10 Favorite Love Songs:
I Love You -- Originally recorded by The Zombies in 1965, it was a hit for a group called People! in 1966. It's a lovely minor key melody with a catchy guitar riff.
And I Love Her -- An absolutely beautiful tune done by The Beatles.
The Man I Love -- A hauntingly beautiful melody by George Gershwin with words by his brother Ira. It is a true standard that has been recorded by many artists. Not a song about a specific love in the here and now, but a description of the man the vocalist is looking for to love one day.
Longer Than -- Considered sappy by some, this is a beautiful song by Dan Fogelberg that describes an unending love.
Endless Love -- Lionel Richie wrote this classic love song that has since be recorded by many artists.
Let's Stay Together -- One of Al Green's best songs expresses the marriage vows in a lilting funky rhythm.
God Only Knows (What I'd Be Without You) -- Brian Wilson's work of genius expresses some paradoxical statements but in the end the words are talking about a true love.
Anniversary Song -- Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin adapted what was originally a Romanian melody called "Waves of the Danube" into this beautiful love song. A proven lasting love between two people in their golden years is the truest romantic love of all. That is what this song is about.
Our Love Is Here to Stay -- Another great love song by George & Ira Gershwin tells about a love that will last.
I Love You More Today Than Yesterday -- Spiral Staircase had a hit with this jaunty tune. As the title indicates it's a song about love that grows stronger over time.
The break up songs came more easily for me, but it's probably just something about my personal history where at certain times of my life I paid closer attention to lyrical content in order to find songs that related to my circumstances. Here are ten break up songs that have been especially meaningful to me and what the heck, they are pretty good songs despite to subject matter.
10 Favorite Break Up Songs:
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do-- Neil Sedaka wrote it and charted with two versions. I prefer the up tempo original version-- "Down doobie do down down".
Bye Bye Love -- This Everly Brothers standard has been recorded by many.
It's All Over Now--Written by Bobby and Shirley Womack and most famously recorded by The Rolling Stones, this is a swaggering unsentimental song about breaking up. Of course, from the way the narrator of the song tells it, I can't blame him for being disgusted with his former love.
Only Love Can Break Your Heart -- Neil Young's sentimental tearjerker about lost love.
Why Is Love Always the Last to Know? -- This song by Dan Fogelberg was one I listened to frequently prior to my first divorce. I guess I thought he had written it for me.
What About the Bond? & Fascist Architecture -- Both of these songs came from Bruce Cockburn's great album Humans. The album was recorded during Cockburn's own divorce and is at times bitter and angry, but a musical masterpiece. These are songs about the dissolution of marriage and the questions and doubt this event raises in the mind of those of us who have to through it.
Laugh Laugh -- My take on this song recorded by the Beau Brummels is that the narrator has already broken up with a girl he loved who went for someone else who is now dumping her. What else is there for the story teller to do but laugh?
Red Rubber Ball -- Originally a hit by The Cyrkle, this is an upbeat optimistic break up song.
With Pen in Hand -- Bobby Goldsboro had a hit with this tearjerker about divorce.
How Can I Mend a Broken Heart?-- This was a big one for the Bee Gees, but Al Green took it to a new level.