The Top 20 Country Love Songs of the 1990s

Alan Jackson 2002

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Country music was on a high in the 1990s, with big acts like Alan Jackson, George Strait,​ and Garth Brooks. It also was where the term "hat act" was first used, in reference to the many country artists that were springing up that wore cowboy hats. One of the main country themes, maybe the main country theme, is love, whether going right or wrong. These 20 picks from the '90s deserve a listen.

In "Livin' On Love," ​Alan Jackson tells the story of two people with not much money but an abundance of love.

Romantic Lyric:
"Two young people without a thing, say some vows and spread their wings. Settle down with just what they need, livin' on love."

From the Album ​"Greatest Hits Collection"

Reba McEntire and Vince Gill sing about a love affair that the couple tries to keep a secret from everyone else in "The Heart Won't Lie."

Romantic Lyric:
"You try to live your life from day to day. But seeing you across the room tonight just gives me away."

From Reba McEntire's Album "Number Ones"

Trisha Yearwood sings about a woman who is obsessed with thoughts about her man. Throughout the day, no matter what she's doing, she finds her thoughts drift to him in "Thinkin' About You."

Romantic Lyric:
"The look in your eyes when you smile that way. The sound of your voice sayin' my name. I've been thinkin' about you."

From the Album ​"Love Songs"

In "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing," Trace Adkins sings about a love that doesn't require deep thoughts. It's all chemistry between the couple that doesn't require any analysis.

Romantic Lyric:
"Forget mathematical equations. Self-help psychology. Gray matter don't matter much darlin', when it's gettin' down to you and me."

From the Album "Dreamin' Out Loud"

Wynonna Judd sings about a love that is unstoppable. She sings that she'll climb mountains to be loved by her man in "To Be Loved by You."

Romantic Lyric:
"Should every star in the sky go out, just keep your faith alive. We were meant to be. This is destiny. It cannot be denied."

From the Album ​"Collection"

Randy Travis sings about being free in love and able to go into the relationship without any safety nets in case things don't work out in "Look Heart, No Hands."

Romantic Lyric:
"No chains, no strings, no fences, no walls. No net, just you, to catch me when I fall. Look heart, no hands."

From the Album "The Very Best of Randy Travis"

John Berry compares the love he has for his lady to the seven wonders of the world, sunsets, rainbows, diamonds and pearls, saying that they pale in comparison to their love, in "Your Love Amazes Me."

Romantic Lyric:
"I've seen the seven wonders of the world. I've seen the beauty of diamonds and pearls. But they mean nothing baby. Your love amazes me."

From the Album "Hits"

Kenny Chesney sings about the perfect girl. She's everything that he could have dreamed of and "She's Got It All."

Romantic Lyric:
"She’s got it all my heart my soul my wishes. All of my love my hugs my kisses. Everything that means anything at all."​

From the Album "I Will Stand"

Collin Raye sings a song about his grandmother and grandfather's courtship and how his grandmother's parents didn't like his grandfather, in "Love, Me."

Romantic Lyric:
"If you get there before I do, don't give up on me. I'll meet you when my chores are through; I don't know how long I'll be. But I'm not gonna let you down, darling wait and see. And between now and then, till I see you again, I'll be loving you. Love, me."

From the Album "Love Songs"

In "Carrying Your Love With Me," George Strait sings a song of a man who carries his lady's love with him wherever he goes. He tells her that whenever he's gone, he's counting the minutes until he can be back in her arms.

Romantic Lyric:
"On a lonely highway, stuck out in the rain. Darlin' all I have to do is speak your name. The clouds roll back and the waters part. The sun starts shining in my heart for you."

From the Album "Carrying Your Love With Me"

In "I Can Love You Like That," John Michael Montgomery sings to his lady, telling her that he knows she believes in fairy tales and that he can give her the kind of everlasting love that she's read about.

Romantic Lyric:
"I'm no Casanova but I swear this much is true. I'll be holdin' nothin' back when it comes to you. You dream of love that's everlasting. Well baby ​open up your eyes."

From the Album "The Very Best of John Michael Montgomery"

In "If I Didn't Have You," Randy Travis sings that he fell in love the first day he met his lady, and that he would be lost if he didn't have her in his life.

Romantic Lyric:
"If I didn't have you I'd long ago been left in the dark out in the cold. Blowing around from town to town, like a feather in the wind."

From the Album "The Very Best of Randy Travis"

In "I Love the Way You Love Me," John Michael Montgomery tells his lady all the things he loves about her. From her two-hour baths and dancing in the rain to her love of sappy old movies.

Romantic Lyric:
"But I love the way you love me. Strong and wild, slow and easy. Heart and soul. So completely. I love the way you love me."

From the Album ​"Life's a Dance"

In "My Love," Little Texas tells the story of a man telling his lady that if she's looking for love, she doesn't have to look any further than him.

Romantic Lyric:
"Get on your mark, get set, ready or not, here I come. You've been looking for love, well honey I can give you some."

From the Album ​"Big Time"

Alan Jackson sings a beautiful song perfect for a 10th anniversary (which is what he wrote it for) in "I'd Love You All Over Again." He sings that after 10 years have gone by, he doesn't regret anything, and he'd do it all over again if he had the option.​

Romantic Lyric:
"And if I had it to do all over, I'd do it all over again. If tomorrow I found one more chance to begin, I'd love you all over again."

From the Album "Here in the Real World"

Faith Hill tells her guy how special he makes her feel when he kisses her. She feels like she's floating and flying in "This Kiss."

Romantic Lyric:
"It's the way you love me. It's a feeling like this. It's centrifugal motion. It's perpetual bliss."

From the Album ​"The Hits"

In "Love of My Life," Sammy Kershaw sings about the love of his life. He sings that he knew from the very first touch, he knew.

Romantic Lyric:
"I spent a lifetime waiting, always hesitating until you. I was lost so deep inside my shell, 'til you came and saved me from myself. Now all I really know is I need you."

In "I Swear," John Michael Montgomery reassures his lady that his love for her is true. He says that he'll stand beside her throughout the years, and she'll only cry happy tears.

Romantic Lyric:
"For better or worse. Till death do us part. I'll love you with every beat of my heart, I swear."

From the Album ​"Love Songs"

In the song "It's Your Love," Faith Hill and Tim McGraw sing about a love that leaves them spellbound. They are better people because of the love they share.

Romantic Lyric:
"It's your love. It just does somethin' to me. It sends a shock right through me. I can't get enough."​

From Tim McGraw's Album "Everywhere"

In "Amazed," Lonestar tells the story of a man who has found true love at last. He says that he's never felt this way before, and he's amazed by everything his love does.

Romantic Lyric:
"I don't know how you do what you do. I'm so in love with you. It just keeps getting better. I wanna spend the rest of my lif, with you by my side, forever and ever."

From the Album "Lonely Grill"