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Top Love Songs for Valentine's Day...

 
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ASCAP’s MOST PERFORMED-LOVE SONGS OF THE 21st CENTURY
(so far)
2000 – 2002
1. "Breathe" Holly Lamar, Stephanie Bentley* (performed by Faith Hill)
2. "Back to One" Brian McKnight (performed by Brian McKnight)
3. "I Knew I Loved You" Darren Hayes, Daniel Jones (performed by Savage Garden)
4. "The Way You Love Me" Michael Dulaney, Keith Follese (performed by Faith Hill)
5 "Thank You" Dido, Paulie Herman* (performed by Dido)
* share not licensed by ASCAP

ASCAP’s MOST PERFORMED-LOVE SONGS OF THE 20TH CENTURY
(Song tiles followed by names of songwriters)

1990s
1. "I Swear" Gary Baker, Frank Myers
2. "How Do I Live" Diane Warren
3. "Because You Loved Me" Diane Warren
4. "Baby, Baby" Amy Grant, Brian Keith Thomas
5. "Unbreak My Heart" Diane Warren

1980s
1. "Up Where We Belong" Jack Nitzche, Buffy Ste. Marie, Will Jennings
2. "Lady" Lionel Richie
3. "Endless Love" Lionel Richie
4. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" Stevie Wonder
5. "Hard to Say I’m Sorry" Peter Cetera, David Foster*

1970s
1. "The Way We Were" Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch
2. "Feelings" Morris Albert, Louis Gaste
3. "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" Stevie Wonder
4. "Just The Way You Are" Billy Joel
5. "You Are So Beautiful" Bruce Fisher, Billy Preston*

1960s
1. "The Look of Love" Burt Bacharach, Hal David
2. "For Once In My Life" Ronald Miller, Orlando Murden
3. "Love Theme from The Sandpiper (The Shadow of Your Smile)" Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster
4. "My Girl" Smokey Robinson, Ronnie White
5. "(They Long to Be) Close to You" Burt Bacharach, Hal David

1950s
1. "Unchained Melody" Alex North, Hy Zaret
2. "Misty" Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner
3. "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" George C. Cory Jr., Douglass Cross
4. "Love Is a Many- Splendored Thing" Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster
5. "Fly Me to the Moon" Bart Howard

1940s
1. "That Old Black Magic" Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
2. "Blueberry Hill" Al Lewis, Vincent Rose, Larry Stock
3. "Mona Lisa" Raymond Evans , Jay Livingston
4. "The More I See You" Mack Gordon, Harry Warren
5. "Since I Fell For You" Buddy Johnson

1930s
1. "As Time Goes By" Herman Hupfeld
2. "I Got Rhythm" George & Ira Gershwin
3. "Blue Moon" Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
4. "Night and Day" Cole Porter
5. "I Only Have Eyes for You" Al Dubin, Harry Warren

1920s
1. "Tea for Two" Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans
2. "It Had to Be You" Isham Jones, Gus Kahn
3. "Stardust" Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish
4. "Someone to Watch Over Me" George & Ira Gershwin
5. "Baby Face" Harry Akst, Benny Davis

1910s
1. "You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It)" Joseph McCarthy, James Monaco
2. "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" Nat Ayer, A. Seymour Brown
3. "Moonlight Bay" Edward Madden, Percy Wenrich
4. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" Leo Friedman, Beth Slater Whitson
5. "Peg o’ My Heart" Alfred Bryan, Fred Fisher

>ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers


CMT (February 2011):

1. "I Will Always Love You," Dolly Parton (1974)
2. "Always on My Mind," Willie Nelson (1982)
3. "Breathe," Faith Hill (2000)
4. "He Stopped Loving Her Today," George Jones (1980)
5. "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes/Trisha Yearwood (1997)
6. "Sweet Dreams," Patsy Cline (1963)
7. "Ring of Fire," Johnny Cash (1963)
8. "When I Call Your Name," Vince Gill (1990)
9. "Love Story," Taylor Swift (2008)
10. "It's Your Love," Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (1997)
11. "Lady," Kenny Rogers (1980)
12. "When You Say Nothing at All," Keith Whitley (1988), Alison Krauss (1995)
13. "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)," Hank Williams (1951)
14. "Remember When," Alan Jackson (2004)
15. "Gentle on My Mind," Glen Campbell (1967)
16. "Good Hearted Woman," Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson (1976)
17. "Hello Darlin'," Conway Twitty (1970)
18. "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum (2009)
19. "I Can't Stop Loving You," Ray Charles (1962)
20. "You're Still the One," Shania Twain (1998)
21. "Sweet Thing," Keith Urban (2008)
22. "Mama He's Crazy," the Judds (1984)
23. "That's the Way Love Goes," Merle Haggard (1983)
24. "I Honestly Love You," Olivia Newton-John (1974)
25. "Bless the Broken Road," Rascal Flatts (2004)
26. "Golden Ring," George Jones and Tammy Wynette (1976)
27. "I Told You So," Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis (2009)
28. "Please Remember Me," Tim McGraw (1999)
29. "Cowboy Take Me Away," Dixie Chicks (1999)
30. "I Cross My Heart," George Strait (1992)
31. "Stay," Sugarland (2007)
32. "Forever and Ever, Amen," Randy Travis (1987)
33. "Anything but Mine," Kenny Chesney (2005)
34. "If You See Him, If You See Her," Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn (1998)
35. "Then," Brad Paisley (2009)
36. "Lost in This Moment," Big & Rich (2007)
37. "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," Darius Rucker (2008)
38. "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma," David Frizzell and Shelley West (1981)
39. "No One Else on Earth," Wynonna (1992)
40. "Come a Little Closer," Dierks Bentley (2005)

 

People.com (March 2008)

1. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, Dolly Parton, 1974
Whitney Houston's rafters-rattling remake got more hype, but nothing touches the heart quite like Parton's pared-down original.

2. BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD, Rascal Flatts, 2004
"This song has eternal appeal," says NSAI's Bart Herbison. "The emotion is so strong and so beautifully expressed."

3. HOW DO I LIVE, Trisha Yearwood, 1997
A perfect combo of soul-stirring music and lyrics that pack a punch: "Without you, there'd be no sun in my sky, there would be no love in my life, there would be no world left for me."

4. CRAZY, Patsy Cline, 1961
The ultimate example of country music's knack for making unrequited love sound blissful. "You felt that song when she sang it," says BMI president Del Bryant.

5. THE DANCE, Garth Brooks, 1989
With bittersweet lyrics like "I could have missed the pain but I'd have had to miss the dance," it's the kind of ballad that actually makes full-fledged cowboys weepy.

6. ALWAYS ON MY MIND, Willie Nelson, 1982
A heart-wrenching apology for love gone unspoken.

7. IT'S YOUR LOVE, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, 1997
"They have a dynamic that just exudes passion when they sing a love song together," says Jay Orr, a Hall of Fame VP.

8. BREATHE, Faith Hill, 1999
Hill's voice whisks you through the many facets of love—from the quiet intimacies to those "shout it from the rooftop" moments.

9. HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY, George Jones, 1980
"An all-time heartbreaker from the king of country music," says Herbison.

10. I SWEAR, John Michael Montgomery, 1994
Truly the ultimate "first dance" wedding song, it also turned into a hit for the R&B group All-4-One later that same year.

11. YOU'RE STILL THE ONE, Shania Twain, 1998
Part ballad, part rousing anthem for all those couples no one really believed would ever last.

12. FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN, Randy Travis, 1987
The singer's promise to love and be faithful resonates to the very end.

13. REMEMBER WHEN, Alan Jackson, 2003
An achingly tender ballad about getting a second shot at love.

14. UNANSWERED PRAYERS, Garth Brooks, 1990
A song about a guy finding his true love in spite of himself. "It's got great lyrics," says the ACM's Bob Romeo.

15. HOW FOREVER FEELS, Kenny Chesney, 1999
With clever allusions to Jimmy Buffett and Richard Petty, Chesney proves he's a master at turning a love song into the perfect tune for a top-down road trip.

16. THE WORLD, Brad Paisley, 2005
One love song that even unsentimental good ol' boys can listen to proudly.

17. AMAZED, Lonestar, 1999
Memorable harmonies only add to an irresistibly sweet take on what is no doubt an all-consuming love.

18. WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL, Alison Krauss, 1995
Keith Whitley's version is soulful, but it's Krauss's plaintive take that sticks in your head.

19. I CROSS MY HEART, George Strait, 1992
"A classic," says Opry GM Fisher of the old-school-meets-new-school ballad complete with a soaring string section and a steel-guitar solo.

20. SHE BELIEVES IN ME, Kenny Rogers, 1978
The singer's emotion-filled tribute makes anyone believe in the power of being loved.

21. GENTLE ON MY MIND, Glen Campbell, 1967
"This song has to be on the list," says Bryant. "It's so defining of its era of music."

22. CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE, Elvis Presley, 1961
Killer lyrics paired with Presley's swoon-inducing baritone.

23. SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, Keith Urban, 2002
Urban proves that a love song can still get you up on your feet and dancing.

24. WHERE'VE YOU BEEN, Kathy Mattea, 1989
"It honors enduring love, love that lasts through better and worse," says SESAC associate VP Tim Fink.

25. STRAWBERRY WINE, Deana Carter, 1996
The beautiful paean to young love is "such a unique song, and Deana did such a memorable performance," says Herbison.

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