I Loved Her First Heartland (Lofton Creek, 2006)
Written by Walt Aldridge and Elliott Park and recorded by country music group Heartland, I Loved Her First was the group’s debut single and title track off their debut album. I Loved Her First recounts the story of a dad having a hard time giving his daughter to her future groom, at their wedding. I Loved Her First topped the country chart and hit #34 on the Hot 100.
In 2015, thanks to the strength of a viral video showing a father singing the song at his daughter’s wedding, I Loved Her First went back to the country charts to peak at #7.
I Loved Her First has sold over a million copies.