Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country....November 1, 2017 (Country Wedding Songs)

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Top 10 Country Wedding Songs: Critic's Picks


Every couple has one. And, to a degree, they are usually different. But, sometimes, the songs that get played over the speakers on the day that they take their vows, can sometimes be the same. Some lyrics are universal, and are able to touch a nerve with many listeners across all ages.
In looking back at ten of the greatest country wedding songs of all time, we chose some that were obvious and perhaps a few that weren’t. (Granted, we figure some might call us crazy to see that Rascal Flatts’ “Bless The Broken Road” isn’t on the list, but the award-winning trio has quite a few songs that would be right at home on that special day.)
Whether it's for the first dance, walking down the aisle or the reception, here's our list of ten country music wedding songs that couples have used to make memories time and again.

10. Rascal Flatts - "Take Me There"
Kenny Chesney co-wrote this 2007 hit for Rascal Flatts that wound up being played at many weddings over the years. The lyrics were ones that reflected total devotion and a longing to know everything that one can about the significant other. Lead singer Gary LeVox put forth a dazzling vocal performance on the hit single, which soared to No. 1 on the Country charts, and also the top 20 on the Hot 100.
9. Alabama - "The Maker Said Take Her"
This 1996 single from Alabama just narrowly missed being a number one hit. However, the Ronnie Rogers and Mark Wright composition became a wedding day song favorite throughout the late 1990s, as this single from the Country Music Hall of Fame group put a spiritual slant into taking the marriage vows that worked wonderfully well.
8. Collin Raye - "In This Life"
Former Cincinnati Bengals star player Mike Reid penned this power ballad with Allen Shamblin, and Collin Raye liked it so much that it became the lead single and title cut from his 1992 sophomore album. In the quarter-century since its release, this has become one of the most played tunes at weddings of country music fans, with the heartfelt lyrics about the gratefulness one feels due to finding their forever love being a great reason.
7. Mark Wills - "I Do (Cherish You)" 
The singer of such hits as “Jacob’s Ladder” polished up his image a little bit with this sentimental ballad, which led his second album Wish You Were Here. Between his performance of the song in 1998 -- and the cover from 98 Degrees, the song made many a wedding day song favorite for couples all across the globe.
6. Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes - "How Do I Live"
It doesn’t matter whether your preference is LeAnn Rimes or Trisha Yearwood. With the vocal ranges of both women, either version of this Diane Warren composition would be considered a “must” on the list of great country wedding songs, and both singers proved themselves worthy of the larger than life production and emotional lyrics. It was a love song for the ages and helped to set a romantic tone for the film Con Air, from which it was featured.
5. Kenny Rogers - "The Vows Go Unbroken" 
The veteran performer hit the top ten in 1989 with this heartwarming ballad about how the bond between husband and wife grows throughout the years. It wasn’t a marriage or wedding song per se, but it was a celebration of that special day and featured photos of many of the top stars in the format at the time and their spouses. An underrated gem.
4. The Statler Brothers - "My Only Love"
The addition of Jimmy Fortune brought a youth and a vitality to The Statler Brothers, giving one of the most successful veteran acts of country music a shot in the arm. For this 1984 song, Fortune penned a song about a couple joining their hands in marriage -- with each member of the quartet doing so in the award-winning video. Fortune’s angelic tenor helped to make this song a favorite among couples in the 1980s.
3. Sara Evans - "I Could Not Ask for More"
This Sara Evans hit from 2000 is a Diane Warren composition has been played at many over the years. Evans provided just the right romantic touch, and the production of this song ensured its’ play at many wedding day receptions from here to eternity.
2. Tracy Byrd - "The Keeper Of The Stars"
Another country wedding song that offered somewhat of a spiritual slant on finding that special someone, Tracy Byrd’s heartfelt performance helped to make this song about a couple whose fate to be together was inevitable a hit. The song hit No. 2 in the spring months of 1995, but yet go to ten weddings of country fans – we can almost guarantee that you will hear this song in one form or another before you’re done.
1. Randy Travis - "Forever And Ever, Amen"

In 1987, Randy Travis was on top of the musical world, and the first single from his Always and Forever album would do nothing to slow down his ascent. Written by recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet, this timeless mid-tempo love song has served as the first dance songs for many couples since its’ release three decades ago. Plus, the video -- one of the most popular of the 1980s -- featured Randy singing at a wedding, so there is that.

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