If you’re anything like me you will have a hard time saying that title sincerely. Even if I try. There will always be a sarcastic twinge. I like to think that it’s because I’m not very romantic. Not that I’m bitter. Any more than usual that is.
So in the spirit of this super commercialised holiday I propose sharing some of our favourite ‘love’ songs. Favourite, for me, means songs that I can think of quickly. Not necessarily the best or any lifetime favourite songs. Just songs for the moment.
Ella Fitzgerald – The Man I Love
I adore this song. This should be a long lasting song. Fitzgerald is amazing and I like the “hope” in the lyrics.
Harry Connick, Jr. – It Had To Be You
I fell in love with this song after watching When Harry Met Sally… (1989). It is just perfect jazz and Connick, Jr. is great. The whole soundtrack is great really – all Connick, Jr. And that’s a great movie. Even if you are alone.
Kate Nash – The Nicest Thing
There is not much love for Nash among the other DTSFT girls (I don’t think). I completely understand but I do love this song. Everyone wants someone to know them so well without trying.
Stacey Kent – They All Laughed
Have an outlandish love? This song can make you believe that anything is possible! And who doesn’t need blind faith? I discovered this song via my Dad – he owns the album. I fell in love with it then (around 1998) and I still love it. It’s originally from Shall We Dance (1937) but I’ve never seen it! That’s going on my ‘to watch’ list.
Luther Vandross – Wait For Love
You can’t discuss love songs without a little Luther. Indisputably one of the greatest singers ever, this song just jumps out at me as my first choice.
Ennio Morricone – The Crisis
Okay, a slightly less obvious choice here as it’s an instrumental piece. From the film ‘The Legend of 1900’, this song occurs a few times in the film, which is about a virtuosic pianist who has lived his entire life on a cruise liner. The entire film is available on Youtube here.
Elton John – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
If you listen to the lyrics, there’s references to some miserable stuff, and the context of the song is probably not the most lovey dovey stuff, but this song featured on Elton’s ‘Love Song’ compilation album so it counts, damn it (like my reference to the song, there?). One of a kind, and one of my favourite artists ever.
Donny Hathaway – A Song For You
I don’t need to explain this one. Just close your eyes for 5 and a half minutes, and listen.
The Grass Roots – Midnight Confession
Most folks might know this one from the Quentin Tarantino film ‘Jackie Brown’, and it’s an absolute tune. Most of all because I, and I’m guessing the DTSFT ladies and some of our readers, can relate to it. Essentially it is about being in love with someone but not being able to tell them (because they’re married – but that’s by the by). If you can’t relate – listen anyway. It’s a toe-tapper.
Jamiroquai – Falling
Acid jazz group Jamiroquai are one of my favourite groups ever and Falling is up there with my favourite songs of theirs. It’s a slowie, but there’s trumpets and it’s so damn sultry I can’t deal.
Ameriie – Every Time
Ameriie was at her peak at a time when R ‘n’ B was actually a proper genre of music in its own right and not just David Guetta shouting at everybody. Best listened to on a sunny afternoon, and if you’re missing someone right now; it’s perfect.
Common ft. Mary J Blige – Come Close
Like the song says at the start, this is a fly love song. Even if you don’t listen to it, watch the video. Ridiculously sweet.
Heatwave – Always And Forever
Such a beautiful song, from the music, to the lyrics, to the angelic harmonies. Best played at a fairly low volume, just to get the ‘tenderness’ of it.
Anita Baker – Sweet Love
Anita Baker is the queen of love songs. I remember my mum having a cassette tape of hers that we always played in the car. I absolutely adore her voice and her lyrics are so romantic. This song is not only my favourite of hers, but also one of my favourite song ever, so much so that I would totally choose it as my ‘first dance’ song at my wedding, if and when it happens.
Check out her dancing in the video – even she’s feeling it!
Anita Baker – Caught Up In The Rapture
George Michael – Heal The Pain
George Michael is one of my favourite artists (even if he has been an idiot lately). I love his voice and his lyrics are genius. This song has a different take on love: he sings about loving someone who is already with someone else who treats them badly (if that makes sense), but still, it’s simply divine.
And finally, missed out on a Valentine? Check these amazing ones out and realise that the amazing person who would get you the perfect card from this selection is just waiting. (Sorry, super soppy. It won’t happen again. Honestly, I feel a little ill writing that.)
Also, remember – Valentine’s goodies will be on sale tomorrow. Stock up on chocolate, flowers and wine. That’s reason enough for Valentine’s Day.