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daruma / October 10, 2005 11:08 AM

Wonderful Tonight - EC
She Said Yes - Chad Brock

Leah / October 10, 2005 11:12 AM

The Book of Love--Peter Gabriel

Head Over Feet--Alanis Morisette

Such Great Heights - Iron And Wine (if that's the one about freckles lining up, if not--then the one about freckles.)

Bridget / October 10, 2005 11:18 AM

Crazy Love-Van Morrison

Shelly / October 10, 2005 11:32 AM

Harvest Moon-Neil Young

Flynn / October 10, 2005 11:33 AM

Hard to put just one.

This is Not a Love Song - Public Image Ltd.
Scary Kisses - Voice of the Beehive
Lovesong - The Cure
Silly Love Songs - Paul McCartney

MikeH / October 10, 2005 11:35 AM

As the first guy to chime in (and looking over my shoulder to make sure none of my ball-breaking co-workers see this), I have always secretly liked "If You Leave" by OMD...

Always makes me think about my next greatlove...

Pete / October 10, 2005 11:37 AM

"Have a Little Faith in Me" by John Hiatt. The only downside to having a swing band play our wedding reception is that it prevented this from being our "first dance" song.

amyc / October 10, 2005 11:45 AM

The boy and I walked down the aisle to "Book of Love" by the Magnetic Fields. I fucking love that song.

spiraljetty / October 10, 2005 11:49 AM

This is Hardcore by Pulp. It's about lust really, not love.

Faithfully by Journey.

sky / October 10, 2005 12:06 PM

Bed of Roses Bon F'ing Jovi
Walk the same line- Everything but the Girl
Everything Al Green.

Mo / October 10, 2005 12:21 PM

I second Faithfully by Journey.

There are so many great ones, but right now, it's In My Lady's House by Iron and Wine.

Oh, and Against All Odds by Phil Collins.

Stosh / October 10, 2005 12:29 PM

Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

bran / October 10, 2005 12:34 PM

It's totally cheesey, but I think "The Idea of Growing Old" by the Features is probably the best love song I've ever heard. The chorus? "You turn me on to the idea of growing old."

elena / October 10, 2005 12:34 PM

"Heroes" by David Bowie is the ultimate love song.
"Valentine's Day" by Bruce Springsteen is a close second
but I can't resist:
"In Spite of Ourselves", by John Prine and Iris Dement
"We're Not the Jetset (We're the Old Chevrolet Set)" by George Jones and Tammy Wynette

eep / October 10, 2005 12:38 PM

"Stay" by John Legend is my current favorite. It's just so simple and perfect.

Susan / October 10, 2005 12:41 PM

Another vote for the Magnetic Fields' "The Book of Love", though I don't think I'll be able to walk down the aisle to it.

Justin / October 10, 2005 12:45 PM

"Wowie Zowie" by Zappa and the Mothers. A send-up and tribute to '50s love songs, and surprisingly sweet.

"Wowie Zowie, baby / You're so neat / I don't even care / If you shave your legs"

Veronica / October 10, 2005 12:52 PM

Not just my favorite love song, but my favorite song period: "Woman," by John Lennon. Second in both categories: "In My Life," by the Beatles.

paul / October 10, 2005 1:00 PM

Sara by Bob Dylan
A Minor Incident by Badly Drawn Boy

bensch / October 10, 2005 1:07 PM

"My Heart's Reflection" by Yo La Tengo

mike / October 10, 2005 1:12 PM

"Le Vie En Rose" the Louis Armstrong version.


"Baby, It's Cold Outside" again by Louis Armstrong and the most appropriate love song for any Chicagoian.

mark / October 10, 2005 1:19 PM

"the Whole of the law" by yo la tengo
"Sing a song for you" by tim buckley
"Dress sexy at my funeral" smog
"eight days a week" by da beatles

it goes on.

loir / October 10, 2005 1:38 PM

Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks

j3s / October 10, 2005 1:57 PM

Why, Tesla's "Love Song," of course.

Sad thing is, I'm only half kidding. When it comes to love songs, good associations can sometimes count as much as good songwriting.

jk1 / October 10, 2005 2:14 PM

Ultimately 'Pictures of You' by the Cure is right there at the top, although it was recently tainted just a bit by it's use in an HP commercial.

D / October 10, 2005 2:21 PM

"Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" by the Casinos

matt.T. / October 10, 2005 2:29 PM

"Sweet Leaf" by Black Sabbath.

MikeH / October 10, 2005 2:40 PM

"Baby, It's Cold Outside"

Great call!

Shylo / October 10, 2005 2:47 PM

it's "there is a light that never goes out" by the smiths.

"If a double decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side, well, the pleasure and the privilege is mine."

Very good. Maudlin, but good.

Michael / October 10, 2005 2:47 PM

Washing of the Water - Peter Gabriel
With or Without You - U2
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus

christian / October 10, 2005 2:51 PM

"Ring of Fire" Johnny Cash

Andrew / October 10, 2005 3:02 PM

"Good Feeling," by Violent Femmes

Greg / October 10, 2005 3:04 PM

This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Talking Heads

kelly / October 10, 2005 3:06 PM

You Send Me - Sam Cooke

C-Note / October 10, 2005 3:21 PM

"Ruben and Cherise" - Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

Tequila Red / October 10, 2005 3:22 PM

"Mint Car" - the Cure
"Your Love" - Tegan & Sara
"Question" - Old 97's
"Aaron & Maria" - AmAnSet

james c. / October 10, 2005 3:22 PM

"tendency right foot forward" by Kleenex Girl Wonder

C-Note / October 10, 2005 3:22 PM

"Without You" - Harry Nilsson

e_five / October 10, 2005 3:32 PM

"Sex Dwarf" by Soft Cell

armghetto / October 10, 2005 3:39 PM

Nothing Better by Postal Service, only because I'm going through a breakup and feel like being a weepy maudlin puss.

Erica / October 10, 2005 4:03 PM

Shadow of a Doubt: Sonic Youth
I Want You Around: Ramones
I Don't Want to Hurt You: Frank Black

Kevin / October 10, 2005 4:18 PM

"Jones Crusher" - Frank Zappa

mike / October 10, 2005 4:19 PM

'Tears are Cool' by Teenage Fanclub and 'Far Far Away' by Wilco.

Stephen / October 10, 2005 4:38 PM

Jawbreaker - 'Chesterfield King'

blakeney / October 10, 2005 6:20 PM

Long-time listener, first-time caller:

Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
I want to be with You - Al Green
Silver Spring - Fleetwood Mac

Moon / October 10, 2005 6:28 PM

Sticking with the Zappa theme:

"Broken Hearts are for Assholes"

Hee hee.

Leelah / October 10, 2005 6:35 PM

Along with everyone else, I was totally going to pick "The Book of Love" by the Magnetic Fields!
So I'll go with "Octopussy" by the Wedding Present (since I can't nominate the entire "Seamonsters" album)
I also adore "Such Great Heights" by the Postal Service (nicely covered by Iron and Wine.)

Jason / October 10, 2005 6:39 PM

The Ship Song - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Or maybe Prison Sex by Tool.

Lemmy / October 10, 2005 6:42 PM

"Love Me Like A Reptile" - Motörhead

amy / October 10, 2005 6:50 PM

'fresh feeling' by the eels...

I think I've given that song to 10 people who always seem to love it more when they're in love...(you/don't have a clue/what it's like to be next to you..)

As my love life is a disaster right now I recommend anything from The Afghan Whigs or The Magic Numbers (AW = mean, mean love songs MN = california sounding songs of broken heart)

Y A J / October 10, 2005 7:25 PM

My favorite loves songs were the first and last songs at our wedding:

The Chain - Poi Dog Pondering
Ringfinger - NIN

Michelle / October 10, 2005 7:53 PM

I second "The Whole of the Law" by Yo La Tengo!
I thought, nah, no one will know that one - so thanks to Mark for putting it out there.

Magnetic Fields " It's only time"

I've been to a bunch of weddings lately, so these are both timely and timeless.

My own love life tends more towards "Ego tripping at the Gates of Hell" by the Flaming Lips, or " The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades" by Sufjan Stevens. Not as scary as they sound, actually.

Jen / October 10, 2005 7:56 PM

"Going to California" by Led Zeppelin

not completely a love song....more of a longing song. Still pretty.

"I only have eyes for you" by the Flamingos

"To Love somebody" by the Bee Gees....Corgan's version ain't too bad either

"Don't worry baby" by the Beach Boys

tony / October 10, 2005 8:28 PM

I don't count this as a favorite per se, but "Not Fire, Not Ice" by Ben Harper deeply affects me in a way no other song does.

"Such Great Heights"--not the Postal Service version, but the Iron and Wine cover, which may be found in the Garden State soundtrack. Beautiful.

"Wonderful! Wonderful!" by Johnny Mathis. I have a soft spot for the classic vocalists.

"I Could Write a Book"--maybe the Harry Connick, Jr. version.

"Colour My World" by Chicago. It could be considered cheesy, but I'm a sucker for its simplicity.

"Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell. Very bittersweet.

"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green.

"Love Is in the Air" as sung by John Paul Young, off the Strictly Ballroom soundtrack. Really just makes you feel good.

Moon / October 10, 2005 8:36 PM

"I fought the law, and the law won"

Dutch / October 10, 2005 8:45 PM

"True Love Ways" - Buddy Holly (really)

"Heat of the Moment" - Asia (cheese)

Maybe, for sheer novelty, "Nantucket Selighride" by the Phaantom Surfers.

Amy / October 10, 2005 9:05 PM

I've Just Seen A Face, P.S. I Love You, Do You Wanna Know A Secret, Two of Us and Long, Long, Long - the Beatles ( I heart the Beatles)

Everything I Do - Bryan Adams (guilty pleasure)

nico / October 10, 2005 10:30 PM

"i'll be your mirror" - the velvet underground and nico is my all time favorite. but right now: "the first day of my life" - bright eyes. the video is a tear jerker, but i'm a sap and i admit it.

matt / October 11, 2005 1:01 AM

grant lee buffalo - "honey don't think"
dusty springfield (and others) - "the look of love"
the cat power cover of "sea of love"
squeeze - "take me, i'm yours"
elvis - "can't help falling in love"
the beatles - "eight days a week"
mary chapin carpenter - "come on come on"
and so many others i can't think of at the moment.

Veronica / October 11, 2005 7:39 AM

I've just seen a face I can't forget the time or place where we just met, she's just girl for me and I want all the world to see we've di di di dum di...

That song always makes me happy. I, too, ♥ the Beatles.

Robin / October 11, 2005 9:00 AM

I'll be yr bird by M. Ward

Pete / October 11, 2005 9:21 AM

Not to be picky, but "The Whole of the Law" (great song, that) is actually by The Only Ones, though covered nicely by Yo La Tengo.

Ben / October 11, 2005 9:23 AM

"Lucky" Ben Folds

"Destiny" Zero 7

"Come Pick Me Up" Ryan Adams

"Peach Trees" Rufus Wainwright

Anne / October 11, 2005 9:28 AM

Wild Horses
Rolling Stones

Kevin / October 11, 2005 9:53 AM

Sticking with the Zappa theme:

"Broken Hearts are for Assholes"

Hee hee.

I *heart* Moon

leah / October 11, 2005 9:55 AM

"Dress Sexy at my Funeral" by Smog

Now that's love.

j / October 11, 2005 10:09 AM

"Crazy Love"

Van Morrison

Charlie / October 11, 2005 10:14 AM

Never tear Us Apart - INXS

charlie / October 11, 2005 10:29 AM

You beat me to it Greg!

Very close 2nd is "the book i read" Talking Heads as well

Ann van Moxie / October 11, 2005 10:31 AM

"Next to You" - The Police
"You're my Queen" - Mercury Rev
And of course my wedding song, "Simply Beautiful" - Al Green

John Dutch / October 11, 2005 10:32 AM

Just Like Heaven - The Cure

Erica / October 11, 2005 10:45 AM

I can't believe no one said "Gimme That Nut" by Eazy E.

Sabrosa / October 11, 2005 11:01 AM

Kissing You (Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet) - Des'ree

Ohhh-this song absolutely makes me melt. I really want to walk down the aisle to this-I don't care who makes fun of me for it!!!

Alex / October 11, 2005 11:11 AM

"Julia" by The Beatles. Simply beautful...

Libby / October 11, 2005 11:14 AM

The Luckiest--Ben Folds

Just What I Needed--The Cars
Always on My Mind--Elvis
Gold Only Knows--Beach Boys
Time After Time--Cyndi Lauper
Islands In the Stream--Kenny & Dolly
I'll Stand By You--The Pretenders
Open Arms--Journey

madachode / October 11, 2005 11:33 AM

"Beat your Mom" by A Long Metal Pipe

Ron / October 11, 2005 11:36 AM

La La Love You - Pixies

c / October 11, 2005 11:44 AM

I agree with Libby:
The Luckiest by Ben Folds

Chosen Family by Leona Naess

shechemist / October 11, 2005 11:57 AM

I don't believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Not to touch a hair on your head
To leave you as you are
And if He felt He had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Into My Arms

also Closing Time by Leonard Cohen
Hold On by Tom Waits
No Need to Cry by Neko Case

Melody / October 11, 2005 12:39 PM

the way you look tonight - Frank Sinatra

dj paul / October 11, 2005 12:45 PM

come on now folks- stevie wonder: I Believe.

Speedy / October 11, 2005 1:11 PM

Are we allowed to make fun of other people's choices?

Eamon / October 11, 2005 1:14 PM

The best love song ever recorded is Etta James' "At Last". There's a reason they've played it at every damn wedding I've ever been to (including my own).

waleeta / October 11, 2005 1:24 PM

Today, I love "Sway" as sung by Michael Buble. Makes my knees weak.

Roni / October 11, 2005 3:30 PM

Somebody by Depeche Mode. The hubby & I are weird like this.

Though my views may be wrong
They may even be perverted
She'll hear me out
And won't easily be converted
To my way of thinking
In fact she'll often disagree
But at the end of it all
She will understand me

Dr. Awesome / October 11, 2005 4:00 PM

closer - nin

everytime i hear it, i just want to kill.

Andrew / October 11, 2005 4:19 PM

Dr. Awesome, I think you may have jumped the gun -- favorite hate songs is next.

slb / October 11, 2005 4:25 PM

i second the violent femmes 'good feeling.'

also gang of four's 'damaged goods.'

Lisa / October 11, 2005 4:27 PM

"Beautiful" by Lifehouse. :)

Reminds me of days long past.

Amy / October 11, 2005 4:32 PM

By Your Side - Sade

george lara / October 11, 2005 5:00 PM

"Listen, The Snow Is Falling" by Galaxie 500
"We're Going To Be Friends" by The White Stripes.

Leelah / October 11, 2005 5:01 PM

I forgot my wedding song... which is still beautiful though my marriage is over...

Matthew Sweet "I've Been Waiting"

also for Beatles love songs, "In My Life" which was my father-daughter dance.

maureen / October 11, 2005 5:11 PM

"Touched a Dream" by R. Kelly

Baldeesh / October 11, 2005 5:26 PM

"I wanna be adored" - Stone Roses

Moon / October 11, 2005 9:24 PM

Ravel's Bolero???

sarah / October 11, 2005 10:25 PM

Fine. If no one else has the guts to cop to it, I will:

"In Your Eyes," Peter Gabriel.

And don't tell me half of you didn't think of this song, at least for a second. ;)

hench / October 12, 2005 12:22 AM

stevie wonder -- i believe
otis redding -- these arms of mine
otis redding -- i've been loving you too long

these all just slay.

and i'll always have a soft spot for christian death's 'we fall like love.'

nathan / October 13, 2005 3:08 AM


it has a the most beautiful lyrics my girl friend sung me it

steven / October 13, 2005 7:29 PM

Maybe I'm Amazed by Wings

I Found a Reason by Velvet Underground, covered by Cat Power. Breaks my heart.

Sandra / November 9, 2005 9:35 PM

I'm currently in love with "Home" by Michael Buble.

Also, "Now and Always," "This Years Love," and "Be Mine" by David Gray.

Aine / June 20, 2007 2:09 PM

"With Or Without You" U2
"When you're gone" Avril Lavigne
"Warning Sign" Coldplay
"Fix You" Coldplay

couldnt choose hehe!

jfc.1981 / July 30, 2008 6:47 PM

"She Says" by Howie Day

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