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.