"You'd think the world would have had enough of silly love songs," sang Paul McCartney in 1976. But he looked around, saw it wasn't so, and cranked out another saccharine sweet #1 hit (McCartney is, of course, automatically forgiven of all post-Beatles sins).
But not all love songs are silly or trite. Every now and then a track can move beyond cliches and formulas and convey genuine emotion, depth and soul. A compilation of such songs follows.
Lists of this sort are, of course, subjective. They also change and evolve over time. But in honor of Hallmark...er, Valentine's Day, I submit the list of lists: a cross-genre, cross-generational unveiling of the greatest love songs of all time. Enjoy! (and feel free to debate in the comments)
10. Oh My Love- John Lennon
9. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)- Arcade Fire
8. I'll Be There- Jackson 5
7. Unchained Melody- Righteous Brothers
6. Your Song- Elton John
5. One- U2
4. God Only Knows- The Beach Boys
3. Something- The Beatles
2. Exit Music (For a Film)- Radiohead
1. Fields of Gold- Sting