The most romantic song in my iTunes library is the wonderful Josh Ritter song, “The Temptation Of Adam.” As mentioned in the #3 entry, Josh is an outstanding storyteller. He creates these fictional stories and turns them into gorgeous songs. This song remains the most romantic song I’ve ever heard. Full list:
1. Josh Ritter - The Temptation Of Adam 2. Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You Into The Dark 3. Josh Ritter - The Curse 4. Brandi Carlile - The Story 5. Iron & Wine - Naked As We Came 6. Bob Dylan - Make You Feel My Love (Adele version) 7. Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes 8. Josh Ritter - Girl In The War 9. U2 - With Or Without You (Keane version) 10. Tegan and Sara - When I Get Up (I’ve Got You) (live/unreleased) 11. Keane - Somewhere Only We Know 12. Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are 13. Hanson - Penny & Me 14. Edwin McCain - I’ll Be (acoustic) 15. Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 16. Tegan and Sara - Living Room 17. The Temptations - My Girl 18. Ingrid Michaelson - The Way I Am 19. Tiesto/Tegan and Sara - Feel It In My Bones 20. Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing 21. Ben Kweller - Run 22. The Blow - Parentheses 23. Tegan and Sara - This Is Everything (live at The Phoenix) 24. Death Cab for Cutie - Marching Bands Of Manhattan 25. Coldplay - Fix You 26. The Knife - Heartbeats 27. The Cars - Just What I Needed 28. The Bee Gees - To Love Somebody (Damien Rice/Ray LaMontagne live version)
Honorable mentions (in no particular order): Goo Goo Dolls - Iris Tegan and Sara - Nineteen Josh Ritter - Kathleen (live from Dublin) Mandy Moore - Have A Little Faith In Me (cover) Sons of William - Simple and True Hanson - Crazy Beautiful John Lennon - Real Love (Regina Spektor version) NSYNC - This I Promise You The Lemonheads - Into Your Arms Elton John - Your Song (Ellie Goulding version) Yeasayer - I Remember Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me (live) ABBA - Take A Chance On Me The National - Slow Show Rachael Yamagata - Be Be Your Love Rihanna - Umbrella (Mandy Moore version) Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody Justin Timberlake - My Love The Magnetic Fields - I Don’t Want To Get Over You Band of Horses - Nobody’s Gonna Love You Bell x1 - Eve, The Apple Of My Eye Spoon - I Summon You Bon Iver - Blood Bank The Cure - Love Song Gavin DeGraw - More Than Anyone (acoustic) Hall & Oates - You Make My Dreams Regina Spektor - Fidelity Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism Ray LaMontagne - Sarah
Josh Ritter is an amazing storyteller. “The Curse” is about a love story between a mummy and an archaeologist in a museum. I mean…the first time I actually LISTENED to the lyrics, I cried. It is just so beautiful, it makes my heart ache.
This gorgeous song comes in as the 3rd most romantic song in my iTunes library.
If you can listen to this song and not get choked up, you are a fucking robot!
This song will forever remind me of my parents’ story—both were in the Air Force, stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Fighter pilot father was shot down, which was when my intelligence officer mother realized she had feelings for him. After 23 days in enemy territory, my dad was rescued. My mom visited my dad in the hospital every day. They were married a year later and will be celebrating their 38th anniversary this July.
Everyone loves to make jokes about Hanson, but the truth is that they have become quite the awesome little band. I’ve seen them in concert twice and both times were fantastic. “This Time Around” and “The Walk” are my favorite albums, but 2004’s “Underneath” features the lovely song “Penny & Me,” coming in as the 13th most romantic song in my iTunes library.
This just so happens to be the only Hanson song I ever play on my guitar, too. JUDGE ME ALL YOU WANNNNNNT.
My vegetarian adult cousin cried the first time she heard this song. I’ll admit, it IS a very romantic notion, walking someone out of the deli aisle if something makes him/her cry. The whole song is just so CUTE and that’s why “Parentheses” comes in as the 22nd most romantic song in my iTunes library.
Tegan and Sara - “This Is Everything” (live at The Phoenix in 2005)
It is rare that a live version of a song will be more incredible than the actual song. In this case, Tegan and Sara have done it. “This Is Everything” is a track from their very first album, “Under Feet Like Ours” (1999)—from an era they have expressed embarrassment over. However, they can be more than proud of this live version, recorded for their (awesome) DVD in 2005. I LOVE how they altered this song. The crowd is SO INTO IT.
Though I’m somewhat conflicted over whether or not this is truly a romantic song, the line “I’m not aware of how I could possibly love you without aching” alone is enough to bring it in at #23.
"Fix You" comes in as my 25th most romantic song, in honor of the month of ~love~.
This song was written by all four members of Coldplay for Gwyneth Paltrow after her father died, and the organ used in the song is said to be one her father had given her years before his death. Pardon me while I go CRY MY EYES OUT.
I have the day off and I’m quite bored, so I decided to compile a mix of songs with “ghost” in the title. I’ve always been kind of a sucker when it comes to songs about ghosts and the human condition, as I’ve had my fair share of ghosts (figuratively speaking, of course). I had to divide it into two parts and both download links can be found below. I realize mixtapes are generally around 20 songs or less, but oh well. Enjoy!
PART 1 01. Wintersleep - Weighty Ghost 02. Tegan and Sara - Walking With A Ghost (The Rentals Remix) 03. Cloud Control - Ghost Story 04. Wolf Parade - Ghost Pressure 05. Greg Laswell - Your Ghost (Kristin Hersh cover) 06. Ra Ra Riot - Ghost Under Rocks 07. B.o.B - Ghost In The Machine 08. Allison Weiss - Ghost Stories 09. Broken Bells - The Ghost Inside 10. Neutral Milk Hotel - Ghost 11. The Cave Singers - All Land Crabs And Divinity Ghosts 12. Shiny Toy Guns - Ghost Town 13. Tegan and Sara - Turnpike Ghost (Steel Train cover) 14. The National - Anyone’s Ghost 15. Patrick Wolf - Ghost Song 16. Mark Geary - Ghosts 17. Spiro - I Fear You Just As I Fear Ghosts 18. First Aid Kit - Ghost Town 19. Neko Case - Ghost Wiring 20. Turin Brakes - Ghost 21. The Hundred In The Hands - Ghosts
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PART 2 22. The Raveonettes - Attack Of The Ghost Riders 23. Band of Horses - Is There A Ghost 24. Barrett Lindgren - Ghost Light 25. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Natural Ghost 26. Antony and the Johnsons - Ghost 27. Laura Marling - Ghosts 28. Broken Records - Ghosts 29. 65DaysOfStatic - Drove Through Ghosts To Get Here 30. Gomez - Chasing Ghosts With Alcohol 31. Stars - The Ghost Of Genova Heights 32. Cary Brothers - Ghost Town 33. Voxtrot - Ghost 34. Fionn Regan - Noah (Ghost In A Sheet) 35. Counting Crows - Ghost Train 36. Monster Movie - Everyone Is A Ghost 37. Freelance Whales - Ghosting 38. Summer Camp - Ghost Train 39. Kid Cudi - Ghost! 40. Foreign Capitols - Ghosts Of Two 41. Spoon - The Ghost Of You Lingers
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I think just about all of us have had a crush like this at one point—when just being around that person drives us WILD. That’s why “Just What I Needed” comes in as the 27th most romantic song in my iTunes library.
Damien Rice & Ray LaMontagne - “To Love Somebody” (live Bee Gees cover)
Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody” is my #28 pick for most romantic song in my iTunes library. I was recently (and somewhat shamefully) watching “American Idol” and saw an ex-couple sing this song together. It was beautiful and reminded me of how much I adore it.
P.S. I find it very difficult to make lists in order of preference. One week my list might be how it is now, and next week it could look totally different. So this list is kind of a rough estimate.