The #1 song on the countdown was called “the greatest love song of the past 50 years” when it was released in 1969 by none other than Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. It also has the distinct honor of being the most covered Beatles song second only to “Yesterday”. The top song on my list is…drum roll please…”Something” by the Beatles.
Inspired by James Taylor’s 1968 song “Something In The Way She Moves” and written by George Harrison for his first wife, Pattie Boyd, the song was the masterpiece of his career as a Beatle. It was released on the album “Abbey Road” and issued with “Come Together” as a double single which hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1969.
That was the Beatles 18th chart topper, putting them one song ahead of Elvis Presley’s previous record of 17. A video of the Beatles and their wives set to the song was also released that year to promote it and the album amid rumors that a break up of the Fab Four was imminent.
Harrison’s lyrics expressed both his love for his wife while acknowledging the uncertainty that is the future:
“Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me
You’re asking me will my love grow
I don’t know, I don’t know
You stick around now it may show
I don’t know, I don’t know”
Legends including Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, James Brown, Elton John & Willie Nelson have covered “Something” either on record or live in concert. Sadly Harrison’s marriage to Boyd did not grow, as she eventually left him for his best friend, Eric Clapton. But that’s another song (“Layla” to be exact).
After the Beatles broke up, Harrison went on to have a successful solo career and hosted one of the first benefit concerts ever-1971’s Concert for Bangladesh.
The Beatles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1988 by Mick Jagger and Harrison was inducted as a solo artist in 2004 by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, who were members of Harrison’s other band-the Traveling Wilburys .
As if the attacks of 9/11/01 were not devastating enough to the world that year, two months after those tragedies we lost George Harrison to cancer, which left only two of the four Beatles around to carry on the legacy of one of the greatest bands of all time. Sigh 😦
There you have it, Vixens-my picks for the top 14 love songs. Hope I included some of your favorites or helped you discover some new ones.
***BONUS: One of my favorite songs is named “Valentine” and it is by E Street guitarist Nils Lofgren, with a little help from the Boss himself.
***BONUS TWO: If you have never seen the Golden Girls episode entitled “Valentine’s Day“, take about 20 minutes out now to watch it. I love all their episodes, but this one is in their top 10.