Admittedly, I’ve been kind
of cynical about love songs since a girlfriend gave me a Tuck &
Patti cassette (yes, cassette) and said she wanted "You Take My Breath
Away" to be
I was newly out and a novice
in all things lesbian (well, most things lesbian), so I put aside my
qualms about choosing a song in such a non-organic manner, thinking
that perhaps this was The Sapphic Way. But Tuck & Patti’s version
of "My Romance" completely swept me off my feet,
so I suggested we adopt it instead. GF acted affronted at the suggestion
and said she really loved her choice. Well, OK. After we broke up, I
learned that she gave that recording to each of her girlfriends and
"My Romance" had already been allotted to a previous GF. That’s
the story of, the glory of, love.
That said, Entertainment
Weekly‘s list of the top 25 love songs doesn’t do much to inspire me. I mean,
the No. 1 song, the Beach Boys‘ "God Only Knows" is
the theme song to the No. 1 show about polygamy, Big Love.
Elvis Presley‘s "Can’t
Help Falling in Love" (No. 2) is better, although, at the risk
of incurring all sorts of wrath, I like UB40′s version better. But the first song on EW’s
list that I can really get down with is Aretha Franklin‘s "You
Make Me Feel," which ranks fourth.
Now that is a love song.
Perusing rest of the list,
condensed to a single page, one thing becomes quite apparent. Few, if
any, lesbians were asked their opinions. Apart from Aretha’s signature
song and Etta James‘ version of "At Last," I don’t really relate to these
I mean, where is Melissa
Etheridge? Does any song express the ache of new love better than
Or k.d. lang‘s "Constant Craving"? (She is talking about
Just for grins, I asked a few
friends and AfterEllen.com bloggers to name their favorites. My friends
Connie and Magda chose Bonnie Raitt‘s "Something to Talk
and Elaine love Rod Stewart‘s "Have I Told You
Lately." Malinda cited two: U2‘s "All I Want Is You" and Jill Scott‘s "The Fact Is (I Need
I hereby steal for my own list. roc couldn’t decide between "Love
Song #1" and "Good Intentions" from Me’Shell Ndegeocello‘s Comfort Woman. I couldn’t decide, either, but I
sure would like Me’Shell to sing them to me. And scribegrrrl, ever the romantic, picked a bit of
Streisand perfection, "Evergreen."
One of our newest bloggers
from across the pond, browne, is keen on Michael Jackson‘s
"Pretty Young Thing." And Ace chose "Suddenly Seymour" from Little Shop of Horrors.
Hey, at least it wasn’t "Feed Me."
How about you? What’s your
favorite love song? If you could get anyone to sing it to you, who would
it be? Did your girlfriend pick "your song" from Tuck &
Patti’s Tears of Joy album? If so, we need to talk.