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Best Love Song Ever

Post by Woodbine » Mon Aug 18, 2008 02:27

Eh up kids, what do you think is the best love song ever then?

I think it might be 'You Are Always On My Mind' by Elvis, and latterly the Pet Shop Boys. I like how uncomplicated it is but how much it says at the same time. And obviously the best love songs are about something you've fucked up.

I'll bring that to the table. Discuss.
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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by alongwalkhome » Mon Aug 18, 2008 03:52

Woodbine wrote:And obviously the best love songs are about something you've fucked up.
You're probably right about that, but in an uncharacteristically optimistic maneuver, I'm going to offer my own favorite, The Lovin' Spoonful's "Darlin' Be Home Soon"--whether it's the best, I'm not sure. The chorus has just always struck me as the perfect description of finding your soul mate--well mine anyway. It even overcomes the ridiculously forced rhyme of "dawdled" and "toddled."

I prefer the Willie Nelson version of "Always on My Mind"--am I sick?

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 18, 2008 06:38

'Unhappy Birthday' by The Smiths.

Or, actually, we heard a song called 'Lady Love' on the radio yesterday. I can't remember who it's by, and it was completely shit, but I like the title.

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by humblebee » Mon Aug 18, 2008 08:31

I'm shocked into shame to discover that a layer of chips didn't say 'Well I Wonder'.

On this wet and dreary Monday morning I'm saying these:

The Flatmates, 'Shimmer'
Shocking Blue, 'Send Me a Postcard'
The Smiths, 'I Know It's Over'
Aretha Franklin, 'I Say a Little Prayer'
Comet Gain, 'Don't Fall in Love if You Want to Die in Peace'
The Aislers Set, 'The Red Door'

Does 'I Know It's Over' count?

I was writing something about 'Shimmer' the other day and decided it's the way it blends defiance and resignation that makes it so majestic. They're the best love songs, the ones that do that.

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 18, 2008 08:35

I always see 'Well I Wonder' as more of a disco song.

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by Martijn » Mon Aug 18, 2008 08:42

The Field Mice - 'Willow'
The Ronettes - 'Baby I Love You'

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by ianal » Mon Aug 18, 2008 09:04

They Don't Know - Tracey Ullman

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by humblebee » Mon Aug 18, 2008 09:46

Oooh, I forgot 'You're The Kind' by Red Sleeping Beauty. One of my all-time favourite songs of all time.

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by Life on Deck » Mon Aug 18, 2008 09:57

Another Flatmates song for the pile: I Could Be In Heaven.

And of course, Cheree by Suicide.
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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by crystalball » Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:40

My absolute, no-contest, swooning-every-single-time one has to be 'The Red Door' by the Aislers Set. Everything you ever need to know about longing and resignation and hope is in that song. And you can dance to it until everything is right in the world again, which is a massive bonus.

But then again there is 'Looking For A Rainbow' by Talulah Gosh, 'You're the Kind', 'I Only Want to Be With You' by Dusty Springfield, 'I Was Just Dreaming' by the Orchids (aaah!)...

So many amazing songs on this thread.

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by grumpytimes » Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:58

'Now Is Better Than Before' by Jonathan Richman has always been my favourite. May not focus on the longing or loss or anything, but for capturing a certain kind of feeling than (I expect) everyone in love sometimes feels it can't be topped.

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by Carys » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:02

I always find "Blue Jeans" by Blur bizarrely romantic - "Whatever I say, I don't really want to change a thing - I want to stay this way forever (if you don't mind)".

One of the best placed songs on a romantic mix-tape has to be "Hello Kitten" by Hefner.

'Our song' is "I only wanna be with you" by Dusty Springfield, although "Earth Angel (Will you be mine)" is a close call.

Edit: "Anyone Else But You" by The Moldy Peaches is maybe the best love song though ever, isn't it? *swoon*

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by Rob » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:35

I would nominate "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues, it has got that timeless quality... a true modern classic.
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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by SophieC » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:42

'noughts and crosses' by george formby is lovely, even though he's probably talking about front bottoms and willies.

"i'd rather play noughts and crosses with youuuuuuuuuuu"

'peggy sue' by buddy holly.
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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by alex_cornetto » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:52

"Something Changed" by Pulp and "Don't Falter" by Mint Royale/Lauren Laverne are my two favourites. The latter, I find, is a lot easier to fit onto a compilation CD without embarrassment than the former, and I have no idea why.

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by Carys » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:54

There's nothing embarrassing about Pulp. Nothing.

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by lynsosaurus » Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:05

Virginia Plain wrote: Edit: "Anyone Else But You" by The Moldy Peaches is maybe the best love song though ever, isn't it? *swoon*
that would totally win it.

i'm quite partial to 'islands in the stream'. and for fucked-up love songs, you can't beat 'suspicious minds'.

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by gloom button » Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:15

JamieC wrote:'noughts and crosses' by george formby is lovely, even though he's probably talking about front bottoms and willies.

"i'd rather play noughts and crosses with youuuuuuuuuuu"
Oh! I recognise that, which must mean it's one of the ones Benjamin Wetherill covers. It's very lovely.

I like the idea that the best love songs are all kind of deliberately small and understated. I don't know what my favourite one is, though. There's a Martin Finke song where he sings 'this loving thing we've got, your arms are like a raincoat/ this loving day i spend with you, we're reading from the same page'. And I really like that image somehow, reading the same page of a book together.
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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by Murray » Mon Aug 18, 2008 13:14

Pete's right about 'Shimmer'; everything about that song is just perfect, especially the final verse and the emphasised last line, "No there'll never be a star for you, cos God knows what you put me through". A right spine-tingler.

One of my favourites 'happily in love' songs is 'Don't Falter' by Mint Royale and Lauren Laverne. I've got so many great memories linked to that sunny little gem.

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Re: Best Love Song Ever

Post by humblebee » Mon Aug 18, 2008 13:28

Nappysack wrote:One of my favourites 'happily in love' songs is 'Don't Falter' by Mint Royale and Lauren Laverne. I've got so many great memories linked to that sunny little gem.
I think that's the only song that makes me cry cos it's so happy and pretty, as opposed to all the songs that make me cry cos they're miserable as hell.

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