My Personal Love History Soundtrack
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- Previous Next2 of 10Alison Moyet of Yaz, CAMERA PRESS/Retna Ltd.
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- Previous Next4 of 10Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Ros, Diva Zappa/Corbis
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Upstairs at Eric's; Yaz2 of 10
It wasn’t until my high school boyfriend returned from summer school with this album in tow that I saw the possibilities in the love song category. It came in handy when he left town for college the following year, and I listened to “Only You” on loop.
In Your Eyes; Peter Gabriel3 of 10
We all had that car-stalking friend who drove by a dude’s house a dozen times while listening to this. FYI: An even sexier love song from the Say Anything soundtrack (and one that inspired fewer psychotic episodes) is actually “Within Your Reach” by The Replacements.
Olsen Olsen; Sigur Ros4 of 10
During my first Coachella trip, I wandered across a grassy field in the desert night, drawn to a glowing white tent that was emitting the eeriest, ethereal sounds. (It was a real "run to the light, Carol Anne" moment.) I still have no idea what Jónsi, the frontman, is singing about in that half-Icelandic, gibberish language, but only love could make a man squeal so beautifully.
These Foolish Things; Etta James5 of 10
I spent nine years with a guy who caused me so much misery that our "song” was about a doozy of a breakup involving chain-smoking and unused airline tickets — which was weirdly prescient considering how things ended for us. It’s about love, sure, but the sick and twisted variety. Still, great song.
Annie’s Song; John Denver6 of 10
During a particularly grim night in front of the TV, I was compelled to order a TimeLife ten-CD Seventies Singer-Songwriter collection. It’s more than a little sad, I know. But have you ever listened to this song all the way through? It’s as sweet as they come. Though, if a guy ever told me that I “filled up his senses,” I might call the cops.
Flightless Bird, American Mouth; Iron & Wine7 of 10
I’d thought that young girls had given up on sap in favor of chanting along with Taylor Swift. Then I discovered the Twilight soundtrack: As long as there are moody, dark guys to ignore you, there will be moody, dark songs to listen to while you think about them.
Nothing Can Change This Love; Sam Cooke8 of 10
My husband introduced me to this one. I can’t remember if he was my husband at the time, or if the introduction to Mr. Cooke was one of the reasons why I knew he was the guy for me. Ladies: If a guy ever makes a play list for you and this is on it, marry him. You won’t regret it.
Wonder; Colin Meloy9 of 10
What constitutes a love song for me these days is a little different. The Decemberists’ front man wrote this most touching, skin-tingly song about the birth of his first child; and when it plays on the iPod in my kids’ room, I get a little misty, in a happy kind of way.
Calico Skies; Paul McCartney10 of 10
My three-year-old daughter is about to hit the stage for her first dance recital to the tune of this song. It begins: "It was written that I would love you, from the moment I opened my eyes" … and, well, that is just about the loveliest sentence that’s ever been set to music.