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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
LOVE SONGS...THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE QUIRKY AND THE CHEESY
They are the songs that make us laugh, cry
and reminisce-- all in three minutes.
They are the lonve songs.

The'll creep on the radio, be pumped into
restaurants and seep into our consicousness
as Valentine's Day gets closer. But we have a
love/hate relationship with them that creates
a slippery slope from classic to elevator music,
and the difference is just a bad verse or two.

"A good love song is a song that relates to a
moment in time for an individual", says Melissa Forman,
a morning radio personalaity for WLIT (93.( FM)
"Whether you are going to through a breakup or in the
best relationship of your life, that song holds a
special memeory for you."

It seems that even what we think are bad love songs have a place.

"Critics sometimes make fun of sentimental love songs
like 'Feelings', but that song obviously struck a chord in
a lot of listeners - it was a huge international hit - so,
to my way of thinking, it cannot be a bad love song,"
said Robin Frederick, a musician and historian.
"A bad love song is one that doesn't make anyone
feel anything".

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, here's our list with
help from Frederick, Forman and others -- of the greatest,
lamest and most overplayed love songs.

BEST OF THE BEST
"They Can't Take Away From Me", George and Ira Gershwin
"Crush", Dave Matthews Band
"Green Eyes", Coldplay
"Wonderful Tonight", Eric Clapton
"Let's Get It On", Marvin Gaye
"White Flag", Dido

CHEESIEST LOVE SONGS
"Everything I Do, I Do for You", Bryan Adams
"You Were My Strength When I was Weak," Celine Dion
"She's Like the Wind", Patrick Swayze
"This I Swear", Nick Lachey
"Archy Breaky Heart", Billy Ray Cyrus

BEST BREAKUP SONGS
"To Be a Good Woman", Cat Power
"Nothing Compare 2U," Sinead O'Connor
"Get Out", JoJo
"Power of Goodbye", Madonna
"I Will Remember You", Sarah McLachian
"How Do I Live", Lee Ann Rimes
"All By Myself", Eric Carmen

QUIRKIEST LOVE SONGS
"ideal Woman", William Shatner
"We're Going to be Friends", White Stripes
"I Touch Myself", The Divinyls
"Groovy Kind of LOve", Phil Collins
"Me So Hrony", 2 Live Crew

GREAT LOVE SONGS FROM FILMS
"The Blower's Daughter" Damien Rcie in "Closer"
"Take My Breath Away," Berlin in "Top Gun"
"Unchained Melody", Righteous Brothers from "Ghost"
"Ungry Eyes", Eric Carmen in "Dirty Dancing"

MOST OVERPLAYED LOVE SONG
"Cry Me A River", Justin Timberlake
"I will Always Love You," Whitney Houston
"Heart Will Gon On", Celine Dion
"Lady In Red", Chris Deburgh
"More Than Words", Extreme
"Wicked Games", Chris Isaak

CLASSIC WEDDING LOVE SONGS
"Wonderful World", Louis Armstrong
"We've Ony Just Begun", Carpenters
""At Last", Etta James
"Unforgettable", Nat King Cole
"It Had to Be You", Harry Connick, Jr.
"Can't Help Falling in Love", Elvis Presley


(abstracted from CHISUNTIMES/by Lucio Guerrero)
posted by infraternam meam @ 3:47 AM  
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