Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2015.
Move over Keats. The greatest love letter of all time was written by country icon Johnny Cash.
A British life insurance company, Beagle Street, conducted a poll to list the top 10 love letters of all time. The poll was intended to encourage more romance among its fellow Brits. The company received about 1,000 responses, and the overwhelming majority voted Johnny Cash’s sweet love letter to his wife the number one spot on the list.
The Man in Black was no stranger to heartache, and the proof is in some of his lyrics. However, he finally found the love of his life in June Carter Cash. He wrote the sincere, heartfelt letter to her on her 65th birthday. About their life together, he wrote, “Maybe sometimes take each other for granted. But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.”
A spokesperson for Beagle Street stated, “We hope our research inspires people who have never written a love letter to take some time out and write down and share exactly how they feel with a loved one.”
The poll indicated 38 percent of women admitted that they had never written a love letter and 46 percent declared the tradition outdated. This could explain why the entire list is comprised of letters from men to women. Letters from John Keats, Winston Churchill, and Ernest Hemingway round out the top spots on the list.
Top 10 Love Letters Of All Time