This playful riff on modern love marked a milestone for Lonestar. It was the first song in the band's vast catalog to be written by all four members (lead vocalist Richie McDonald
, guitarist Michael Britt, drummer Keech Rainwater and keyboardist Dean Samms). "We were doing a sound check," Dean Samms recalled. "As I walked on stage Michael was playing this cool guitar riff over and over. I immediately grabbed my phone and recorded what he was playing."
Michael Britt continued the story: "So Dean, Richie and me were writing one day and before we got started Dean said he had recorded something at a sound check that I was playing he thought was cool. After he played it for us Richie said, 'You know what? Keech called me the other day with an idea I think could be really good: "I want a love that I can sink my teeth into."' But we changed it to 'a love I could sink my heart into.'"
Keech Rainwater added: "I was a driving down the road and the idea just popped into my head: 'I want a love that I can sink my teeth into.' It sounded kind of creepy, but I still called Richie and asked if he'd ever heard a song with that hook in it. He said, 'Not that I can remember. That's a good idea.'"
"So," Dean Samms concluded, "we ended up taking Michael's guitar riff and Keech's hook and turned into 'I Want a Love.'"