Monday, February 14, 2011

Top 5 Love Songs of All Time

Here is my Valentine's Day list of the Top 5 Love Songs of All Time. This list can not be disputed. Eons from now the immortal cybernetic Octo-Wolves that host the digital remnants of humanity via blood-borne nano-bots will gather under the moons of Earth and lift high tentacles to transmit mp3000 howl-bursts of agreement over this list*.

5: Love, American Style theme
Like it or not if you lived during the 1970s this patriotic theme song was being whistled and hummed all over America. Composed by Charles Fox (of The Green Slime theme fame) the song got tweaked a bit from its original awkward arrangement into this snappy tune for a soft-core anthology comedy/romance show. Love, American Style is probably best remembered for hosting a stealth pilot for the long-running television series Happy Days.




4: American Pie
Vomitously covered by Madonna a few years back this 1971 ode to nostalgia was a huge hit for folk-rock artist Don McLean. This song is in the list because it is about a love of music and how it affects people. The song was one long reference to pop-culture.




3: This Guy's In Love With You
Another Golden Oldie from 1968 performed by Herb Alpert and written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. This song could probably be credited for getting Herb all the action he could handle and more for the next several decades. The lyrics are a bit of a downer but the score itself is amazing and can't be diluted even when rearranged as elevator music.




2: X Offender
A seemingly shocking song that features the doo-wop styling typical of the proto-punk era by Blondie with vocals performed by Debbie Harry. Originally Sex Offender, the name was changed due to concerns that the tune would receive resistance from radio stations worried over public reaction to the title. True Blondie fans call it Sex Offender anyway and totally get it. The song about a sex worker who is arrested by a police officer is misunderstood by a lot of people who don't understand that cops are people and need love too.




1: Maybe I'm Amazed
A love song from Paul McCartney to his wife, Linda. Maybe I'm Amazed is considered one of his greatest songs and is prominently featured on several albums and is showcased during concerts. Paul reportedly wants this song to be the one he is remembered by. The live version is better than the studio one, of course.



* Frankly, I'm surprised I ever have sex.

7 comments:

  1. How bizarre. I was only playing "Maybe I'm Amazed" on my guitar about five minutes before coming across this post. I agree with you entirely, it really is a great song and just seems to get better with every year that goes by.

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  2. Great choices, especially the McCartney and Cowsills selections. I'm partial to Barry White's "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me", but that's just one man's opinion.

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  3. Cannot disagree more that the live version of "Amazed" is better. The studio version has that great, echoey sound with the distinctive guitar tone that McCartney got on that record. He wasn't so far divorced from that Beatle magic. The live version, on the other hand, I've always found draggy, sloppy, and soporific.

    Oh well, diff'rent strokes and all that.

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  4. I appreciate the audience participation in the live version.

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  5. Actually, "This Guy's in Love with You" is by Bacharach and Hal David, not David Hall.

    Just thought I'd pass that along!

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  6. Yeah, thanks for bringing it up. I mistyped.

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  7. wow..was prepared to mock your list...but find I agree with you.

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