Is there anything more romantic and heart wrenching than watching Llyod Dobler (John Cusak) in a trench coat holding up a boom box outside Diane Court’s (Ione Sky) window, as Peter Gabriel’s unforgettable ballad “In Your Eyes” sails through the night? If you’re still looking for that special song to capture your true love’s heart, it doesn’t get much more romantic that.
Not a Say Anything fan? Never fear! After scouring the lists upon lists, Patch tracked down the ultimate love song guide at Nerve.com. With the help of bloggers, DJs, critics, and musicians alike, Nerve.com has crafted a list of the Top 50 Love songs of all time to help you set the mood for a special night with your Valentine’s Day darling. Here are some of the highlights:
The Beatles turn up multiple times on the list, coming in at number two with “Something” and number six with “In My Life.” Classic sure-to-give-you-goose bumps soul singers Etta James (number 18 - “At Last”), Al Green (number three - “Let’s Stay Together”), and Aretha Franklin (number 8 - “You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)) all found a home in music history. Ben E. King’s timeless Motown number “Stand By Me” (number 15) is sure to leave you and your honey smiling.
Notable rockers were also lauded for their ability to tug at guitar and heart strings. Foo Fighters came in at number 20 with their unforgettable hit “Everlong.” Peter Gabriel’s Say Anything ballad, “In Your Eyes” made the top ten at number seven, as did Cindy Lauper’s hit, “Time After Time,” which came in at number 5.
Other notable rockers include The Talking Heads, The Smiths, The Cure, and The Rolling Stones, whose hauntingly beautiful piece “Wild Horses”, granted the band a space in the top 20 at number 16. Guns n’ Roses, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney all found a home in the top 30. Finally, “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys comes in as the number one greatest love song of all time.
Do you and your Valentine have a special song? Share in the comments below! Do you disagree with the list concocted by Nerve.com? What’s missing? Whitney Houston’s power ballad “I Will Always Love You” didn’t make the top 50. Vote in the poll and tell us what you think is the greatest love song of all time.