When David Bowie wrote the music for his 1992 wedding ceremony to supermodel Iman, he knew that the couple would last; they were still married when he passed away in 2016. “Writing brought my mind around to what commitment means,” he revealed to The Boston Globe. “What I really wanted from now on.”

June Carter felt similarly when she wrote 1962’s “Ring of Fire” about her budding attraction to Johnny Cash. “No way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns,” she wrote at the time, even as her love interest became a volatile handful to be around. And when Paul McCartney wrote “Maybe I’m Amazed” for his wife Linda in 1969, he sang of beholding a powerful, lasting new love -- and practically trembling in awe.

These love songs endure not just because they’re relatable or universal, but because the artists who wrote them meant them. Some of the canon’s finest devotionals are about earned, long-term satisfaction -- often penned by an artist who stayed with their partner. In honor of Valentine’s Day 2019, here are 15 songs that are all the more romantic because the couple pulled through to the end.

Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire” (1963)