Celebrating Valentines: Greatest love songs

Our music writers have a look at some of the greatest love songs in celebration of Valentines Day...

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14th February 2022
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Our music writers have a look at some of the greatest love songs in celebration of Valentines Day...

'All of Me'

You might think all love songs are the same, or that they are corny. Somehow, ‘All of Me’ stands out from the myriad of other songs of this nature. Released In 2013, it quickly became one of the best love ballads of the decade, and it now has over 2 billion views on YouTube. 

Many songwriters find their inspiration in their muse; John Legend’s former fiancée and now wife Chrissy Teigen was his. All the lyrics are dedicated to her, and so is the meaning behind the words.

‘All of Me’ is about winning and losing everything at the same time. When you love someone, you are engulfed in the feeling that despite giving some things up, nothing is lost because everything is gained.

If you believe the lyrics aren’t romantic enough, the music video will certainly change your mind. Not only does Chrissy Teigen feature in it, but footage from the couple’s wedding in Italy does too! 

The key to a hit is to painstakingly choose the words to complement the tune. John Legend definitely demonstrates this skill through his emotional description of the strong feeling of love which overlooks someone’s imperfections.

Abigail Roch

'As'

Stevie Wonder is one of the most genius songwriters in history; crafting gorgeous, timeless songs with ease through the 60s until the 80s. Stevie's voice being arguably one of the greatest of all time lends itself well to his song-writing, which remains some of the most authentic, sincere and striking in music history.

He did this all while lending his own musical ability to his instrumentals, playing everything from drums, to guitar to harmonica. 'As' is one of a plethora of obvious choices within Stevie's catalogue, but it is one of the best examples of a song that meshes the beautiful simplicity of a love song with an epic, incredibly produced instrumental.

On this song, he plays the Fender Rhodes piano, delivering a marvellous, tinkling solo that drives this Jazz-Funk Soul classic forward. Its lyrical simplicity feels so sincere, with Stevie declaring how long he will love this person in a variety of ways. "Until 8x8x8 is 4," he declares, "until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky. Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream." In simple terms, Stevie is saying he will love this person until the end of time, forever.

Oren Brown

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