Here are the best love songs of all times – according to “The Guardian”.
(and NO, we are NOT getting SOFT)
10. The Police: Every Breath You Take
Sting and co prove that stalking is a fit subject for pop. Paranoid and slightly chilling, avoid socialising with couples who have chosen this to be ‘their song’, as it will probably end in tears at the very least.
9. Eric Clapton: Wonderful Tonight
The leisurely guitar licks and drowsy vocals disguise the fact that the lyrics are simply an account of a rather boring evening in Eric’s life. He watches his other half brush her hair, they go to a party, he gets a headache, gives her the car keys and they go home. Who said romance was dead?
8. Leonard Cohen: Tower Of Song
Not so much a love song as a bitter, consumptive poison-pen letter from a spurned admirer to his lady love, this sees the godfather of woe growl his way through four of the most bilious minutes ever committed to vinyl. Best appreciated at 5am whilst cradling a tear-stained bottle of London Gin. Not one for a first date, then.
7. Elton John: Your Song
A favourite of Radio 2 listeners and mums everywhere, this is an uncomplicated, heartfelt affair, even if it is a little galling to hear one of the richest men in the world complain that he “don’t have much money”.
6. Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On
Another not to play in the early stages of a relationship, though for quite different reasons. Casually slipping it onto the stereo after dimming the lights and pouring the wine may have the effect of sending your prospective partner running for the door. Or, quite possibly, the police.
5. Frankie Goes To Hollywood: The Power of Love
A ridiculous mock-religious epic, complete with orchestral flourishes and spectacular thunderclaps, this represents the pinnacle of the 1980s power ballad sub-genre. A word of warning: do not attempt to dance to it on your own or mouth along with the words. It will not endear you to anyone.
4. Celine Dion: My Heart Will Go On
Best filed under ‘crimes against humanity’, this preposterous, overblown tripe is only included here due to its mysterious popularity. It apparently gets played at funerals quite often, and not just for those involved in iceberg-related accidents.
3. The Beatles: Something
The late George Harrison’s finest hour. Sincere, passionate, and bursting at the seams with wide – albeit bleary – eyed wonder, this was also the only moptops track to be covered by Frank Sinatra, and he knew a thing or two about l’amore.
2. Sam Cooke: Wonderful World
He may not have been God’s gift to algebra, and he may not even have known what a slide rule is for (what is it for, exactly?), but Mr. Cooke certainly knew how to pen a tune. Proving that simplicity is the key to a classic love song, this 1960 hit still resonates in the hearts of the educationally challenged everywhere.
1. The Beach Boys: God Only Knows
Some of the most beautiful harmonies to be found anywhere in popular music, wedded to Brian Wilson’s childishly innocent lyrics, serve to create the greatest musical monument to love ever created. “If you should ever leave me / life would still go on believe me / the world could show nothing to me / so what good would living do me?” is the epitome of demented lovers’ logic.
The original list was done by David Whitehead, on Tuesday January 29, 2002, in Guardian Unlimited
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