Silly love songs

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Something about a rebellious priest from Rome in the third century AD arranging forbidden marriages for soldiers, who were banned from marrying because Emperor Claudius II felt that unmarried men made much better soldiers, or something, caught and sentenced to death on this very day back whenever it was, I’ve forgotten already. His was the first Valentine, as he’s said to have fallen madly in love with his jailer’s daughter, as you might in his circumstances, leaving her a love letter not-so imaginatively signed “from your Valentine” – as that was his name. Who knows, maybe this story is true. True or not, now we all, at some point, must be someone’s Valentine. It’s probably the law by now.

Are you feeling sick yet?

Hallmark Cards, never slow to spot an opening although perhaps a bit slow on this occasion, to be fair, produced their first in 1913. A century on, more than a billion Valentine’s Day cards are now sent all around the world, sealed with a kiss. Only Christmas sees us needing to send more and preferring to seal these with saliva and the adhesive-gum stuff provided instead. Love is indeed the drug. They’d have us all believe that all you need is love. And cardboard and paper and Christmas, obviously.

Oh, alright. Even though I think it’s a load of sentimental nonsense and unarguably the tackiest ‘holiday’ known to man, as well as many women, seeing as today is Valentine’s Day and as it’s fallen on a Friday it will be dragged out all weekend and there will be no escaping it, let’s do love songs. Fine.

That crazy little thing called love…

There have been some brilliant, charming love songs (Billy Joel’s ‘Just the Way You Are’, Nilsson’s ‘Without You’, The Platters’ ‘Only You’). There have also been some repulsive ones (I’ll let you name these or else I’ll be all night). Overplayed and selfishly exploited by Hollywood, covered again and again and again and again and again and again, with varying degrees of success (commercial success as well as the ability to make large numbers of people throw up on cue), music has thoughtfully given us a Love Rollercoaster, Train and a Boat. Boy, did we need these.

Often sickly-sweet, I can think of none sweeter than ‘Sugar, Sugar’ – our David’s favourite. (Just kidding, he hates it. He once chose Bob Dylan’s ‘To Ramona’ when asked by Little Nicky Horne for a favourite love song to play on his radio show, which was an excellent choice.)

For all the saccharine-sweet stuff that’s been poured slowly into our ears, like a form of sugary torture, there’s something so pure and lovely in Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You’, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1984. Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ is one that a great many couples – well, those that don’t want to show off to the world on YouTube by body-popping to something that most of their friends and family find awkward and completely inappropriate – still choose as their wedding dance (Take my hand, take my whole life too). Who doesn’t smile like a proud parent at the opening line of Slade’s ‘Coz I Love You’ (I won’t laugh at you when you boo-hoo-hoo, ’cause I love you)? Just what is the matter with some people? Young love…

And to bring it back ’round to Bob Dylan, as I am adept at ensuring most things come back to him eventually, even if kids today think his words are Adele’s, the man sure can pen a good love song (I’d go hungry, I’d go black and blue, I’d go crawling down the avenue, There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do To make you feel my love).

Best love story in a song? Bob Dylan wins again with
‘Tangled Up In Blue’, perhaps.

Best version of ‘Unchained Melody’? Has to be a toss-up between the Righteous Brothers and Sam Cooke. I can’t decide.

Maybe you don’t care because you’re sticking with the J. Geils Band in thinking ‘Love Stinks’. Tell me. I care.

Let’s have some silly love songs. The best and the worst, with beautiful lines that warm your heart or gooey ones that make you retch. Feel free to share the demeaning and downright condescending along with the exquisitely and achingly beautiful.

In a final celebration of Valentine’s Day, with love in the air and all around, here’s a list of Billboard’s Top 50 ‘Love’ Songs of All-Time. That’s songs with the word ‘love’ in the title, should the lyrics not make it clear enough that it’s meant to be a love song (and with today’s so-called ‘love songs’ I find I do often need this clue). The list covers seven decades of Hot 100 history, and the rankings are based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart. Enjoy. You probably won’t enjoy more than half-a-dozen, and even then only those from the first three decades, but please know that I tried.

For extra points and a welcome distraction from accidentally listening to any of the later songs featured in this list, perhaps you noticed: how many love songs did I reference in this post? Really, please tell me, I wasn’t keeping count and I was trying to be clever.

Have a good weekend, everyone. I love you all. Love me do.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

95 thoughts on “Silly love songs”

  1. A first glance yields the following…

    Silly love songs (Paul McCartney)
    …sealed with a kiss. (Bryan Hyland)
    Love is … the drug. (Roxy Music and Grace Jones – love both)
    That crazy little thing called love… (Queen)
    Young love… (Sonny James)
    Love [is] in the air (John Paul Young)
    [You] know … I tried. (Dri)
    I love you all (Ozzy Osborne)
    Love me do (Beatles)

    I didn’t count the ones specifically identified and credited. What have I missed?

    Great, fun post FEd!

    1. I see a ‘holiday’ as well — Bee Gees or Scorpions …both potentially beautiful love songs …

    2. There’s more, but well done for finding one that I didn’t place there intentionally and, well, don’t even know (Dri).

  2. Best love song; ‘Hawkmoon 269’ by U2.

    Best version of Unchained Melody; U2 – the version on the B-side of the 12″ single of ‘All I Want is You’…..which, incidentally, is a pretty good love song too.

    All IMHO of course!!!!

  3. A few quick favourites (not necessarily in any order and probably half of them are not love songs at all :)):

    Still Loving You – Scorpions
    I Love You… I’ll Kill You – Enigma
    Radar Love – Golden Earring
    I Put A Spell On You (personally I think this is a great love song – I prefer the interpretation by Audience but no matter)
    Crazy On You and Magic Man – Heart
    Guitar Man – Bread (they did some great songs but there were also many wrist-slitting, rub-your-grain-the-wrong-way songs as well)
    Run To You – Bryan Adams (true love for an instrument 😉 )
    She’s Gone – Black Sabbath
    Cinema Show – Genesis
    Thank You – Led Zeppelin
    I Can’t Tell You Why — Eagles (one of many)
    She Was Waiting For Her Mother At The Station In Torino And You Know I Love You Baby But It’s Getting Too Heavy To Laugh (otherwise known as ‘Woman’) – Shawn Phillips …
    Lady Grinning Soul – David Bowie …
    How Can I Tell You — Cat Stevens
    Make It Wit Chu – Queens of the Stone Age
    The Joker – Steve Miller Band
    When A Man Loves A Woman — Simon & Garfunkel (I love Percy dearly but …) …
    Love and Affection – Joan Armatrading
    Love Is A Stranger — Eurythmics

  4. Something I always found curious about Pink Floyd and David Gilmour is how rarely the word “love” comes up in their songs. Even David’s best love song, “Where We Start” completely avoids using the word. I’m trying to think of songs that do contain it, and the only ones I’m coming up with are Thin Ice, Eclipse and Embryo for Floyd and All Lovers Are Deranged and Take A Breath for David.

    1. You forgot ‘One Slip’: ‘was it love, or was it the idea of being in love?

      I was also thinking which of their songs might be ‘love songs’ of one sort or another. ‘Green Is the Colour’, ‘Pigs On the Wing’ and ‘Coming Back to Life’ spring to mind, but I also wondered about ‘If’. What do you think?

    2. A Pillow of Winds?

      A cloud of eider down
      Draws around me softening the sound
      Sleepy time when I lie
      With my love by my side
      And she’s breathing low
      And the candle dies

      Maybe not a traditional love song, but what a beautiful poetic song, music and lyrics.

    3. Wish You Were Here is a love song too, just not the romantic sort. Although it could be if you choose to interpret it that way.

  5. I love love songs.

    Unchained Melody is a beautiful song as was mentioned above. My parents loved that song. After my Father “left” and the first time it came on the radio after his passing; I turned the station when my Mother came into the room. She asked me to turn it back on. She said it was “their song”. She always wanted to hear it. We played it for them when she joined him…

    Music is so meaningful!

  6. I Love the challenge of an A to Z:

    All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
    Baby Love – The Supremes
    Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe – Barry White
    Dream Lover – Bobby Darin
    Easy Lover – Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
    For Your Love – The Yardbirds
    Goodbye To Love – The Carpenters
    How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees
    Is This Love – Whitesnake
    Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus -Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg
    Keep On Loving You – REO Speedwagon
    Love On The Air – David Gilmour
    My Love – Paul McCartney
    Need Your Love So Bad – Fleetwood Mac
    One Love – U2
    Power Of Love – Jennifer Rush
    Question Of Love – The Gift
    Radar Love – Golden Earring
    Sea Of Love – The Honeydrippers
    This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert
    Under The Moon Of Love – Showaddywaddy
    Victim Of Love – Bryan Adams
    Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
    eXtreme – Love Of My Life
    You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – Dusty Springfield
    Zoo Brazil – Age Of Love

    1. Hurrah! Thanks, Ken. I’m going to be singing ‘Baby Love’ all day now. Lovely song.

      Have to admit, there are quite a few on there that I really like.

    2. One of my guilty pleasures is “Goodbye to Love” but hang on, that beautiful honeyed voice and a great piece of guitar work, what have I got to be guilty about?

  7. Oh Fed, I am sure you have done your fair share of mooning and swooning in the name of love, unrequited or otherwise.

    It seems to me that a large proportion of modern music has been dedicated or motivated by love … in the simple form of “Love, love me do” right through to dear departed Lou Reed’s (alleged but possibly unconfirmed) love song to heroin, “Perfect Day”. So all I can do it throw a few out there that spring to mind.

    For it’s raw beauty and tinge of sadness I find it hard to beat Roberta Flack’s version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” i.e.

    The first time ever I saw your face
    I thought the sun rose in your eyes
    And the moon and stars were the gifts you gave
    To the night and the empty skies, my love
    To the night and the empty skies

    The first time ever I kissed your mouth
    I felt the earth turn in my hand
    Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
    That was there at my command, my love
    That was there at my command

    The first time ever I lay with you
    And felt your heart beat close to mine
    I thought our joy would fill the earth
    And last ’till the end of time, my love
    And last ’till the end of time.

    A personal favorite with “Love” in the title is “Still In Love With You”as performed (and apparently overdubbed) on “Live and Dangerous” which is a blues guitar masterclass from Brian Robertson (and Gary Moore before him) and also a touching ode to heartbreak:

    Think I’ll just fall to pieces
    If I don’t find something else to do
    This sadness never ceases
    I’m still in love with you

    My head, it keeps on reeling
    It’s got me in a crazy spin
    Darling, darling, darling
    Is this the end?

    Still in love with you

    They say time has a way of healing
    Dries all the tears from your eyes
    But darling it’s this empty feeling
    My heart can’t disguise

    After all that we’ve been through
    I try my best but it’s no use
    I guess I’ll keep on loving you
    Is this the end?

    And as I seem to be drawn to the miserable side of love, how about Nick Cave’s “Brompton Oratory”, as fine a poem to the destructive power of lost love (that of PJ Harvey it is said …) as I have had the bittersweet pleasure to read:

    …. And I wish that I was made of stone
    So that I would not have to see
    A beauty impossible to define
    A beauty impossible to believe

    A beauty impossible to endure
    The blood imparted in little sips
    The smell of you still on my hands
    As I bring the cup up to my lips

    No God up in the sky
    No devil beneath the sea
    Could do the job that you did, baby
    Of bringing me to my knees

    Outside I sit on the stone steps
    With nothing much to do
    Forlorn and exhausted, baby
    By the absence of you

    Check them out Bloggers, I guarantee not a dry eye in the house ….

      1. Now you’re talking. I wonder if the songs of the broken-hearted aren’t, on the whole, stronger than the happy-clappy ones.

        Roy Orbison is the Master of them. Lord knows he had enough pain in his life, bless him.

        I can’t decide which I like best: It’s Over or Crying. What a voice, eh?

    1. I can’t decide which I like best: It’s Over or Crying. What a voice, eh?

      What a voice indeed! For me it’s Crying …

  8. I know, I know, but my late husband and I had our anniversary in October so it had to be Van Morrison’s Moondance.

  9. Oh I love it when we can play on the blog, it’s way more fun than doing the ironing, isn’t it?

    So, it took me a lot of time, but I found these references (no particular order) to love songs in your post (apart from those you deliberately mentioned) – Have to add that I didn’t read the above comments before. Honest.

    – Silly love songs – McCartney & Wings

    – All you need is love – The Beatles

    – Crazy little thing called love – Queen

    – Love in the air – John Paul Young

    – Smile – not Lily Allen 😛 but David Gilmour (it’s a love song, right?)

    – Love you all – Canadian band ’54-40′ (I cheated for that one, but I was happy to learn on Wikipedia why they named the band ’54-40′)

    – Love me do – The Beatles

    – Young love – by many artists (I cheated too – Ric Cartey, Janet Jackson…?)

    – Love letter – R. Kelly

    – Alright – Jamiroquai (love song, eh? “I need your love, I need your love…” )

    Do I get a bonus point for mentioning one (that you used) by a French artist? Love song – Vanessa Paradis (not my cup of tea, that one.)

    Bien? Will try harder if there are more. 🙂

    My own hated and loved ‘love songs’ later, please.

    1. Très bien, and of course you can have that bonus point.

      I much prefer Ketty Lester’s ‘Love Letters’, though. That one really is exquisite, as near to perfection as any song has come, I should think.

      There’s still more…

    2. Fabulous Michèle!! Now if we can just find the others …

      Oh FEd, I had completely forgotten about Ketty Lester’s Love Letters … along with In Dreams, it was used in the soundtrack for Blue Velvet. I still can’t listen to In Dreams without seeing Frank Booth rubbing a piece of velvet over Jeffrey’s mouth and then proceeding to beat the crap out of him.

    3. There’s still more? Mon Dieu, if you saw that pile of ironing that keeps growing…

      You wrote “…as he’s said to have fallen madly in love with…”

      Alors:

      Love You Madly – Oscar Peterson feat. Ella Fitzgerald
      – Madly in love with you – Bruno Mars

      Also:

      – Fine – Whitney Houston
      – Again – Lenny Kravitz

      Still more? 😕

      1. I don’t think anyone spotted The Troggs (or Wet Wet Wet, if you prefer their version).

        Now there’s an example of a song flogged to death because of a film… a film I wouldn’t watch if you offered me money (real or chocolate).

    4. Are you feeling sick yet?

      I’m sick of love but I’m in the thick of it
      This kind of love, I’m so sick of it

      Bob Dylan – ‘Love Sick’

      Wow. I just discovered it and I love it.

      1. One of his finest, I think. Certainly of more recent times. I love the twisted ending, a bit like ‘Idiot Wind’.

        I’m sick of love, I wish I’d never met you
        I’m sick of love, I’m trying to forget you

        Just don’t know what to do
        I’d give anything to
        Be with you

    5. You haven’t given up Michèle … I felt positively defeated but now they’re so blatantly obvious. 🙂

    1. Ah, more ‘Love Letters’.

      I was also thinking of Sinead’s big hit. What a song, what a performance. What a shame words couldn’t be used for “to you” instead of a number and a letter.

  10. This is a quirky song by Melody Gardot. I discovered her when listening to Seesaw by Bonamassa and Hart. (I bought it too last year Pavlov. 🙂 )

    ash

    1. Ooh, I love it Ash! Reminds me of a little of a ‘smoother’ Eartha Kitt, which leads me to a little humour with her ‘love of money’ in Old Fashioned Girl.

  11. “Killing Me Softly” is a really silly love song. That was Roberta Flack, I think. “Loving You” by Minnie Riperton is equally silly, but she does have a great voice (nobody else could hit that impossibly high note). Lionel Richie’s “Hello” is much less silly, I’ve lived those words myself.

    One of the most beautiful songs ever written, period, is George Harrison’s “Something.” Later, his “I’ve Got My Mind Set On You” was so silly that Weird Al had NO trouble spoofing it. In his hands, it became “This song’s just six words long.”

    And Jimmy Webb’s bizarre “MacArthur Park” (which he claims is about the end of a relationship) is probably the weirdest song ever written that was not meant as a novelty.

    1. Here’s the Minnie Riperton song.

      Other silly love songs include most anything by The Bee Gees (“More Than A Woman,” “If I Can’t Have You”).

      Honorable Mention goes to Donna Summer for “Love To Love You Baby.”

    2. Dan, Dan, Dan. Best list of songs yet. Bonus points for you.

      And what a lovely lyric (Minnie Riperton):

      No-one else can make me feel the colours that you bring
      Stay with me while we grow old
      And we will live each day in spring time

  12. There are just too many that I like (just as many that make my skin crawl) …

    God Only Knows – Beach Boys
    Calling You – Blue October
    The Walls Of The World – Mike Batt
    The Promise – Tracy Chapman
    In Dreams – Roy Orbison
    Your Song – Elton John
    Julia – Pavlov’s Dog
    I’d Rather Go Blind (cover by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa)
    Hold On – Chris de Burgh
    Cello – Parrish & Toppano
    Autumn – Strawbs
    Nights In White Satin – The Moody Blues
    My Kind Of Lady – Supertramp
    Always – (Leonard Cohen’s cover)
    Babe – Hurricane Smith

    Nary a mention of the word love in any of the titles …

    1. God Only Knows – Beach Boys

      Hell, yes. So good that even Paul McCartney wishes he’d written it.

  13. Three to be going on with:

    Hello I Love You, The Doors
    All of My Love, Led Zeppelin
    Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton (but what about Tears in Heaven?)

    Hope you are all Well Dry and Warm.

    Best Wishes
    Heather

  14. About the love songs you referenced in this post, how could I forget

    – Valentine’s Day – David Bowie (from his new album ‘The Next Day’)
    – Love Story – Andy Williams, Shirley Bassey and many others, although I much prefer the original instrumental theme from the movie by Francis Lai. But maybe you were thinking of Taylor Swift? 😉 You wouldn’t be alone… nearly 149 million views on YouTube…

    I also noticed ‘So Pure’ – Alanis Morissette.

    1. I was thinking of Engelbert Humperdinck’s version, which seems to be the only one not silly at all whilst really traditional, “classical” “love song”.

  15. I also very much enjoyed Bad Company’s Weep No More ‘back in the day’ and listening to it now brings back such fond memories …

  16. Ah, and a little love song for the cheatin’ kind – Kiss and Say Goodbye.

    Nice harmonies … we have a trio in the subway station near my office that plays it and does such a great job!

    Speaking of harmonies, I love this one and the lyrics aren’t too shabby either.

    I didn’t know for the longest time that there was an original thinking this was the one and only!

  17. I wouldn’t call it “silly” …but, Queen’s “Love Of My Life” is one of the greatest love songs ever written.

    Another one, maybe not a love song in the traditional matter, is “Soul Singing” by The Black Crowes. A song that Chris Robinson wrote for his wife at the time, Kate Hudson… lucky bastard. 😀

    The live version on the “Freak and Roll” DVD features is amazing, worth checking it out.

    1. Thanks, Gabriel, I will.

      There must be a few more from Queen. How about ‘You’re My Best Friend’?

  18. These are all Dean Martin songs that I remember from when I was growing up. Silly, and Dean is a great comedian.

    Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime (this one’s for you Fed 😀 )

    You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You

    (Remember Me) I’m the One Who Loves You (actually, as I go through YouTube, I’m discovering that I remember a lot of music from these years)

    That’s Amore (this reminds me of the spaghetti scene in Lady and The Tramp)

    You’ll Always Be the One I Love (beautiful love song awww)

    – Send Me the Pillow That You Dream on, (because it’s a daft title)

    – Baby, It’s Cold Outside (brrrrrrr!)

    ash (feeling all lovely and loving inside, will feel my normal crabbit self again soon 😀 )

  19. Three points?

    ‘All Around The World’ – Justin Bieber
    ‘True’ – Spandau Ballet
    ‘Again and Again’ – The Bird and The Bee

    1. Been around the world and I-I-I-I can’t find my baby
      I don’t know when, I don’t know why
      Why he’s gone away

      Not that I’d included this above, you understand, but it has to be better than The Bieber.

  20. “Soon” by Yes is a classic and heart felt love song for me, the instrumental version is so powerful.

    Another along this theme would be David’s “Let’s Get Metaphysical”. That sends chills up my spine, I wish to have heard that one live. Sigh!

  21. I’ve made my decision on Unchained Melody … this one. Had I seen that performance, I would never, ever forget it!!

  22. These are unlikely to win any votes but one two of my favourites are the Rolling Stones’ Angie and Wild Horses.

  23. Before I fall into Pink Floyd and David Gilmour 🙂 again and be stuck in there for ages… you must look at what I’ve discovered while googling “To Ramona” (thank you FEd, what a gift indeed!) :

    “If I Go” by Sinéad Lohan, well and “To Ramona” of course.

    Yes, you must indeed – those who have not listened yet, – because she is not just beautiful and so naturale, but she is nearly David Gilmour in a female version, could it possibly be, I think. And I love her…

  24. Gotta love a bit of good old Barry Manilow!!!

    Burt Bacharach is a personal fave of mine. Top legend.

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

    1. Oh a very beautiful one as well …. goodness, I’d like to be able to do justice to that one. How we all suffer for our sanity ….

  25. So, my list…

    I generally think that love songs are either ‘guimauve’ or ‘tragico-grotesques’, but I quite like these ones (mostly for the music and atmosphere, not the lyrics that I rarely understand):

    – Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
    – November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
    – Ain’t No Cure For Love – Leonard Cohen
    – Since I’ve Been Loving You – Led Zeppelin (Hi, Tim, it’s for you! 🙂 )
    – Wild Horses, She’s A Rainbow – Rolling Stones

    Some songs that can’t be ignored here:

    – L’Hymne à l’Amour – Edith Piaf ( written to the love of her life, the French boxer, Marcel Cerdan who was killed in a plane crash on his way from Paris to New York to come see her. She recorded the song after his death.)
    Ne Me Quitte Pas – Jacques Brel. What a song. I wish everyone could understand the lyrics. So powerful and poetic.
    Funnily (or not) enough, Jacques Brel declared “This is not a love song, but a song about the cowardice of men.”.

    Oh also the deliciously provoking song ‘Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus’ – Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. I love it!

    For fun, a few that I like just because they are related to David Gilmour 😉 :

    – Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Joker’s Wild – Good fun.
    – Love On The Air – David Gilmour (no, sorry, not ‘All Lovers Are Deranged’, I really dislike it.)
    – To Know Him Is To Love Him, performed by David and Roger (Oh the irony! 😉 ) at their Hoping Foundation Gig in 2010.

    More fun?

    Can you identify the song from the line: We thought that love could cure a toothache?

    And this song is a cover of a French song. Which one?

    1. Can you identify the song from the line: We thought that love could cure a toothache?

      Yes, I can. Great line. Let’s see if anyone else can.

    2. Interesting version, Pavlov. Not quite as good as James Dean Bradfield’s more politically-correct acoustic offering, though, in my opinion, which is the answer I suspect Michèle was expecting (but I’ve loved the Manic Street Preachers for a long time, so I would say that).

      Incredible words, as you’d expect from Brel.

      There aren’t many better at providing a surprise, stripped-down interpretation of a song than James Dean Bradfield, actually. ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Last Christmas’, ‘Summer Wind’… Three that fit this category right there.

    3. Bravo, Pavlov! But, yes, I was thinking of James Dean Bradfield’s cover of ‘Voir Un Ami Pleurer’ by Jacques Brel: ‘To See A Friend In Tears’.

      It’s what I like here, there’s always something new to learn. I never heard of Momus before (only that Momus was the Greek God of satire 😉 ).

      I knew that the translation (JDB version) had taken many liberties with the original text, but yes – as FEd said – the two covers have quite different lyrics.

      And some research made me discover that Momus also covered Brel’s ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’ (that I mentioned above). Here. Not bad.

      If anyone is interested, more on this story here.

      Of course I’m biased, but I still prefer Le Grand Jacques… 😉

  26. … isn’t “Wish You Where Here” a love song after all?

    … how I wish, how I wish you were here …

    Taki

  27. “I will go down with this ship,
    And I won’t put my hands up and surrender,
    There will be no white flag above my door,
    I’m in love and always will be.”

    White Flag – Dido

  28. There are so many memorable love songs it is difficult to just list a few. Many have been mentioned by fellow bloggers. So forgive me if I repeat some.

    “Pigs On The Wings (Part 1 & 2)”

    I love hearing that song. Never get enough of David/Pink Floyd. A song about caring.

    Would enjoy hearing “Love On The Air” – David Gilmour. Found the lyrics a couple months ago and saw that Ken F listed it. I would love to hear the song. The lyrics are fascinating in many ways.

    I could go on about many of David’s /Pink Floyd songs.

    “Hush” – Deep Purple
    “Still You Turn Me On” – Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
    “Let My Love Open The Door” – Pete Townsend
    “Best Of My Love” – Eagles
    “Tupelo Honey” – Van Morrison
    “Baby I Love Your Way” – Peter Frampton
    “Love Reign Over Me” – The Who
    “Bron-y-aur Stomp” – Led Zepplin
    ” Dyer Maker” – Led Zepplin (?)
    “Patience” – Guns & Roses
    “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns & Roses
    “Something In The Way She Moves” – James Taylor
    “Wild Horses” – Rolling Stones
    “Who Do You Love” – George Thoroughgood (silly but fun)
    “San Fransico Nights” – Chris Issac
    ” The One I Love” – REM
    “Love Me Two Times” – Doors
    “Bridge Of Sigh” – Robin Trower
    ” Lonley Days Lonley Nights” – Bee Gees
    “Give A Little Bit” – Supertramp
    “Nights In White Satin” – Moody Blues
    “Feel That Way/Anytime You Need Me” – Journey (do not think I got the song name correct – tried looking it up to no avail)
    “Forever Man” – Eric Clapton
    “Go Crazy On You” – Heart

    Those are some songs that come to mind. There are so many more.

  29. At the time, 1967, almost every song was about unrequited love or about the bloke who nicked my girl, then on the jukebox (younger bloggers, look it up on Google) issued forth a song about a bloke who was nicking women’s underwear off washing lines at night, was eventually caught and sent to prison. Such a refreshing change!!

    Loved PF ever since that day.

    Of course for really heartfelt love songs you have to go a long way to beat Mr Nat King Cole and “Stardust” or “Love Letters”. But also stuff like the beautiful “Norwegian Wood” by the Beatles. One of the rare covers that I think is better than the original is Bryan Ferry’s “Jelous Guy”. In the same vein, Kirsty McColl`s rendition of “Thank You For the Days”.

    Of course, not a traditionally thought of love song, but one that conveys love and passion to me is, Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross”.

    Happy late Valentine’s Day. xxxx

  30. I was so pleased to hear that David (Bowie) won Male Artist of the Year in the U.K. Brit Awards. Perhaps both Davids will collaborate next year and add some fun, perhaps Arcade Fire with some Rush and a little wee bit of Spice Girls. LOL.

  31. Well, I’m in love as I’m on an island. Tenerife, Los Christinanos. The weather is perfect. I love memories by Gladys Knight, very beautiful song.

    Damian

  32. This is especially for Michèle — give it time… there is a guitar lead at 5:31 (a bit under-developed in my humble opinion). Beautiful nevertheless from an extremely underrated and underplayed band!

    In case anyone feels like ‘exploring’ a bit – another of theirs is a song about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

    Nobody Wins is also worth a listen although it’s from much later (2009).

    1. This is especially for Michèle

      Mon Dieu, Pavlov, I thought for one second that it was ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Céline Dion! 😀

      If only she’d sunk with the boat…

    2. Michèle, I would never do that to you … or anyone for that matter. She did sink with the boat – at least in my mind. 😉

    1. Happy, Happy! A wee bit cold in Toronto? Snow flurries for t’night and tomorrow is supposed to be especially nippy! Stay warm up there. 🙂

  33. Comfortably Numb (so long as it has a pulse slice inserted) after all these years is probably the best. It’s perfect.

    With thanks,
    -Drew M.

  34. Dear FEd

    I was able to connect with some of the videos commented on your blog and some that fellow bloggers mentioned. It is a treat to connect. Unfortunately I am unable to view all mentioned.

    I was able to watch Bob Dylan “Love Sick”. It is a song with an in depth meaning. Very good song… The other one I was able to view and loved was Ketty Hester’s “Love Letters”. Excellent in so many ways. The video with the immense background going into the distance, like a lonely road. Amazing what was done for dramatic back drops in that time era. Her voice and the lyrics are so heartfelt. Very classy woman.

    Thank you for sharing.

  35. Jeff Buckley, the Grace album. Probably the best love songs for me. ‘Lonely is the room, the bed is made, the open window lets the rain in.’ So good.

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