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List: The 10 best love songs for Valentine’s Day

Music can change the coldest heart to the warmest of souls.
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Everybody loves a love song, right? Well, maybe not everybody and it probably depends on the song along with who is singing the song. It may depend on how that person is feeling about themselves, their mate (or lack thereof) and Valentine’s Day. Some people hate the day because of the commercialism that it has begun or how vendors, stores and restaurateurs tend to price gouge you by almost doubling the price of merchandise or food that they sell all year long. Before Valentine's Day, for example, you may have been able to buy roses for $10 to $15, but if you want to give your sweetie some roses now be prepared to shell out $40 to $50.

There are also people who don’t see the point of this particular day and like to state that they don’t need a holiday to be romantic with their mate because they do it all year long. These are usually the people who are so cheap that they make a penny sweat and don’t do anything romantic for their mate the other 264 days out of the year. Putting down your cell phone while they're talking to you doesn't count.

Love songs in general tend to fall into one category that’s different than the other types of music. Every love song has to have the same ingredients regardless as to whether they are happy love songs or sad/angry love songs. Every love song has to be about the singer’s feelings, memories of that person and of course the future of that relationship.

Regarding mostly all songs that are either written or recorded it is the melody or beat that is often the most important factor, but in love songs it comes second to the lyrics.

There have been many great love songs over the years such as “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion, “Evergreen” by Barbra Streisand, “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley, “Hello” by Lionel Ritchie, “Hopelessly Devoted To You” by Olivia Newton-John, “Even the Nights Are Better” by Air Supply, “As Long As You Love Me” by The Backstreet Boys, “Wait a Million Years” by The Grass Roots, “Reasons” by Earth, Wind and Fire, “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” by The Miracles, “Always and Forever” by Heat Wave, “Love Will Keep Us Together” by The Captain and Tennille, “Secret Love” by Doris Day, “With Your Love” by Jefferson Starship, or “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

There are 10 songs that go a little beyond a normal love song and weren’t either as commercially successful as the ones above or they weren’t really regarded by mainstream media as traditional love songs. In case you need something to calm your mate down if you forgot Valentine’s Day or if you want to make the night a little more memorable here are the 10 songs.

Video (Hello by Lionel Ritchie): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_ILDFp5DGA

Video (As Long As You Love Me by the Backstreet Boys): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gl2QnHNpkA&list=AL94UKMTqg-9AjEJp8x5tlUx...

1. The Power of Love/Power of Love (Huey Lewis and the News).
1. The Power of Love/Power of Love (Huey Lewis and the News). eventful.com

1. The Power of Love/Power of Love (Huey Lewis and the News).

1. The Power of Love/Power of Love (Huey Lewis and the News).

Huey Lewis wrote this song for the 1985 movie “Back to the Future.” The group released it as a single the same year and the song almost immediately became a gold record as well as earning an Academy Award nomination.

What makes “Power of Love” a classic is that it’s not a soft, tender and emotional song. It’s loud, it’s fast and it grabs your attention the minute the first chords are played. In reality that’s how some love relationships are.

What also makes this different is that the group isn’t singing about one person or even an intimate relationship, but how powerful an emotion like love can be; the song describes the many emotions a person feels as they enter into and go through the relationship. In essence this song isn’t just about the act of love, but the emotions of love.

"Power of Love" isn’t limited to those who are in a committed relationship or who are in love. This song is for everybody. The message in itself is what makes this an awesome and different kind of love song which can be enjoyed by the masses.

Video (The Power of Love): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NMph943tsw

2. Would You Mind (Earth, Wind and Fire).
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2. Would You Mind (Earth, Wind and Fire).

2. Would You Mind (Earth, Wind and Fire).

Although Earth, Wind and Fire’s song “Reasons” didn’t make this list “Would You Mind” did.

Why?

Although both songs were emotionally powerful love songs (every song the group ever did was an emotionally strong one) “Reasons” was more about having a one night stand which isn’t what Valentine’s Day is all about or what it shouldn’t be about.

“Would You Mind” on the other hand is more in line to what a love song should be. The words as well as the sentiment is the kind of stuff you’ll find in the best pieces of literature that have romance or love as a main theme.

In 1977 Earth, Wind and Fire released their album “All ‘n All” and it turned triple platinum for selling three million copies. There were also several hits to come out of the album such as “I'll Write A Song For You", "Serpentine Fire", "Love's Holiday", and "Fantasy".

On the 1977 album “Would You Mind” was not listed among the tracks because the song was a demo version of Love’s Holiday which wasn’t considered as a hit. In 2002 a remastered version of the album was put out and “Would You Mind” was listed.

In 1978 the group and the album won two Grammy Awards. One for Best R & B Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus and a second Grammy for the instrumental piece “Runnin’”.

The song is about the feelings of intensity and passion; to finally recognize that you are in love with the person you've been seeing. The words are strong in the same way that the feelings of love are strong.

Here are some of the lyrics:

Would you mind
If I touch, if I kiss, if I held you tight?
In the morning light?

Would you mind
If I said how I felt tenderly tonight?

Again 'cause, I never ever felt this way
In my heart before
Love has found its way
In my heart, tonight

Would you mind
If I looked into your eyes till I'm hypnotized?
And I lose my pride

The song wasn’t a huge hit in the 1970s on the mainstream music charts, but the sensuality and lyrics that just pulled at your heartstrings was a hit with the fans. It grabbed the young and old alike to look at a relationship from the feelings of a man.

Unlike many love songs that grab you through saccharin-laced lyrics this song doesn’t; it grabs a listener by the soul and lets them remember a time in their lives where they experienced feelings like that even if it was only for a brief moment. It is a grown-up's song.

Another good reason why this song and group made the list is because the lyrics or meaning behind them just aren’t written like that anymore. This makes Earth, Wind and Fire a true class act.

Video (Would You Mind): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwhnoIgXjws

3. A Time for Us (Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet).
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3. A Time for Us (Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet).

3. A Time for Us (Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet).

Not every romantic relationship is one that society smiles at. For decades there were certain relationships that were frowned upon such as inter-racial relationships, Inter-faith relationships and same-sex unions. In certain pockets of society or in society as a whole these relationships were frowned upon or even illegal.

“A Time for Us” captures the feelings and beliefs of such unions; it’s sung from the point of view of the person or couple who are involved in a forbidden relationship such as the case of Romeo and Juliet which is where this song came from.

The song appeared in the 1968 Franco Zeffirelli film Romeo and Juliet which starred Olivia Hussey as Juliet and Leonard Whiting as Romeo. “A Time for Us” was written by Lawrence Kusic, Nino Rota and Edward Snyder.

Over the years the song has been recorded by several singers, all of them men, such as Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Roy Clark, and Engelbert Humperdink. The absolutely the best version was recorded and sung by teen idol Donny Osmond.

What made his version the best one was the fact that the men who sang it were older and had experienced several romantic relationships to the point of being slightly jaded. Donny Osmond sang it from the heart of an innocent teenage boy who still may have been an idealist where love was concerned. In his version you could hear the longing and urgency throughout the song. He sang it the way it was supposed to be sung.

The lyrics are beautifully written and are accompanied by a soothing melody. It conveys that their forbidden love will see them through anything as long as they are together. This message alone perfectly describes a true, committed love regardless if the relationship is forbidden or not; it’s about challenges that every couple faces.

Here are some of the lyrics:

A time for us someday there'll be
When chains are torn by courage born of a love that's free
A time when dreams so long denied
Can flourish as we unveil the love we now must hide

A time for us at last to see
A life worthwhile for you and me
And with our love through tears and thorns
We will endure as we pass surely through every storm

A time for us someday there'll be
A new world, a world of shining hope for you and me

A time for us at last to see
A life worthwhile for you and me

ideo (A Time for Us): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mohouw486dQ

4. How Deep Is Your Love (The Bee Gees).
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4. How Deep Is Your Love (The Bee Gees).

4. How Deep Is Your Love (The Bee Gees).

The song written by Maurice and Barry Gibb and was released as a single in September of 1977. It also became a part of the movie soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.

Before the end of that year the song became number one on various music charts not only in America, but Great Britain as well. It spent a total of 17 weeks on the Billboard charts which was unheard of during that time. Combining all the music charts the song spent a total of 33 weeks.

Billboard magazine put the song at number 20 on their All Time Top 100 list. Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at number 375 in their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Although many Saturday Night Fever fans will tell you that the best love song should be Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You” from the soundtrack that's not exactly right. Elliman’s song isn’t a true love song, but an unhappy song about an unrequited love which can’t be placed on this list.

Even though both of these songs were written by Maurice and Robin Gibb the messages about love are totally different especially since they’re used to convey the distinctly different feelings of the characters of Tony Manero, Annette and Stephanie Mangano.

So why did this song make the list?

Well because the slow melody partners perfectly with the wonderfully expressive words; that if you close your eyes you can see what the Gibb brothers wrote almost as if it were a scene from a movie.

In the 70s there were no music videos to speak of so the listener had to put the music to their own imaginations which was actually a perfect combination: music and mental creativity.

Sadly Maurice Gibb died in 2003 and Robin Gibb died in 2012 leaving brother Barry Gibb as the surviving member of The Bee Gees.

Video (How Deep Is Your Love): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfrHwfujce4

5. I Adore Mi Amore (Color Me Badd).
5. I Adore Mi Amore (Color Me Badd). entertainment.nl.msn.com

5. I Adore Mi Amore (Color Me Badd).

5. I Adore Mi Amore (Color Me Badd).

Color Me Badd was a cappella hip hop group that released “I Adore Mi Amour” in July of 1991. The group was discovered by Kool and The Gang’s Robert Bell. They were also one of the best musical groups to come out of the 1990s

The song was on their debut album “C.M.B. and would go on to become number one on the Billboard music charts for several weeks.

“I Adore Mi Amore” was written and produced by the members of Color Me Badd (Bryan Abrams, Mark Calderon, Sam Watters and Kevin Thornton) and Hamza Lee.

So why is this group on the list?

The song is similar to love songs though the decades; soft and smooth with a glossy finish to it. “I Adore Mi Amore” is very soothing and gentle. It’s sung in the fashion of a true love song with a strong message of fidelity and never-ending love.

The song starts out with a girl telling a guy, who she is obviously pursuing, and wants him to leave his girlfriend because she can treat him better. He says that they both love each other, that she’s the girl of his dreams and he would never leave her.

Why?

Because she’s more than any man could ask for.

It’s a beautiful song and it can transcend to any place or time; deserves to be on this list.

Video (I Adore Mi Amore): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92NdfSeOLA0

6. Diamond Girl (Seals and Crofts).
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6. Diamond Girl (Seals and Crofts).

6. Diamond Girl (Seals and Crofts).

This duo made up of Jim Seals and Dash Crofts represented many groups, duos or singers of the 1970s because they mixed their music with two different genres. In this case it was folk and pop;

However throughout their time in the spotlight Seals and Crofts wrote as well as recorded “Diamond Girl” that had more pop/rock in it because of its upbeat tempo; it was more the style of soft rock in those days. Being identified with a new genre would also gather more fans of the duo.

The song was written by Jose Granda and Arthur Lamagolia which was unusual because Seals and Crofts were known to write their own music. It was released in 1973 and after “Diamond Girl” came out the duo were referred to more as a soft rock duo than a folk/pop duo.

The song was an instant success and was popular on the wedding circuit by being requested during receptions. “Diamond Girl” also became a favorite among their fans often succeeding their other hits such as "Summer Breeze", "We May Never Pass This Way Again", and "Get Closer".

The song made the list because like all their other songs it was beautifully written. It described someone’s unconditional love they have for their mate and how love can cross many boundaries that face people in relationships.

It shows that although the 70s songs were often scoffed at there were still a lot of amazing pieces to come out of that decade.

Video (Diamond Girl): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5b65hociXU

7. As (Stevie Wonder).
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7. As (Stevie Wonder).

7. As (Stevie Wonder).

“As” was written in 1976 and performed by Stevie Wonder. It appeared on his Grammy Award winning album “Songs in the Key of Life” in 1977. What makes this song so unique is that the album version of “As” is over seven minutes long and it was the version that most people preferred.

The shorter version, over three minutes long, was the one that radio stations played, but in order to fully experience this masterpiece you have to listen to the album version so you can see why people refer to Stevie Wonder as a musical genius.

This is a perfect Valentine’s Day song and is also often requested during wedding receptions. It’s a very emotional song that will tug on the most jaded person’s heart strings.

What made this song appear on the list besides it being a Stevie Wonder song are the lyrics. They’re honest and sincere; that everyone at least at one point in their life has experienced these feelings towards another person.

The song is about a love that will never die and can transform itself through space or time. Here are some of the lyrics:

As around the sun the earth knows she's revolving
And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May
Just as hate knows love's the cure
You can rest your mind assure
That I'll be loving you always

As now can't reveal the mystery of tomorrow
But in passing will grow older every day
Just as all is born is new
Do know what I say is true
That I'll be loving you always

Video (As): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFt--Wi-npw

8. Fine By Me (Andy Grammer).
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8. Fine By Me (Andy Grammer).

8. Fine By Me (Andy Grammer).

“Fine By Me” is the newest song to make this list. The song was released in 2011 as a digital download and is featured on his debut album Andy Grammer. The song was written and produced by Andy Grammer.

This song has a light and breezy air to it, but the lyrics have a deeper meaning. It’s also a song that will appeal to almost everyone.

The song is sung from a guy’s perspective about the difficulties he had having staying in relationships and not blaming anyone but himself. He meets this female who has everything he needs or wants in a partner which encourages the guy to be committed to her.

Not wanting to scare her off he tells her if she never wants to leave it’s fine by him.

So why is this song on the list?

Well, for one thing it’s contemporary and its theme is something a lot of people can identify with. It’s also a sweet song about a guy who despite having deep feelings for this girl he’s taking it slowly. It’s more of a song for the current times.

The melody and upbeat tempo makes this a feel-good song.

Video (Fine By Me): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rplmd1afK5U

9. I’m Gonna Love You a Little Bit More (Barry White).
9. I’m Gonna Love You a Little Bit More (Barry White). factoriahistoriah.wordpress.com

9. I’m Gonna Love You a Little Bit More (Barry White).

9. I’m Gonna Love You a Little Bit More (Barry White).

No list of Valentine’s Day songs would be complete without a contribution by Barry “The Godfather of Love” White. In several cases Barry White exemplified love through his music. To many women in the 1970s they looked at Barry as the perfect man due to his romantic image and deep voice that seemed to penetrate the hearts of the opposite sex everywhere.

“I’m Gonna Love You a Little Bit More” was written, produced and recorded by Barry White. It appeared on his debut album “I’ve Got So Much to Give” and quickly became a gold album as well as a gold record for selling over one million copies.

He would go on to make an additional 106 gold albums during his career. White was also considered to be one of the pioneers of disco music mainly due his work of directing as well as conducting instrumental music that was played by the Love Unlimited Orchestra.

The orchestra's number one song in 1973 was Love's Theme and paved the way for more instumentals such as 1976's "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy and Manhattan Skyline as well as "Night on Disco Mountain" who were all directed as well as composed by David Shire.

Nothing signifies Valentine’s Day or love like Barry White, but that’s not the only reason why this song made the list. It made it because the song is deeply moving and soulful which was a trademark of the singer.

There will probably be a few critics that would say that “I’m Gonna Love You a Little Bit More” was just about sex and that may be slightly true, but it was also about being able to spend more time with the one you love; that you almost feel an addiction to that person and that love can be a powerfully addicting drug when you’re in love.

Unfortunately Barry White who was one of the most skillful storytellers in music history died on July 4, 2003 of renal failure. Shortly after that he was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame and received the 2,056 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Although White is gone his music which is timeless will last forever.

Video (I’m Gonna Love You a Little Bit More): http://youtu.be/3_LWpIkFMvY

10.Ain’t Nobody (Rufus featuring Chaka Khan).
10.Ain’t Nobody (Rufus featuring Chaka Khan). raycornelius.com

10.Ain’t Nobody (Rufus featuring Chaka Khan).

10. Ain’t Nobody (Rufus featuring Chaka Khan).

“Ain’t Nobody” was released in 1983 and was performed by the R & B group Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. It was written by Hawk Wolinski a member of the group Rufus and appeared on their album Stompin’ at the Savoy.

“Ain’t Nobody” is about how easy and effortlessly love can be. The song tells a story about how devastating loneliness can be. It’s a song about the ups and downs of relationships. It brilliantly shows how wonderful love can be when you wait for the right person and not the person right now.

There have been several versions of this song, but there are two that stand out. The first one is by rapper L.L. Cool J. for the movie Beavis and Butt-head Do America.

The second version comes from R & B singer Kelly Price who recorded it for the movie Bringing Down the House.

So why is this song on this list?

Chaka Khan is an extremely talented singer. She is able to effortlessly travel between loss and heartache to joy and passion. The first several bars of the music also demonstrate a different feel to it; that the melody feels like it’s searching for something. The song is from a woman’s perspective of finally finding love.

Video (Ain’t Nobody): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cwpllVAq_U

Video (Ain’t Nobody LL Cool J): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kZpdrNkkN0

Video (Ain’t Nobody Kelly Price): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk2l4a18NBI