40 Years of Favorites: The Art of the Love Song

Seven in the evening was a special time for me growing up. It was that time when I tuned into a local station and listened to love songs. I didn’t date much in school and I had one girlfriend throughout high school and college. Still, I loved listening to love songs. The poetry, the music, the message of true love.

I still love listening to these songs even after getting married. And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I’m counting down my favorite love songs throughout the years.

  1. “If You’re Not the One,” Daniel Bedingfield. It was the song of my first dance with Colleen as a married couple. Of course, this is number one on my list. From start to finish, Daniel pulls no punches in delivering his message of destiny and true love.
  2. “Kiss From a Rose,” Seal. This is one of most popular love songs in the 90’s. Stations played this a lot. And understandably so. I remember missing out on a slow dance to this song during Homecoming. I was so bummed.
  3. “And I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston. Arguably, her greatest hit. An instant classic. The title track to “The Bodyguard” soundtrack, Houston proves she can hit those notes like no one else. I think everyone has danced to this song at some point in their lives. I know I wanted that opportunity.
  4. “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men. A duet that seemed destined to happen. I remember watching the music video and being mesmerized by its harmony and the power to tug at your heartstrings.
  5. “Girlfriend,” *NSYNC Another song with personal significance. I sung this song on Karaoke Night to my wife, who I was asking to be my girlfriend at the time. The song is more of a pop ballad, but it delivers the message of going to whatever measures necessary to find your special someone.
  6. “Everything I Do (I’d Do It For You),” Bryan Adams. I’m torn between the original and Brandy’s rendition. In this case, I go for Adams’ version because it’s the title track to one of my favorite 90’s movies, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” This is a quintessential ballad, with the theme of doing whatever it takes for the one you love.
  7. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” Elton John. “The Lion King,” best Disney movie ever, in my opinion. And anything Elton John touches is pure magic. It’s a ballad that maintains the somber mood of the movie’s jungle motif.
  8. “These Words,” Natasha Bedingfield. Another pop ballad. This speaks to me, being a writer. After marrying my wife, I got out of habit of writing love notes. This inspires to pick it back up. And it’s a happy tune.
  9. “Right Here Waiting,” Monica feat. 112. Richard Marx’s version is a classic, but this one instance where I like the cover version better. I love the R&B stylings of this duet that gives this classic its own flavor.
  10. “Why Don’t You and I,” Santana feat. Alex Band (Alternate Version). This song played when I walked down the aisle with my wife. Until recently, I didn’t realize Chad Kroeger of Nickelback sung the original version. But this version was the one mostly played on the radio, so I’m going with this one.
  11. “All My Life,” K-Ci & JoJo (Honorable Mention). I once said to a friend of mine that if I was going to ask someone to be my girlfriend, this would be the song I’d sing. This duo had some great songs in the late 90’s/early 2000’s and this was a song I actually tried to memorize the lyrics from beginning to end. And for a while, I actually could.

So those are my favorite love songs. While they’re not as common now, it is comforting to know that it hasn’t completely gone out of style.

What about you? What are your favorite love songs? Are there any I should take notice? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, Happy Valentine’s Day and may your love blossom…


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