I decided that the best way to approach today’s assignment would be to choose a year and choose ten love songs from that year. I decided to use 1978 as the year (because that was the year Mary and I got married), to look at the Hot 100 for that year, and to choose what I considered a love song from #1-10, #11-20, #21-30 etc. Here’s what I ended up with. Hope you enjoy it!
The number in parentheses after each song name is the position on the year-end Hot 100.
- Rita Coolidge, "We’re All Alone" (97): Rita did a beautiful job covering Boz Scaggs’s lovely love song "We’re All Alone."
- Linda Ronstadt, "It’s So Easy" (90): In a similar fashion, Linda covered Buddy Holly’s song from 1958, which was his last with The Crickets and which failed to chart. Linda, on the other hand, had a Top 5 hit with it.
- Bob Welch, "Sentimental Lady" (78): Written by Bob and recorded with Fleetwood Mac on their 1972 album Bare Trees. When he went out on his own, he recorded it again.
- Little River Band, "Reminiscing" (65): If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know this is an old favorite of mine. ‘Nuff said.
- Player, "This Time I’m In It For Love" (58): I don’t remember this one all that clearly. I’m not sure it got that much airplay in Chicago. But it’s a nice song, and there aren’t that many love songs in that range…
- John Paul Young, "Love Is In The Air" (46): I tend to think of this in terms of where I heard it first, which was on a video of WFLD’s Nite-Owl service from the early ’80’s (start listening at about 1:12). It’s actually quite a good song.
- Olivia Newton-John, "Hopelessly Devoted To You" (35): All us guys had a crush on Olivia in college. This song is from the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease, which also starred John Travolta. This song wasn’t part of the original stage production but was written for her by John Farrar. The first time I heard it, I said "This is gonna be a big hit." And it was.
- Chuck Mangione, "Feels So Good" (21): I threw this instrumental in because there weren’t any love songs I liked among the other 9, and it’s kind o got that "love song" vibe to it.
- Paul Davis, "I Go Crazy" (12): Singer-songwriter Paul Davis wrote a lot of songs like this one, and this one of the more romantic ones.
- Exile, "Kiss You All Over" (5): Exile had far more luck on the country charts, but this is one song that had broader appeal.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 7, 2022.