The Love Song (Jeff Bates song)

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"The Love Song"
Single by Jeff Bates
from the album Rainbow Man
Released December 16, 2002
Format CD Single
Genre Country
Length 4:05
Label RCA Nashville
Songwriter(s) Jeff Bates
Kenny Beard
Casey Beathard
Producer(s) Kenny Beard, Scott Hendricks
Jeff Bates singles chronology
"The Love Song"
"Rainbow Man"
"The Love Song"
"Rainbow Man"

"The Love Song" is the title of a debut song co-written and recorded by American country music Jeff Bates. It was released in December 2002 as the lead-off single from his debut album Rainbow Man, released on RCA Nashville. The song was also Bates' highest-charting single on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, reaching a peak of #8. Bates wrote this song with Kenny Beard and Casey Beathard.


"The Love Song" is a mid-tempo ballad accompanied by piano and a string section, with electric guitar solos preceding the second verse and bridge. In it, the male narrator recalls various instances in his life where love was involved. These include being held by his mother as a young child, playing baseball with his father, meeting his girlfriend next door, marrying her and finally, seeing the birth of their child.

Critical reception[edit]

Rick Cohoon of Allmusic gave the song a favorable review, comparing Bates' vocal delivery to that of Conway Twitty. Of the lyrics, he said, that they "[appealed] to that almost universal moment when our heart does flip-flops for another and finally to the magic of bringing a child into the world."[1]

Chart positions[edit]

"The Love Song" debuted on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts dated for the week ending January 4, 2003.[2] It spent thirty weeks on the charts and reached a peak of number 8.

Chart (2002-2003) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 59

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 29


  1. ^ Cohoon, Rick. "Jeff Bates - "The Love Song"". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 45. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ "Jeff Bates – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jeff Bates.
  4. ^ "Jeff Bates – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Jeff Bates.
  5. ^ "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012.