This was one of two lead singles (alongside "Who We Are") from Fading West. The song was overwhelmingly supported at radio, with all 55 Christian adult contemporary stations that report to Nielsen Soundscan playing the single in its debut week - the first time this has happened.
The song was inspired by a comment made by Charlie Peacock, the producer who signed Switchfoot to their first record deal. Frontman Jon Foreman recalled to CCM magazine that he, "sat us down one time and began to tell us what he had learned over the years. He told us, 'You can sell millions of albums, you can be #1 on radio charts, you can win Grammys and more - but at the end of all of this, none of that matters as much as the people around you.'"
Foreman continued: "'Love Alone is Worth The Fight.' For me this title sums up the past 15 years of our time as a band- nothing else is worth the fight, worth the struggle, worth the scars," Foreman added. "Nothing else even comes close. Not sex, not drugs, not even rock and roll. From time to time we all come to those difficult moments of struggle- when life becomes a fight. Maybe we are depressed and can't seem to find a way out. Or maybe we're dealing with the loss of someone we love. And maybe in that existential moment we begin to wonder what we're living for, what we're aiming for, what we're struggling for."
"Yes, there are dark times when I fear the unknown. I fear pain, I fear humiliation, I'm afraid of the unknown within myself.," he continued. "But reacting blindly, driven by our fears leads us to horrible places. Maybe fear is love's true opposite. Racism, genocide, religious wars- these are fueled by fear. Most of my worst decisions, including hatred, are fueled by fear. But perfect love casts out fears. Perfect love brings us to a place of strength where we can accept the people and situation around us rather than fear it or deny it."
The music video consists of scenes shot for the band's Rock documentary film Fading West, directed by Matt Katsolis. They were filmed during Switchfoot's 2012 World Tour, in locations such as the US, Australia, Bali, New Zealand and South Africa.
This won Best Rock Contemporary Song at the 2014 Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards. Switchfoot also took home the prize for Best Rock/Contemporary Album for Fading West at the same ceremony.