OFFSTAGE: Add Some Love to Billboard‘s Love Song List

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Seven decades of music, and only one of these Top 50 love songs is country? Say it ain’t so. Billboard magazine ranked the biggest love songs to ever hit its Hot 100 singles chart, and only Taylor Swift ‘s “Love Story” from 2009 made the cut. (The criteria being that the song had to have a form of the word “love” in the title, and the ranking was based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart which includes all musical genres.) Now, don’t get me wrong. I adore a lot of these songs, especially the ones from the ’60s. But when I think of love songs, my mind immediately jumps to a long, long list of country ones. So forget about chart performance for a minute, and tell us what love songs you’d put on a Top 50 list if you were in charge of such lists. I’d definitely want Luke Bryan ‘s “First Love Song,” Eric Church ‘s “Like Jesus Does,” Tim McGraw ‘s “All We Ever Find,” Chris Young ‘s “Old Love Feels New,” Dierks Bentley ‘s “Draw Me a Map,” Hunter Hayes“Wanted,” Brooks & Dunn ‘s “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You,” Alan Jackson ‘s “Buicks to the Moon,” Shenandoah ‘s “Next to You, Next to Me” and, because it is so obvious but also because it is one of my favorites of all genres and all song topics, Miranda Lambert ‘s “Love Song.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.