This month Phil @eelpierecords reflects on love songs and why there’s still a market for them…
Valentine’s Day used to be a huge calendar event in my world of music retail. All the major record companies would battle it out with massive TV advertising campaigns with the target of hitting the number one album slot with their collection of love ballads, selling literally hundreds of thousands of CDs across the country in a matter of days. One of the first releases I was ever personally involved in was an exclusive CD for Woolworths called Love & Affection, which included hits by Take That, Roy Orbison and Robson & Jerome (remember them?).
The era of TV-advertised compilation is long gone as the concept of streaming playlists has taken over consumption, but the power of a single song to stir emotions and memories is eternal. Especially when it comes to LOVE.
Probably 50 per-cent of all songs ever written are about love, and the biggest hits of all time certainly are too. Love songs become personal; songs of first love, songs of lost love, and of course, wedding songs.
No one will ever agree on the ‘Best Love Song Of All Time’, but here’s 10 to consider…
Ten of the most successful Love Songs of All Time
- Unchained Melody
- I Will Always Love You
- God Only Knows
- My Heart Will Go On
- When A Man Loves A Woman
- The Power Of Love
- Nothing Compares 2 U
- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
- My Baby Just Cares For Me
- Your Song
Whilst the tradition of buying a ‘Love Album’ for a Valentine’s gift as I describe above may have gone, in this new era of vinyl resurgence, the idea of music in the form of an LP or a single as a gift lives on. Individual songs, often albums themselves, with or without actual love songs therein, have such personal resonance that they make the perfect Valentine’s gift.
I asked each of the people working at Eel Pie Records to name their favourite Love Song of all time, off the top of the head, without dwelling on it too long!
Favourite Love Songs Of All Time:
Kevin: Love and Affection, Joan Armatrading
Lucy: You’re Still The One, Shania Twain
Lara: Pictures Of You, The Cure
Leah: Red, Taylor Swift
And mine…? Robert Palmer, She Makes My Day
Music and love make the world go round.