With Valentines comes the all-time love song list.  I have to confess I have always been a fan of love songs.  Probably won't surprise anyone because of my passion for poetry.  I wonder why our favorite songs nearly always coincide with our younger years.  It's hard to rank them because there are so many good ones in my lifetime.  But, here is my top ten and I would love to hear yours. Number 10..."I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John in 1974.  It was like she was singing right to me and I admit I had a major league crush on the blonde beauty.  Number 9...Joe Cocker's "Your Are So Beautiful" in 1975.  Nobody can replicate that voice.  Number 8..."I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston in 1992. Speaking of voices,  Whitney oozes with love in this one.  Number 7...From 1971...Bread and "If".  The lyrics are awesome!  "If a picture paints a thousand words then why can't I paint you." (That's poetic)  Number 6..."Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel in 1977.  I can see the smiling face of my first heartbreak and remember thinking how terrific she was and how I thought so bummed I couldn't be the same for her.

Number 5..."You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Stevie Wonder is a happy love song.  I should've had more of those on this list because let's face it, when you are really in love, you ARE happy!  Number 4...the George Harrison written song "Something" for The Beatles in 1969.  The lyrics say it all because can we really define why we love that special someone?  There's that "something" and we can't really explain it.  Number 3...If you listen to the lyrics this really isn't a love song, but I had to include it, because I can't count the number of times slow dancing to "Stairway To Heaven" by the English rock band Led Zeppelin recorded in 1971. Number 2..."Babe" by Styx.  A lady I enjoyed spending time with during broadcasting school and I shared this as our song in 1979.  My Number 1 love song is "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton from 1978.  I can still smell the perfume of the young woman I first danced to that song with and if I close my eyes I can feel her arms around my neck and her fingers caressing me through my hair (yes, I did have hair at one time)  There are many more favorites.  "The Rose" by Bette Midler in 1980 was the first record I played on the air at KHAD Radio in Desoto, Missouri.  Jim Croce's 1973 song "Time In A Bottle" was actually written for his son. John Denver's "Annie's Song " from 1974..."You fill up my senses like a night in a forest, like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain."  Love does ignite ALL your senses.  In 1993 Rod Stewart recorded the Van Morrison classic "Have I told You Lately." How about the Kiss 1976 song "Beth", their highest charted single and first gold selling song.  Feel free to add to the list, nobody is right or wrong it's YOUR favorites.