This post is part of the Valentine’s Love Letter Fest hosted by blogging friend Pamela Rossow at Pammener’s Blog.
Love is such a tricky topic for me but instead of venting about the real-life drama that is going on with me right now, I’ll just talk about the top 5 love songs of all time! Well, actually, not of all time, but my top 5 of all time–although that also needs a disclaimer. I’m just going to go with my top 5 love songs on my MP3 player at the moment…. These are dedicated to the one I love.
5. Loves Me Like a Rock – Paul Simon
This song is simply about a mother’s solid and unconditional love for her child. The gospel music arrangement is catchy and fun, and resonates with me. The backing vocals by the legendary gospel group, the Dixie Hummingbirds, is sublime.
4. Through the Fire – Chaka Khan
Anything Chaka sings pretty much blows me away. For me, she epitomizes everything I like in a woman singer: warmth, sexiness, and strength. The song lyrics demonstrate what true commitment is:
Through the fire
To the limit, to the wall
For a chance to be with you
I’d gladly risk it all
Through the fire
Through whatever, come what may
For a chance at loving you
I’d take it all the way
Right down to the wire
Even through the fire
3. Strawberry Letter 23 – The Brothers Johnson
In the garden, I see
West purple shower bells and tea
Orange birds and river cousins
Dressed in green
Pretty music I hear
So happy and loud
Blue flower echo
From a cherry cloud
2. As – Stevie Wonder
I could have complied this list exclusively with Stevie Wonder’s love songs. He is truly my all-time favorite recording artist. I choose this song because in their entirety, the lyrics encompass the basic components of the universe.
As around the sun the earth knows she’s revolving
And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May
Just as hate knows love’s the cure
You can rest your mind assured
That I’ll be loving you always
1. Golden – Jill Scott
This is the song I want to listen to when I am feeling confident and empowered or when I don’t feel that way and need inspiration.
I am my own Valentine today.
I dedicate this song to me as I’m learning new ways everyday to fall in love with myself.
I’m taking my own freedom
Putting it in my song
Singing loud and strong
Grooving all day long
I’m taking my freedom
Putting it in my stroll
I’ll be high-steppin’ y’all
Letting the joy unfold
© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2011