By Jackie White
Ahh, love is in the air! We find ourselves in the month of Valentine’s and love. Love is what makes the world go around and what makes life have depth and meaning. People are inspired daily by love and masterpieces of art and song are the result. Today we examine some of the all-time favorite love songs and how they can help us infuse more love into our own lives.
What is Love: We begin with the 1983 hit “What Is Love” by Howard Jones. In this song, he asks the philosophical question just what is love? Midway through the song, we begin to think that the answer is who the hell knows, but Howard figures out that love is letting people be just who they want to be. Isn’t that the truth? You can’t change others, you can only change yourself. Remember that before you keep banging your head against the wall wondering why someone won’t be who you want them to be. The moral of the story is that changing is about working on yourself, don’t expect others to change for you.
Love Will Keep Us Together: This is a great song, a comeback song for the songwriter Neil Sedaka and the duo of Captain and Tenille. Unfortunately, these days love may keep us apart due to the coronavirus. We have gotten creative to show our love even though we cannot be together. It is a good anthem for yourself, if you love yourself, you should be able to keep yourself together. Don’t have a Valentine? Self-love is a great thing to celebrate this month. Sadly, the Captain and Tenille found that love could not keep them together as they divorced back in 2014 after 39 years of marriage.
Spinning the next song of love...
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Love can be all that and a bag of chips, but there is no truer statement than calling love crazy. It is. You can act crazy when you are in love. You can go crazy when you are in love and the people you love can drive you crazy. It can be a bit of a plane of insanity. But most of the time, we all feel it’s worth it. It’s the “good” kind of crazy, where you might get a little loopy, but are grateful for the love we have. Thank you to the band Queen who hit the nail on the head in 1979 with chart-topping veritas.
For those who aren’t quite sure, the next song vaguely speaks to new love...
I Think I Love You: Thank you Keith Partridge and the Partridge family for the best love song ever! Well, at least the catchiest. The Partridge family cranked out this bubble gum song back in the 1970s but it’s still probably the most over-used phrase in the lexicon of love. It seems every couple riding the high of the first few weeks or months of being together utter these words to each other. Then later they find out more about the person they “think” they love, only to find out they really don’t even like them all that much.
This brings us to the next entry on this list of love songs.
You Can’t Hurry Love: First released by the Supremes and then later by Phil Collins “You Can’t Hurry Love” is a catchy tune about nurturing love as it moves into full bloom. However, some people think they can hurry love by swiping right on Tinder, but c’mon people, we know that’s not love. Let’s move on.
Love Stinks: We all have been down this road. Yes, sometimes love does stink. The J. Geils Band sings “until the day you die, this thing they call love it’s gonna make you cry.” Probably so, but hopefully there are more laughs than tears. Through good times and through the bad, hopefully, your love will continue to grow. If not and the love of your life is turning into the stinky loaf of your life, it might be time to reassess the love you deserve in life.
And finally, we are to the pinnacle of all love songs...
All You Need is Love: The Beatles nailed this one. It’s true that all you need is love and maybe a job, but hey that’ll get you through life. Life is truly about love. Giving and receiving love is what raises the energetic vibration (positive energy) across the world. Don’t believe me? Experiments have been done where people have praised a plant. They told it that it was beautiful and they complimented it. Another plant managed under the same circumstances of heat, water, sun received negative comments and was bullied. The complimented plant flourished and the bullied plant began to die. This experiment is a powerful example of how important love actually is, not only for humans but for all living beings. So, take to heart the words all you need is love.
There it is my friends, the countdown of the 7 top love songs and how they each impart good life and love lessons to all of us. Take heed, spread love, be happy, and shine on!
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.