Nick Cave has ranked his top 10 favourite love songs – and it’s an eclectic list, featuring tracks from the likes of Elvis Presley, Nina Simone and The Bee Gees.
The Bad Seeds icon revealed the list on his fan site Red Right Hand Files, after one fan asked the singer what his definition of love was – and the songs which have managed to strike an emotional chord with him.
Responding to the fan, Cave also explained how he was hard at work on the latest Bad Seeds record in Los Angeles.
“It’s the early hours of the morning here in Los Angeles, and I can’t sleep,” Cave wrote. “I’ve been in the studio all night, working on new songs. The melodies and words are running around in my head, so excuse this letter if it’s kind of scrambled.”
He added: “You asked about love, Mack, and maybe that’s what love is right there – maybe songs are the parlance of love. Maybe that’s what we have conceived them for – to give a voice to this strange, inscrutable feeling that tears away at us, all our lives.
“I don’t know. Maybe some songs are the embodiment of love itself and that’s why they move us so deeply.
“They are simple, plainspoken, incendiary devices that bomb the heart to pieces – something other art forms can’t do with the same sudden and frightening precision.”
Introducing the list, he explained: “Here is a list of ten of my most treasured love songs – old, sad songs mostly, and sentimental too, that have travelled with me through the years, holding sway over my world and never failing to rescue me. They are just small unassuming love bombs, but dear Luiza, as important as anything can ever be.”
You can listen to the songs listed by Cave in full below in no particular order.
‘To Love Somebody’ – Bee Gees