Love Wins (song)

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"Love Wins"
Carrie Underwood - Love Wins (single cover).jpg
Single by Carrie Underwood
from the album Cry Pretty
ReleasedAugust 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)
GenreCountry
Length3:47
LabelCapitol Nashville
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Carrie Underwood
  • David Garcia
Carrie Underwood singles chronology
"Cry Pretty"
(2018)
"Love Wins"
(2018)
"Southbound"
(2019)
Music video
"Love Wins" on YouTube

"Love Wins" is a song by American singer Carrie Underwood. The song was written by Underwood with Brett James and David Garcia, and produced by Garcia and Underwood. It was released on August 31, 2018, as the second single from her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty.[1] "Love Wins" officially impacted country radio on September 17, 2018.[2]

The song was featured in the motion picture, Breakthrough.[3]

Writing and composition[edit]

The song was written by Underwood, Brett James, and David Garcia.[4] Underwood said of the song, "I do think that we as humans are inherently good and we need to remember that. Because we're different, that doesn't make somebody else bad, it just makes us different. We wanted that song to be hopeful and to maybe make somebody stop and think about that."[4]

The song is composed in the key of G major with a moderately fast tempo of approximately 132 beats per minute. It follows the chord pattern C-G-Em7-D, and Underwood's vocals range from G3 to D5.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received mostly positive reviews upon its release. Taste of Country described it as an "anthemic, mid-tempo power ballad," and highlighted the use of a backing choir.[6] Robert Crawford, for Rolling Stone magazine, described it as "an open-armed anthem that calls for peace in a time of civil unrest". He continued, "Underwood is at her brazen best, filled with glory notes, gospel overtones and power-ballad gloss. She shies away from making direct references to politicians or unfair legislation, leaning instead on an "all you need is love" sentiment that goes down easily and inoffensively on both sides of the aisle".[7]

Kyle’s Korner gave a more mixed review of the song, saying that it was “heavily reliant on Underwood’s gravitas to sell people on the sentiment that things need to change, and while she succeeds in doing so, it doesn’t give listeners any ideas as to what they can do to make things better, which is something that a lot of people are yearning for right now.”[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Love Wins" debuted at number 90 on the Scottish Singles Chart for the week ending September 8, 2018.[9] In the United States, it debuted at number 30 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending September 15, 2018.[10] The following week, it debuted at number 34 on the Country Airplay chart.[11] The song peaked at number 11 on the Country Airplay chart and number 14 on the Hot Country Songs chart: becoming the first single of her career officially released to country radio to miss the top ten on either chart.

As of March 2019, the song has sold 70,000 copies in the United States.[12] The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 16, 2019.[13]

Music video[edit]

The lyric video of the song was uploaded to Underwood's YouTube channel on August 31, 2018. The official video premiered on Apple Music on September 10, 2018, and was released to YouTube the next day.[14] It was directed by Shane Drake, whom Underwood had worked with previously on her video for "Dirty Laundry". Billboard writes "the video begins with a hopeless-looking group of people walking on a road in a post-apocalyptical setting as Underwood, in a goddess-like orange dress, emotionally leans into the track’s sentimental lyrics. Underwood looks radiant in her silk dress as she approaches the country’s critical political moment -- touching on themes of immigration and violence, while offering optimistic advice. As the crowd continues their journey, they find comfort in each other, arriving in some sort of promise land as Underwood chants the chorus. The video then shifts perspective as the group of people, now a community, rejoice in their newfound land while Underwood, now wearing a white long-sleeve butterfly gown and a face full of colorful make-up, joyfully sings to the crowd. As the loud clapping drums follow her powerful voice, the party turns into a vibrant celebration with colored powder being thrown everywhere, all thanks to the power of love and unity."[15]

Live performances[edit]

On September 13, 2018, Underwood performed the single live as a musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at Central Park.[16] She again performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 19, 2018.[17] On November 14, 2018, Underwood performed the song at the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards.[18] It also served as the encore to the set list of Underwood's Cry Pretty Tour 360.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 500,000*

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

CMT Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 "Love Wins" Female Video of the Year[23] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carrie underwood Shares Impactful Love Wins Lyric Video". Country Fancast. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Chris Parton (March 8, 2019). "Carrie Underwood Leads Country Cast of 'Breakthrough' Soundtrack". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood Calls Out Politics and Prejudice in New Song Love Wins". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "'Love Wins' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Taste of Country Staff (September 11, 2018). "Carrie Underwood's 'Love Wins' Aims to Spread Hope, Understanding". Taste of Country. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Crawford, Robert (September 7, 2018). "10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Carrie Underwood, Seth Ennis". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "Song Review: Carrie Underwood, "Love Wins"". Kyle's Korner. September 20, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 4, 2019). "Top 30 Digital Singles: March 4, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  13. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  14. ^ @carrieunderwood (September 10, 2018). "#LoveWins music video is out tomorrow! Watch it first on @AppleMusic" (Tweet). Retrieved July 18, 2019 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Pedrosa, Marina (September 12, 2018). "Carrie Underwood Brings People Together in Empathetic 'Love Wins' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon goes live from Central Park for the first time". NY Daily News. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Carrie Underwood Talks About Her Scary Accident & Ellen DeGeneres Guesses the Gender of Her Baby: Watch". Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  18. ^ Rishty, David (November 14, 2018). "Carrie Underwood Performs 'Love Wins' With Full Choir at 2018 CMA Awards". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  19. ^ "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  20. ^ "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  21. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Carrie Underwood – Love Wins". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  23. ^ "CMT Music Awards 2019 Nominations: See the Complete List". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2019.