1. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
"I have climbed highest mountains, I have run through the fields, only to be with you"
In my mind, this is perhaps one of the greatest love songs of all time and not only because its appears in the opening scene of "The Runaway Bride" when Julia Roberts gallops off on that horse, wedding dress flapping in the wind, although that has a lot to do with it, I fucking love that movie. This is a song about striving for that special someone, that person you would do anything and go anywhere for. U2 have always had an brilliant knack for writing heartfelt love ballads, but this is definitely the best.
2. Breathe Me - Sia
"Be my friend, hold me, wrap me up, unfold me, I am small and needy, warm me up and breathe me"
Sia's vocals, with her beautifully soft tones which melts like butter, have always induced that gushy love feeling inside me, combine that the slow dulcet piano that plays throughout the song and the violins that slide effortlessly in halfway through and you've got a ballad for the ages. 'Breathe Me' is a song you want to wrap yourself up in, about the human feeling to be wanted and cared for, I think we can identify.
3. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
"And if a double-decker bus, crashes into us, to die by your side, is such a heavenly way to die"
A double-decker bus, a ten tonne truck crashing into the protagonist? Call that romantic, some people might say. It's a strange concept, I agree. But there's something Romeo and Juliet-esque about this song; not being afraid to die if its beside the one you love. The song, in true Smiths styley is a depressing one, but you can not argue it's not romantic. Even in death, there is a light that never goes out.
4. Destiny - Zero 7
"When I'm weak I draw strength from you, and when you're lost I know how to change your mood, and when I'm down you breathe life into me, even though we're miles apart we are each others destiny"
Now, this song, has sentimental value to me and that's perhaps why its made it onto this playlist. There are a hundred different songs which would explain love better, but nearly two years ago I was introduced to 'Destiny' by Zero 7 at my cousins wedding as it was chosen as the music for their first dance. There was so much love there, in their eyes and expressions as they slow danced that there is no way this could not make its way onto this list.
5. Strange and Beautiful - Aqualung
"I've been watching your world from afar, I've been trying to be where you are, and I've been secretly falling apart, unseen"
Because not all love is requited. 'Strange and Beautiful' is about those people you see, those who steal your heart but don't realise you exist. In a none creepy stalker fashion, of course!
6. Here with me - Dido
"And I won't go, I won't sleep, I can't breathe, until you're resting here with me"
And again, another song about when love stories don't end like the movies. Not all love works out and this song is a beautiful recount of heartbreak. Twinned with the innocence of Dido's vocals, these words seem all the more bittersweet.
7. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
"A moment, a love, a dream, a lie, a kiss, a cry, our rights, our wrongs"
The lyric above pretty much spells out a relationship for me in small, bitesize, musically-beautiful chunks. The lead singer of The Temper Trap Dougie Mandagi's voice is angelic and this song just rings of lovey-doveyness. And it just makes me happy, ok!
8. Constellations - Alessi's Ark
"If your body is the sky, then your freckles are the constellations"
(Squeals a little bit as she is going to see them and then composes herself) This song is actually beautiful. The lyrics "Hell I'm in love with you, my branches they turn to you, asking me if you love me too" are both adorable but vulnerable. Telling someone your feelings in a fragile place to be and this song captures that perfectly. However, unfortunately I could gain a copy of this for the ipod.
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