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TELL US: What's Your Favorite Love Song?

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What's your favorite love song and why? Share in the comments section below, or send an e-mail to centralstandard@kcur.org.

Here's what we've received so far:





Bill Anderson, programming director: "Nether Lands" by Dan Fogelberg

It was the late 70’s and I was living high in the Rocky Mountains when I first heard this song, Nether Lands by Dan Fogelberg.  “…I want a lover, I want some friends. And I want to live in the sun.  And I want to do all the things that I never have done.”   It was so emotional and so powerfully sung by Dan. Tore me apart and became my love song for life and an inspiration for pursuing my dream. For further inspiration I made a road trip to Nederland, Colorado where it was recorded. Bill Withers’ ‘Lovely Day’, however, is probably my all-time favorite love song. It has lyrical grit in that it acknowledges the tough realities and imperfections of life. But he rises above the fray with a single look at the woman he loves. “…Just one look at you and I know it’s gonna’ be a lovely day.” And his rhythm, pace and soulful voice create a space and I’m there. The song is simple but the instrumentation and vocals come together to build a powerful, touching, emotional song.

Donna Vestal, Harvest Public Media: "Sea of Love," by the Honeydrippers

Why? Old-fashioned (heart-stirring) strings intro … then the opening line: “Do you remember when we met…” because we DO remember.  

Jill Jordan, announcer: “Love Me Like a Man” by Chris Smither, as adapted and sung by Bonnie Raitt

My hubby, Steve, sends in Anita Baker’s “Sweet Love” and Sade’s “Your Love is King”

Kim Noble, announcer: "River of Time" by Van Morrison



Renee Blanche 

  1. Yanni - To the one who knows
  2. Karsh Kale and Anoushka Shankar - Easy
  3. Pale September - Camille
  4. Conmigo – Fous De La Mer Feat. Sol

Chuck Haddix

  1. Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine
  2. Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  3. Guitar Slim – Well I don’t Got Over It
  4. James Brown – Prisoner of Love

Bill Shapiro

  1. Dylan – Simple Twist of Fate
  2. Shelby Lynn – You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
  3. Tom Waits – Kiss Me
  4. Van Morrison – Crazy Love

Miles Bonny

  1. Raphael Saadiq "Oh Girl"
  2. Bootsy Collins "I'd Rather Be With You"


Method Man and Mary J. Blige—“All I Need”—Miguel mixes some hip hop with our romance

The Dubs—“Could This Be Magic”

Wilson Pickett—“I Found a Love”

Otis Redding—“For Your Precious Love”—Michael blasts this one every time he hears it

Frank Sinatra—“Fly Me to the Moon”

Elvis Presley—“Blue Moon”—This is Carol’s first, but not last, favorite Elvis song.

Barbara Streisand—“Evergreen”

Lionel Richie—“Hello”

Sam Cooke—“Wonderful World”

J Dilla—“Don’t Cry”

Smokey Robinson—“More Love”

Etta James—“At Last”—Carrie danced her ‘first dance’ at her wedding to this tune.

Bill Withers—“Ain’t No Sunshine”

James Taylor—“Your Smiling Face”—Makes Sarah think of puppy love, but also her great kids!

Paul Simon—“Slip Sliding Away”

Ani DiFranco—“Love is Like Falling”

Peaches and Herb—“Reunited”

Atlantic Starr—“Always”

Marty Robbins—“El Paso”

The Peacemakers—“Down Together”

Johnny Hartman—“The Very Thought of You”

Stevie Wonder—“Too Shy to Say”

Luther Vandross—“Make Me a Believer”—From listener Ray, but he thinks anything by

Vandross is a good bet.

Linda Rondstat—“I’ve Got a Crush on You”

Lyle Lovett—“She’s No Lady (She’s My Wife)”

Roy Orbison—“Anything You Want”—Gaby sends this one out to her “current and forever love”
because that’s just how she feels about him.

Melissa Etheridge—“No Souvenirs”

Irish Dement—“My Town”

Raydio and Ray Parker Jr.—“You Can’t Change That”

Van Morrison—“Have I Told You Lately”

Nat King Cole—“Stardust”

Jeff Buckley—“Hallelujah”

Chicago—“Color My World”

Righteous Brothers—“Unchained Melody”

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes—“I Miss You”

NSYNC—“This I Promise You”—Alex knew we would laugh, but he’s a sucker for this one just
the same.

Kelly Clarkson—“Already Gone”

Peter Gabriel—“In Your Eyes”—Shannon liked this even before John Cusack blared it in Say

Nina Simone—“Lilac Wine”—Heather wishes she had pipes like Nina, but in lieu of that, she’ll
dedicate this one to her husband, Kevin.

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