For the Lovers Out There…

I’m not really into “mushy gushy” love. But to be fair I have never been in love before so I am not sure what it feels like. Romantic love is an abstract concept for me, but I feel I may have a tiny grasp on it through a few songs so I decided to make a list.

So here are the top 5 most romantic songs from one who has never been in love.

5. “I Got You Babe,” by Sonny and Cher.

This song is just full of puppy love. Who doesn’t want to be in a cute relationship where you use terrible grammar to explain your love for each other. The song quickly rose to number one on the charts in 1965 making Sonny and Cher a household name. Sonny wrote this song during the night and woke Cher to listen to his new composition. She told him it wasn’t his best and went back to bed.

4. “Try a Little Tenderness,” by Frank Sinatra

This has been a long time favorite of mine. I originally heard it sung by Michael Buble. I then heard Frank Sinatra’s version on his album of the same title. Although Buble’s version is amazing, you just can’t beat old Blue Eyes.

3. “Moon River,” by Andy Williams

This song is a classic. I was introduced to me by my mom. It was her and her high school sweetheart’s song. It is a beautiful story of a couple in love that are willing to go anywhere with each other. This song recognizes the heartbreak that may be coming, yet shows how love can win with commitment. There are also some great covers of this song by Judy Garland and Anita Bryant.

2. “I Want to Know What Love Is,” Foreigner

I’m jumping quite a few years ahead, but I have always greatly respected this song. As a young un-in-love eligible bachelor I find this song particularly comforting. It would be a dream of mine to find someone who I simply just want to show me what love is (Unless there’s a class). And there isn’t a better voice to betray these emotions then the passionate Lou Gramm. This was Foreigner’s only number one, released in 1984, and was eventually declared platinum.

1. “Endless Love,” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

This song is very special to me. It was used as the theme song to my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary (they have now been married 66 years). Last year my Mom and I were lucky enough to receive meet and greet passes to meet Lionel and my mom told him the story. It was nice to see it come full circle. Interesting fact about this song, Richie initially considered it a disaster due to all the last minute changes on the song (making it a duet) and the rushed recording sessions they had to complete it in. In the end it doesn’t matter. Billboard just named this song the top love song of all time and the chemistry between him and Ross hasn’t been accomplished since.

Well that’s about the most I can write about love. My valentines for the past few years have consisted of my single friends, a dinner with my cousin, and “me” dates. Every year I just know somebody is going to come out of the woodwork and say how madly in love they are with me.

Here’s to next year!

Spinnin’ and Hopin’ for Lovin’,

Gabe

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