Friday, February 12, 2010

Top 20 Greatest American Standard Love Songs Ever Written

In reviewing some music blogs today, I see several have listed their picks for the "Top Love Songs" of all times. As you would expect, most of these lists move away from the outstanding songs in the Great American Songbook. I can understand this since many of these bloggers are a lot younger than I am. Does this mean that when a song ages, it loses its ability to move the listener into a romantic frame of mind? I think not! On the other hand, just because a song is new does not mean it too can move the listener into a romantic frame of mind.

There are a couple of new songs that need to be considered on any "Love Song" list like:

1. Your Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder

2. Your Song by Elton John

3. You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker

4. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

I am sure there are more that can be added to the list, but I am still into the "Great American Songbook" list. If anyone has any additional candidates, please let me know.

One last comment about the current postings on the greatest love songs. How is it possible that I did not see even one posting of "My Funny Valentine" on the day before the most romantic day in America?

I get the greatness of a lot of recently written new love songs, and it's too bad that more young people are not exposed to some of the great, older love songs.

For anyone that missed my November 8, 2009 list of the Top 20 Greatest American Standard Love Songs, here it is again:

1. The Nearness of You
2. Here's That Rainy Day
3. Embraceable You
4. My Funny Valentine
5. What's New
6. The Very Thought of You
7. Body & Soul
8. You've Changed
9. I've Got You Under My Skin
10. In The Still Of The Night
11. Over The Rainbow
12. Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered
13. Someone To Watch Over Me
14. Night And Day
15. At Last
16. They Can't Take That Away From Me
17. All My Tomorrows
18. All The Things You Are To Me
19. Misty
20. The Way You Look Tonight


  1. I love your 11/8 list, consider adding to your contemporary list Michelle by Lennon/McCartney.

  2. Zelda: I love "Michelle" but I would have to remove one of the top 20 songs to get it on the list? I can't find any current song on the list that I would cut, would you. Maybe I should just make the list, "The Top Twenty-0ne Greatest American Standard Love Songs".

  3. The classic definition of the American Standard is a song typically written between 1920 and 1960, ie. Gershwin, Porter genre. Perhaps consider a new list; "future standards" and include 20 songs written post 1960? Michelle could be included on the list.

  4. Thanks for the suggestion. I will starting working up a list of top 20 songs written after 1960 and "Michelle" will be on it.

  5. My favorite is not on the list. Unforgettable by Nat King Cole. His daughter did a CD in 1994 where she sang the song and she did a beautiful job. If you start a list of songs written after 1960 I hope you would include Wedding Day sung by the Bee Gees.

  6. Hi Katmando: Thanks for the two excellent suggestions. "Unforgettable" is one of my favorites also and when I review the list again in a few months, I will see if I can remove one of the current top 20 and replace with "Unforgettable". "Wedding Day" by the Bee Gees is also a great song but I just published a new list of the top love songs written after 1960 and your Bee Gees song did not make the cut. Take a look at the blog and you will see there is some real powerful love songs on it.

  7. My suggestions for newer songs to add would be 'Something', 'Have I told You Lately'....

  8. Thanks, Dave. I did add "Something" to the list....see my last blog. Also, "Have I Told You Lately" was on my original list but did not make the Top 20 list. Thanks for the interest and comments!

  9. "As time goes by"!!! How could you forget this one!!!

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  11. Not forgotten but could not decide what song I should replaced it with on the top 20. So many great songs and only 20 spots!

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