Last year I did the anti-Valentine’s Day thing. This year, I thought, well if I can’t enjoy this fabricated holiday myself, at least I can help others get “in the mood.”
So here goes my top 10 all-time favourite love songs:
10. “The Deeper the Love”
“The Deeper the Love” is a song by the English hard rock band Whitesnake, taken from their 1989 album Slip of the Tongue.
The song was written by singer David Coverdale, along with guitarist Adrian Vandenberg. Coverdale commented on the origins of the song in Slip of the Tongue 20th anniversary edition by saying:
“‘The Deeper the Love’ came from a chorus sequence I’d had for some time, written, if memory serves, in my dear friend Tony Z’s house, many years ago… then my little Dutch brother, Adrian, came along and put the musical icing on the cake, and gave me the verse chord sequence. I fished writing it in Tahiti, of all places.”
9. “When It’s Love”
“When It’s Love” is a song recorded by Van Halen. It was released as a single from their album OU812. It was the most popular song from that album, hitting #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks charts and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
8. “Here Comes My Girl”
“Here Comes My Girl” is a song written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, and recorded by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, their third single from their breakthrough hit 1979 album, Damn the Torpedoes.
Petty remembers Campbell’s chords and tune on a cassette tape, and struggling with the lyrics. Bassist Ron Blair told Petty that what he had was a “really good piece of music.” Petty learned to use narration in the verses, similar to Blondie or The Shangri-Las. Petty said the chorus was inspired by The Byrds.
7. “For Your Love”
“For Your Love” is a 1965 single written by future 10cc member Graham Gouldman and performed by the British Invasion band The Yardbirds.
Gouldman wrote the song at the age of 19 while working by day in a gentlemen’s outfitters near Salford Docks and playing by night with the semi-professional Manchester band the Mockingbirds. He said: “I was sleeping most of the time because I’d been gigging with the Mockingbirds the night before, and then during the day when I’d got any spare time I’d write in the shop. I used to shut up the shop at lunch time and sit in the back writing.”
6. “Crazy For You”
“Crazy for You” is a song by American recording artist Madonna for the 1985 film Vision Quest.
“Crazy for You” ushered a new musical direction for Madonna, as previously she had not released a ballad as a single. It features instrumentation from snare drums, harp, bass synthesizer and electric guitar. Lyrically the song talks about sexual desire between two lovers and consists of innuendos.
5. “Love Ain’t For Keeping”
“Love Ain’t for Keeping” is a song written by Pete Townshend and originally released by The Who on their 1971 album Who’s Next. It is the shortest and one of the lightest songs on the album, and one of the few songs on the album not to use synthesizers. It was originally written for Townshend’s abandoned Lifehouse project. Its themes include the joy of physical love, the power of nature and the need to live for the moment.
4. “Chasing Cars”
“Chasing Cars” is the second single from Snow Patrol’s fourth album, Eyes Open.
It has been reported that lead singer Gary Lightbody wrote the song, sober after a binge of white wine, in the garden of producer Jacknife Lee’s Kent cottage. The song has Lightbody singing a plain melody over sparse guitars, which has an ever-building crescendo.
He stated it was his “purest love song”. The phrase “Chasing Cars” came from Lightbody’s father, in reference to a girl Lightbody was infatuated with, “You’re like a dog chasing a car. You’ll never catch it and you just wouldn’t know what to do with it if you did.”
“Beautiful” is the third single from Akon’s third studio album, Freedom. The song features American pop singer, Colby O’Donis and a rap verse from Canadian rapper, Kardinal Offishall.
2. “You’re My Best Friend”
“You’re My Best Friend” is a song by British rock band Queen, written by their bassist John Deacon. It was originally included on the A Night at the Opera album in 1975. Deacon wrote the song for his wife, Veronica Tetzlaff.
1. “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” is a song written, recorded, and produced by Barry White. Released as the first single from his album Can’t Get Enough in 1974, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 and U.S. R&B charts and has since become one of his signature tunes. It was his second U.S. chart-topper, after “Love’s Theme”.
Clay Lowe | @soulcruzer