Rockin’ Love Songs

My parents are coming tomorrow, and I have tons of cleaning to do, that damned dress to finish, and our whole family to get to the doctor since we’ve all been in various stages of coughing/hacking/dying/whining/eschewing melodrama all weekend.

But instead I’m going to join Betty Beguiles‘ love song link-up. I figured there would be an excess of Ella Fitzgerald over there, so I decided to bring the awesome. I’m nothing if not a world-class procrastinator. (Oh, and if you hate watching YouTube videos, you might want to skip this post. Also, no, there’s nothing wrong with Ella Fitzgerald, I just like my love songs with a little more rock and a little less roll.)

Let’s start things off right with Janis Joplin. I love this song. It’s so sad and sweet and wonderful:


This is the song the Ogre and I danced to at our wedding. It wasn’t my first pick, but for some reason the Ogre wouldn’t agree to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” (A hangover from my early college Almost Famous obsession.) I’m glad, actually. I love this song and I think it was perfect for us.


A love song for the ages. Words cannot express how much I love this song. I think it’s the truest love song ever written. (Brief language warning.)


The Ogre sings this song to me when I’m in a bad mood:


And he sends me links to this song when he’s gone to conferences or (sob) when he has to go to Vegas to teach summer classes:

Now I want to watch Benny and Joon.


Because I can’t make a list of love songs without including one totally adorable sap-tacular one:

(Seriously, how cute is that song?)


One of our newly-discovered favorites:


And finally…I’m deeply sorry for this, but it would be dishonest of me to make a list of my favorite love songs without including at least one hair-metal ballad. There’s no accounting for my taste.

(I’ve seen The Scorpions in concert twice and they have not aged well. Just FYI.)


Oh here, here’s a hysterical Irish drinking song in case you need to wipe the hair metal out of your brain…when love goes wrong, I guess.

If you want to join the link-up, write your own post and go over to Betty Beguiles’ place to link it. Happy Tuesday!


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