Hi everyone and (whether you’re in a relationship or not) happy Valentine’s Day. Seeing as it is the ‘most romantic’ day of the year I’ve decided to post my Top 8 favourite love songs.
The tracks I’ve chosen might not be your typical love songs, maybe even a little unconventional in places, but they’re all tracks that I could imagine – or have imagined – being my first dance song at my wedding.
#1 Landon Austin – Once In A Lifetime
I wrote about this song in a previous ‘Tracks I’m Loving’ post, in which I said:
“There is one word that immediately comes to mind when I think of this song: Beautiful. The delicate guitar work and Austin’s melodic voice are nothing short of wonderful, and the track has a real sense of elegance to it. It’s extremely heart-felt lyrics such as, “don’t you know you stop the room?/and all that I can see is you/I’m standing where the lightning strikes, I know this doesn’t happen twice/you must be my once in a lifetime.” make the song moving and poignant. I can imagine this being the perfect wedding song.”
And, in truth, I don’t really have much more to say; I feel like I’d just be saying the same things with different words. But what I will say is, every time I hear this song I fall in love with it all over again.
#2 Dave Barnes – God Gave Me You
All you’ve got to do is listen to this track to understand why it ended up in this list. The song is delicate and romantic, and the lyrics are heartfelt and beautiful. It’s a song about an extraordinary, unconditional love that makes you think ‘I want a love like that.’
#3 Sam Smith – Latch
This is another track that I’ve reviewed previously, and what I said was as true now as it was then.
I love this version of Electronic duo Disclosure’s track, featuring vocals by Grammy award-winning artist Sam Smith. The dance beat of the Disclosure version has been replaced by a piano and strings, allowing the lyrics to shine through rather than be overpowered. This also heightens the sentiment – giving it more of a heart-felt, comforting feel – and enables it to really come into its own as a love song. Sam Smith’s vocals are, as always, unrivalled; his soulful tone perfectly connecting with, and conveying, the emotion of the track. Captivating from the beginning to long after it has ended, a beautiful song that you can’t help but love.
#4 Ed Sheeran –Thinking Out Loud
This ballad screams romantic from the get go. The understated yet dreamy sound, Sheeran’s honest vocals, and the charming, affectionate lyrics work together and result in something nothing short of beautiful. Ed Sheeran himself has said that he “pinned [the track] as the ‘walking down the aisle’ song,” and I’d say he got it spot on. “Well me I fall in love with you every single day/ And I just wanna tell you I am,” need I say more?
#5 Edwin McCain – I’ll Be
This track oozes emotion from every note without ever being cheesy. McCain’s vocals are husky, raw and undeniably heartfelt – a striking contrast to the soft, delicate melody. It doesn’t surprise me that many people choose this as a wedding song – it has a sense of elegance about it, and really is the perfect track to fall in love to, and with.
#6 The Cab – Vegas Skies
If you’re a regular visitor to my blog then you know that I’m a huge fan of this band and this song is no exception to that love. This piano-led track is poignant, beautiful and Alex DeLeon’s vocals are smooth, dynamic and compelling. “I’ve only got forever and forever is fine.” Enough said.
#7 Rogue Re Vera – New York Girl In The Jersey Scene
This song is undeniably romantic. The combination of the gentle acoustic guitar backing and the tenderness of the soft vocals creates a delicate vibe, and the honest affection in the lyrics add to the beauty of the track. It’s an understated ballad brimming with emotion, that captivates your attention throughout, “I don’t know where you came from and I don’t care/Jump in my arms and kiss me hard and let’s watch all the jealous people stare.” – stunning.
#8 The Summer Set – About A Girl
Simply put, this track is a delicate, yet powerful, ballad. “This is a song about a girl/this is a song above love,” – says it all really.
So, there you go. I hope you enjoyed reading my Top 8 Love Songs, I’ll be back tomorrow with my Top 8 Anti-Love songs for those of you who are beyond sick of hearing about Valentine’s Day.
What do you think of my choices? Are there any other songs you think I should’ve included? What is your favourite love song? Feel free to let me know in a comment. 🙂