Steve Eighinger

Nothing says 'I love you' like a love song

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 12, 2019 9:20 am

Guys, we're two days from Valentine's Day. Do you have everything you need to impress your significant other?

Candy? Check.

Dinner reservations? Check.

Music? What's that, you say? You do not have any tunes picked out to share on Cupid's favorite day?

May I offer some suggestions? The following are my 10 favorite lovey-dovey songs, a list I regularly revamp because ... well, I'm kind of a romantic at heart. That is, after all, why they call me Stevie Love.

So let's count down my (current) 10 favorite love songs for Valentine's Day, a tradition we started back in 2012:

Honorable mention: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" by Jackie Wilson: The late, great Jackie Wilson earns a place on my list, albeit honorable mention, for giving us one of the happiest and catchiest love tunes ever. The title alone always puts a smile on my face.

10. "When You Say Nothing at All" by Alison Krauss: The underlying message in this soft, slow ballad is one of devotion, which, of course, has always been a key component of any love story.

9. "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston: This is one of those songs that makes you want to stand on the roof and sing to the world. Fortunately, I've always controlled that urge.

8. "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers: Most remember this 1960s classic gaining a second life thanks to the 1990 film "Ghost," one of the all-time tearjerkers. (Fans of the song may or may not realize that the phrase "unchained melody" does not appear in the lyrics.)

7. "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin: Who doesn't think of some of the love scenes from "Top Gun" whenever you hear this song?

6. "You're In My Heart" by Rod Stewart: This late 1970s classic contains one of the all-time great lines -- "You're Celtic, United, but baby I've decided you're the best team I've seen." Rod the Mod was able to combine his love for English soccer and Britt Eklund in the same song.

5. "Your Song" by Elton John: This is one of those efforts that just seems perfect for an occasion like Valentine's Day. Sir Elton has most definitely stood the test of time.

4. "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton: When driving, there are very few songs that will make me want to pull to the side of the road and simply listen. This is one of those songs.

3. "Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet: The Troggs' 1967 contribution was a classic, but this 1994 remake is even better.

2. "I Don't Wanna Talk About It" by Rod Stewart, with Amy Belle: This 1977 love song has taken on a second life in recent years. The last time I checked, it had just passed 121 million YouTube plays.

1. "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You" by Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley's original will always remain the most beloved; although there are several excellent covers, including a version by UB40.