Love in the First Degree (Alabama song)
|"Love in the First Degree"|
|Single by Alabama|
|from the album Feels So Right|
|B-side||"Ride the Train"|
|Released||October 2, 1981 (U.S.)|
|Recorded||August 30, 1980|
|Genre||Country, country pop|
|Songwriter(s)||Tim DuBois, Ian Moore, Jim Hurt|
|Producer(s)||Harold Shedd and Alabama|
|Alabama singles chronology|
"Love in the First Degree" is a song written by Jim Hurt, Ian Moore, 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.
|US Billboard Hot 100||15|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||5|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
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- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 22.
- "Alabama Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
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- "Alabama Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
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- Allmusic — Feels So Right by Alabama.
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