‘If Music be the food for love, play on.’
Shakespeare could not have been more right when he said this. Apart from love, only music has the power to satiate our souls. Music is a perfect adjunct to romance, it maintains the undefined, the mystical element in a relationship.
From a Bollywood love song to a typical track by Shania Twain, an exquisite love song is all you need to set off your romantic mood. Here, we have compiled a list of ten amazing love songs that can stir up your soul to amour. Dedicate them to your loved one and there you the see the passion brewing!
10 My Heart Will Go On
This is perhaps the most hackneyed song on this list, nevertheless so intriguing and passionate. Celion Dion’s voice, in conjugation with a heart-warming tune makes this song a definite entry to this list of top ten love songs. The lyrics add to the beauty of this song. The song is about ethereal love which remains unfulfilled in real life. This won the 1998 Oscar for Best Song from a Film and Grammys for Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year, and Best Song for a Motion Picture. Worldwide, this was the biggest selling single of 1998 and made Dion a superstar in the industry.
9 Vanilla Twilight
Owl City dedicated their song to the hopelessly romantic and madly in love! The USP of this song is the soothing voice of the vocalist, who just makes you miss you special one more than ever. This ode to lost love is about Adam Young’s high school girlfriend who he loved dearly. However, she had to move away. The tactile imagery that features in the lyrics will actually liven up the memories you shared with your loved one, my favourite line being, ‘the silence isn’t so bad, till I look at my hands and feel sad ‘cause the spaces between my fingers are right where yours fit perfectly’.
8 Strangers in the Night
This song may seem odd to people who follow contemporary music, but for those who worship old English songs, they can jolly well understand why this song is here. This song was Frank Sinatra’s greatest hit in his career. The song has a very fervid and mystic appeal attached to it that defines love at first sight in quite a novel fashion. The slow tempo and Sinatra’s crystal clear enunciation makes this song perfect for a romantic evening with your lover. Atleast twenty three other artistes have covered this song but none of them can match up to the magic that this version exudes.
7 How deep is your love
This song is, unarguably, one of the best songs by Bee Gees. It is simple and meaningful and subscribes to the conventional notion of a love song. However, there is something indescribable about this song which makes you fall in love with it. It won the 1977 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By A Group and was a Bill-board chartbuster for a long time. Listen to this song while resting on your partner’s shoulder and let the magic spread!
‘And the moment that you wander far from me,
I wanna feel you in my arms again.’
6 Come away with me
Speaking of romantic songs, Norah Jones can hardly be missed. The perfect combination of the right vocals, the right tune and the right lyrics- Jones is indeed a treat to the ears. The song drips with amorous emotion like no other song. It featured on the Jennifer Lopez starrer, Maid in Manhattan. The uncomplicated lyrics stay with you forever, echoing your mind. It remains one of her best songs till date. Play this song in your bedroom and see the love unfold.
‘Come away with me and we’ll kiss,
On a mountain top;
Come away with me,
And I’ll never stop loving you.’
5. My Love
My love by Westlife again exemplifies a perfect love song. The song is about a guy, hopelessly in love with a girl who he had to leave back home, and now cannot stop thinking about her and fancies going to the most romantic places in the world with her. The song was, perhaps, the band’s greatest hit and it was because of this song that Westlife equalled the record of maximum consecutive #1s, set by the Beatles. Personally, this song is very close to my heart as well and can connect with the lyrics, my favourite line being, ‘And all my love, I’m holding on forever, reaching for the love that seems so far’.
The vocals, at the first time, do not even sound remotely romantic. However, when you concentrate on the lyrics, it blows your mind away! Nickelback’s Faraway describes the situation that most lovers face and how they finally get through it. It is about how love can survive through fights and bad times and how you can take someone you love for granted; but no matter what, you will always love that person. As the songwriters claim, this song is not just about love, rather it is about being in love. Play this song in your car stereo when you travel with your lover and make him/her feel special.
3. Just the way you are
If you have not danced to the tune of this song with your partner, you have missed out on something wonderful. But no worries, now you know about it! Take your lover softly by the hand and swirl in its tune of passion. Not to be confused with a song by Bruno Mars of the same name, Billy Joel’s Just the way you are is a song about love that never gets old and boring. Billy Joel wrote this song for his wife Elizabeth and presented it to her on her birthday. It won Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the Year in 1978 and soon became a popular song for every romantic occasion.
2. You’re still the one
Most of you must have been waiting for a Shania Twain track to feature in this list. Yes, we saved the best for the last. Shania Twain, in her full romantic avatar and lusty voice, delivers this song with utmost ardour. Shania Twain wrote this song with her rock producer husband, Robert “Mutt” Lange. Her lyrics were inspired by their fourteen year long marriage that ended in a divorce. Originally a Country number, it was remixed to give it a Pop appeal to reach out to mainstream buyers. It worked and the song is now counted as one of the best in this genre. The song won the 1998 Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. The softness of the tune procures this song the second position on this list.
1. I will always love you
No brownie points if you had already guessed the number one entry in this list. Even the most non-musical person must have heard this ultra-romantic track by Whitney Houston, which is apparently the epitome of a love song. The appeal of the songs lies in its simplicity and Houston’s soulful voice. This song, originally by Dolly Parton, is universally remembered as a Whitney Houston number. It won Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1993 and is one of the Biggest Selling Singles of all time. If you sense a dip in your love life, dedicate this song to your lover and love will be restored again! Such is the magic of this song.
The combination of romance and music is not the least overstated. A beautiful love song can go a long way in making your love life ebullient. So go ahead and dedicate these songs to your special one!