My Ten Favorite Love Songs
My Ten Favourite Love Songs
'The First Time ever I Saw Your Face' sung by Roberta Flack is my favorite love song.
When I began this article I was just going to make it about love as in romantic love. Then it occurred to me that love means different things to different people .
So although my list is primarily aimed at romance I have included songs that have the feeling of , inspiration, love of family and love of nature.
I did not realise just how hard it would be to pick just 10 songs as I had over 100 on my short list.
Some that did not make the cut were:- "My Heart Will Go On" (Titanic), "Islands in the Stream", "Fever" by Peggy Lee an old classic.
However I'm here to be swayed and as I enjoy all good music please feel free to offer suggestions and I may well change my selections.
I offer the information as an interest only, and if anyone has newer info I'll update the details with pleasure.
So having said all of that . Be my guest, turn down the lights, hold someone you love very gentily, turn on the music and enjoy.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - Roberta Flack
"The First Time ever I Saw Your Face" sung by Roberta Flack ( born 1937 in North Carolina)is auguably the best love song of all time.
Written by Ewan MacColl (born in Lancashire England) who had a chequered career as an actor and wrter.
MacColl wrote the song for his "lover" Peggy Seeger and actress in 1957 and was recorded by Roberta Flack in 1969.
The song appeared in the movie "Play Misty For Me" which starred Clint Eastwood who also directed the movie.
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" won a "Best Song Grammy Award" in 1973.
Another great song by Roberta is "Killing Me Softly with His Song".
Make Believe It's Your First Time - Karen Carpenter
"Make Believe Its Your First Time" - Carpenters
"Make believe Its your first time" Performed by The Carpenters (sung by Karen Carpenter). Written by Bob Morrison and Johnny Wilson was first recorded by Bobby Vinton about 1979. I believe The Carpenters recorded the song in the same year but for some reason it wasn't released until 1996. Karen Carpenter is without doubt my favourite female singer.
Karen Carpenter did release one 'self-titled' album in 1996.
Karen Carpenter first become prominent for her drumming skills, but it is for her vocal performances that she is best remembered.
It was a tragedy and a sad loss for all of us when Karen Carpenter died from a heart attack reported to be caused by complication from her suffering from Anorexia Nervosa.
Love Story (Where do I Begin) - Andy Williams
"Where Do I Begin" - Andy Williams
"Where Do I Begin" , performed by Andy Williams is the theme song from the movie "Love Story" that brought Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw together.
'Love Story' was made in 1970, and has a special meaning to me because it was the song that showed me I was really a romantic at heart.
The music was by Francis Lai ( born 1932 in France)and lyrics by Carl Sigman .
'Where Do I Begin" has been covered many times. I think I even watched "Miss Piggy" sing it on the Muppets. But my favourite version is still by Andy Williams.
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
"Unchained Melody" - Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody performed by The Righteous Brothers. With music by Alex North (1910-1991) and lyrics by Hy Zaret. Written about 1955 the song has been recorded by many artists including Elvis Presley.
Alex North was nominated for 15 Academy Awards but unfortunately did not receive any "Oscars".
The version by the Righteous Brothers was used with great effect in the movie "Ghost" with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze
Kenny Rogers and BJ Thomas
"Just Can't Help Believing" - B.J.Thomas
"I Just Can't Help Believing" performed by B.J. Thomas (Billy Joe) and Kenny Rogers circa 1970. The song was written by husband and wife song writing team of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann who also wrote many other songs including "Youv'e Lost That Lovin' Feelin" sung by the Righteous Brothers. And "Here You Come Again" sung by Dolly Parton.
A Little Ray of Sunshine - Brian Cadd
"A Little Ray of Sunshine" - Brian Cadd
This song is for all those mums, dads , grandparents who have little and now not so little girls in their lives who they love very much. I belong very much to this category.
"A Little Ray of Sunshine" written(about 1971) and performed by Brian Cadd born in Perth Australia in 1947 and Don Mudie. As well as vocals Brian plays keyboards and has been a producer for many artists including, Glenn Shorrock (of the Little River Band) and Tina Arena. He also had his own record label called "Bootleg Records".
"Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Middler
"Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Middler
"Wind Beneath My Wings" performed by Bette Midler. Written by Larry Henley (born in Texas)and Jeff Silbar won Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 1990.
Larry Henley also wrote"I Like Bread and Butter"?? Go figure!
Bette Midler singing 'Wind Beneath My Wings' is probably the song that 'grabs' the heartstrings of many people !
What a performance in the movie "Beaches" a real 3 tissue box tear jerker :)
PS: Another song in the movie that is almost ignored (probably because of the massive hit of 'Wind beneath My Wings" is 'Under the Boardwalk' and is quite relevant to the story line of Beaches!
Perry Como - And I Love You So
"And I Love You So" - by Perry Como
"And I Love You So" my preferred version performed by Perry Como, is a song written by Don Mclean who also wrote other classics which include "American Pie" a tribute to the untimely death of Buddy Holly. "Vincent" a tribute to the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh.
Help Me Make it Through the Night
Help Me Make It Through The Night
"Help me make it through the night" my preferred version is by Roberta Flack. Written by Kris Kristofferson (born 1936) and originally sung by Sammi Smith,for sentimental reasons I prefer this version. Kris wrote many other great songs including "Me and Bobby McGee", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down".
Kris is a multi talented guy, as well as being a great songwriter, musician, actor. He appeared in movies including:- " A Star is Born" with Barbra Streisand and "Heaven's Gate".
He was also awarded a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University.
He was married to another singer Rita Coolidge between 1973 and 1980
What a Wonderful World
What a Wonderful World
"What a Wonderful World" has become the signature song of Louis Armstrong and was written by George Douglas (real name was Bob Thiele 1922-1996) and George D. Weiss.
Bob Thiele apparently was more of a record producer than a song writer and produced many albums for many artists including his wife Teresa Brewer, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane.
© 2008 Peter