Love in the First Degree (Alabama song)
|"Love in the First Degree"|
|Single by Alabama|
|from the album Feels So Right|
|A-side||"Love in the First Degree"|
|B-side||"Ride the Train"|
|Released||October 2, 1981 (U.S.)|
|Recorded||August 30, 1980|
|Label||RCA Nashville 12288|
|Writer(s)||Tim DuBois, Jim Hurt|
|Producer(s)||Harold Shedd and Alabama|
|Alabama singles chronology|
"Love in the First Degree" is a song written by Jim Hurt and Tim DuBois, and recorded by American country music band Alabama. It was released in October 1981 as the third single from the band's album Feels So Right. It became the group's fifth straight No. 1 single (and second multi-week No. 1) on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.
As with the previous single, "Feels So Right," the song's pop "love ballad" style — along with the country rock style of its other songs — became the cornerstone of Alabama's sound throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Today, "Love in the First Degree" remains one of Alabama's most popular songs.
The song, a mid-tempoed song with a strong country-pop beat, uses the analogy of being found guilty of a crime (this time, of love) and the perpetrator throwing himself on the mercy of the object of his affection.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||15|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||5|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
- Morris, Edward, "Alabama," Contemporary Books Inc., Chicago, 1985 (ISBN 0809253062)
- Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.
- Allmusic — Feels So Right by Alabama.
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by Steve Wariner
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
December 26, 1981-January 2, 1982
"Fourteen Carat Mind"
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"I Never Figured on This"
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|RPM Country Tracks
January 16, 1982
"I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World"
by Ronnie Milsap
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