Music? What's love got to do with it? For that matter, what has heart or rose got to do with it too?. We all associate these words with this day of giving our loved one something special to show we appreciate them. I am going to look deeper into this in music.
So, love songs, we all have our favourites, some more obscure than others. I found that 10 songs in the UK's all time best selling list of 100 singles contained the words "love" or "heart" in the title including "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, "The Power Of Love" by Jennifer Rush and "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell. Ironically, in the USA there were also 10 songs containing either of these two words including "Un-break My Heart" by Toni Braxton, "I Love Rock N' Roll" by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts and "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. So music wise it seems Valentine's day words don't necessarily sell the most records.
Actually the first Number One record in the UK was Al Martino's "Here In My Heart" which stayed there for 9 weeks in 1952. In the USA Billboard Hot 100 era, Elvis Presley's "A Big Hunk 'O' Love" hit number one in 1959. Who is you favourite romantic singer?. Here is a list of various romantic singers that I researched through many lists, it really is down to opinion, some are quite obvious where some you may have to dig deep into the artists' back catalogue to find the hidden "love" gems.
Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Mariah Carey, Barry White, Al Green, Van Morrison, Otis Redding, Prince, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson. Carole King, Karen Carpenter, Sam Cooke, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Elvis Presley, Enrique Iglesias, Freddie Mercury, Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Sade and Taylor Swift.
Quite a variety you will agree across the generations. Now let's back to the songs. Anybody making a Valentine's Day playlist might consider some of these choices. Although, check that the songs are what you want as the "love", "heart" and "rose" may not be as sweet as you think!
"I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston
"Vision Of Love" - Mariah Carey
"Can't Help Falling In Love" - Elvis Presley
"Baby Love" - The Supremes
"I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)"
"What's Love Got To Do With It" - Tina Turner
"I'm Not In Love" - 10CC
"Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis
"It Must Have Been Love" - Roxette
"When A Man Loves A Woman" - Percy Sledge
"Total Eclipse Of The Heart" - Bonnie Tyler
"Hungry Heart" - Bruce Springsteen
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" - Elton John and Kiki Dee
"Heartbreak Hotel" - Elvis Presley
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" - Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty
"Straight From The Heart" - Bryan Adams
"Heartbreaker" - Pat Benatar
"Heart Of Glass" - Blondie
"Queen Of Hearts" - Juice Newton
"Owner Of A Lonely Heart" - YES
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" - Poison
"Rose Garden" - Lynn Anderson
"La Vie En Rose" - Grace Jones
"A Rose Is Still A Rose" - Aretha Franklin
"Prairie Rose" - Roxy Music
"Yankee Rose" - David Lee Roth
"New Rose" - The Damned
"Black Rose" - Thin Lizzy
"Bed Of Roses" - Bon Jovi
"Kiss From A Rose" - Seal
This is just a minor random selection, I am sure you have your own favourites tunes and artists but maybe I have given you an idea to check some of these out too!
Other songs with a Valentine theme.. Ella Fitzgerald's " My Funny Valentine also recorded by Frank Sinatra. David Bowie, Steve Earle, Marilyn Manson, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor all made a version of "Valentine's Day". Outkast wanted to have a "Happy Valentine's Day" while Good Charlotte sung about "My Bloody Valentine.
Also to mention such musical names as singer Dickie Valentine and Gary Valentine (one of the original members of Blondie). Love were an American Rock Band in the 60s and 70s and Courtney Love (once partner of Kurt Cobain) was the frontwoman of the Rock band Hole. We can't forget Heart, the American band who gave us the great anthemic ballad, "Alone". Then there are the bands Stone Roses and Rose Royce and Mr Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses!
I end this blog on romance, yes there has been bands called Modern Romance and My Chemical Romance but let's end with some of the best love songs of all time, well some of mine :)...not necessarily containing the words I have used for this blog...which just goes to show that its not always the title that sells the record its what is inside, the feeling the whole song generates... Happy Valentine's Day :)
Finishing with two important songs that mean a lot to me...Prince's "Purple Rain" used to make me cry when that guitar solo hits up (that the radio always frustratingly ended it before it happened) now the song has more meaning since the great man died on April 21st, 2016. A classic Rock ballad of epic proportions.
Just to end on an incredibly soppy note but hey this is my blog! :). John Legend "All Of Me" was the song my wife Eva walked down the aisle to at our wedding on 26th June, 2014, will never forget it :)
LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND....