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Top 3 Love Songs Called “Love Song”

Editor’s Note: These songs are not one-hit wonders. Sometimes I’m simply compelled to write oddball lists that catalog silly things like the Top 3 Love Songs Called “Love Song.”

It’s Valentine’s Day and time to bring out the chocolates, candy, Hallmark cards, candles, romantic dinners, etc. It’s also time to pull out your old mix tape of play list of love songs and listen to it with your significant other. And if you’re alone, it’s time to listen to love songs by yourself and curse the marketers who no doubt invented this day.

No matter where you stand (happily committed to someone or happily or unhappily uncommitted), Valentines Day is the de facto love song day. So here is a short list of three love songs that are actually titled “Love Song.” My first reaction as I thought about love songs titled “love song” is that the songwriter is ridiculously lazy. C’mon, who can’t come up with a title slightly more creative than “Love Song”? It’s like Pink Floyd titling their biggest hit “Another Brick in the Wall” into something as simple as “Education Song.” Or Black Eyed Peas titling their massive hit “I Gotta Feeling” something as basic as “I Gotta Feeling.”‘ Oh wait…

But listen closely to these songs. In each case, “Love Song” is the perfect title for the song.

#3. “Love Song” by The Cure

Robert Smith should rightfully own the copyright on mope rock. He’s been writing and singing sad songs while wearing his signature black clothes and strumming a black guitar since the late 1970s. You wouldn’t peg him as a romantic, or optimist, or for many women, the guy you take home to mom and dad and exclaim, “I’m in love with Robert and we’re getting married next week!” But Smith betrayed his romantic side with “Love Song” from The Cure’s 1989 release, Disintegration. This song is so far removed from the manic brilliance of “10:15 Saturday Night” it’s amazing the two songs were written by the same guy. But that is part of the charm of The Cure. Just when you think you’ve figured them out completely, they throw you a curve ball like “Love Song” and you keep listening to the band, waiting to unearth their next surprise.

Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am home again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am whole again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am young again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am fun again

However far away I will always love you
However long I stay I will always love you
Whatever words I say I will always love you
I will always love you

Buy “Love Song” by The Cure
The Cure - The Cure: Greatest Hits - Lovesong

“Love Song” by The Cure

#2. Love Song” by Tesla

I’m fairly certain Tesla titled their biggest hit “Love Song” because they were a rock/metal band and Poison had already taken “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” So they settled on “Love Song” and soon had a #10 Billboard hit. Not bad for five guys with 80s-style long hair and guitars that sing “Love Song” with serious commitment while stealing poses #6, #12 and #15 from the book “You Too Can Look Like a Rock Star” by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS. Tesla really believes that “Love will find a way.” If you’re alone today, play “Love Song” loud.
Love will find a way.
Darlin’, love is gonna find a way,
Find its way back to you.
Love will find a way.
So look around, open your eyes.
Love is gonna find a way.
Love is gonna, love is gonna find a way.
Love will find a way.
Love’s gonna find a way back to you, yeah,
I know. I know. I know. I know.

Buy “Love Song” by Tesla

Tesla - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tesla - Love Song

“Love Song” by Tesla

#1. “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles

This one comes in at #1 because “Love Song” is exactly what “Love Song” is not. This massive hit by Sara Bareilles emerged in 2007 and reached #1 on the Billboard charts. It was also nominated in the 2009 Grammy Awards in both the “Song of the Year” and “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” categories (it didn’t win either). The best part of the song, however, is the fact that it’s not about a person; it’s about her record company. You see, some wise label executive told Sara she needed to write a “marketable love song.” So Sara wrote a song about not wanting to be forced to write a love song song because the label asked for it and needs one. For her subversive efforts, Sara deserves our praise and claim as the #1 love song called “Love Song.”
I’m not gonna write you a love song
’cause you asked for it
’cause you need one, you see
I’m not gonna write you a love song
’cause you tell me it’s
Make or break in this
If you’re on your way
I’m not gonna write you to stay
If all you have is leaving I’m gonna need a better
Reason to write you a love song today

Buy Love Song by Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles - Little Voice - Love Song

“Love Song” by Sara Bareilles

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6 Responses to "Top 3 Love Songs Called “Love Song”"

  1. Matt Thurston says:

    “Love Song” by The Cure is actually their biggest single, if the U.S. Charts are your barometer. Strange, cause it’s not the first or second or third, etc. song you’d think about when you think of The Cure. But it reached #2 on the U.S. pop charts, the only Cure song to reach the Top 10.

    I remember hearing “Love Song” on Top 40 stations like KISS FM in L.A., sandwiched between songs like “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey and “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips, and wondering what happened to the once-impenatrable divide that separated “alternative” from “mainstream” pop.

  2. Michael Waterman says:

    We grew up during the late 1970s, ’80s and ’90s and watched our alternative heroes turn into mainstream darlings. It wasn’t so long ago that U2, R.E.M. and The Cure were alternative Gods (first three U2 albums; first four R.E.M. albums, almost all the early Cure albums). Well, actually is was a long time ago–the early 80s. But it was amazing to watch these bands evolve and become popular.

    Did success make them lame? Did they sell out? Or did tastes evolve? We could argue these questions forever. And in my opinion, each of these bands became less interesting as they evolved–especially R.E.M.

    But I also find it oddly charming to watch the king of mope rock Robert Smith sing songs like “Friday I’m in Love” or “Mint Car” (Mint Car lyrics below). That is pure manic bliss from a guy who always wears black.

    “The sun is up
    I’m so happy I could scream!
    And there’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be
    Than here with you
    It’s perfect
    It’s all I ever wanted
    I almost can’t believe that it’s for real”

    “I really don’t think it gets any better than this
    Vanilla smile
    And a gorgeous strawberry kiss!
    Birds sing we swing
    Clouds drift by and everything is like a dream
    It’s everything I wished”

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  5. A lot people don’t know this, but AC/DC also has a song called “Love song”, and it is so completely unlike any other AC/DC song that it has only been released on their first, Australia-only album (called High Voltage, which contains some of the songs of the international album by the same name).

    Their “Love song” is in fact a rather sentimental, sweetly melodic piece of 70s pop, with an absurd (and superfluous) prog-rock intro. I suspect they are a bit embarrassed by it. I always liked it, though.

    Check it out!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjsJcY1WPRI

  6. Michael Waterman says:

    Haavard,

    Thanks for the comment. I have no memory of “Love Song” even though I own all the early AC/DC releases on vinyl. So if I heard back in the 1970s and 1980s when I listened to lots of AC/DC, it left no impression. But thanks for adding it to the “Love Song” mix. Thanks for including the video. You’re right that it sounds like no other AC/DC song I’ve ever heard. Perhaps they are a touch embarrassed. Be sure to check out “Friday on My Mind” by The Easybeats that was written by George Young, older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young and producer of the early AC/DC albums. He’s also a 1960s one-hit wonder: http://toponehitwonders.com/rock/friday-on-my-mind-the-easybeats/

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