Here is a list of songs that we connect with movies that I would deem in the category “romantic”. You hear them at weddings and mix tapes (pardon-CD’s) for people trying to explore their lovie-dovieness. In the spirit of that heart shaped holiday and since I’ve at least acknowledged other realms of lovie goodness in the movies I’m going to do a Top Ten Romantic Movie Songs. These are just songs that we associate with movies or a particular movie scene, nothing specific. Some of the choices may be obvious, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good!
10. “It Must Have Been Love”
9. “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”
8. “Kiss From A Rose”
7. “Moon River”
Classic and utterly haunting “Moon River” is one of the most memorable songs ever, and Hepburn’s melancholy and beautiful voice resonate permanently.
6. “In Your Eyes”
The power of John Cusack and the boombox. Who doesn’t feel the romance of Cusack and his heart broken, devoted self here? Anyone who has seen this movie will always connect Peter Gabriel’s classic voice with Say Anything.
5. “My Heart Will Go On”
The haunting score of James Horner, the tragic yet uplifting ending of Titanic was concluded with the beautifully performed song “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion, who gave the performance of her life singing this beautifully wonderfully sad song that really summed up all the feelings of joy and sadness that the film Titanic gave. You can say what you want, but this song is beautiful.
4. “I Will Always Love You”
Perhaps one of the greatest singers ever, Whitney Houston belts out this Dolly Parton original and makes it her own singing it simply and beautifully, with an incredibly palpable tone that could choke up the toughest of hearts. A perfect end to a really good romance film, but even more perfect just on it’s own and one of the highlights of Whitney’s very remarkable career.
3. “Everything I Do”
How could this not end up on this? The lyrics, the score, and Adams heartfelt voice sell this beautiful song that played at the end of Robin Hood’s finale. Arguably one of the best songs for a movie ever in my thoughts, this song makes you feel the passion for the magical kind of love that only seems to happen in the movies.
Goo Goo Dolls
Another on the “most played” of the summer lists Iris has proved to be a song that is just as poignant and powerful as the day it was released. Coming from a band that started off in the punk/ska genre it’s incredible such a heartfelt and melancholy song came and was created for a film that was all about tears and sentimentality.
1. “Unchained Melody”
Besides being one of my favorite songs of all time this beautifully sad and incredible scene from Ghost just solidifies how powerful a piece of music can be in a movie. The movie and song were epically perfect for each and have created one of the most memorable moments in film, along with a song romantically connected with a movie in a way no other is even close to.
Honorable Mentions: Dirty Dancing “Time Of My Life”, Romeo and Juilet “Kissing You”, Avatar “I See You”, Don Juan DeMarco “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman”, and City Of Angels “Uninvited”
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