Help me fill out my old-timey, romantic playlist
May 30, 2010 10:23 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to build out a playlist of old-timey, romantic songs. The two that I've started with: Guilty by Yann Tiersen (Amélie soundtrack) and Moon River by Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany's soundtrack). Which songs would you suggest I add?
posted by charmston to Media & Arts (29 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
This is an extremely broad category, but:

She's Funny that Way (I like the version by Sinatra with Ken Lane on piano).
The Way You Look Tonight
posted by null terminated at 10:29 PM on May 30, 2010

Fred Astaire - Cheek to Cheek
Nat King Cole - That Sunday, That Summer
Ella Fitzgerald - Manhattan
Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My Skin
Hoagy Carmichael - The Nearness of You
posted by mattbucher at 10:34 PM on May 30, 2010

On second thought, almost everything in the American Songbook could be considered old-timey romantic songs. Maybe start there.
posted by mattbucher at 10:35 PM on May 30, 2010

Awfully broad, yeah. Are you looking only for actual old songs, or just songs in an older style? How old?

Patsy Cline's Crazy and Walking after Midnight are a couple of favorites of mine, might fit your criteria.
posted by hattifattener at 10:36 PM on May 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

Nat King Cole singing L-O-V-E
posted by Sara Anne at 10:37 PM on May 30, 2010

The love song Daisy Bell was written in the 1890s. There's a list of memorable performances in this link:
posted by uncanny hengeman at 10:45 PM on May 30, 2010

You may enjoy much of Beirut's second album, The Flying Club Cup
posted by GilloD at 11:07 PM on May 30, 2010

If I Had You by Rudy Vallee is a good one, I think.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 11:15 PM on May 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

Bessie Smith - Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out
Gene Austin - St. Louis Blues
Billie Holiday - I'll Be Seeing You & All Of Me
Ella Fitzgerald - I Get A Kick Out Of You & Someone To Watch Over Me
Chet Baker - My Funny Valentine
Lena Horne - Stormy Weather
Dinah Washington - What A Difference A Day Makes & Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
More Nat King Cole - These Foolish Things
Blossom Dearie - I Won't Dance
Etta James - Sunday Kind Of Love
posted by mia_farrow at 11:49 PM on May 30, 2010

The Inkspots have a lovely song, I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire. I know you can listen to a snippet of it on iTunes.
posted by That's Numberwang! at 12:19 AM on May 31, 2010 [1 favorite]

The Man I Love, by Ella Fitzgerald
posted by alight at 12:45 AM on May 31, 2010

They Can't Take That Away From Me
posted by bardophile at 3:02 AM on May 31, 2010

Check out composers:

Burt Bacharach*
Glenn Miller
Bix Biederbeck *
George Gershwin

Have fun!

posted by kidelo at 3:44 AM on May 31, 2010

I left it vague intentionally; I didn't want to influence responses by requesting crooners or smoky jazz artists...I wanted to see what you all came up with. And it's all fantastic. Thanks!
posted by charmston at 5:06 AM on May 31, 2010

Autumn Leaves. Bittersweet, but beautiful. There are tons of versions - here's Nat King Cole's.
posted by googly at 5:28 AM on May 31, 2010

Johnny Mercer wrote Moon River. Check out more of his work. Also, Cole Porter.
posted by pearlybob at 6:37 AM on May 31, 2010

I like "We'll Meet Again," though mostly for its use at the end of Dr. Strangelove.
posted by galadriel at 7:02 AM on May 31, 2010

This is my favorite genre of popular song. I grew up with a Depression-era grandparents and a WWII-era dad, and our home was always ringing with sentimental love songs. Rather than rebelling and getting into rock and roll, I fell in love with these gems from our haunting past.

Below, is one of my playlists. I have included songs I like and singers. These are all standards, so you can often find the same song sung by Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgarald and more modern singers, like Rod Stewart. Which singer one prefers is pretty personal, and if you get into this music, I urge you to go to iTunes and listen to samples of the same song sung by many singers.

I haven't listed composers. Mostly, they are the usual suspects: Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, Irving Berlin...

If you'd like me to burn some CDs for you, memail me.

Long Ago And Far Away, Jo Stafford
How Sweet You are, Jo Stafford
That's for Me, Jo Stafford
If I Loved You, Jo Stafford
Speak Low, Dick Haymes
Glad to Be Unhappy, Christine Andreas
Quiet Night, John Maurceri
Tenderly, Ann Hampton Callaway
Dancing in the Dark, MGM Studio Orchestra
Let's Face the Music and Dance, Fred Astaire
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, Stacey Kent
Blue Moon, Jane Froman
But Not For Me, Rod Stewart
Change Partners, Bea Wain
Embraceable You, Jane Froman
The End of a Love Affair, Laura Fygi
Goodnight My Love, Alice Faye
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, Benny Goodman
That Old Feeling, Hane Froman
I'm Through With Love, Jane Froman
If You are But a Dream, Sreamin' Jay Hawkins
Dancing in the Dark, Fred Astaire
In A Sentimental Mood, Benny Goodman
In the Still of the Night, Carly Simon
Isn't it Romantic, Rod Stewart
It Might as Well Be Spring, Sirens of Swing
It Never Entered My Mind, Stacy Kent
It's Easy to Remember Stacy Kent
Just One of Those Things, Dinah Shore
A Kiss to Build a Dream On, Ann Hampton Callaway
Long Ago and Far Away, Rod Stewart
Love Me Or Leave Me, Ruth Etting
Let's Face the Music and Dance, Kiri Te Kanawa
The Man I Love, Django Reinhardt
Mean to Me, Nell Carter
Moonglow, Carly Simon
My Romance, Dinah Shore
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Dinah Shore
Someone to Watch Over Me, Dinah Shore
Spring Is Here, Carly Simon
Stardust, Benny Goodman
It Might As Well Be Spring, Louanne Hogan
Story Weather, Judy Garland
Summertime, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
That Old Feeling, Alice Faye
That's For Me, Sirens of Swing
These Foolish Things, Rod Stewart
They Can't Take That Away From Me, Fred Astaire
'Till There Was You, Rod Stewart
What'll I Do?, Kiri Te Kanawa
Where or When, Carly Simon
Willow Weep For Me, Dinah Shore
You Won't Forget Me, Carly Simon
You'll Never Know, Rosemary Clooney
Young At Heart, Frank Sinatra
That's For Me, Vivian Blaine
Isn't It Romantic, Ella Fitzgerald
It's a Great Big World, Judy Garland
Lovely To Look At, Howard Keel
I'm Through With Love, Marilyn Monroe
Moonlight Serenade, Glenn Miller
'Round Midnight, Sarah Vaughan
Ten Cents A Dance, Ruth Etting
Remember My Forgotten Man, Etta Moten and Joan Blondell
I Cried For You, Judy Garland
The Words Are In My Heart, Dick Powell
The Man I Love, Kate Bush
Laura, Jean Sablon
I'll Never Smile Again, Vera Lynn
It's A Sin To Tell A Lie, Very Lynn
We'll Met Again, Very Lynn
September Song, Walter Huston
You Belong To Me, Jo Stafford
I'll Be Seeing You, Martha Wainwright
The Moon of Manakoora, Dorothy Lamour
Try to Remember, Jerry Orbach
posted by grumblebee at 7:20 AM on May 31, 2010 [1 favorite]

A lot of The 6ths songs are not old, but have an old-timey feel and are lovely. I'm thinking of "You You You You You" from Hyacinths and Thistles in particular, and "Here in my Heart" from Wasp's Nests. The 69 Love Songs albums are in the same vein. I guess Stephen Merritt has defined love song for me!
posted by apricot at 8:16 AM on May 31, 2010

Dean & Britta do lovely covers of lesser-known old songs. I particularly recommend "You Turn My Head Around".
posted by Messily at 8:41 AM on May 31, 2010

Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis, Willie Nelson, etc
posted by yawper at 11:55 AM on May 31, 2010

"Paper Doll" by The Mills Brothers
posted by 4ster at 12:02 PM on May 31, 2010

"Every little bit hurts", Spencer Davis Group...although it's more heartache than romance.
posted by robotot at 12:37 PM on May 31, 2010

Yes, seconding Cole Porter: Night and Day and I've Got You Under My Skin come to mind. Also, I'm partial to Lili Marleen. Irving Berlin's Isn't This A Lovely Day? (to be caught in the rain).
posted by gudrun at 12:48 PM on May 31, 2010

Jim Croce- Have to Say I Love You in a Song
Stevie Wonder- I Just Called
posted by Night_owl at 3:49 PM on May 31, 2010

Fly me to the moon by Fred Astaire, though I'm partial to the version used as a theme song for Neon Genesis Evangelion.
posted by Wantok at 4:59 PM on May 31, 2010

These Foolish Things -- I like Billie Holiday's version best
American Boy, Eleni Mandell (a new song, but feels timeless)
posted by mochapickle at 6:01 PM on May 31, 2010

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