Always the Love Songs

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"Always the Love Songs"
Single by Eli Young Band
from the album Jet Black & Jealous
Released September 29, 2008
Format CD single, music download
Genre Country
Length 3:42
Label Universal South
Writer(s) George Ducas
David Lee Murphy
Producer(s) Erik Herbst
Mike Wrucke
Eli Young Band singles chronology
"When It Rains"
"Always the Love Songs"
"Radio Waves"
Music video
"Always the Love Songs" at

"Always the Love Songs" is a song co-written by David Lee Murphy and George Ducas, and recorded by American country music group Eli Young Band. It was released in September 2008 as the second single from the album Jet Black & Jealous. This song is also the band's second chart entry on Billboard Hot Country Songs, as well as their first top 20 hit.


"Always the Love Songs" is a mid-tempo song with electric guitar accompaniment. In it, the male narrator recalls a point earlier in his life, when he and his friends would gather around a bonfire, pass around a guitar, and sing songs. He states that it was "always the love songs" that he recalled the most from these sing-alongs.

Critical reception[edit]

Country Standard Time critic Brian Steinberg cited "Always the Love Songs" as a standout track on the album, saying that it showed a sense of interplay among the band members that was comparable to The Wallflowers.[1] Andrew Leahey, reviewing the album for Allmusic, also compared the song's sound to that of The Wallflowers, saying that its intro was borrowed from "6th Avenue Heartache".[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Always the Love Songs" is of a live performance, and is directed by the band.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008–2009) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 69

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 52


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Steinberg, Brian. "Jet Black & Jealous eview". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  2. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Jet Black & Jealous review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Eli Young Band.
  4. ^ "Eli Young Band Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Eli Young Band.
  5. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "American single certifications – Eli Young Band – Always the Love Songs". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 10, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH