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Top 10 Best English Songs

Updated on November 22, 2017
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I am a front-end developer by profession, but I enjoy writing articles about anything mysterious, interesting, and fascinating.

Wikipedia describes the word "Melody" as a linear succession of musical tones that the listener perceives as a single entity. It is the combination of the music notes and the rhythm in which it is played that converts plain noise into something pleasing to our ear. Science has not been able to clearly define or understand music but it has a profound effect on us. It can rally soldiers into battle or sway the emotions of an audience. Let us now immerse ourselves in the melody of these wonderful songs.

1. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

It is inevitable that the "Love Theme from Titanic" will be added to a list of melodious songs. It has become synonymous with the movie Titanic and stole the hearts of millions. The funny thing was that during its initial recording everyone was against it. Even Celine Dion wasn't very fond of the song and just wanted to get the recording over with. Yet, the song became hugely successful. It was Dion's biggest hit and one of the best-selling singles of all time. It also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Feb. 28, 1998. Even now this song has stood the test of time and moves our hearts.

2. Season in the Sun - Westlife

This was the English-language adaptation of the song "Le Moribond (The Dying Man)" by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. "Le Moribond" was in itself a worldwide hit. It became a Christmas number one in the UK in 1999 for Westlife. This song is about a dying protagonist's farewell to relatives and friends. It really is a very touching song which literally moves us to tears as the protagonist says his final goodbye and how hard it will be for him now that spring has arrived.

3. Someone to Love - Shane Ward

"Someone to Love" is part of the self-titled album by English singer Shayne Ward. This album was released a year after he had won the British talent show The X Factor. This song beautifully explains the sorrow and pain of being alone as well as the Joy that dispels all sadness when we find "someone to love".

4. Earth Song - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was arguably one of the best artists who ever lived. There were many songs which were well received and sold millions of copies but it was "Earth Song" which was dear to him. Jackson had always been sensitive to suffering and injustice. He explained: "I was feeling so much pain and so much suffering of the plight of the Planet Earth. And for me, this is Earth's Song, because I think nature is trying so hard to compensate for man's mismanagement of the Earth". The single sold over three million copies worldwide. "Earth Song" was also the final song ever performed by Michael Jackson.

5. Making Love Out of Nothing at All - Air Supply

The song was part of the album "Greatest Hits" release by Air Supply in 1983. It reached number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. The song was a rework of the main theme of the 1980 film "A Small Circle of Friends". This song describes how even though a man can be successful and perfect in everything when it comes to love nothing matters except the heart. There is no logic and he has no definitive way of convincing the love of his life and yet he has to give it a try.

6. Why Not Me - Enrique Iglesias

"Why Not Me" was part of the album "Euphoria" by Enrique Iglesias release in 2010. Upon its release, the album debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200. The song explains the pain of loving someone you cannot have. If only she knew how much she means to him. If only she would love him back and yet it is not possible and it is slowly drowning him in sorrow. This is truly a powerful and emotional song with so much feeling.

7. Life is Beautiful - LMNT

LMNT (pronounced "Element") was an American-based boy band formed in 2000. Not as famous as the other bands or the songs they played but a song which is really worthy of praise. "Life is Beautiful" explains the true beauty of life. We need to be grateful for what we have and appreciate the little things in life. The morning breeze, the warmth of the sun, the sound of crashing waves, etc. And we just need to open our eyes to see how beautiful they are.

8. Beautiful in White - Westlife

A very interesting song, this was never officially recorded or released. It is said that in the week beginning 26 April 2010, an unreleased solo song by Shane Filan (lead singer of Westlife) called "Beautiful In White" leaked onto the Internet. Filan had done a demo of the song back in 2006 but brushed it off as it wasn't right for the band. After this happened the lyric video was viewed over 70 million times on YouTube and became a hit. This is a perfect wedding song where the groom describes the beauty of his bride to be and how fortunate he is to spend the rest of his life with her.

9. Drowning - Backstreet Boys

"Drowning" is a song by American boy band Backstreet Boys. This was released on October 16, 2001. This song did moderately well on the international charts. The song can however not be ignored. The lyrics and melody of this song are matchless. It describes the love the protagonist shares for his lover. His love for her is like a drug and he cannot breathe or live without her. She has literally swept him off his feet.

10. Words - Boyzone

"Words" was a song which was originally released by the pop music group "Bee Gees" in January 1968. It was recorded by the band "Boyzone" as part of their album "A Different Beat" in 1996. This was their first UK number one single. The song explains how words can change the mood of a person. Words can make someone happy or it can make someone sad.

"You think that I don't even mean

A single word I say

It's only words

And words are all I have

To take your heart away"

© 2017 Sudhir

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