On This Day: Alan Jackson Releases Don Williams’ Song ‘It Must Be Love’ in 2000

by Madison Miller
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Twenty-one years ago today, country artist Alan Jackson decided to release his version of Don Williams’ song, “It Must Be Love.”

On April 24, 2000, Jackson decided it must be time for another No.1 hit.

His version of “It Must Be Love” made it to the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. It also happened to be his 17th No.1 hit of his career. So far, the artist has recorded 16 different studio albums and three greatest hits albums. He also has two Christmas albums and two gospel albums.

Since 2000, Jackson has nearly doubled his No.1 hits. He now has 26. He also has 51 songs that reached the Top 10. Some other No.1 classic hits for Jackson include “Where I Come From,” “Gone Country,” “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”

Story Behind ‘It Must Be Love’

Before it was Alan Jackson’s No.1 hit, Don Williams had taken it to the top of the charts. The song was written by Bob McDill and was released in July 1979 as a single on his album, “Expressions.”

It happened to be his ninth No.1 single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

It is rare for a song in country music to reach that No.1 spot on two separate occasions.

According to Country Thang Daily, Garth Fundis was the producer for “It Must Be Love” with Williams. He helped him create every album from his fourth one on. Fundis had become successful for his work later on with other artists as well. He produced Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” He even helped introduce many of Garth Brooks’ top-selling albums of the 1990s.

Alan Jackson’s New Video

Alan Jackson is showing that “It Must Be Love” when it comes to his close relationship with his daughters.

He recently released a lyric video for “You’ll Always Be My Baby.” The video stars his three daughters — Mattie, Alexandra, and Dani Grace.

The video shows memories of the family over the years. The family photos are priceless childhood snapshots. One part of the video even shows his entire family getting on stage with him in 2002 for his holiday special, “Alan Jackson: Let It Be Christmas.”

From first cars to walking down the aisle at his daughter’s wedding to dancing together, Alan Jackson is showing everyone what it’s like to be a father. He actually wrote the song for Mattie’s wedding in 2017.

Despite just how personal the song has become to Jackson, he still has chosen to share it with the country music world. He performed it during the 2021 ACM Awards. It was included with his song “Drive” in a mashup. He also is featuring the song on his upcoming album, “Where Have You Gone,” his first since 2015.

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