Valentine’s Day is only comes once a year and while this means discount treats and gifts, it also means that we should be sharing our feelings with our loved ones or at least our lusts. Whether you have a significant other or are hoping to be significant to a certain someone, we’ve got your playlist ready for you to strike the mood. Check out our Top 10 Love Songs of the past year and use them whenever you want to.
1. Bryan Adams – Everything I do I do it for you
This song definitely leads the charts. It has the gentle rhythm to start with that gives a glimpse of the love being visualized by the singer. This song was on the sound track of the 1991 movie, ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.’ It is Bryan Adams’ most successful song. It won a Grammy for the lyricists, Adams, Kamen and Lange in the category of Best song written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. The song has been number one in the USA, the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Austria.
2. Elvis – Love me tender
The song was recorded for the Elvis Presley movie of the same name released in 1956. This song has the rare distinction of having advance orders of a million even before the disc was released. This happened when Elvis performed the song before the release of the movie on the Ed Sullivan show. The individual style of Elvis and the passion with which he sings it makes it an all time super love song.
3. Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
The song was written for an obscure prison movie called Unchained and thus the reason for the name of the song. The music was composed by Alex North and the lyrics were written by Hy Zaret. It is remarkable how many great singers and groups have sung this song. The Righteous Brothers are usually credited as the singers of this great song which perhaps holds the record in that it has at least 500 versions sung by different people in different languages. The famous stars who have resung the song are Cyndi Lauper, U2, Leo Sayer, Elvis Presley, the band Heart, The Supremes and Ricky Nelson.
4. Etta James – At last
Etta James got herself a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame because of this song. It was originally written for the musical Orchestra Wives. The romantic lyrics sing praises of the man in a woman’s life and how happy she is to be with him at last. The song was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren.
5. George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
It is a love song for God by George Harrison. Love for God has inspired the greatest music in the world from the Hallelujah chorus by Handel, to the poetry of Rumi, and one song in the best love songs should be considered in this category. This song sings the desire of an ordinary human being to know God and to love Him. It was released in 1970.
6. Hoobastank – The Reason
The lyrics make this the perfect song for a lover who has not treated his girl right. The song released in 2004 is always a favorite for Love Song lists. Hoobastank sang the song and the lyrics were written byDouglas Robb and Dan Estrin. The lyrics beg the girl to understand that the boy is trying to change despite being ‘not a perfect person.’ It is commercially the most successful song for Hoobastank.
7. Frank Sinatra – Strangers in the night
This song was released in 1966 sung by the inimitable Frank Sinatra. It has been a world favorite ever since. The song was written by Ivo Robic, Bert Kaempfert, Eddie Snyder and Charles Singleton. The music too was composed by Bert Kaempfert. It was originally sung in German as ‘Fremde in der Nacht.’ The song won three Grammys. A great snippet about the song is that in the end when the song fades away Frank uses the words Doo Bee Doo bee Doo. That inspired the name for the cartoon series Scooby Doo. The ironic thing was that Frank Sinatra himself thought the song was a piece of ‘sh-t.’
8. Beatles – And I love her
This gentle all time favorite was release in 1964 and the words were written by Lennon/McCartney. Its popularity can be gauged that as recently as 2009 it has been re-recorded by Carla Bruni, the first Lady of France, in French and Italian, together with Harry Connick Jr. This song is the fifth track on the iconic A Hard Day’s Night.
9. Stevie Wonder – I just called to say I love you
The song was released in 1984. The song is written, produced and performed by Stevie Wonder. It has been an all time favorite love song and sold millions of copies. Stevie Wonder even sang it at a public event in honor of Michael Jackson after his death. It was first heard in the movie ‘Woman in Red.’ The song won a Grammy and a Golden Globe.
10. Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You
The song written and sung by Dolly Parton is an all time favorite of lovers. The Dolly Parton single was released in 1974 and was a great hit. It was sung again in 1992 by Whitney Houston. It reached the number one spot on the Country Music hits twice. As a Whitney Houston song it has sold more than 12 million copies.