Songs You Love to Love: The Top Ten Tunes for Valentine’s Day
Ah, the power of love! Your heart beats faster, your eyes open wider, and you’re much more likely to listen to a love song. Each February 14, and during the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, the musical choices of the nation turn more romantic.
Over the years, some wonderfully potent love songs have been 토토사이트 recorded. In fact, the most difficult part of writing this article was trimming the list down to just ten tunes..
But right now, sit back, relax, pop a chocolate bon-bon in your mouth, and read some surprising facts about the Top Ten Love Songs for Valentine’s Day (in chronological order):
“Someone to Watch Over Me,” George and Ira Gershwin, 1926.
The birthplace of this lovely and moody number was an otherwise light and frothy Broadway musical called “Oh, Kay.” The song was originally fast-paced, but soon moved to the ballad form, in keeping with the lyrics. There have been evocative renditions of the song every year since it was first composed, with a wide variety of artists contributing notable versions, including Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, rapper Queen Latifah (although hers is not a rap version), trumpeter Chris Botti, pianist Keith Jarrett, blues legend Etta James, Barbra Streisand, and Sting, who sang it over the opening credits of the 1987 Ridley Scott film of the same name.
“Night and Day,” by Cole Porter, 1932.
Written for the play, “Gay Divorce,” and also appearing in the film, “The Gay Divorcee,” this may be the most famous of Porter’s 800+ songs, and illustrates his seemingly effortless flow of words, culminating in the bold statement that all of life’s torments won’t end “Till you let me spend my life making love to you, day and night, night and day.” Such is the economy of Porter’s writing that this one phrase combines the singer’s desire with a promise of eternal love while managing to invert and restate the title, all in 17 words. It’s why many songwriters would want to say to Porter, “You’re the Top,” which is another of his famous songs, and would have made this list if it wasn’t also so full of humor.
“Unchained Melody,” Alex North and Hy Zaret, 1936.
William Stirrat was 16 and too shy to approach the girl of his dreams, so he wrote one of the world’s most beautiful tales of love and longing (using Zaret as his pen name). The breathtaking melody was by Alex North (who went on to compose scores for “Spartacus,” “Cleopatra,” and many other films). It took 19 years before their song appeared in the prison picture, “Unchained,” where it was nominated for a Best Song Oscar. Al Hibbler sang it in the film, but that same year saw the song hit the charts in versions by Hibbler, Les Baxter, Roy Hamilton, and June Valli. Among the nearly 700 artists who have recorded this song are Harry Belafonte, Liberace, Jimmy Young, U2, Leann Rimes, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, Heart, Elvis Presley, and, of course, the Righteous Brothers. Their 1965 recording was a huge hit, and reached the top twenty again a quarter century later when it appeared on the “Ghost” soundtrack in 1990. The duo re-recorded the song the same year and THAT version also hit the top twenty.