Take a look at your watch / phone / PC / the sun - it's February 14th today, which may mean you're in a lot of trouble with someone special if you haven’t sent roses, cooked a heart-shaped fried egg or made some other romantic gesture of appropriate cheesiness already.
Whether you’re single or taken it’s hard to escape Valentine’s Day, so we thought we’d embrace it wholeheartedly (without buying a Forever Friends bear or writing our bethrothed a poem comprised of Razorlight lyrics) and try to ascertain the best love songs ever.
82% of all songs written are about love, and while I just made that statistic up it’s probably not far off. Almost everything you ever hear on the radio is about young, doomed, carnal, unrequited, endless, brotherly, forbidden, undying or dying love. There’s not one other topic (including war or drugs) as used and abused by musicians as l-o-v-e.
From The Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ to Beady Eye’s ‘Four Letter Word’ practically everything has some kind of nod to love, and aching, breaking hearts have pumped out all manner of loved up ditties from the sublime (Stevie Wonder) to the ridiculous (Foreigner).
In fact, it’s a pretty dangerous game, and for every heartwrenching beauty there’s a saccharine dud. For every Righteous Brother there’s a Robson or Jerome, for every Morrissey a Mariah. (Not that Mariah’s covered Morrissey, but we can dream).
Two years ago NME ran an Alternative Love Song special and namechecked Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘Maps’, Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and Blur’s ‘The End’ as our top three indie love songs.
But today we want to know what you think the best love song is, either alternative or otherwise.
What would be in your heart shaped music box? Are you an easy lover or a cheesy mother? Do you like them dark like Nick Cave or disco like Donna? Barry White's gravelly growl or Minnie Ripperton's orgasmic squeal?
And if you haven’t sorted something for him or her indoors yet, Yeasayer are offering ‘I Remember’ free for you to pass on as a Valentine’s gift. There’s a cynical marketing strategy to get you out of trouble if you forget to stop by Clintons on the way home.