What are your favorite love ballads of all time?
Whether they’re about falling in love or loving family or falling out of love, which ballads about love are your favorite?
I have to say I adore Songbird by Fleetwood Mac. It’s so beautiful and I love the melody and arrangement. I also love the pretty vocals. Great song. I can listen to this song all the time. Calms me down, actually.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||Yesterday at 3:29 AM|
Harry Nilsson's Don't Forget Me
It brings tears to my eyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||Last Wednesday at 1:31 PM|
Talking Heads This Must Be The Place hits all the notes for me.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||Last Wednesday at 1:34 PM|
This Used to be my Playground
Justify My Love
Take a Bow
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
Loving for Love
Love Tried to Welcome Me...
Just to name a few...
|by Anonymous||reply 6||Last Wednesday at 1:38 PM|
What do you think of John Legend’s All of me ?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||Last Wednesday at 1:41 PM|
Genesis by Quah from 1974. God, it hurts to listen -- the one that got away in college.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||Last Wednesday at 1:43 PM|
A list at R6 of some of the most terrible songs ever recorded
|by Anonymous||reply 10||Last Wednesday at 1:44 PM|
Love the harmonies on this one, and the lyrics are wistful without veering into schmaltz (unlike some of her subsequent ballads...)
|by Anonymous||reply 12||Last Wednesday at 1:46 PM|
Honestly, Shadow by Britney
|by Anonymous||reply 14||Last Wednesday at 1:49 PM|
Not a love ballad, but it got me through a terrible breakup and introduced me to my husband. So yeah -- love.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||Last Wednesday at 1:52 PM|
From Camelot ‘I loved you once in silence’
|by Anonymous||reply 18||Last Wednesday at 2:00 PM|
I truly feel that Elton John's "Blue Eyes" is one of the most beautiful songs ever written:
|by Anonymous||reply 20||Last Wednesday at 2:23 PM|
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
|by Anonymous||reply 21||Last Wednesday at 2:27 PM|
"Valerie" by Steve Winwood:
|by Anonymous||reply 24||Last Wednesday at 2:34 PM|
"Ballerina Girl" by Lionel Richie:
|by Anonymous||reply 26||Last Wednesday at 2:39 PM|
"Penny Lover" by Lionel Richie:
|by Anonymous||reply 27||Last Wednesday at 2:40 PM|
Michael Jackson - "You Are Not Alone":
|by Anonymous||reply 29||Last Wednesday at 2:43 PM|
"The End of the Innocence" by Don Henley:
|by Anonymous||reply 31||Last Wednesday at 2:45 PM|
"Nobody Knows" by the Tony Rich Project:
|by Anonymous||reply 33||Last Wednesday at 2:50 PM|
Penny Lover is such a glorious and sweet love song. Gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.
Lionel Richie had such a good feel for melodie.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||Last Wednesday at 2:55 PM|
As far as love songs go, I can't think of a more perfect recording than this one:
|by Anonymous||reply 36||Last Wednesday at 2:56 PM|
Roberta Flack ‘First time ever I saw your face’
|by Anonymous||reply 37||Last Wednesday at 2:59 PM|
Another Lionel Richie classic, sung by the amazing Diana Ross.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||Last Wednesday at 3:03 PM|
r40 my favorite song sung by Diana 💗
|by Anonymous||reply 42||Last Wednesday at 3:07 PM|
Damn, y'all gonna have me in this thread all night. Great choices!
|by Anonymous||reply 43||Last Wednesday at 3:09 PM|
Roberta’s cover of the Stephen Bishop classic is pretty wonderful.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||Last Wednesday at 3:14 PM|
Now That I Have You - Luther Vandross
One of his lesser known songs, a gorgeous big ballad, very melodious and Luther on top of his vocal prowess.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||Last Wednesday at 3:15 PM|
When my husband and I got married 5 years ago, this was our first dance song. Both of our parents played it when we were kids and we both loved it.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||Last Wednesday at 3:23 PM|
Another town Another train
|by Anonymous||reply 47||Last Wednesday at 3:30 PM|
Ugh - I wish I had a huckleberry friend, too. Congrats R46. What year did you guys get married?
|by Anonymous||reply 48||Last Wednesday at 3:32 PM|
Oops didn’t see the five years ago, R46. Never mind.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||Last Wednesday at 3:33 PM|
Peter Paul and Mary “Leaving on a jet plane”
|by Anonymous||reply 50||Last Wednesday at 3:33 PM|
I Eat His Babies by Princess Vitarah
|by Anonymous||reply 51||Last Wednesday at 3:33 PM|
In The Dark W/You is a gem of a song by Greg Brown
|by Anonymous||reply 52||Last Wednesday at 4:38 PM|
I’m fond of the old chestnut ‘Hey There,’ from The Pajama Game. The reprise sung by Miss Doris Day tugs at my heartstrings.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||Last Wednesday at 4:50 PM|
Della Reese - Don't You Know
Never been a big fan of either her or the opera-to-pop adaptations that were popular in the late 50's/early 60's, but this one hits me in all the feels.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||Last Wednesday at 5:50 PM|
R56, as a companion to yours, here's another great one:
|by Anonymous||reply 57||Last Wednesday at 6:50 PM|
[quote]”The End of the Innocence" by Don Henley
I never thought of that as a love song, but I love it. For a lost-love song, my fave is Henley’s “The Heart of the Matter.”
|by Anonymous||reply 59||Last Wednesday at 7:01 PM|
Fade Into You by Sam Palladio & Claire Bowen
|by Anonymous||reply 63||Last Wednesday at 7:17 PM|
Here's another version of "Leaving on Jet Plane."
|by Anonymous||reply 65||Last Wednesday at 7:24 PM|
I always thought Bread's "Everything I Own" was a nice little love song, until I realized David Gates is singing about his dead father, not a love interest. Now viewed through that prism, it's become one of my favorite songs.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||Last Wednesday at 7:24 PM|
Only the most romantic and melodic song ever....
|by Anonymous||reply 68||Last Wednesday at 7:39 PM|
Nothing breaks my heart like this song. "We've been through hell together..."
|by Anonymous||reply 69||Last Wednesday at 7:41 PM|
...except maybe this song.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||Last Wednesday at 7:44 PM|
Bee Gees "To Love Somebody"
|by Anonymous||reply 72||Last Wednesday at 8:11 PM|
Hooked on a Feeling - BJ Thomas
|by Anonymous||reply 74||Last Wednesday at 8:14 PM|
The Eagles: I Can't Tell You Why
|by Anonymous||reply 75||Last Wednesday at 8:15 PM|
Even though Ghost almost ruined it,this is still my favorite love song ever. One of my earliest memories was standing on my mothers feet as she danced me around the living room .
|by Anonymous||reply 76||Last Wednesday at 8:16 PM|
one of the best song of the 90's , unbreak my heart by toni braxton
|by Anonymous||reply 77||Last Wednesday at 8:16 PM|
I Have Dreamed from The King & I - Sinatra
TIny Dancer - Elton John
Stone In Love With You by The Stylistics
She's Got You Patsy Kline
One Step - Aretha
Take a Bow : Madonna
Skylark Linda Ronstadt
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Sinatra
|by Anonymous||reply 79||Last Wednesday at 8:27 PM|
Do You Remember? by Phil Collins
|by Anonymous||reply 80||Last Wednesday at 8:35 PM|
Say something, haunts me.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||Last Wednesday at 8:40 PM|
Also, since others aren’t posting actual ballads, I will add Stevie Wonder’s Overjoyed.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||Last Wednesday at 9:01 PM|
Some of you here don’t understand what a ballad is.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||Last Wednesday at 10:06 PM|
Air That I Breathe by The Hollies
|by Anonymous||reply 88||Last Wednesday at 10:08 PM|
When I Fall In Love—Celine Dion and Clive Griffin
|by Anonymous||reply 89||Last Wednesday at 10:20 PM|
Can't Help Falling in Love
|by Anonymous||reply 90||Last Wednesday at 10:23 PM|
Stevie and Don, Leather and Lace
|by Anonymous||reply 91||Last Wednesday at 10:25 PM|
Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole - "Unforgettable":
|by Anonymous||reply 92||Last Wednesday at 10:27 PM|
For self-love, this one by Alanis.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||Last Wednesday at 10:30 PM|
God Only Knows, The Beach Boys
Plus a few other good ones already mentioned. (There are also some musical abominations already mentioned.)
|by Anonymous||reply 97||Last Wednesday at 10:42 PM|
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli
|by Anonymous||reply 98||Last Wednesday at 10:44 PM|
Really, r95? That song and Phil Collins in general make me vomit.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||Last Wednesday at 10:46 PM|
My wedding song: All My Life
|by Anonymous||reply 100||Last Wednesday at 10:48 PM|
My wedding song: All My Life
|by Anonymous||reply 101||Last Wednesday at 10:48 PM|
For Emily Wherever I May Find Her
|by Anonymous||reply 102||Last Wednesday at 10:51 PM|
If one is in the mood for a hauntingly gorgeous ballad in a minor key.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||Last Wednesday at 11:10 PM|
I think this is Lady Gaga's best song. Her only great ballad.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||Last Wednesday at 11:12 PM|
Baby Can I Hold You Tonight
|by Anonymous||reply 106||Last Wednesday at 11:13 PM|
So Amazing - Luther Vandross
|by Anonymous||reply 108||Last Thursday at 12:17 AM|
Bon Jovi I'll be there for you.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||Last Thursday at 1:48 AM|
"Crazy For You" - Madonna
|by Anonymous||reply 114||Last Thursday at 2:38 AM|
THE FLAME - Cheap Trick 1988
|by Anonymous||reply 115||Last Thursday at 2:59 AM|
Janet Jackson - LONELY. Beautiful, lush Spanish guitar, Spanish spoken background vocals, gorgeous harmonies. It could have easily been one of the landmark singles from her 1814 album.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||Last Thursday at 3:14 AM|
In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel. The lyrics bring tears.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||Last Thursday at 3:15 AM|
Prince "The Beautiful Ones." Haunting. Magnificent. His longing is palpable. The segue from calmness at the beginning and middle to the storm of shrieking emotions at the end is jarring. An amazing tour de force.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||Last Thursday at 3:58 AM|
"Tougher Than the Rest" by Bruce Springsteen.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||Last Thursday at 6:23 AM|
My favorite song when it first came out:
|by Anonymous||reply 121||Last Thursday at 8:26 AM|
The Very Thought of You by Nat King Cole, When I Fall In Love, Nat King Cole
The lyrics to the old classic, "Stardust." Oh, hell. Just get the Nat King Cole play list and listen. Great stuff.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||Last Thursday at 9:46 AM|
I just love this by Elton John I cry when I hear it. I want them to sing it at my funeral.....
|by Anonymous||reply 124||Last Thursday at 9:54 AM|
Dianne Reeves - Willow
I first heard this song on a rainy night, playing on an obscure, static-y, distant radio station, sitting in a car in a bank parking lot, waiting for my first lover while he performed an ATM transaction. It was 1985. Something about it just hit me. I could barely hear it, the reception was so poor, but what I could hear seemed to speak to what I was feeling, or what I was trying to feel or thought I was feeling, at the time.
In those pre-internet days, it was hard as hell to track down a song when you didn't know the title or the artist...especially one as obscure as this, but I eventually figured it out and bought the album, upon which I learned the composer was Joan Armatrading. Her original version is better known, but I'll always prefer this one.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||Last Thursday at 10:28 AM|
"The Sweetest Gift" - Linda Ronstadt (with Emmylou Harris). A mother's love for her son.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||Last Friday at 11:54 AM|
"Boulder to Birmingham" - Emmylou Harris
"I would walk all the way From Boulder to Birmingham If I thought I could see, I could see your face."
|by Anonymous||reply 138||Last Friday at 12:04 PM|
This live version of "Thunder Road," from 1975:
|by Anonymous||reply 139||Last Friday at 12:11 PM|
My most favorite is probably John Denver's "Annie's Song," but the person with whom I associate that song is long dead, so sometimes I can hardly bear to listen to it. My second pick would have to be "It Might Be You," by Stephen Bishop.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||Last Friday at 12:12 PM|
"Keep Me in Your Heart" - Warren Zevon
|by Anonymous||reply 141||Last Friday at 12:17 PM|
I love Sinead O'Connor's cover of Dolly Parton's "Dagger through the Heart." She transforms Dolly's melancholy into rage.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||Last Friday at 12:27 PM|
"Don't Know Much" - Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
|by Anonymous||reply 146||Last Friday at 12:29 PM|
Be My Baby - the Ronettes
|by Anonymous||reply 147||Last Friday at 12:34 PM|
Then He Kissed Me - the Crystals
I actually thought it was going to be this easy. Or, at least, this simple.
|by Anonymous||reply 148||Last Friday at 12:37 PM|
"Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" - Frankie Valli
|by Anonymous||reply 150||Last Friday at 1:31 PM|
Frankly, I don’t think many of these are ballads.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||Last Friday at 2:04 PM|
Wilson Pickett - I'm in Love
Aretha had the bigger hit with it, but Wilson did it first and, in my opinion, better.
Live version from Soul Train in 1972:
|by Anonymous||reply 152||Last Friday at 2:07 PM|
Do they have to be about erotic love?
One of my favourites is, ‘I See A Darkness’; either version, by Johnny Cash or Bonnie Prince Billy. It’s a melancholy, moody, downbeat song about a fraternal friendship.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||Last Friday at 2:15 PM|
Ten Sharp- You
Makes me so nostalgic for my idealistic youth, and the love I had then.
|by Anonymous||reply 154||Last Friday at 3:53 PM|
Ok call me a corndog but this one is so touching — it makes me cry every time.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||Last Friday at 6:47 PM|
Bertha Tillman - Oh My Angel
Any Latino who grew up in the Southwestern U.S. knows this one for sure, it's part of the lowrider oldies canon. Probably unknown in the rest of the country.
It's a very simple late 50's/early 60's doo-wop style ballad.
What always made it stand out for me was the deeply mournful quality of her voice. She sings in a very understated style, but her vocal sounds like it's drenched in pure heartbreak.
|by Anonymous||reply 161||Last Friday at 7:28 PM|
Since we have strayed away from ballads I'll post this one. Night and Day by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66
|by Anonymous||reply 163||Last Friday at 7:57 PM|
"You Still Believe in Me" - the Beach Boys
|by Anonymous||reply 165||Last Friday at 8:22 PM|
Dindi- Antonio Carlos Jobim
|by Anonymous||reply 168||Yesterday at 1:14 AM|
"The Rose" - Bette Midler
|by Anonymous||reply 169||Yesterday at 2:22 AM|
Texas - Put Your Arms Around Me (Autumn Breeze Mix).
I love this song. I first heard it at the end of the movie Ever After starring Drew Barrymore in a take on the Cinderella story. I've loved it ever since. I prefer this Autumn Breeze Mix to the original. Sherry Spiteri from Texas has a lovely voice.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||Yesterday at 3:29 AM|