Trust us when we say Mark Wills’s 1998 hit song “I Do (Cherish You)” is one of the best love songs ever. It’s a pure expression of love and assurance. So, if you’re looking for the perfect song to dedicate to your partner, this is it.
“I Do (Cherish You)” was written by Dan Hill and Keith Stegall and produced by Carson Chamberlain. Wills released it in February 1998 as the first single for his second album, Wish You Were Here, under Mercury Nashville. It was welcomed with so much love by fans (and even non-fans) that it earned the singer his third Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart that year.
Meaning Behind The Song
If you are having trouble expressing your feelings in words, “I Do (Cherish You)” is an incredible and sincere way to do so.
Mark Wills opens with a narration of how love feels in the most romantic line you’d ever hear – “All I am, all I’ll be/ Everything in this world, all that I’ll ever need/ Is in your eyes, shining at me.” Then he proceeds to sing how her smile and hand brushing against his could awaken all these feelings inside him.
Unlike the roundabout way of people confessing their love, the singer shoots it straight. He tells her he loves her from the depths of his soul. He also assures her that there is no room for doubt, so she shouldn’t think about it twice. After all, there’s no better kind of love than love that’s sure and assures. It’s like a satisfying chill that runs down your spine and gives you that good kind of butterflies in your stomach.
In the Peter Zavadil-directed music video of the song themed in black and white, couples wait inside the train station while Wills sits alone. Then, as the song slowly approaches its end, a woman bursts through the doors, and it’s the love of his life. Wills pulls out an engagement ring, and then they share a hug before walking out of the station together.
Now, it has become a wedding staple – a song that the brides walk down the aisle to and as the tune for the first dance.
Celebrate love through Mark Wills’ “I Do (Cherish You).” The band 98° also covered the song, and you can check out their version here. Of course, don’t forget to listen to other Mark Wills songs. They definitely deserve it.