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BlackBlade
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Senojretep: Have you heard the cover of I Remember You by The Ataris?
Certainly not better than the original, but it feels a bit like high school, where everything was so frantic and new.

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As for The Ataris own original songs, Summer Wind Was Always Our Song just felt so earnest and captures the need love puts into us when the person might be taken away.

Valentine, by The Get Up Kids was the first song I ever listened to that was not something from my parent's CD collection. So it probably means more for me than it would normally, but it's still a very sweet song.

I'm trying to work off of what's already been said, and there's just so many great songs there.

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Annie
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Here are some unlikely ones that are nevertheless quite lovely. Even if you're not into this type of music, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Particularly by this one: Shakira's Obtener un Sí is a lot less Latin pop than it is cute retro soft jazz. (Here are the lyrics in English)

Her Sale el Sol is a little more of a standard pop song but I like it because the lyrics are a lot more ambiguous than the typical love song. It could be a relationship that has survived some rocky parts, or it could be the triumph of hope and spirit after a relationship has ended. I like things that work in more than one context. Here is a translation of the lyrics.

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Annie's Song by John Denver. I'm not much of a John Denver fan, but this song is, to me, the quintessential love song.
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Annie
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I agree! [Wink]
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I'll Be by Edwin McCain
You and Me by Lifehouse
Unintended by Muse
Where Was I by The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
I love this version of "Sara" performed by Daryl Hall and Monte Montgomery:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppJ97zH2Y30

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umberhulk
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That one song from Watchmen.
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Annie
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quote:
Originally posted by Zotto!:
How could I forget the Braveheart song! The wedding by the river.

The Book of Love is also perfect in every way.

OK, funny story. I was watching a movie at the gym the other day (yes, I am that white) and it was the US version of Shall We Dance, which I had never seen. I love the Japanese version and I just didn't think the story would work with American culture, but I am sorry to report that I was wrong and that the movie is actually quite lovely. And I even prefer the ending to the one in the original, if I may be so heretical to say so.

And the ending is accompanied by Peter Gabriel's lovely rendition of The Book of Love and it was just plain great.

And then I remembered that someone on this thread had recommended that song, so I looked it up and fell in love with it an its three chords.

And then today my day was no-good, horrible, terrible and very bad, and I was grumpy, so after I finally finished all of my school nonsense I locked myself in my room and recorded a version of the song on Garageband. It's super simplistic, I'm not even a very good guitar player or singer, and I'm not going to start looking for record deals, but I am very proud of the fact that I arranged and mixed an entire song on my own and I have my lovely Jatraq pals to thank for that. So here you go - The Book of Love, Annie style.

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Annie, That was wonderful. You have a great voice.
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I'm surprised God Only Knows by The Beach Boys isn't on this thread. Generally it makes all the critics lists for top love songs, and I'm, extremely partial to it.

here's a linky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOMyS78o5YI

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That was awesome, Annie. You have a lovely voice. Great arrangement. Get grumpy more often.
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I actually really like the American Shall We Dance. I haven't seen it in ages, but it was decent.

The last Richard Gere movie I saw was Hachi, a movie almost designed to make a dog lover bawl their eyes out. Then again, the real life story it's based on is enough to make anyone want to cry profusely. That poor dog.

Sigh.

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Annie
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It's not so much a love song, but it's a lovely song: Here's my very talented sister's rendition of Ring of Fire.
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Very nice, Annie. I bought the soundtrack after watching that movie.

Speaking of Peter Gabriel, I don't think anyone has mentioned In Your Eyes. I loved that song long before I became aware of its association with John Cusack and a boombox.

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"Ring of Fire" is so a love song! (Nice performance.)

"God Only Knows" is fantastic.

As someone who has suffered from a few long, sad, unrequited obsessions, Cat Stevens's "How Can I Tell You?" has always spoken to me.

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quote:
Originally posted by umberhulk:
That one song from Watchmen.

Koyaanisqatsi?
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Pretty sure if I tried to play Koyaanisqatsi for a woman I was trying to romance she'd be frantically calling the police.

That's like saying Tuvan Throat Singing is a romantic form of music.

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A love song doesn't have to be about loving another person. A guy can love himself, or more specifically a certain part of his anatomy.
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I'm pretty sure that if you tried to pronounce Koyaanisqatsi your date would have the right to run away regardless of attempted romancing.
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quote:
Originally posted by Dobbie:
A love song doesn't have to be about loving another person. A guy can love himself, or more specifically a certain part of his anatomy.

That link was surprisingly safe for work.
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Eres Tu is one of my favorite love songs. I am sorry I could not find a good translation from the Spanish language but I hope you'll listen to it anyways. As an overview, the lyrics try to express what the person you love means to you.
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quote:
Originally posted by alasdefuego:
Eres Tu is one of my favorite love songs.

I'm having flashbacks to HS Spanish (that song is one of the ones my teacher liked to play on Fridays).
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Also, lyrics with a semi-decent translation.
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quote:
Originally posted by Dan_Frank:
quote:
Originally posted by Dobbie:
A love song doesn't have to be about loving another person. A guy can love himself, or more specifically a certain part of his anatomy.

That link was surprisingly safe for work.
That's exactly what I thought it would be. Though second place to the cheeseburger song...
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I have recently been working on compiling into a single playlist all of my most favorite love songs from my entire life. There are currently over 250 songs in the group. There are plenty of love songs that I like well enough but didn't make the cut--these are only the best of the best for me. Listening to it is quite a powerful experience. [Smile]

BTW, for good love songs, Train, Maroon 5 and Coldplay have some pretty good ones.

Also, one of my most favorite love songs of all time is "It's All About Soul" by Billy Joel.

If I ever get around to typing out all the titles, I'd be willing to share. That would be pretty time consuming, though.

Thanks for pointing me to "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds Five, I think it is one I will be including. [Smile]

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Alright here are some samples.

Some atypical love songs:

When You Dream

Race You to the Top of the Morning

Fix You

I'm About to Come Alive

Gold in them Hills

A bit more typical:

Soul Sister

The Man With the Child in His Eyes

The Scientist

Sexy!:

Never Going to Leave this Bed

Stutter

Breakfast in Bed

Clever:

Contrecoup (no good youtube of the original)

Heartbreakingly beautiful:

Marry Me

I Will

It Can't Rain All the Time

When We Dance

And the most beautiful stalker song I've ever heard:

Stars

Here's one I love you may not have heard:

Shower Your Love on Me

And I'll always have a soft place in my heart for:

You Needed Me

[ December 10, 2011, 08:14 PM: Message edited by: beverly ]

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quote:
Here's one I love you may not have heard:

Shower Your Love on Me

I started swatting imaginary mosquito's because of the beginning of that song.
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Hehe. [Smile] Never listened to any traditional Indian music?
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quote:
Originally posted by capaxinfiniti:
The Luckiest by Ben Folds

This. Hardcore Folds fans seem to distance themselves from this one and "Brick" because they think they're too commercial, but I think the lyrics in both are absolutely incredible. The third verse of "The Luckiest" literally had me tearing up the first time I heard it, and I don't exactly do that very often.

"She's Got a Way," "Love Song," and "Everything I Do (I Do it for You)" are standouts, too, as are many of those already mentioned.

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Annie, your voice is beautiful!
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tradition Indian music
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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:

Valentine, by The Get Up Kids was the first song I ever listened to that was not something from my parent's CD collection. So it probably means more for me than it would normally, but it's still a very sweet song.

Missed this before. Yeah, I love "Valentine" - pretty much everything by The Get Up Kids. "I'll Catch You" is great as well.
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Maybe a little to heavy for a first date, but PDA is foolproof. In fact, as far as date night music goes, that whole album is unbeatable.
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First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes

The Girl - City and Colour

Joshua Radin has several, but this one is my favorite. It's not necessarily a love song (and the video is the farthest from love you can get), but I will forever connect this song to my fiancee and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

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I think I have two favorite love songs (both in French).
One is the song of mutual and happy love, it was written and sung by Claude Nougaro a few years before his death.
L'île Hélène : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-R912s4T28
The other is the song of love lost, words by Brice Homs, music by Michel Fugain who sings it.
Chaque jour de plus : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY4wesqIhj4
I think I love them so much because the music sounds simple, the words are beautiful, and both those songs and those singers show restraint when they could show strength. After all, Chaque jour de plus tells the same story than Ne me quitte pas, only where Brel is tearing his guts out Fugain stays a little behind, which is, in a way, a lot more heart wrenching. (Note that I do like Brel, he's great in his own way.)

[ December 12, 2011, 11:44 AM: Message edited by: Anna ]

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"The Last Thing On My Mind" by Tom Paxton for a melancholy love song. It amazes me that he was only 18 when he wrote it.
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I think Sondre Lerche has some jems, several of which are on Duper Sessions : (I Wanna) Call It Love, You Sure Look Swell, etc.
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Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville "I Don't Know Much". and "All My Life"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE5hLOSEB3Q&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdVrwFbHyeA&feature=related

Shirley Jones and Gordon McCrae with "People Will Say We're In Love"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEwVAV3VPw4

Shirley Jones and Pat Boone with "April Love"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEAd3Ys876E&feature=related

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True Companion by Marc Cohn because... well, because it just is.
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In The Dark With You by Greg Brown. It's a really sweet, simple song, been a favorite of mine for years now.
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Songbird by Fleetwood Mac.

And definitely Landslide by, again, Fleetwood Mac. While not strictly a love song, it is in my opinion, one of the best songs ever recorded

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Sherry Fraser by Marcy Playground

Excellently crafted melody with innovative lyrics. :-)

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