Friday, 30 December 2011
I wanted to do a post on the greatest love songs of 2011, but after some research I'm finding that, at least in my opinion, there aren't enough to which I would really pay homage. A while back, I did a post on my personal favorite sex songs of all time, but this list is going to be a little different.
This is a list of 20 of my favorite love songs of all time (in no such order), instead of the best of this year:
- Brian McKnight- 6, 8, 12: This song, like many on this list, probably never crossed your minds as a remarkably different love song. The truth is, it isn't different. It's simple and it's beautiful. "I miss you so much and I don't know what to say." We know this song is a sad one-- it is about a love lost. Sometimes, these kinds of songs are the ones best fitted to remind us of what we do have and what we know we can't bear to lose.
- The Isley Brothers- For The Love Of You: If you've ever heard it, I shouldn't have to advertise. Sometimes, I think this is my favorite song of all time. Period. Watch how many times I say that on this list.
- John Mayer- In Your Atmosphere: Yes, you already know that I'm crazy about John Mayer's music. What you probably don't know is that this gem is one of the most beautiful love songs ever written. Like McKnight's 6, 8, 12, this song is about a love lost. It's a candid and poetic display of emotions written in a way I could only ever dream of writing. The line that gets me every time? "I'd get lost on the boulevard at night without your voice to tell me 'I love you, take a right.' The ten and the two is the loneliest sight." Flawless.
- Adele- Make You Feel My Love: This is actually a cover of a Bob Dylan song, and normally I wouldn't advocate a cover over the original, but Adele's voice is too beautiful to pass up. It makes this song more romantic than the original... perhaps, 10-fold. I'm not always an Adele fan, but this song is unbelievable.
- Bethany Joy Galeotti- Feel This: Admittedly, I may have found this because I used to watch One Tree Hill back when it was good, but that show was really all about music, anyway. I love this song.
- Beyonce- Halo: I shouldn't have to explain this one, but I will anyway. It's a modern-day hit, but it's definitely a diamond in the rough of so-called "pop" hits. Why? Because it isn't pop.
- Dave Matthews Band- You and Me: One of Dave's greatest... not to mention that it's romantic in a whimsical way.
- Dashboard Confessional- The Widow's Peak: Dashboard has a great many love songs. Perhaps, they have more than any other band for me. Yet, a year and a half ago it was this song that was playing when I was standing on a snowy mountain in the summer that made me realize there was nothing L and I could go through that would stop me from wanting to be together. It was a rough patch silenced by this song. For that, I will forever be indebted to Chris Carrabba.
- Gavin DeGraw- Belief (Stripped Version): For reasons I can't quite explain. I guess it's personal.
- Jessica Simpson- I Wanna Love You Forever: Don't laugh at me, okay? Her voice is beautiful and so is this song.
- John Hiatt- Angel Eyes: This song is a bit cheesy, but John Hiatt's a great musician and I love his voice therefore it gets to me a bit.
- K-Ci & Jojo- All My Life: Beacuse, duh, it's fucking K-Ci & JoJo. This song is my JAM.
- Los Lonely Boys- More Than Love: Both lyrically and musically (like so many on this list), this song is perfect.
- Kina- I Love You: No, not Kina Grannis. I don't know how this song was found so good luck finding it. But, find it. It's incredible.
- *NSYNC- This I Promise You: This list doesn't really pay enough homage to the boy bands of the '90s. The truth is, I could write an entire list based simply off of the Backstreet Boys' albums. That's why they aren't on here. I couldn't pick just one. With *NSYNC, it came a little easier.
- Something Corporate- Globes & Maps: This song is so secret to me. You're welcome.
- Rick Seibold- Can't Go On: I love the lyrics in this song. He just sets it up like forever isn't something to be scared of; it's great.
- Trisha Yearwood- I Would've Loved You Anyway: Unbelievable.
- U2- With Or Without You: Perhaps one of the hardest songs to listen to during a break-up. Something about Ross and Rachel.
- Whitney Houston- I Will Always Love You: Again, with the covers, I know. This is 500x more amazing than Dolly Parton's, though. Sorry, Dolly.
Although L already knows all of these songs, I'm gifting this mix the next time we see each other.
Have you ever given your SO a mix of your favorite love songs/songs that remind you of him/her? What are your favorites? Do you know any great love songs from 2011?