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Love, it may be the most powerful force on this earth. It can bring countries together or heal feuding families. Songs that talk about the lighter side of love often have flowery lyrics or impossibly romantic themes but to a romantic, they are pure truth. Romantic music has the power to uplift even the most bitter hearts and it is in this spirit that we bring together five songs that do just that.
Demi Lovato: Unbroken
Fearlessness in the face of love is the theme of Demi Lovato’s “Unbroken.” Both the song and the album itself have received positive reviews from critics since its September 2011 release. The song is about letting go of the fear and falling in love without restraint. A no holds barred pop ballad, this song speaks to the anxiety in each of us as we enter a relationship and remember our insecurities.
Past and present, each of us remembers those moments that have hurt us most and made us question the intentions of others. This song teaches us to accept the chance of getting hurt in order to possible experience one of the greatest loves of our lives. It all boils down to one night, one moment when we have to make a choice, whether to let go of fear or not.
Rihanna: Do Ya Thang
A bonus track on 2011′s “Talk That Talk” Album, Do Ya Thang is only slightly controversial with its lyrics. With only one mention of a love that is both sexy and that of the best friend that’s close like a brother this song is relaxed and laid back. Easily capable of getting stuck in your head and with easy-to-remember lyrics this song could easily have been another single on the track had certain elements on it changed to include either a featured artist or edgier modern instrument arrangement.
What the song does so well is conjure images of that throwback summer love between a girl and her best guy friend who’s also her part time lover. Caught up in her feelings, she knows he has a wandering eye and is a real guy who’s not afraid of his sexuality. The crux of the song is that while he might look, there’s an implied loyalty between them that isn’t seen in many ‘more than friend’ friendships. She just knows how he is and accepts it.
K.I.S.S, Keeping it Sexy and Simple, a song about being drama free and single. Starting with some electronic space ages notes but transitions to Mya’s sweet vocals, the song is about keeping it simple. Mya talks about how this isn’t monopoly and that she’s the only company she needs to keep. The feeling from the entire K.I.S.S album is one of triumph. Mya succeeds in creating an album that is both classically driven pop and yet also adds a splash of electronic dance flare.
It therefore makes K.I.S.S an odd choice for the first track on the album. The feel of the song K.I.S.S is also classically driven pop but without the dance vibe. While tracks like “Mr. Incredible” are irrevocably R&B, K.I.S.S should have been a solid contender for a spot on the single release roster off this album but it oddly wasn’t.
This is likely because as a song itself, K.I.S.S is great but meant for a more adult audience who want less drama, not more. Fans of Mya will have grown older since the peak of her mainstream popularity some years ago and the K.I.S.S song matches that sentiment.
Proud to be singing an R&B ballad that hits right at the center of a new love interest, this is a song about love and being hit by Cupid’s arrow. The feeling of the song is that everything feels perfect and lighter than air when you’re in love. This song is universal in appeal because it is uplifting, thanking Cupid for making yet another great match. Lloyd goes on to sing about how he hopes that the perfect day lasts forever thanks to Cupid’s hard work.
“Cupid” is the third track on Lloyd’s album “King of Hearts”. Released in summer 2011, the entire album features Lloyd’s excellent vocal’s and Cupid in particular has echos of Michael Jackson’s vocal prowess and strength. While there are other notable tracks, such as “Dedication to my-Ex”, Cupid remains the most vocally pure and emotionally light on this album.
Christina Perri: A Thousand Years
“A Thousand Years” has become the newest hit in a succession of wedding songs that is sure to last well into the next decade. With beautiful instrumentals, exceptional waltz tempo, and purity of vocals, Christina doesn’t need to hit every note on the singing scale, she just needs to hit all the important ones that carry the song through. The instrumental provides an amazingly elegant backdrop to an equally elegant voice that has the potential to go very far.
The feeling of the song is elegant and romantic, fit for a ballroom dance or a wedding. Even as a relative newcomer, Christina Perri and her music appear to be a force that is moving within the world of music. “A Thousand Years” is a standalone single that is separate from her first album “LoveStrong” but is sure to please fans with its three released singles and twelve tracks.
There is no doubt that this song will end up on the soundtrack of many movies and weddings in the future. The lasting appeal of this song has couples every flocking to its magical presence.