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What would your Valentine’s Mixed Tape Be?

Valentine's Mixed Tape

Music is a very powerful thing, I think most of us at some point will have been caught off guard by memories of a time, place or person that come flooding back as a result of hearing a specific song or piece of music…

Music is incredibly personal, and autobiographical to some extent, we are likely to associate popular music with key events in our life – starting college, a song played at our wedding, what was playing on the radio when we received sad news etc.

Very often it would be very popular songs of the time that we would evoke strong reactions down the line, and that is because they would have been played everywhere – on the radio, in bars, café’s etc., so they form a background to that time in your life. But often the more distance you have between hearing it again, the stronger your reaction is likely to be.

So, turning to Valentine’s if you were making a metaphorical ‘mixed tape’, what would you put in your top 10 love songs? Much of this might depend on your age, whether you are in a relationship or are single, have recently suffered heartbreak and so on…

Here are some different takes on the top songs:

Billboard: Top 50 Love Songs of All Time (Below is the top 10) – based on chart success

1 – “Endless Love” Diana Ross & Lionel Richie Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for nine weeks (1981)

2 – “I’ll Make Love to You” – Boyz II Men Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for 14 weeks (1994)

3 – “We Found Love” – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for 10 weeks (2011)

4 – “How Deep Is Your Love,” Bee Gees Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for three weeks (1977)

5 – “Silly Love Songs” – Wings Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for five weeks (1976)

6 – “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for 14 weeks (1992)

7 – “Let Me Love You” – Mario Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for nine weeks (2005)

8 – “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” -Stevie B Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for four weeks (1990)

9 – “Best of My Love” – The Emotions Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for five weeks (1977)

“I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Ray Charles Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for five weeks (1962)

Telegraph: 100 best love songs of all time (Below is the top 15):

1 – God Only Knows: Beach Boys

2 – Crazy Love: Van Morrison

3 – Nothing Compares 2 U: Sinead O’Connor

4 – Hyperballad: Bjork

5 – Something: The Beatles

6 – First Time Ever I Saw Your Face: Roberta Flack

7 – Make You Feel My Love: Adele (Originally written by Bob Dylan)

8 – You And Me Song: The Wannadies

9 – Because the Night: Patti Smith (Originally written by Springsteen)

10 – Thinking of You: Sister Sledge

11 – Heatbeats: The Knife

12 – Missing: Everything But the Girl

13 – Lego House: Ed Sheeran

14 – How Deep is Your Love: Bee Gees

15 – Something Changed: Pulp

This time last year the ‘Official Charts’ put together the 20 biggest selling love ballads of all time, and it looks like this:

TRACK ARTIST YEAR
1   LOVE IS ALL AROUND WET WET WET 1994
2   UNCHAINED MELODY ROBSON GREEN & JEROME FLYNN 1995
3   EVERYTHING I DO BRYAN ADAMS 1991
4   ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WILL YOUNG 2002
5   I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON 1992
6   MY HEART WILL GO ON CELINE DION 1998
7   THE POWER OF LOVE JENNIFER RUSH 1985
8   UNCHAINED MELODY GARETH GATES 2002
9   JUST THE WAY YOU ARE BRUNO MARS 2010
10   ANGELS ROBBIE WILLIAMS 1997
11   ALL OF ME JOHN LEGEND 2014
12   DON’T GIVE UP ON US DAVID SOUL 1976
13   I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING AEROSMITH 1998
14   NO MATTER WHAT BOYZONE 1998
15   THINKING OUT LOUD ED SHEERAN 2014
16   2 BECOME 1 SPICE GIRLS 1996
17   CHASING CARS SNOW PATROL 2006
18   BACK FOR GOOD TAKE THAT 1995
19   RULE THE WORLD TAKE THAT 2007
20   HERO ENRIQUE IGLESIAS 2002

 

Happy listening – Happy Valentine’s