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Elton John, "Your Song" (1970) Many love songs are so over-the-top that the words lose meaning.
The tenderest song in a canon full of strutting cocksmanship and borderline misogyny, "Wild Horses" comes as even more of a surprise on an album emblazoned with a protruding boner. Eric Clapton, "Wonderful Tonight" (1977) "Wonderful Tonight" reminds me that love is about another seeing the absolute best in you.Lou Reed, "Perfect Day" (1972) Some people think this song is about heroin.And while that's certainly a possibility given the singer, I prefer to see it as a sweetly restrained ode to that one glowing day with someone you love: time is fleeting, but we'll always have that day at the zoo.John Lennon, "Love" (1970) Can love get any more straightforward than this? Love is knowing, we can be." The lyrics from this Lennon classic are sparse, to-the-point, poignant, and naked.It's a lullaby of sorts that works as a song of hope and desire.The song moves like some beautiful '70s dream, warm and embracing.
When Peter Frampton wants to tell you that he loves your way, every way… — Listen: Peter Frampton, "Baby I Love Your Way" 6.
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" is sweet and a whole lot of fun, as any partner should be. Be my wife." The nakedness of that declaration retains its power, no matter what suspicions you might have over its likely outcome. George Harrison, "What is Life" (1970) Coming early on George Harrison's first solo album, "What is Life" remains one of the sweetest pop tunes ever produced by the brilliant, reserved ex-Beatle.
— , Carly Simon's quintessential power ballad (written by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager) is an overwhelming ode to He Who Does It Best. Weaving his characteristic devotional sensibilities into otherwise lighter lyrics, Harrison also delivers a euphoric sax/trumpet/tambourine combination that complements his signature guitar and vocal work.
Buzzcocks, "Love You More" (1978) From a band normally concerned with heartache comes this excited little gem, which (admittedly) doesn't quite shake the angst ("I've been hurt so many times before").
For all its delicious harmonies and early-punk exuberance, it's also a sharp picture of that shaky, "Oh, shit, Listen: Buzzcocks, "Love You More" 18.
— Listen: Dionne Warwick and The Spinners, "Then Came You" 13.