Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? Pop Junkie’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Lurve Songs

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Has Cupid’s arrow hit you this year? Hope so, well best get the card posted today, you don’t wanna be late. Of course, you may have an agreement whereby you shun this shabby commercialism and celebrate your love 365 days of the year rather than just on February 14th with an overpriced ‘Lovers Menu’ at your local packed bistro with a free red rosebud for the lady at the meal’s end.

If, however, you find yourself alone and a little crestfallen ~ please don’t despair; Scott and Morrissey will always be there for you no matter what.

Right, there is only one place to begin. That’s the boudoir of Mr Barry White. He’s brought his orchestra along. My personal choice would be I’ll Do For You Anything You Want Me To, but “While the lights are low, Please let the music flow” with Love’s Theme.

Happy Heart: Andy Williams – The most rousing chorus in pop history (possibly!) this really is a happy song for happy lovers. “Feeling more and more like I’ve never felt before, You have changed my life so completely, Music fills my soul now, I’ve lost all control now, I’m not half, I’m whole now with your love” Covered by Petula Clark and Marc Almond.

Happy Together: The Turtles – Most of these songs stand up on their own. They don’t need no waffle from me. This is utterly timeless. It’s time to pack a picnic and head out into the sun hand in hand. Perfect.

In The Heat of The Morning: David Bowie – Ditto. “I’ll tie a knot in rainbow’s end, organise the breeze, Light my candle from the sun, I’ll give you daylight for a friend, I’ll do all of these, I’ll prove that it can be done, oh, I’m so much in love…” One of my faves from Bowie’s Deram (pre-stardom) period. Recently covered by the Last Shadow Puppets. See also, The Wild Ones on Suede’s Dog Man Star album (“And oh if you stay, I’ll chase the rainblown fields away, We’ll shine like the morning and sin in the sun”.)


This Guy’s in Love with You : Herb Alpert
Burt Bacharach and Hal David knew a thing or two about love, romance, heartache and the like. Their songs normally best sung by Dionne Warwick or Dusty, here they get a classic from an unlikely source. No-one had ever heard him sing before, he’s normally blowing his Tijuana trumpet, and though his voice ain’t the best you’ll ever hear, in the world of Pop, sometimes gems can be mined from the unlikeliest of places.

Perfect Angel: Minnie Ripperton – Written for her by Stevie Wonder her early death lends it an added poignancy. “Making story book dreams come true, Feeling just enough love for two, There’s such magic in being with you, Cause it’s true, loving you, And I think you are the perfect angel, I think you are the perfect one.”

The Perfect Love Song: The Divine Comedy – “Give me your word, That you’ll be true to me always come what may, Forever and a day, No matter what other people may say, We’ll hold on to each other, ‘Til we’re old and grey.” I’m very much in favour of home movies accompanying songs on Youtube. Don’t know who this fella is but he had some fun and fed some ducks. Fair enough.

You’re So Great: Blur – It’s Graham Coxon’s song anyway, released on Blur (the fifth album), so here’s him singing it at a John Peel tribute.

And we could go on forever and a day…Love You More (Buzzcocks), Tin Soldier or Afterglow (Small Faces), Just Like Heaven (The Cure), Eternal Flame (The Bangles), Thank You (Led Zeppelin), The Happiest Day of my Life (Queen Anne’s Lace), Be My Wife (David Bowie), Close to You (The carpenters or Dusty), God Only Knows or Darlin’ (Beach Boys). And wouldn’t it be fun if we did, or could, or whatever?

If we start with Barry White, then we have to end with Mr Al Green. L-O-V-E (covered on Orange Juice’s debut album), Let’s Get Married, Love and Happiness…How did Barry White ever claim his title? Al Green is the God of Love. This one’s dedicated to Debbie and on this Valentine’s day, as Derek Batey always used to say, “Be nice to each other”.

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