Some of my favorite love songs are the sad, pensive, moody ones. Oh wait, that covers about 95% of what’s out there. Heck, some artists made an entire career on “When will I be loved?" lyrics (Linda Ronstadt are your ears burning?). But that won’t deter me from listing my top five favorite sad/pensive/moody post-doo-wop era love songs anyway. In order even.
#1. Sad Memory by Buffalo Springfield off their second album, recorded September 5, 1967 in LA. Richie Furay wrote this and sang the lead. Neil Young played lead guitar. No other band members were in the studio. Haunting.
#2. Caroline No was the last cut on the Beach Boys Pet Sounds album, composed and sung by Brian Wilson. This was released as a Brian single but did not chart particularly well. Haunting II.
#3. Listen to Your Heart by DHT, which reportedly stood for Dance House Trance. The more popular version of this song has a strong dance club flavor. But dance clubs and sad/pensive/moody don’t go well together. DHT was a Belgian duo: singer Edmée Daenen and Flor Theeuwes.
#4. Love Is by Vanessa Williams and Brian MacKnight. Great song that got a good bit of airplay in its day but then fell off the radar screen.
#5. I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt. Well written & well performed.
That’s it. I bet you can’t listen to all five without tearing up. Come on, fess up!