“Livin’ On Love”
Written by Alan Jackson
#1 (3 weeks)
October 29 – November 12, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
October 28, 1994
Alan Jackson’s simple ode to love is among his finest recordings.
The Road to No. 1
Alan Jackson continued to dominate on radio with Who I Am, with four out of the five singles going No. 1, starting with “Summertime Blues” and continuing with “Livin’ On Love.”
The No. 1
Why has this been such an evergreen, remaining popular nearly thirty years after its original release?
Because it acknowledges that love is hard and that love is worth the effort.
“It sounds simple, that’s what you’re thinking. But love can walk through fire without blinking.”
The storyline follows the same beats as Kathy Mattea’s “Love at the Five and Dime” and “Where’ve You Been,” as well as Tanya Tucker’s “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane.”
He leaves out stillborn children, extramarital affairs with band members, third act dementia, and loan sharks knocking down the door, which makes the song less specific in its tale of love, but more universally applicable to listeners in any given stage of life and love.
Even someone as morbid as me can appreciate that.
The Road From No. 1
Jackson takes on Music City carpetbaggers with his next No. 1 single, which we will cover in early 1995.
“Livin’ On Love” gets an A.
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