Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best English Love Songs of all time 2017, It is no secret that some of the greatest love songs ever written were crafted on the other side of the Atlantic. Songwriting greats such as Callender and Holloway, Lennon and McCartney, Adele, and others over from England, have written some of the most memorable love songs pop radio has ever known. In this post we will pay tribute to these fine songs, at the end of which I will reveal the one that I think to be the greatest English love song of all time.
- 10. And I Love Her–The Beatles
- 9. A Summer Song–Chad and Jeremy
- 8. Something–The Beatles
- 7. United We Stand–Brotherhood of Man
- 6. My Love–Paul McCartney and Wings
- 5. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter–Herman’s Hermits
- 4. Time (Clock of the Heart)–Culture Club
- 3. Someone Like You–Adele
- 2. Billy, Don’t Be A Hero–Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
- 1. Careless Whisper–Wham Featuring George Michael
Here we present the list of top 10 best English Love Songs of all time 2017.
10. And I Love Her–The Beatles
This song was the first evidence of this four-piece band known for its electric guitar sound and heavy drumbeat being able to handle a love song. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote this song surprised their fans when they released this mainly acoustic love song in the summer of 1964, from the movie “A Hard Day’s Night.” It has a very acoustic feel to it, with Lennon on acoustic rhythm, George Harrison playing a lead, yet acoustic guitar, McCartney singing lead and playing bass, and Starr banging two sticks together, instead of playing the drums. It didn’t reach #1 in the States, like their first big hits at the beginning of that year, but the song is played by numerous oldies stations up until this very day.
9. A Summer Song–Chad and Jeremy
This song did so well, most likely on the success of “And I Love Her” by the Beatles. The band on this record tries something even more out of the way for a soft-rock love song at the time: The British duo uses a string section. It is a sad song reminiscing about the days of summer. As an autumn rain falls, the narrator remembers a summer filled with love. It is a mournful song about summer love vanishing. It is a song that anyone who was young and had their first summer love in 1964 could relate to. The song is dominated by an acoustic rhythm and lead guitar, and Chad and Jeremy’s mournful vocals.
8. Something–The Beatles
This #1 Beatles song from 1969 features some of the late George Harrison’s best guitar and vocal work. It is a song about a girl that the narrator would like to spend some time getting to know better. He wants to give her a shot, because she has impressed him–but he does not quite know why he’s into her. The band plays their usual instruments, accompanied by keyboards and a string section. Once again the group shows that it handles ballads really well.
7. United We Stand–Brotherhood of Man
This 1970 ballad by the Brotherhood of Man–featuring the lead vocals of session singer Tony Burrows and an unnamed female vocalist–has been hailed for uniting humanity during a tough time in world history–however, its original intent seems to be about a love between two people. Both are in agreement that the key to staying together for the years to come is to fight the battles of life united, rather than divided. The song seems to point out that two people are stronger together than apart, trying to fight their own battles separately.
6. My Love–Paul McCartney and Wings
Paul McCartney,the former bassist and co-frontman for the Beatles, came out with “My Love,” a song he wrote and unashamedly dedicated to his wife, Wings keyboardist Linda McCartney. It says that their love holds the key to his happiness. It is a sweet, tender love song featuring McCartney on lead vocals and keyboards, the former Winger Henry McCulloch, who played the electric lead solo that you hear about halfway through the record. It is one of the most soulful ballads produced by McCartney, and oldies stations that emphasize songs from the 1970s play the song until this day. It hit #1 in June of 1973. Tragically, Linda McCartney died of cancer on April 17, 1998 at age 56.
5. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter–Herman’s Hermits
Written by famed British actor Trevor Peacock, Herman’s Hermits, featuring 18-year-old lead singer Peter Noone, took the song to Number One in the spring of 1965. It is a sad, yet somewhat quirky song about unrequited love. It’s hard to say why the narrator chooses to address the mom of the girl that he loves, like it’s going to help her love him more. But it’s a cute love song, and even though he knows he can’t have her, he doesn’t denigrate her character in any way. Instead of insisting that she return the gifts he got for her, he says that she can “keep them just the same.”
Takes you back to a time when music had taste, and women were treated with respect, even after they have obviously hurt the guy.
4. Time (Clock of the Heart)–Culture Club
This is one of the few ballads that charted high in 1983, a year that was known for its mostly fast songs. This song by Culture Club, featuring Boy George on lead vocals, is a mid-tempo ballad with the elements of an early ’70s Marvin Gaye song and a mid-70s disco beat. It bemoans that a relationship was cut short without giving it time to really develop. The song was at #2 by June of that year. It should have reached #1. It was an excellently produced song, and well-written as well.
3. Someone Like You–Adele
This is also a surprise #1 hit by blue-eyed soul torch song queen Adele. Her song “Chasing Pavements” was her breakthrough single of 2008, and she has followed that song up with some clearly choice love songs. This one was one of them. She sees an old love, with whom she is obviously still smitten. She still feels that the day will come when she will find someone like the old love. But you get the sense that she is still in mourning about the love affair that didn’t work out. The song is a piano ballad, featuring only a piano and Adele’s vocals indeed a rare trait for a song coming out in 2011, and topping the charts at that time.
2. Billy, Don’t Be A Hero–Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
This anti-war song that came out in 1974 was popularized by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, featuring the late Mike Gibbons, an American group, but was crafted at the hand of British songwriters Mitch Murray and the late Peter Callander. It is a poignant love song about a woman who loses her fiancé in war, in spite of her pleas for Billy not to be a “hero”. She takes his death so hard that he throws the letter sent to her informing her of his death in the trash. This tear jerker reached #1 in June of 1974, staying there a total of two weeks. And with good reason. The song is heartbreaking, but it tells a good story. And if you pay attention to the lyrics, it’s hard to stop listening.
1. Careless Whisper–Wham Featuring George Michael
This song is memorable for its lush instrumentation in which Michael uses a synthesizer as a string section. It is also memorable for the late singer’s poignant vocal. It is a song of betrayal, and the regret associated with betraying a friend/lover. The realization is that the harrator will probably never be able to repair the damage to the relationship, no matter how deep the regret is. It tells an unfortunate, sad story. The song became the #1 song of 1985 for a very good reason many of us connected with the story Michael was telling.
The British have contributed a lot of good things to American as well as worldwide culture, including soccer, good movies, as well as music. The purpose of this post was to pay tribute to ten of that culture’s best love songs. And indeed, George Michael was one of the best singer-songwriters that ever lived, and “Careless Whisper” is just one example of a good, solid love song written by this English songwriter. And yet, in this writer’s opinion, it’s the best British love song of all time, as of this writing.