Last night on Glee, it was about the same as it’s been all season, including a Katy Perry song. On the upside, the Warblers from Songworts actually got a good song to sing and it looks like Kurt and Blaine are finally going to sort of live out the romantic musical comedy both of them have been waiting for. So today we’re going to be talking love songs.
We’re coming up on the pinkest of holidays, Valentine’s Day. We’re not going to get too up in the Cupid nonsense, when Sally J and I were in college, we called it Blood Clot day and kowtowing now would harm our memories of ourselves as hard-ass 19 year olds. (We had Cure t-shirts, for heaven’s sake. Of course we were hard-ass.) Valentine’s Day is a great time for music, however, since 90% of everything written in the past 50 years is about falling in love or breaking up. I thought we’d split those two musical themes up between today and tomorrow, when it’s my turn at the Daily Goodie wheel. Today, we’re looking at the very best love songs. I’m going to toss up a few and then you jump in with your suggestions in the comments. (As Persephone always tries to be fair, tomorrow we’re doing best FUCK YOU, ASSHOLE songs.)
Al Green – Love and Happiness. Now I recognize that when we’re talking about Al and love songs, “Let’s Stay Together” is both an obvious and strong choice. It’s the horns in Love and Happiness, as well as the upbeat tempo and Al’s smooth and silky finesse that edge it above “Let’s Stay Together” for me.
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows. It’s hard for me not to picture Bill and the Henrickson Home Plus Wifely Trio ice skating, but this is a beautiful little love song. The Beach Boys know their way around some harmony, and this is just a happy, lovely song.
Ella Fitzgerald – My Funny Valentine. I had to choose between Etta, Ella, Sarah, Chaka and Frank on this one, which is a choice no one should ever have to make. I picked Ella because I think this version is the sweetest.
Frank Sinatra – Night and Day. By far my favorite Cole Porter (he’s from Indiana!) song, and Frank is smooth as an icy Manhattan on a hot summer’s night.
Etta James – The Very Thought of You. I don’t think I need to explain this one.
Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. A song so beautiful it almost makes me believe in fairy tales.
Now that you’re feeling all squishy, what are your favorite silly little love songs?
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