I Loved Her First (song)
|"I Loved Her First"|
|Single by Heartland|
|from the album I Loved Her First|
|Released||June 5, 2006|
|Heartland singles chronology|
"I Loved Her First" is the title of a debut song written by Walt Aldridge and Elliott Park, and recorded by American country music group Heartland. It was released in June 2006 as the first single and title track from the album I Loved Her First. The song reached Number One on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in late 2006.
The song is a mid-tempo ballad in triple meter. In it, the male narrator is talking to the man who is about to marry his daughter, telling him that he is having difficulty giving her away because he "loved her first."
Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it a "beautifully written tearjerker that will hit home with dads everywhere who can't believe their little girls have grown up so soon." She calls Albert's performance "wonderful" and says that it "wrings every drop of emotion from the tender lyric."
Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel included the song on a list of "The Worst Songs to Play During a Father-Daughter Wedding Dance". Accusing the band of "shameless Daddy Daughter Dance pandering", she stated that "The Jealous Country Dad is an entire subgenre of creepy Father-Daughter Dance songs, but this one, along with 'Butterfly Kisses', really sets the gold standard."
The music video was directed by Todd Schaffer and premiered in mid-2006. It features the group singing and a family at a wedding reception.
"I Loved Her First" debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 8, 2006.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||34|
|US Billboard Pop 100||56|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||30|
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- Morris, Edward (2006-11-13). "Heartland Scores a No. 1 Its First Time Out". CMT.com. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- Billboard, July 29, 2006
- The Worst Songs to Play During a Father-Daughter Wedding Dance at [[Jezebel (website)|]]
- "Heartland Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Heartland.
- "Heartland Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Heartland.
- "Best of 2006: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2012.