Country music is rich with tender love songs filled with pledges of undying love and unwavering devotion. Those emotion-charged and memorable songs are the perfect companion for couples on that most special day of all - their wedding day. That's why a lot of country songs are played during weddings and when the bride and groom take their first dance as husband and wife.
The Boot has assembled a list of some of the most romantic matrimonial tunes every recorded in its Top 10 Country Wedding Songs. So, we kick the list off with No. 10 - on the countdown to the coveted No. 1 spot.
"I Cross My Heart"
Strait plucked the heartstrings of country gals everywhere with this tearjerker that anchored his movie, "Pure Country," back in 1992. Since then fans have danced that special first dance to this sweetly sentimental tune and longtime favorite.
"Keeper of the Stars"
This power ballad became an instant classic with its release by Tracy Byrd in 1999. Luckily, in love there is often a bigger plan in play than what we know. Tracy's real-life wife and baby daughter were on set with him for added inspiration as he filmed the music video.
"From This Moment On"
Shania Twain (With Bryan White)
Shania Twain added even more emotional heft to this beautiful song when she recruited Bryan White to perform it as a duet. The declaration of love and devotion is a perfect celebration of a union between man and wife, echoing the vows that brides and grooms make when they take that walk down the aisle.
"I Love the Way You Love Me"
John Michael Montgomery
This is John Michael Montgomery's country variation on "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." The song evokes images of lovers dancing in the rain, stolen kisses and playful moments, reminding us that when we're in love, even the scent of our betrothed can leave us weak in the knees.
"It's Your Love"
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Who better than country's power couple, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, to give us a smoldering love song about the overwhelming intensity of a lover's touch. The video for the tune permeates with the chemistry between Tim and his missus, who was expecting their child, Gracie, at the time they filmed it.
"Could I Have This Dance"
Anne Murray's golden voice has crooned this 1980 classic for the better part of three decades, giving newlyweds a reason to elegantly waltz across the floor while celebrating their big moment.
"Bless the Broken Road"
This song by Rascal Flatts celebrates the miracle and rarity of true love, while also addressing the struggle we endure, sifting through the sands looking for that one exact match who will "get" us unconditionally, and how grateful we are when we find the person who can see past our shortcomings and love us anyway.
"When I Said I Do"
Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
This 1999 duet between Clint Black and wife Lisa Hartman rocketed to the top of the country charts with its honest reminder of the eternal strength of the marriage vows. Through thick and thin, in sickness and in health, the bonds stay strong.
"Forever and Ever, Amen"
The quintessential love-for-the-ages tune, this Randy Travis classic evokes the kind of deep, abiding love our grandparents vowed through hard work, struggle, lean times and happiness. The title itself inspires us to have hope that real love between two can indeed exist - and thrive - through the years.
Paul Brandt's 1996 hit tells of the all-encompassing love that can keep you safe and warm, answering the deepest doubts in your heart. This country wedding song's chorus, "I will, I am, I can, I have, I do," answers all the questions of what we hope someone will be for us from now until the end of time. A true wedding classic summed up in two powerful words.