Musicians’ Favorite Love Songs

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked a few of our favorite musicians for their favorite love songs (and no, they couldn’t pick one of their own tunes). After the jump, Katy Perry, Nina Persson, The Fray, and others share their favorite love songs of all time. Katy Perry

Katy Perry

“This Time” by John Legend: “He’s just such an amazing songwriter, especially love songs. It’s beautiful.”

“Something So Right” by Paul Simon: “A lyric goes, ‘They’ve got a wall in China / It’s a thousand miles long / To keep out the foreigners they made it strong / And I’ve got a wall around me’ It’s kind of like my heart. Sometimes you get into a relationship with a person, they have a lot of layers, and you have to almost go through all those layers to get to the heart of really who they are. And when you finally get to the heart, it definitely is a big payoff.”

The Fray

Isaac Slade of The Fray

“Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis: “Not sure why I love this one. I think it’s probably because I believe her.”

The Frontier Brothers

Marshall Galactic, lead singer/guitarist of The Frontier Brothers
“I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men: “It reminds of me of trying to hide a boner during a middle school dance.”

Molly Jenson

Molly Jenson

“The Girl From Ipanema” by Antonio Carlos Jobim: “Some of the sweetest love songs are the ones where the person being sung about doesn’t even know they are loved. Every time I hear this song I want the girl from Ipanema to look at the guy and smile at him. But she never does. Sad but lovely.”

“Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera: “Peter Cetera says everything a woman wants to hear all in one song.”


Galia Durant of Psapp

“One Dimension” by Simian: “This is one song that always gets me going. Somehow, the idea that even though we are just a load of chemicals, we are capable of so many emotions seems really magic. Gosh, I am getting corny…more red satin hearts, anyone?”


Stef Alexander, P.O.S

“Penelope” by Pinback: “It’s a sweet simple song. Great deep bassline to get lost in. On your first listen, it’s the best love song ever. On your second listen, you realize it’s about a pet fish.”

Nina Persson

Nina Persson of A Camp

“Genius of Love” by Tom Tom Club: “It was my wedding waltz when I married my husband, that’s why it’s romantic. Plus, it’s funky!”

Griffin House

Griffin House
“Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits: “A college English professor named Ken Alrutz said it was the best love song of all time. When I took his class, I wrote a song and sang it instead of doing a final term paper. I got an A + for the semester. Anyway, I will dance to “Romeo and Juliet” at my wedding.”

Amanda Tannen

Amanda Tannen of stellastarr*

“Save a Secret for the Moon” by The Magnetic Fields: “Hidden, unrequited love is the most heart-wrenching and romantic type of love. Writing it into a song is one of the best place hiding places.”

“A Little Respect” by Erasure: “I fall in love every time I hear this song. The perfect mix of longing, aggression and, of course, a great dance beat shoots an arrow straight through my heart.”

The Gay Blades

Clark Westfield of The Gay Blades

“Girl” The Beatles: “Not exactly a love song in the traditional sense, as it’s not so sappy and drawn out, but it’s a far more familiar sentiment. That being said, John Lennon’s vocal take may have been the sexiest thing ever laid down on tape.”

“My Funny Valentine” by Elvis Costello: “COME ON!!! It’s like an orgasm in an of itself…amazing chord voicings, Elvis’s stunning tenor, and a time tested melody/lyrical combination. Who needs Bryan Adams anyway?”