Below is my second Valentine’s Day list in honor of Love Week here at White Rose of Avalon!
Number 10: Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers
~This song is a very romantic and was first released in 1955, but received jukebox standard acclaim with the Righteous Brothers 1965 recording. This same recording went on to regain popularity in 1990 when it was used in the film Ghost!
Number 9: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
~I love Frank Sinatra, and he personifies late 1950’s and early 1960’s cool to me. His version of this song is the absolute best! I also adore the original Fred Astaire version from the film Swing Time.
Number 8: Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
~This 1977 Eric Clapton song was written for Pattie Boyd, who has the distinction of being the greatest rock n’ roll muse of the 1960’s and 1970’s. She was married first to George Harrison, and then to Eric Clapton!
Number 7: Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones
~This song was originally wrote by Keith Richards as a lullaby in honor of his newborn son. The song was then adapted into a romantic love song by Mick Jagger, in honor of his longtime love Marianne Faithfull! This is the version that was recorded!
Number 6: Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush
~Kate Bush skyrocketed to fame as just a teenager when she wrote and sang this beautiful and haunting song, based on the Emily Bronte novel in 1978!
Number 5: Love Her Madly by The Doors
~This song appeared on the L.A. Woman album. This album ended up being Jim Morrison’s swan song, and the entirety of this album is amazing! The song was written by guitarist Robby Krieger, and recorded in 1971.
Number 4: Love Street by The Doors
~This song appeared on the 1968 album Waiting for the Sun, and was written by Jim Morrison (originally as a poem). The title referred to a street in Laurel Canyon where Jim lived with his long time girlfriend, Pamela Courson!
Number 3: Something by The Beatles
~This is the second song on this list to be written about Pattie Boyd! It was written by her first husband George Harrison, and appeared on the 1969 album Abbey Road!
Number 2: Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane
~Surrrealistic Pillow was the soundtrack of the Summer of Love in 1967! The album title was thought up by Jerry Garcia, who is listed as a musical and spiritual advisor in the liner notes. Grace Slick’s amazing voice helps to make this song so powerful!
Number 1: Leather and Lace by Stevie Nicks, featuring Don Henley
~This song appeared on Stevie Nick’s debut solo album Belladonna in 1981! It is a beautifully written song, and features a melodic duet! This is my top pick of wedding song, as long as my amazing fiancé agrees!!!
Note: As you can see I love the music of the 1960’s (into the early 1970’s), and the bohemian lifestyle, as is exemplified by my musical tastes!!!
I hope that you enjoyed my countdown of top love songs. Let me know your favorites in the comments!