15 January 2009

Best Love Songs, Michelle-Style

Scribbit made a list of the most romantic songs, many of which I agreed with ("With or Without You" by U2, "The Way You Look Tonight," "Annie's Song" by John Denver, "When You Say Nothing at All" by Alison Krauss, "Hey There, Delilah" by Plain White Ts, "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston, and "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers) and a few that just didn't do it for me. I started out writing a comment on her post with some extra suggestions for her, but I decided to post them here instead, because I came up with 54 of them!

Keep in mind that I think even sad love songs can be counted here, and songs by artists I wouldn't usually like (like the Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Lonestar). They're not in any special order, though I have provided links to my individual favorites (marked with *). Some are accompanied by favorite lines.

"Sweetest Thing" by U2

"One" by U2: I've heard people say before that this song was written about a Mormon girl. Some of the lyrics support it, but I still don't believe it. "Love is a temple/Love a higher law."

*"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen (I like Jeff Buckley's version best): A combination of Biblical references and sensual love with simple, lovely music.

*"The Luckiest" by Ben Folds: You've just got to listen to this one. Ben Folds is an all-around genius. "I don't get many things right the first time/In fact, I am told that a lot/Now I know all the wrong turns, the stumbles and falls/Brought me here."

"Diary" by Bread: "And as I go through my life, I will give to her my wife/All the sweet things that I can find."

"Everything I Own" by Bread

"Open Arms" by Journey

"Without You I Don't Think I Could Live" by the Backstreet Boys

"All My Life" by K-C and JoJo: "All My Life/I Prayed For Someone Like You."

"Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion: "I'm everything I am/Because you loved me."

"I Can't Help Fallin' in Love" by Elvis Presley

"Swear It Again" by Westlife: These guys have pretty self-explanatory titles. "I swore to you my love would remain/And I swear it all over again."

"I'm the One Who Wants to Be With You" by Westlife

"More Than Words" by Extreme

"I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie

"Collide" by Howie Day: "Even the best fall down sometimes/Even the wrong words seem to ryhme/Out of the doubt that fills your mind/You finally find/You and I collide."

"I'm With You" by Avril Lavigne: This one's great for people who are single, unsure of the future, and confused by the dating world.

*"Trouble" by Ray LaMontagne: I just barely discovered this one. That guy has one amazing voice! Who can sing "saved" like that?

"Everything Stops" by Cary Judd: I don't think many people know about Cary Judd. But they should.

"I'll Be" by Edwin McCain: "And I'll be better when I'm older/I'll be the greatest fan of your life."

*"Dreaming with a Broken Heart" John Mayer: "When you're dreaming with a broken heart/The giving up is the hardest part."

"When I Fall in Love" by Nat King Cole

*"Only in Dreams" by Weezer: Long, but worth it. "You can't avoid her./She's in the air... in the air/In between molecules of/Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide."

"Everything I Do" by Bryan Adams

*"If You Ain't Got Love" by Mason Jennings: (The music starts around 1:30.) This one is a little confusing. It could be abou a child, it could be about a girlfriend, or both. Who knows? "You said, 'Life has no limit/If you're not afraid to get in it.'"

"Greatest Story Ever Told" by Oliver James: "But if destiny decided I should look the other way/Then the world would never know/The greatest story ever told."

*"Crash" by Dave Matthews

"The Longest Time" by Billy Joel

*"Two Coins" by Dispatch: Being Dispatch, there weren't high quality videos of them on YouTube. "I stick loneliness, your lips, and the two coins of your eyes into my pocket."

"Something" by the Beatles:
We can't leave out the Beatles!

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles

"Yesterday" by the Beatles

"Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Lauryn Hill: "You're just too good to be true./Can't take my eyes off of you./You'd be like heaven to touch./I wanna hold you so much."

"How Sweet It Is" by James Taylor

*"Fire and Rain" by James Taylor: I love pretty much all the words in this song.

*"The Scientist" by Coldplay: "Come up to meet you, tell you I'm sorry/You don't know how lovely you are./I had to find you, tell you I need you,/Tell you I set you apart."

"Out of Place" by Gavin Thorpe: "You'll be coming home soon/I know you're out of place/Will you knock on my door soon?/I just need to see your face."

"One Love" by Jason Mraz

"You and I Both" by Jason Mraz

"1000 Things" by Jason Mraz

"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz

*"Sleeping to Dream" by Jason Mraz: "Sleeping to dream about you/And I'm so tired of having to live without you."

"Earth Angel" by the Penguins

*"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol

"Rainbow Connection" (choose your artist)

*"More Than Anyone" by Gavin DeGraw: "I'm gonna love you more than anyone."

*"A Lifetime" by Better Than Ezra: "We were standing on the hood of your car/Singing out loud when the sun came up."

"A Plain Morning" by Dashboard Confessional: "It's colder than it oughtta be in March/And I still got a day or two ahead of me/Till I'll be heading home,/Into your arms again./And the people here are asking after you./It doesn't make it easier."

*"Out of My League" by Stephen Speaks: "It's her hair and her eyes today/That just simply take me away/And the feeling that I'm falling further in love/Makes me shiver but in a good way."

"I'm So in Love with You" Lonestar: "Every little thing that you do/I'm so in love with you/It just keeps getting better/I want to spend the rest of my life/With you by my side."

"I'm Already There" by Lonestar: "I'm the sunshine in your hair/I'm the shadow on the ground/I'm the whisper in the wind."

"More Than a Feeling" by Boston: "When I'm tired and thinking cold/I hide in my music, forget the day/And dream of a girl I used to know."

*"Brighter Than Sunshine" by Aqualung: "Let the rain fall, I don't care/I'm yours and suddenly you're mine."

"Stand by Me" by River Phoenix: "If the sky that we look upon/Should tumble and fall/Or the mountains should crumble to the sea/I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear/Just as long as you stand, stand by me."

*"Walk Away" by Ben Harper: "With so many people to love in my life,/Why do I worry about one?/But you put the 'happy' in my 'ness.'"

*"Hear You Me" by Jimmy Eat World: This song is one of those ones that just gives you an awesome feeling. I found the sound quality of the YouTube videos pretty weak, though.

Any more suggestions? Did I make you a new fan of any songs/musicians?


  1. Wow you know your tunes!

    Chasing Cars is my daughter's absolute favorite, though for me not so much. She gets irritated because she wants them to play it at stake dances but the dance committee won't, saying that "if we just lay here" part is sexual. Argh. Irritates me too.

    And for Elvis? I'm not a fan but that one song of his is so good it sells me every time.

    I love the Beatles but I have a hard time hearing their songs as love songs, Yesterday is so sad to me. When I'm 64 is sweet but Michelle is probably the most romantic.

  2. I remember at EFY dances, they wouldn't play any Dave Matthews for me, even "Satellite." It's sad that the songs I hadn't ever noticed anything questionable about were then made questionable, you know what I mean?

    "Michelle" is probably the most romantic? Hee hee. Might that have something to do with our name?

  3. "I only have eyes for you" -Harry Warrin/Al Dubin

    "Sucker" by Zerubbabel You'll never find it. It's one of my brother Tommy's bands' songs. It was played at my wedding.

    "Such Great Heights" -the Postal Service. The remake is better than the original. Also at my wedding.

    "Cupid's Chokehold" -Gym Class Heroes. This is a rendition of "Take a look at my girlfriend" by Supertramp which is also a good one.

    "Send you my love with a dozen roses" -Born Jamericans

    I could go on forever, but I should stop there. My wife is in SLC, so I'm writing really long comments on peoples' blogs in between other distractions. I noticed your comment on ours so you are more than deserving.

  4. Oh man...Only in Dreams by Weezer has been one of my top 3 favorite songs for a long time. It's awesome, but you can't listen to just the beginning. You're right, it's long, but you have to listen to the whole thing. I love it.

    AND Hallelujah is another one of my favorite songs. so good. I love the version by Rufus Wainwright (like on Shrek). I'd never heard the Jeff Buckley one but it's good too. I'm listening to it now.

    Rainbow Connection... haha. I love it when Kermit the Frog sings it best.

    You have a lot of great ones on there. I love one by a French artist named Manu Chao called Me Gustas Tú (I like you). It's mostly in Spanish with some French. I love it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzgjiPBCsss

  5. Amanda--I totally love the song you suggested. I first heard it from my ex-fiance.

    Joey--I never noticed that "Such Great Heights" was a love song. Although I like "Cupid's Chokehold," it doesn't seem very flattering to the girlfriend. Thanks for the tips and the comment!