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Top 10 Pop Love Songs of ALL TIME… (Part 2)

In Favorite Song, Hear this, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music History, Songwriting, You HAVE to on February 12, 2010 at 6:00 am

Ok guys… we all have favorite songs that come to mind when we think of our first date, first kiss, first dance, etc… is your song on this list? Do you agree with this TOP 10 I found or does this list seem out of date? Leave your comments below – let’s get a musical discussion going!!

4. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Roberta Flack, First Take (1972)

Written by: Ewan MacColl

“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is a 1957 folk song written by political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who was later to become his wife. The song entered the pop mainstream and was popularized by Roberta Flack. It became a breakout hit for the singer after it appeared in the film Play Misty for Me. Though the song first appeared on Flack’s 1969 album First Take, Flack’s recording of the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year three years later.

5. “Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel, The Stranger (1977)

Written by: Billy Joel

“Just The Way You Are” was written as a birthday gift to Joel’s first wife Elizabeth Weber. After they divorced, Joel said that when performing the song, he would imagine what he would eat for dinner or what he would do after the show, or even accidentally sing alternate lyrics. Joel has gone on record stating that he personally dislikes the song and was originally going to leave it off the album. However, at the request of both Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow (both were recording in other studios in the same building at the time), Joel and Ramone agreed to leave it on the album. Joel does not perform “Just the Way You Are” regularly, however, it is performed as a duet with Sir Elton John in their Face-to-Face Tour.

6. “Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol, Eyes Open (2006)

Written by: Gary Lightbody

Lead singer Gary Lightbody wrote the song, drunk after a binge of white wine, in the garden of producer Jacknife Lee’s Kent cottage. The song has Lightbody singing a plain melody over sparse guitars, which has an ever-building crescendo. He stated it was his “purest love song”. The phrase “Chasing Cars” came from Lightbody’s father, in reference to a girl Lightbody was infatuated with, “You’re like a dog chasing a car. You’ll never catch it and you just wouldn’t know what to do with it if you did.”

7. “And I Love Her” – The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Written by: Paul McCartney, John Lennon

“And I Love Her” is a song recorded by The Beatles and is the fifth track on their third album, A Hard Day’s Night. It was released July 20, 1964 with “If I Fell” as a single by Capitol Records in the United States, reaching #12 in Billboard. This song was one of the first ballads with a title that starts in mid-sentence. Paul McCartney was pleased with himself that he came up with this idea. The song was written mainly by McCartney, though John Lennon claimed in an interview with Playboy that his major contribution was the “middle eight” section (“A love like ours/Could never die/As long as I/Have you near me”.)

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  1. I am listening to a song on Pandora – With Or Without You – U2… this song should be on this list!

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