Please Help Me Think Of 40 Love Songs and How Should I Package Them?
February 19, 2015 3:44 PM   Subscribe

Mr. Westridge's 40th birthday is coming up. I have decided to give him 40 of something every day for the forty days leading up to his actual birthday. One thing I want to give him is a collection of 40 love songs but I'm running out of ideas for songs. Also what would be the best way to gather all these songs together and present them?

I was thinking of gathering/buying them and downloading them to a flash drive to give him. Picky detail: we are not Apple product users and i-tunes really messes with my computer so that's out. I found a couple lists of songs on questions like this one and this one but would still love other ideas.

I don't really have a preference for genre of music, just something that is obviously a love song and I guess I'd prefer more recognizable, well known songs. Raunchy stuff is fine, maybe even a plus.
posted by WalkerWestridge to Media & Arts (29 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
The Luckiest by Ben Folds is my favorite love song.
posted by sarcasticah at 3:53 PM on February 19, 2015 [2 favorites]

I love the song "I Will" by the Beatles.

If I was doing this, I'd probably just save them all in a special playlist on iTunes/Amazon Music/Whatever. Or if you want a physical copy, it is pretty easy to burn songs to a CD, but it would take multiple discs, possibly.
posted by tacodave at 3:54 PM on February 19, 2015 [2 favorites]

I would put them all on a flashdrive then he can upload them to his PC or wherever.

As to what songs, it would be helpful if you can narrow it down a bit for us. Tell us what you've got already and what kind of music you/he likes. Love songs is a HUGE category and frankly, love songs tend to have meaning because you listened to them with someone special or you heard them at a particular point in your life...if you're stuck, maybe think about that a bit.
posted by stellathon at 4:01 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

If you are ever short of love songs, there's always 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields.
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 4:23 PM on February 19, 2015 [7 favorites]

69 Love Songs was going to be my suggestion too. The Book of Love is my favorite.

And since you said raunchy is okay, TV on the Radio's Lover's Day is my favorite pick for joyfully raunchy.
posted by yasaman at 4:53 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

What a lovely idea. You could buy an inexpensive mp3 player and upload them to that... a couple of love song ideas: everything I do by Bryan Adams; one by U2; time after time by cyndi lauper. For comedy, you could add Kiss the Girl from the little Mermaid.
posted by leslievictoria at 4:54 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

Less well known, and I seem to recommend it a lot because it has some powerful associations for me: Robots, by Dan Mangan.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 5:01 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

There's that one Wing's song.
posted by sevenless at 5:32 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

My all time favorite words of love: because you're mine, I walk the line.
posted by she's not there at 5:55 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

This is a little more upbeat than some of the other suggestions, but Inside Out by Imelda May is one of my favorite love songs.
posted by KernalM at 6:29 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

Night and Day - Cole Porter
Dance me to the end of love - Madeleine Peyroux
La Vie En Rose - Louis Armstrong
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
I don't want to set the world on fire - Ink Spots
All Shook Up - Elvis
I put a spell on you
Pour some sugar on me - Def Leppard

And then there's this
posted by bunderful at 7:03 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

Je t'aime... moi non plus - Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
posted by cotton dress sock at 7:27 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

And of course, Bobby Darin's Beyond the Sea.
posted by Toddles at 8:23 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

"Jackson" by Johnny and June Cash.
especially if you can get the live recording (from San Quentin, I think?) where in the intro he is clearly leering at her and she tells him to stop starting at her chest ("I like to watch you talk..." "I'm talking with my mouth! It's way up here!")...
posted by FlyingMonkey at 8:46 PM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

(less raunchy, more recent: Edward Sharpe & the magnetic zeros, "home")
posted by FlyingMonkey at 8:49 PM on February 19, 2015 [2 favorites]

The version of of One by Cowboy Junkies is exquisite. Anniversary Song by Cowboy Junkies is also wonderful. They've got a melancholy reflective undertone, but that's life, man.
posted by Ostara at 11:33 PM on February 19, 2015 [2 favorites]

Anti-Love Song by Betty Davis. All the raunchiness you could wish for.
posted by rongorongo at 12:56 AM on February 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Adrian Belew-Big Blue Sun
posted by JulesER at 5:06 AM on February 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Here's a playlist of songs I made for my sisters wedding on 8Tracks. 8tracks is a pretty nice way to collect and share a playlist, especially if you just want it to play sort of ambient-ly rather than hunting for songs like on a CD. I use Spotify exclusively now but it's still a great interface and has a really easy to use app.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:57 AM on February 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Baby, Let Me Follow You Down - an old folk song popularized by Bob Dylan. It's just gorgeous.
posted by General Malaise at 8:46 AM on February 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'd go with a Spotify playlist. Can be accessed almost anywhere, even downloaded for listening offline.
posted by treachery, faith, and the great river at 9:17 AM on February 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

What about one love song from each year since 1975? Google would probably be your friend for this task... Have fun with this. It sounds like a great gift!
posted by kate4914 at 10:00 AM on February 20, 2015 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: Thanks you guys!!! So many great ideas. I need a love song for MeFi now! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
posted by WalkerWestridge at 12:30 PM on February 20, 2015

Sex Bomb
Love Shack
Let's Get it On
Boys II Men I'll Make Love to You
Fuck Her Gently
I Believe in Miracles, You Sexy Thing
I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Grease, We Go Together
Nsync - God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You, I Just Wanna Be With You
BSB - As Long as You Love Me, Anywhere for You
98 Degrees - I Do, Heaven is Missing an Angel
actually, lots of those corny 90s boy bands songs, of which there are MANY
Love Potion Number 9

There are some sex songs, not love songs, aren't they...and I might have gotten lyrics instead of titles, but what can you do.
posted by Ms Vegetable at 4:21 PM on February 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

You Said Something - PJ Harvey
posted by h00py at 2:48 AM on February 21, 2015

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