“Oh, Listen, Sweetie. They’re Playing Our Song.”
In a committed relationship, a couple inevitably chooses a slow-dancy, romantic tune as “their song.” Choosing the number is tricky. Sometimes it chooses you; at a relationship milestone (first kiss, dance, visit to Red Lobster) you hear faintly a beautiful ballad and boom! Song chosen. Of course, if you and your sweetheart meet at, say, a Beastie Boys concert, and “Sabotage” doesn’t send your hearts aflutter, you might have to choose a song. You could go with the easies, “Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel, Elton John’s “Your Song,” etc., great songs you’re guaranteed to hear a lot, prompting an alarming rate of swooning. Of course, thousands of other couples will be swooning around you. Now, if as a loving couple, a popular love song is your song, that's great, so don’t go changing. But for you still looking for a song to be your song and don’t want to write one—and, come on, why would you?—then I have a list of rarer love songs. And don’t be afraid to pick one you like thinking lots of people will snatch them up, because no one reads my blogs.
“If Not For You” by Bob Dylan (or George Harrison's, if you’re feeling saucy)
“Love Is Gonna Let Me Down” by Toots and the Maytals (it's slightly unfair of me to recommend this, because I suspect it might not appear on CD anywhere.)
“Shades of Gray” by The Monkees (hardly a love song, but as far as ballads go, this is tops.)
“With You” by Stephen Schwartz from Pippin
“God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys (a little more common lately… thank you very much Love, Actually.)
“Humdrum” by Peter Gabriel
“I Need You To Turn To” by Elton John
“Hot Burrito #1” by The Flying Burrito Brothers
“I Will” by The Beatles (I realize no Beatles song is rare, but is Paul’s sweetest love song with the Fab Four.)
“I Love You” by The Rutles
“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
“Closer To You” by The Wallflowers (seems oddly out of place on this list, eh?)
“Sabotage” by The Beastie Boys… What? It’s a good song.