John Michael Montgomery
Written by Gary Baker and Frank J. Myers
#1 (4 weeks)
February 5 – February 26, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
January 28 – February 4, 1994
A wedding song for the ages gives John Michael Montgomery his biggest hit.
The Road to No. 1
“I Swear” previewed John Michael Montgomery’s sophomore set, Kickin’ it Up. It became the most impactful single of his career.
The No. 1
The world needs wedding songs, okay?
I can only imagine how many couples hear this song and think back to the first dance of their wedding, and that’s not even counting those who know the even bigger All-4-One version.
As John Michael Montgomery declaration of everlasting love songs go, this is the highwater mark. Yes, he revisited this well too many times, but there was something special about this specific exercise.
It’s produced tastefully and he sings with a more distinctive style that reflects the confidence of a more established artist.
It may have been overplayed at the time of its release, but after all these years, it still holds up well.
The Road From No. 1
Atlantic played it safe and sent another romantic ballad to radio next. “Rope the Moon” went top five. It would be followed by two more No. 1 singles from the album.
“I Swear” gets a B+.