The Beatles used the word love 613 times in their music. Society has always loved love songs over the years. Whatâ€™s there not to love about a good love song? Here are the top 5 love songs of all time.
Â 1. Â â€œI Will Always Love you,â€ Â Dolly Parton
Â Whitney Houston popularized the song further in 1992 for the soundtrack to The Bodyguard, but the love song was originally written by country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton in 1974. The song was re-released by Dolly Parton for The Best Little Whorehouse Soundtrack. Dolly Parton wrote the song about her former one time lover, Porter Waggoner. â€œI Will Always Love Youâ€ hit the charts twice as recorded by Dolly Parton and once more when the song was recorded by Whitney Houston. Dolly Parton was the first songwriter to earn the the number one song twice as a singer, and a third time as a songwriter.
Â 2. â€œAll You Need is Love,â€ The Beatles
Â The Beatles were commissioned by the BB to write a song that was universally understood and what is more universal than love. John Lennon wrote the song in the mid-60â€™s and it was released during the first live global television show, Our World, in 1967. More than 400 million people in 26 countries tuned in to hear the message from The Beatles. â€œIt was an inspired song and they really wanted to give the world a message,â€ said Brian Epstin, The Beatles manager,. â€œThe nice thing about is is that it cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.â€
3. â€œUnchained Melody,â€ The Righteous Brothers
Â “Unchained Melody” was written in 1955 by composer, Alex North, and lyricist, Hy Zaret. It was originally recorded for the film Unchained and recorded by Todd Duncan. “Unchained Melody” was famously recorded by The Righteous Brothers and produced by Phil Spector in 1965 and became the 20th century standard recording of the song. only one of The Righteous Brothers, Bobby Hatfield, recorded the song as a soloist. The song was further popularized on the soundtrack for the 1990 film, Ghost. “Unchained Melody” is regarded as one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century with more than 500 versions recorded in hundreds of different languages.
4. â€œLove Â Me Tender,â€ Elvis Presley
Â “Love Me Tender” was originally crooned by Elvis Presley in 1956. The melody of the song was adapted from the Civil War ballad “Aura Lee.” RCA received 1 million advance orders for the record making it a gold record before its release. Elvis Presley stayed in the number one spot in the Billboard charts for 16 weeks consecutive weeks between the release of “Love Me Tender” and “Hound Dog.”
5. â€œThese Arms of Mine,â€ Otis Redding
Â Love touches the soul, so it’s only reasonable to include soul singer, Otis Redding, in the list of the top 5 love songs of all time. Â “These Arms of Mine” was written and recorded by Otis Redding in October 1962 and charted in March of 1963. The single sold more than 800,000 copies. “He really poured his soul into it,” said Jim Stewart, Otis Redding’s producer.
Â Love conquers all and love conquers the charts too.
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