Monday, August 10, 2009

A Top Ten List

Hello, friends!! During my drive to work today, I heard a song on the radio that NEVER CEASES to break my heart each and every time I hear it. Thus, I have been inspired to create a top ten list: The TOP TEN SONGS THAT BREAK YOUR HEART every time you hear them (or, at least, every time I hear them....).....

1. I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt) - This version is the ultimate in gut-wrenching, sad, heart-breaking songs. The George Michael version is just as sad, but Bonnie takes the cake.

2. All Out of Love (Air Supply) - Ugh, that lyric, "I'm so lost without you." That says it all. And their voices are filled with such pleading...

3. More Than Words Can Say (Alias) - This was one of the first songs that I had to listen to OVER AND OVER in order to figure out the lyrics when I was younger. I would sit there with my boom box, hitting rewind and play, rewind and play, because the words moved me so.

4. I Don't Know How to Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack) - Though these words are sung by Mary Magdalene, she is speaking for all women baffled by their partners, not sure what to do with them.

5. Eternal Flame (The Bangles) - It's not the lyrics as much as the beautiful, lullaby quality of the song. I just can't listen without being moved to tears.

6. What it Takes (Aerosmith) - Probably a surprising choice for some of you, but I am all about Monster Ballads sometimes. "Tell me what it takes to let you go" is a thought that I have had to ponder before, and I know there is a universality to its plea.

7. Everytime (Britney Spears) - A stripped-down, simply orchestrated song that allows Britney's voice to float over the piano, singing words like, "I may have made it rain/ please forgive me/ my weakness caused you pain/ and this song's my sorry."

8. You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand) - A classic song, so good for some karaoke melodrama, and it hasn't gotten me through a few breakups. "It used to be so natural/ to talk about forever / but used-to-be's don't matter anymore/ they just lay on the floor/ till we sweep them away." Those poor "used-to-be's!!!"

9. How Deep is Your Love (Bee Gees) - I really need to know!! A surprisingly deep song from the guys primarily known for lighter, disco fare. Love this song. Can't get enough.

10. In the Deep (Bird York) - A song featured heavily in the movie, Crash, this haunting piece both calms you and moves you to tears. "Thought you had all the answers to rest your heart upon. But something happens, don't see it coming, now you can't stop yourself."

What would you add?

7 comments:

Dorene said...

I must add Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" to the list ....just so haunting, one of my all time favorites....also "Mad World" (By Adam Lambert on Idol)

Lindsay Bellows said...

Great list, M!

Valerie said...

It's not really a heart breaking song, but I stop and pause every time I hear it because it's so beautiful: Crazy Love, by Morrissey!

Carl said...

OK, I got 2 Metal Ballads,

1. Reason to Live by KISS.

"Everybody's got a Reason to Live, Everybody's got a dream and a hunger inside. Everybody's got a Reason to Live, but it can't be your love!!"

It a crusher. But the only 1 better.

2. 2 Out of 3 Ain't Bad by Meat Loaf

"I want you, I need you, but there aint no way I'm every gonna love you. Now don't be sad, cause 2 out of 3 ain't bad..."

Just a killer... but a good Karaoke song if you can pull it off.

Jack said...

I stumbled onto your post and wanted to add to it. I wrote a post about this. If you don't mind, I'll leave the url here.

I would add Whiskey Lullaby by Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss to your list.

http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/2007/07/name-song-that-makes-you-cry.html

i beati said...

ouch you are right

Julie said...

How's the new job and the new gym? Update please! :)