the greatest if not the greatest Country band of all time.
Whisper to me softly, breathe words upon my skin No one's near and listening, so please don't say goodbye.
Ray Price - You’re the Best Thing That’s Ever Happened to Me
Written by Jim Weatherly You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me became Ray Price’s Final Number one hit in October of 1973. It was part of that Lush sound that Ray Price was known for and as Ray got older the song got slower and deeper and even more emotional. It’s one of the finest vocal performances from a man who had so many.
I’ve had my share of life's ups and downs but fate's been kind, the downs have been few
Keith Whitley - When You Say Nothing at All
Written by Paul Overstreet and Don Shilitz When You say Nothing At All went to #1 for Keith Whitley at the end of 1988 and became the first #1 hit of 1989 when it stayed at the top for two weeks. Alison Krauss had success with her version of the song as well but nothing can touch the deep gravely tones of Keith Whitley. This song alone has inspired many of today’s country stars and argument could be made that it’s the Greatest Country Love song of all time.
It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart. Without saying a word you can light up the dark.
Alan Jackson - Remember When
Written by Alan Jackson Remember when was released off of his Greatest Hits Volume II album in 2004 and spent 2 weeks at number one in February for Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect song for, and is often played at Funeral’s and Anniversary’s and it is truly a song of love and truth (Hey, it’s not always easy). The use of the steel guitar is heart wrenching and one of the best of all time and unfortunately for fans of the instrument also one of the last with that much Steel to become a hit. What a song…what a song writer.
Remember when I was young and so were you and time stood still and love was all we knew.
Blake Shelton - Austin
Written by David Kent & Kristi Manna Austin wasn’t just Blake Shelton’s first single it was his first number one single and it stayed at #1 for an incredible 5 weeks begging in August of 2001. This might not be your typical “requested love song” but it’s one of the best at what Country music is truly known for and that’s telling a story and in this case a love story. Blake’s changed a lot since this song made him famous but it’s still one of his best!
She left without leavin' a number Said she needed to clear her mind.
Garth Brooks - If Tomorrow Never Comes
Written by Garth Brooks and Kent Blazy If Tomorrow Never Comes was included on the Garth Brooks debut album and became his first country love song and his first #1 hit. Like so many of Garth’s great hits this song is all about the powerful message in the lyrics and his voice is filled with such fear and regret it’s almost the perfect love song.
Sometimes late at night I lie awake and watch her sleeping.
Vince Gill - Look at Us
Written by Vince Gill and Max D Barnes and included on Vince Gills 1991 Pocket full of gold album it’s hard to believe it did not to reach the top of the American country Billboard Chart. The song peaked at #4 in early 1992. Vince Gill has stated correctly that the steel guitar (known as the crying steel Guitar) makes the song recognizable before the lyrics even start. This is another song that’s great for weddings and anniversaries
Look at us after all these years together
Charley Pride - Amazing Love
Produced by legendary Nashville producer Jack Clement, Amazing love became Charley Pride’s 13th number one hit in December of 1973 and was the title to his 16th studio album. There’s a softness in Pride’s voice as soft as the rose he leaves on his lover’s pillow.
When she wakes up this morning and turns to kiss me she’ll find I let her sleep because we talked so late last night
Kenny Rogers - Though the Years
Though the years has sort of become the forgotten Kenny Rogers song. He’s had so many fantastic songs and duets but the message of the song is so powerful it stands the test of time. It might not have been a number one country hit but Kenny has stated that it’s one that has struck a chord with his fans. It’s a love song that could be dedicated to a lover, a friend or family member. It peaked at #5 in 1983 and Kenny choose to sing the song with friends Dolly Parton and Lionel Ritchie to close out his 50th anniversary TV Special in 2011.
I can't remember when you weren't there when I didn't care for anyone but you
Conway Twitty - I’d Just Love To Lay You Down
I’d just love to lay you down became Conway Twitty’s 24th #1 hit in March of 1980 and went on to become one of his most popular songs. Originally told the song was to “Dirty” Conway knew a thing or two about good songs and when he liked a song he didn’t care of it had commercial appeal or if it was just great lyrically, if he believed in a song he went at it with everything he had. I’d love to lay you down first appeared on his Heart and Soul album and has since been included on several “greatest hits collections”.
There's a lot of ways of saying what I want to say to you there’s songs and poems and promises and dreams that might come true
Kenny Chesney - Me & You
Me and you could be considered “the song” that kick started Kenny Chesney’s Career. It was the title track to his 3rd album in 1996 and became his biggest hit to that point when it peaked at #2. Written in part by Skip Ewing the song originally appeared on Kenny’s 1995 album All I Need To Know before becoming the title track to his very next album. The Steel guitar and piano are a nice simple throwback to the roots of country and Kenny Dedicated the video to the song to his grandparents.
Ordinary no, really don't think so Not a love this true