Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Ballads

In the theme of Valentines Day I'm sharing some of my favorite love songs & ballads. Hopefully you'll discover a new favorite song or two.

This song was released as a Christmas single back in 2004, reaching #6 in Sweden. Lyrics contain lines like "You believe one day you'll find me gone... but when everything is said and done... Here I Am... By Your Side..."

Same title... different song. This one has a bit of a punch to it but the first time I heard it I fell in love with the track. I've been waiting for an excuse to post it and finally have it! The song was the lead single from the sountrack to the animated film "Spirit" which Bryan scored and composed the soundtrack for.

WOW. This is one of those dramatic ballads. Amazing melody and harmonies. Denmarks first boyband knows how to sing a ballad and this is one of my all time favorites. This is the kind of ballad that builds and builds until a dramatic climax at approx: 2:55! Ugh I just listened to it again! It makes my heart melt!

When Daniel released 'If You're Not The One' he became the new poster boy for the love song. His record label played up that image by following it up with 'Never Gonna Leave Your Side.' Daniel has since said he hated his ballads and doesn't want to be known for these songs. They're still amazing and the guy knows how to write a ballad. "I feel like a song without the words...a man without a soul...a bird without its wings...a heart without a home..."

Unfortunately Darius never received the success he deserved when he released this as a single back in 2005.

So maybe it's not a love song... more of a break up song! Do (Pronounced 'Doe') is the dutch singer you'll remember as the vocalist on Dj Sammy's - Heaven. Do never received the proper credit for her part in that song and has gone on to release her own albums to various degrees of success.

I posted this ages ago and it deserves another one. One of my favorite ballads of all time. Again watch for the dramatic climax at 2:55!
So this is a bit rockier than I usually post, but again I don't think i'll have another excuse to post this. So enjoy!

Fredrik Kempe - If You Say Always
A duet with singer 'Agnetha.' She definitely makes the song when she comes in at the 2nd verse!

Gary Barlow - Lie To Me
Gary is one of the greatest song writers of all time. I was devestated when his solo career crashed after his 2nd album. He is currently enjoying success again with the re-formation of Take That. 'Lie To Me' was rumoured to be the 3rd single from the 2nd album but was cancelled after the album flopped. The song is one of my favorite ballads of all time. The song and vocals can best be described as haunting.

This was the first song I had ever heard of Jessica Folker and I was a fan from this moment on. You can expect a post dedicated to her in the near future. This song is upbeat but I love it so I'm posting it on here anyway!

No it's not a Spice Girls cover, Jewel released this acouple years ago and while it wasn't a big smash it is one of my favorite songs of hers. Again this one is a bit upbeat and pretty guitar based.

This Canadian singer has re-released this song almost as many times as Nikki French has released Total Eclipse Of The Heart! 'Angel' is usually heard as a dance remix but Joee finally released the ballad version which you can enjoy here.
Remember that song 'Kiss Me' by Sixpence None The Richer? Well that was Leigh Nash! She's been releasing solo albums since then and mostly Christian music. But this song is very sweet and I LOVE the drums that come in at about 3:15!
So I'm actually embarassed to say I like a Phil Collins song, but this song ROCKS! Give this song a chance and you won't be dissapointed! This song is really upbeat and very uplifting you'll be singing along in no time.

The song is good but it's not really the song I want to post, it's the video. I don't know what it is about this video but I seriously cried the first time I saw it. Watch the video by clicking on the link!

How can one post about love songs and not include a song from Irish crooners Westlife. Here is an acoustic take on one of their biggest singles of all time.

Will Young - All Time Love & Who Am I
I couldn't decide which song to post so I posted both!

This is my 2nd all time favorite love song! From the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, we learned these two actors could sing! This song is priceless and goes down in history as one of the greatest tracks ever recorded.

And my all time favorite is...

This song sends shivers up my spine... I know it's Nick Carter but please I beg you to give it a chance. The lyrics, the beat, the melody... it's a PERFECT song! SIGH...

Stay tuned for Melodifestivalen coverage on friday as the next 8 songs are released online!


Digital Technique said...

So weird have just posted the video for Nick Carter I Got You, on my new music video blog

Another post of great songs including a few that I have never heard before!!

Poster Girl said...

All right, so I don't usually think of myself as a ballad person...but, given how much I love this post, maybe that's not the case! Sigh for "Come What May"--excellent choice (love the movie, love the music--especially that song--probably more than is healthy). Nick Carter's album is so undeservedly ignored, or at least not as successful as it should have been; "I Got You" definitely deserves another sigh. As does Alcazar's "Here I Am"--absolutely gorgeous, and I hadn't heard it before (I just looked it up, and somehow I'd never realized there was a hidden track at the end of Alcazarized--I can't believe I've been missing out on it for this long!)! So lush and lovely...I'm completely in love with it. Sigh again. It's so swoony and beautiful...

C21's song (never heard before) is beautiful, Daniel Bedingfield does indeed know how to write an amazing ballad, I adore Darius, I'm going to have to look out for more of Do's work, I totally agree about the Eve 6 song even though I know nothing else by them, I'd never heard anything by Fredrik Kempe before (though the name sounds familiar--does he write for Melodifestivalen contestants?) but that chorus is lovely, I love those two Will Young songs (he can do such a beautiful ballad--"Who Am I" is heartbreaking!), I can't wait for the Jessica Folcker post because though I don't know many songs by her, I love the songs I do know (including "How Will I Know (Who You Are)"), I clearly need to investigate Gary's solo career further (I only knew "Open Road," which I liked), I spent that whole Roxette video praying the stupid wall would disappear and then thank goodness they finally got to each other, I've never heard of Joee but I'm going to have to go look for his albums because I absolutely adore that song, I'm really beginning to think I need to buy a full Westlife album, I had no idea the Sixpence None The Richer singer had done solo work but the build in that song is great, and I'm sure I've forgotten some songs but this was such a great thorough post that I'll be digesting it for a while!

So, basically, I'm in love with your love song post :) I'm officially not allowed to say anything bad about ballads for the next week ;) Or at this rate, maybe ever...

Troy said...

LOL you're hilarious! I think I may have found my music soul mate!