Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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Recently, since I have begun a new relationship, me and my boyfriend have been doing the corniest of actions: Tagging each other with mushy songs on Facebook. It is nothing short of the mushiness you find in a Disney movie, but every time we do this it puts the biggest smile on my face and the biggest shiny feeling in my heart. Overall, it's just adorable, but it got me thinking: What are my favorite love songs? Sure, I like the usual suspects of our modern times, but then there are ones that get me that maybe doesn't exactly get the everyday person and thus they get no respect (as Rodney Dangerfield would say) and maybe today will get some after this post. So let's take a look at what I believe to be the best of the best, as cheesy as some of them can be.
5. Your Love Strong Enough by Bryan Ferry
I love the 80's, can you tell? One of the things that came out of the decade that I really love is the film "Legend" by Ridley Scott. The film tells the story of a princess and a poor boy that fall for each other in their magic land, with their love being tested by the forces of darkness and the elements of time (there are also unicorns and Tim Curry as The Devil - legit.) So it's fitting that the film contain a love song as part of it's soundtrack. Though it can be a tad cheesy (isn't everything from the 80's in some way?) Bryan Ferry's vocals and the guitar by David Gilmour make it especially romantic and special. It has stayed with people in a cult sort of way, that it even got covered and put into the American version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. So, Is Your Love Strong Enough?
4. Can't Help Falling In Love With You by Lick The Tins
3. That Old Black Magic (Any version)
2. Zing went the Strings of my Heart by Rufus Wainwright
I'll confess that Rufus Wainwright is definitely up there in my favorite singers category. I've discussed my love for the Mr. Fabulous himself on numerous occasions, but it is pretty obvious that Wainwright doesn't have a lot of love songs in his catalog. But for some reason, his cover of Judy Garland's Zing! is one of my favorites in the bunch. It's so full of life, love and that magical feeling similar to the song discussed previously. If you haven't, I highly recommend checking out the concert DVD it comes from, where Wainwright replicates one of Garland's last famous concerts in her career. It's brilliant, to say the least.
1. Dreams by The Cranberries
Okay, let me break it down this way for you: I am a product of the 90's. For some reason whenever I heard this song I thought that it meant the world was perfect, that everything was at peace. Also, as evidence by the video, I connected this song with one of my favorite TV shows, My So Called Life. If Angela got happy and in love with this song, then that most be the ultimate love song. Of course, I then learned Angela was falling for a not such great guy (but Jordan is a hottie, can't deny it). Regardless, Dreams is one of those unique songs that only comes around every so often and sticks with people. It was bold and different for it's time, yet reflected much of the feelings that young people in the decade had about their life and moving on to adulthood. I imagined this in the soundtrack of my life, and I never plan on taking it out. I can easily say it will definitely be played on my wedding.
So what is your ultimate love song that you think doesn't get enough credit? Post it in the comments below, I'm always looking for new additions to my iTunes!
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