Twelve Favorite Love Songs

Music Triggers Memories

 

I’m driving my car down a quiet road on a warm spring day.  Trees line both sides of the road, stretching into the distance.  The windows are open and the breeze hits my face and softly caresses my skin.  I turn on the radio and listen absent-mindedly to the music, only to have my attention captured by a song—a love song.  My mind instantly races back to a very special evening spent with a loved one.  I can remember the time, place and moment with complete clarity.  I recall what the weather was like and what we ate for dinner.  The song was playing that night also and even contributed to making the moment a powerful one.  The recaptured instant ends simultaneously with the song—the rest of my drive is slightly melancholy as reality imposes itself back into my day.  The memories are good, but they represent times long gone and moments that will never be duplicated.

We all have songs that remind us of special people or occasions.  Music helps us capture moments and remember them.  We identify some of the best memories in our lives with a song.  When we hear it play, we revisit that magical instant.  It can make us feel wonderful inside, although it might also make us sometimes look back and lament days gone by.        

Can't Help Falling in Love

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Songs can trigger romantic memories
Songs can trigger romantic memories
I was driving down a tree-lined road, and a love song reminded me of a wonderful evening
I was driving down a tree-lined road, and a love song reminded me of a wonderful evening
I'm a romantic at heart
I'm a romantic at heart
Songs can become part of the moment
Songs can become part of the moment
When Sonny and Cher sang "I Got You Babe," we believed in their love
When Sonny and Cher sang "I Got You Babe," we believed in their love

Favorite Love Songs


These are twelve of my favorite love songs. Some remind me of a special person or moment; others are included because I appreciate the way a particular song expresses thoughts of love or beauty. I have included my favorite line from each song, and the thoughts they bring to the surface for me.



I Know You’re Out There Somewhere (Moody Blues) “…I know I’ll find you somehow, and somehow I’ll return again to you…” A particularly special song for me that evokes wonderful memories, this is my favorite love song. This most lyrical tune is an ode to separation and hopes for reconciliation. It will always remain important in the soundtrack of my life.

Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers) “…Oh my darling, I hunger for your touch…” This magnificent song was never sung with more feeling than when performed by the Righteous Brothers, and for me it is the standard that all other love songs will be compared with. No personal list of love songs would be complete without this superb tune.

Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley) “…Wise men say only fools rush in, but I can’t help falling in love with you…” I remember when I was young watching Elvis sing this in the movie “Blue Hawaii”. This wonderfully simple number was a musical high point, even for Elvis Presley. It was also quoted in the final episode of “Happy Days,” as part of Chachi’s marriage vows to Joanie.

Voice Inside My Head (Dixie Chicks) “…Every time I’m feeling down, I wonder what would life be like with you around…” This song speaks to decisions we make in life and how things might be if our choices were different. I try not to think of personal decisions with regret, but I occasionally wonder what my life would have been like if some things happened differently.

Photographs and Memories (Jim Croce) “…Summer skies and lullabies, nights we couldn’t say good-bye, and of all of the things that we knew—not a dream survived…” This song was on the radio the night I took a woman I loved to the airport to return home. She returned for a time, but the song was prophetic—not a dream survived.

Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper) “…If you’re lost you can look and you will find me—time after time…” The lyrics are filled with words of strength that springs from caring and affection. I’ve been lost many times, and it warms my heart to believe someone will be there to help—every time.

Bliss (Alice Peacock) “…Even love is not enough to tell you how you make me feel. There’s only one word for this—it’s bliss…” This song represents love at its best. When the word love is insufficient to express one’s feelings, there is bliss. When you feel this good, you will always remember it.

Your Song (Elton John) “…I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you’re in the world…” This song is charming and peaceful, speaking of a comfortable life of togetherness with a loved one. It talks about buying a house and building a life. It isn’t about passion or sexual energy, but about companionship.

Songbird (Fleetwood Mac) “…For you there’ll be no more crying—for you the sun will be shining. And I feel that when I’m with you, it’s alright…” I requested “Songbird” be played at my brother’s funeral. His passing away was deliverance from the pain he suffered while battling cancer, and I saw these words as an eloquent expression of how even death can be a blessing. The second line wasn’t about my brother and us; it was about my brother and God.

Lean on Me Tonight (Moody Blues) “…Tomorrow will be just like it was when we were young…” Love is not just for the young. I view this line as a tribute to “middle aged” love and appreciate its sentiment. Relationships might not endure, but we can still experience moments that make us feel young.

Josette’s Theme (Charles Randolph Grean Sounde) There are no spoken words to this song. I originally heard it on the Dark Shadows television series; the reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins offered a small music box to Maggie Evans as a token of his affection. I subsequently identified music boxes with expressions of love, and offered one myself as a gift.

I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher) “…I got you babe…” Sonny and Cher looked into each others’ eyes and sang this touching and deeply personal song to each other at the end of each episode of their television series. Even after they divorced and married other people, we still believed they were in love. Sometimes love continues even after relationships end.


There are many, many other powerful songs that evoke thoughts and memories of love. Remember Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" or the Commodores' "Three Times a Lady"? Who wasn't touched by Celine Dion's rendition of "My Heart Will Go On" for the soundtrack of the "Titanic"? The Bee Gee's "How Deep is Your Love" is another of my personal favorites. The Monkee's "Sometime in the Morning", Lionel Ritchie's "Hello", Styx' "Don't Let it End", the Carpenter's "Goodbye to Love", and Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now" are all wonderful and sometimes poignant love songs. I am a fan of so many love songs that speak to me and touch my heart. These are just a few.


I Got You Babe

Dedicated to romantics everywhere

 

This article is a tribute to lovers and lovers of love.  It is about those special memories that add light and shadow to our lives.  It is for every man or woman that ever had a beautiful moment immortalized by a song, playing softly in the background.  It is for everyone who thinks back and remembers days of joy and nights of passion.  It is for everyone who has ever played a song on a phonograph, record player, cassette deck, CD player or Ipod in order to stir the memories.

I got you, babe.

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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Unchained melody is probably my favorite! I love that song! Good hub--funny how certain songs take you back to long ago days and loves gone down in flames. lol

Hey...btw..what's with the girl with the abe lincoln beard anyway? Is this a trick or something? Just curious of why you gave her more tetosterone than the guy? What is up with that? lol

Have a good night! Hope you are well! Love ya!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Ghosty! Thanks for commenting. The girl with the beard? It took me a minute to figure out what you were talking about. Uh...lol that's a shadow, Ghosty! It would be interesting to draw a picture of a guy kissing a bearded lady, but it wasn't what I had in mind...................

I like Unchained Melody, too. I saw the Righteous Brothers perform live in Las Vegas once, and it was a really nice show.

Thanks for stopping by before bedtime, Ghosty. Love ya back, and hope you sleep well.

Mike


Justine76 6 years ago

JEEZE!!! You picked some awesome songs!! I love the moody blues, holy cow.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Justine, thanks for reading. I've loved the Moody Blues since I was twelve years old, and they've given me the soundtrack for my life. Glad you liked my choices.

Thanks again.

Mike


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msorensson 6 years ago

Great trip down memory lane, Mike. Thanks


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

msorensson, thanks for reading. I hope the memories this brought back for you were good ones.

Thanks again.

Mike


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marcel285 6 years ago from New Zealand

Awesome hub Mike! Love a few of the songs you mentioned, to be honest, haven't heard of about 70% of them though! Well that's what youtube is for!


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JannyC 6 years ago

What No ABBA? LOL Sorry could not resist. This hub made me smile nice job.


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SusanAdele 6 years ago

Loved your Hub, Mike! Everyone of the songs brought a wonderful memory back to mind. The videos were great choices. Can't Help Falling In Love is one of my favorites. Unchained Melody has always been my #1 first choice in love songs. And, as you said, the Righteous Brothers did an AWESOME rendition! Thank you so much for sharing your musical memories with us. Got me all misty! :P


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Mike, Thanks for taking me back. You've picked some of my favorite songs. You are so right on with hearing a song which triggers you back to the very moment where your memories lie. These are wonderful triggers. Thanks for the journey back.

Sage


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Marcel, thanks for reading. Most of these songs are fairly old now, so it doesn't surprise me that you haven't heard of many of them. And yup, they should all be found on YouTube. These great old songs remind me of some pretty wonderful times, though.

Thanks for reading.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Janny, you're right!!!! How could I forget ABBA??????? Well, I gotta confess that ABBA doesn't bring back a lot of romantic memories for me....... but so it goes.

Thanks for reading anyway, even if I didn't include them.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Susan, thanks for commenting. It is hard to think of a love song that compares with Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers--at least in my mind. And, of course, when Elvis was young, he could sing a love song with anyone. Thanks again for reading, and I'm glad my choices could bring back some good memories for you.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Sage, thanks for your comments. I was coming home from the store last night, and an oldies station played Sonny and Cher while I was on the way. It was a nice touch to hear that song after writing this. The right song really can drop us right back into the moment we connect it to--it happens quite a bit for me.

Thanks again for your kind words.

Mike


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

I enjoyed reading this - I also like "I got you babe". It's a pity things didn't work out b/w them.

It's so strange how you can hear a song and it brings back memories - some can make you smile, some make you laugh out loud and some make the eyes well up.

Nice, warm Hub.

Thanks.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Elena, thanks for reading. I always thought Sonny and Cher made a mistake in divorcing. They just seemed like soul mates, even decades after they left each other.

Songs affect me powerfully, I could probably do another hub about songs that energize me, make me laugh, etc.

Thanks again, I always appreciate seeing your comments on my work.

Mike


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

LOL _ Loved your hub! I spent so much time listening to music in my room as a teen that I think I can sing all of the songs you have listed here. My hubby laughs at me because he says I must know at least 200 songs. thank you for sharing not only your favorites, but how you feel connected to your favorites. very nice!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

mwatkins, thanks for reading--I'm glad you liked my songs. I used to sit in my room listening to music for hours, letting the songs take me away. I'm at an age where I connect emotionally with the older songs, but I love music and it is always a part of my life.

Thanks again for your kind comments.

Mike


daisy storm 6 years ago

I love this hub! Myself one of my old time favorites is 'Daydream Believer'. To me it is also a love song.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Daisy, thanks for commenting. I consider "Daydream Believer" and lots of Monkees songs to be love songs. Remember "Some Time in the Morning"? I loved that song and consider it quite romantic and it almost made my list.

Thanks again for your comments, they are much appreciated.

Mike

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Wow, Mike! We have some of the same faves!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Yeah, Habee, these are such great songs. I love 'em! Thanks for visiting, I appreciate it.

Mike


cosette 6 years ago

you know, as soon as i hear the first few riffs of that Elvis song, my heart starts to melt. wonderful hub Mike.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Cosette, thanks for stopping by and reading! I love the Elvis song, as well, and in many ways, Elvis never sang a song better than he did that one.

Thanks again for your comments, I appreciate them greatly!

Mike


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Beautiful love songs indeed. I remember best Photographs and Memories, everytime I sing that it takes my mind to a place in Netherlands when I am riding a train and I passed by a tulip plantation and suddenly I stopped at the next station and took pics of it. Of course I am in love at that time and I still remember the feelings but not the man anymore, HMM< you made me remember that song, Night, Maita


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Maita, that is a terrific story and I thank you for sharing it here. Songs make us remember beautiful times, and I'm glad my article brought back some good memories for you.

Thanks again for sharing your recollections with us.

Mike


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

wow blow me away with every one of these songs! Though the only one I do not know is Bliss (Alice Peacock) . . which I will go find now for I am taking you word on it and I am sure I am going to love it because in my book you are head on with every other one of these terrific love songs! Thanks for sharing this ;)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Wavegirl, thanks for reading. It sounds as if we might have some similar tastes in music. I really love "Bliss" by Alice Peacock. I attended an Aimee Mann concert one evening, and Alice Peacock was the opening act. I had never heard of her before that night, and I liked every song she sang. I went to the lobby and bought the CD, and have loved the song ever since.

Thanks again for reading.

Mike


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta

Mike, nice article on love songs. You picked some great tunes. You are absolutely right songs certainly trigger memories.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Yes all great love songs and I think the sadness of ones like Elvis, to let such bad things happen and you can just never see why, so much talent and many of us cheated of so much more he could have given us, instead I was embarrassed for him. Covering these groups too, so many whys. Usually one answer though. Great hub, Ive always been in love with love, probably from birth,and probably from my love of music.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

adrienne, thanks for reading. I'm glad you liked the songs I selected--they are great tunes and quite meaningful for me.

Thanks again.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Pollyannalana (that is a great name, by the way), thanks for stopping by. Yes, folks like Elvis could definitely have given us more than they did, and the world would have been a more beautiful place if things had been different for him and others like him. It is easy for people to see the music and idolize the singer, but Elvis was a very flawed man. His death was certainly nothing to romanticize.

Your love of music shines bright, as does your love of love. Thanks for sharing with us here.

Mike


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

It's funny how you can remember where you were when a certain song came on the radio. Some of the most beautiful love song lyrics are written like poetry. Very nice and lovely hub. Thanks, Mike.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

lovelypaper, thanks for reading. I don't play or listen to music as much as I did when I was younger, but I always had something playing when I was a teenager and a young adult, and songs have definitely become part of the memories for me. A song can take me back to another time faster than nearly anything else will. And, most of the time, the memories a song brings back are good ones.

Thanks again for reading. Hope you have a nice week.

Mike


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

OK Dixie Chicks is my vote and what a beautiful hub, as always,

Thank you Mike

Kimberly

ps-Elvis is second


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Kim, thanks for stopping by and reading. I love the Dixie Chicks. I know they got a lot of bad publicity years ago for their comments about George W. Bush, but I think their music is really good, and I especially like this song.

Thanks again for coming by Kim. You're welcome any time.

Mike


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Time after Time..Cyndi Lauper..just love it,,Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Too. Great hub


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Anything by The Moody Blues always works for me. And " Unchained Melody " is an uber classic. I would like to put in " Love Song " by The Cure in the honorable mention column If I may


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Pollyannalana, thanks for reading. I always loved Cyndi Lauper. She has a great voice, and in the early 1980s, there was some question whether she or Madonna would have the more successful career. It always seemed that because Cyndi adopted the odd persona she wasn't taken seriously, but she was a fine and accomplished singer.

Thanks for reading, I appreciate it.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Tony, always nice to meet a fellow Moody Blues fan. I could make a whole list filled with nothing but their songs, I like them so much. I also like "Love Song" by the Cure and would accept it as an honorable mention song.

Thanks for reading.

MIke


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epigramman 6 years ago

...I can see why you have 6 million followers - your hubs are like a labor of love and people sense that - and they are entertained and enlightened by your passion and knowledge! Ole!!!!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Epigramman, thanks for your kind words, and for recognizing the effort that has gone into the writing here. I wish I could crank out three hubs a day, like some folks can--but for me it wouldn't be the same. Thanks again for stopping by.

Mike


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Mike, what a wonderful and sweet memory provoking hub. I love all the songs you listed. Love songs have a special place in our lives. Thank you so much for sharing these ones. You brought back some beautiful memories for me.


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Phyllis, thanks for reading. Love songs are magical in that they stir such special feelings and memories. There are so many songs and musicians I am a fan of that my list could have been much longer. These are the best of the best for me. Thanks for sharing in the memories.

Mike


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thirdmillenium 5 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

Hi Mike

Thanks for the post that contains songs I like too. Elton's your song is simple but very hummable


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thanks, thirdmillenium. I am a big fan of Elton John. When he was young, his voice was unique and wonderful. He still is a talented performer, even if the voice is not the same.

Take care.

Mike


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

If you included ABBA that would cover 12 songs alone. On my list I would have Cherish, and I Like Dreaming, cause dreaming can make you mine. Thanks for a good hub.


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thanks for your comments, ruffridyer. ABBA was one of my brother's favorite bands, and I was always a fan of their work. Thanks again.

Mike

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