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Have I Told You lately - Van MorrisonAlong with an even more sentimental and classy "unplugged" update by Rod Stewart, a fairly straightforward declaration of intent... works especially well with older couples who've been together for a while.
Something Stupid - Robbie Williams and Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman was obviously caught up in her own vocal hype from shooting Moulin Rouge. Opportunist Robbie probably scored from inside the box. Despite a snappy retro arrangement, a bit of a waste, given that Nicole has the vocal personality of a doorknob.Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis/UB40For some bizarre reason involving alien brainwashing, surveillance cameras and a fried banana sandwich, people were reggae-dancing to this song in the nineties. But wise men say The King remains the one and only true schmoozer.
Just the Way You Are - Billy JoelA deceptively heartfelt and sensitive New York style ballad that actually propelled the Piano Man to international stardom. Over the years it's slipped from the public consciousness, but it remains a cheesy gem. Mind you, Billy Joel is a first class songwriter, and has provided more than his fair share of similar-themed croons.I said I love you, and that's forever And this I promise from the heart I could not love you any better I love you just the way you are.
Eternal Flame - The BanglesSuzannah Hoffs and the Bangles' immaculate harmonies greased the wheels of many an eighties teenage love affair... so to speak. (Is it ok to call a teenage thing a love affair?)
Everything I Do (I Do it For You) - Bryan AdamsBryan Adams jumped the proverbial shark with this song. Before: A straight-up Canadian rocker of the bratpack generation... After: Insipid love theme composer for action films. Somehow we can't get the disturbing image of a naked Kevin Costner out of our heads. See? Now you have it too.
I Will Always Love You - Whitney HoustonFor the record, some people still think this is a Whitney Houston song. And the reason we've not named Dolly Parton's version here is because it's actually bloody good, compared to this over-elaborate hash of a Bodyguard Soundtrack. And... no, it can't be! It's connected to Kevin Costner again!
Any damn song by - The CarpentersActually, any damn Burt Bacharach song. But The Carpenters, along with Dionne Warwick, did a good job of cornering this particular sub-genre of adult contemporary music. We actually wouldn't recommend sprinkling moondust in your hair, though.
Bed of Roses - Bon JoviBon Jovi's "New Jersey" album was a masterpiece. A few years later, Johnny got a haircut and got famous for this drivel. The Rock Ballad, nineties style.With an ironclad fist I wake up and French kiss the morning While some marching band keeps its own beat in my head While we're talking About all of the things that I long to believe About love and the truth and what you mean to me And the truth is baby you're all that I need
Endless Love - Lionel Richie and Diana RossOne of the 70s greatest soul songwriters + one of soul's great divas = one of the greatest soul duets of all time. Serious.My love, there's only you in my life, The only thing that's right. My first love, you're every breath that I take, You're every step I make. Come Away With Me - Norah JonesThe sad truth is the Norah Jones seems quite talented, but for an unwise penchant for putting an audience to sleep over the length of an album. Despite her youth. Tell you what, Norah. You go on ahead, we'll stay here, thanks.
Angels - Robbie WilliamsRobbie's actual true masterpiece. Yeah, we're sentimental that way.
You're Beautiful - James BluntThe much-lamented, much celebrated Mr. Blunt is an ideal match for Miss Jones. World famous and award-winning, despite the Shakespearean-level quality of lines like: "I saw your face/ in a crowded place". Woo-hoo.
My Heart Will Go On - Celine DionSadly, we won't.
I Swear - All4OneA silly pop hit from the nineties. It evokes smiles and guffaws at first, but is likely to cost you dearly by the two minute mark if you were the one who put it in the player.And I swear...By the moon and the stars in the skies I'll be there I swear...Like a shadow that's by your side I'll be there ETC.My Baby Just Cares For me - Nina SimoneThe late Nina Simone's perennial favourite. Everybody knows this one. And no matter how many times we've heard this played, it never fails to get EVERYONE smiling. Though it is not friendly on the sound systems.
Iris - Goo Goo DollsJohnny Rzeznik got his band famous for this hit, which is of course now associated with Meg Ryan's crying face. And Nicholas Cage's perpetual torment. Classy.
- Anton Marshall
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