Love Wins

Album: Cry Pretty (2018)
Charted: 83
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Songfacts®:

  • Carrie Underwood calls out prejudice on this passionate cry for unity. She asks why people can't consider compassion and understanding rather than letting our differing views create division.

    Politics and prejudice
    How the hell'd it ever come to this?
    Everybody's gotta pick a side
    It don't matter if you're wrong or right


    However, rather than being a song that criticizes those who often jump to conclusions and react with anger, its driving force is a celebration of uniqueness.

    I believe we're made to be here for each other
    And we'll never fall if we walk hand in hand
    Put a world that seems broken together again
    Yeah I, I believe in the end love wins
  • Underwood wrote the song with David Garcia and Brett James. Speaking to the media, Underwood admitted that writing "Love Wins" was "scary" at first, as she didn't want the meaning of the song to be misconstrued. She explained that rather than "trying to speak negatively about our world," she wanted to write a song that highlights how our differences are what make us unique, rather than being a bad thing. "We wanted that song to be hopeful and to maybe make somebody stop and think about that," she said.

    "I feel like we get really caught up in surface things, and I feel like, in this world, we're quick to get angry at each other," Underwood added. "I personally think that we're all different for a reason. I feel like if you just sit down and talk to somebody who's not like you and keep it calm, we can all learn from each other."
  • "'Love Wins' started out with an instrumental track which Carrie Underwood, David Garcia and Brett James agreed was inspiring, hopeful and joyous. James suggested the stirring music needs a grand title to go with, land suggested "Love Wins." Underwood agreed and the three of them set out to write a song around that name.
  • Underwood said in a press release that the three songwriters were all on the same page as far as their Christian faith goes, but they "wanted to write this song acknowledging a broken world."

    "We've always been a broken world and we'll always be a broken world," she added, "but there's something about the human spirit that whether you are religious or not we all have that sense that there's more than just right here, more than just us."
  • Rather than just writing a song urging people to get along and love another, Underwood was looking to start a conversation between people who have different points of view. She said:

    "I love the fact that I feel like this song is kind of saying no matter who you are, what you feel, what you think - we didn't want it to be political. We didn't want it to be polarizing. We wanted it just to acknowledge that we're in a broken world. We're all human beings. We all deserve love. We all deserve respect and we all should try to show that to one another."
  • The soaring notes at the end of the song are sung by a choir comprising Carrie Underwood, songwriters Brett James and Dave Barnes, producer-writer David Garcia and vocalists Perry Coleman, Vicky Hampton and Wendy Moten.

    "Musically with this song, just the more it was like building, it just felt so right to have a choir on it," Underwood said. "There's something, and you can overdo it for sure, and you can needlessly put a choir on a song,"

    "There's something that's heavenly about it and how it all comes out and you're like, 'Ahhhhh,'" she added. "There's just something that makes my heart jump when I hear this. Yeah, a choir just felt right."
  • The song is featured on the soundtrack of the 2019 movie Breakthrough. According to Underwood, she watched the film while on the road promoting her Cry Pretty album, and immediately wanted to be a part of it.

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