Cupid, Cards, and Candy: Valentine’s Day Music
This week, in case your trips to the grocery store weren’t reminder enough, is Valentine’s Day. Known for Cupid, cards, and candy, Valentine’s Day also has a deep musical connection. From making a mix-tape for your loved one or just slow dancing in the high school auditorium to the newest pop ballad, there is music that perfectly matches this occasion.
Way back in May of 2013, I posed the question “What’s your favorite love song?” and I thought that I’d share with you some of my favorites from that list. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my 5 favorite tunes from that list:
The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
Over 1,500 recordings of “Unchained Melody” have been made by over 670 different artists across multiple languages. It’s the most recorded song of the 20th century and has become a solid standard. The most notable version of it is the one recorded by The Righteous Brothers.
Johnny Mathis – The 12th of Never
The phrase “the 12th of never” refers to a date in the future that will never actually come to pass. The song “The 12th of Never” by Johnny Mathis is inspired by this phrase. The song is about how the singer will never stop loving his beloved because the day that would happen will never come.
The Beatles – Something
The “Something” single, written by George Harrison, topped the Billboard Hot 100 and made the top five in the UK. The song appears on the Abbey Road album and, as a single, is accompanied by “Come Together”.
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
Brian Wilson and Tony Asher wrote “God Only Knows”. It was released in May 1966 on the iconic Pet Sounds album. For the single release of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” in the United States, it was the B-side.
Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
In 1951, Nat King Cole recorded the most unforgettable version of “Unforgettable”. 40 years later, in 1991, Nat King Cole remixed and edited the song for a duet with Natalie Cole, his daughter. The remake won three awards at the 1992 Grammys.
Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!