Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and in the event that you're still trying to pull together a playlist for that romantic evening with your special someone, we've got you covered. Here are five of the greatest love songs of all time, performed by some of the biggest names in Christian and Gospel music. Come back tomorrow for Part 2.
"On and On" - Kevin Max
"You are the sunshine/I am the rain that falls in line/You are a candle/And I am your darkness," sings Kevin Max, former member of the hit Christian group dc Talk, on "On and On." The singles come from Max's 2001 solo debut, Stereotype B.
"Honestly" - Stryper
Stryper's declaration of unwavering loyalty and commitment begins innocently enough, with just a syrupy-sweet piano melody. Ultimately, the track adds the driving drums and screaming guitar riffs that the Christian metal band is known for, making 1987's "Honestly" one of their most popular songs - and most requested videos on MTV.
"I Will Remember You" - Amy Grant
As anyone who's ever been in love can attest, matters of the heart are rarely uncomplicated and even the most promising starts can end on a sour note. But on 1992's "I Will Remember You," Amy Grant - the Queen of Christian pop - promises to never let go. "True love," she sings, "is frozen in time/I'll be your champion/And you will be mine."
"I Will Be Here" - Steven Curtis Chapman
If there was an award given for "Love Song Most Played at Weddings," Steven Curtis Chapman's "I'll Be Here" would likely take it. And it's no wonder. Chapman confirms that obstacles and challenges (and old age!) are inevitable in marriage - but so is his presence. His commitment to his wife and the promises he made to God guarantees it.
"I Promise (Wedding Song)" - Cece Winans
Most love stories end with the damsel being swept off her feet by the knight in shining armor. It's a nice story, but we don't often hear from the women who pledge to support and love their men unconditionally, truly becoming the wife that God has called them to be. Cece Winans changes all that with "I Promise (Wedding Song)."