As Madonna sings, Love Makes the World Go World. Most artists have written them, or sung them in their careers. Some, become timeless classics, others fall by the way-side. I am here to celebrate some of the most memorable and enduring love songs of all time. You still hear these songs on Love Songs radio shows, and as dedication songs at weddings and anniversaries.
Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
Who doesn’t want to be unforgettable in their relationship? To be the person you’ll remember forever? It was written in 1951 by Irving Gordon, and reworked as a duet with his daughter Natalie in 1991.
Everything your lover does, makes you feel blessed and honored to be together. It was written in 1999 by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo & Chris Lindsey and was a #1 hit on both the country and pop charts.
Endless Love (Lionel Richie and Diana Ross)
No one remembers the flop movie this came from, but the song still lives on. Written in 1981 by Lionel Richie, it was remade by Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey in 1994.
I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston)
A sad love song for sure, but one the greatest ever written. Written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973, and covered by Whitney Houston for the movie “The Bodyguard” in 1992. It’s hard not to get teary eyed hearing this.
New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys (NKOTBSB) in Concert
Friday, July 1, 2011
Special guests: Ashlyne Huff and Jordin Sparks
Songs performed: “Viva La Vida/Single/The One” NKOTBSB; “Summertime” NKOTB; “The Call” BSB; “Dirty Dancing” NKOTB; “Get Down (You’re the One for Me)” BSB; “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” NKOTB;
”Larger Than Life” NKOTBSB;
”Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind)” NKOTB;
”Valentine Girl” NKOTB;
”If You Go Away” NKOTB; “Please Don’t Go Girl” NKOTB;
”Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” BSB;
”10,000 Promises” BSB;
”I’ll Never Break Your Heart” BSB;
”Inconsolable” BSB; “Drowning” BSB;
”Step by Step” NKOTB;
”Cover Girl” NKOTB;
”My Favorite Girl” NKOTB;
”Click Click Click” NKOTB; “Tonight” NKOTB; “Shape of My Heart” BSB; “As Long as You Love Me” BSB; “All I Have to Give” BSB; “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” BSB;
“I’ll Be Loving You Forever” NKOTB;
”I Want It That Way” BSB;
”Don’t Turn Out the Lights” NKOTBSB; “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” BSB;
”Hangin’ Tough/We Will Rock You” NKOTB;
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)/Hangin’ Tough (Mash-up) NKOTBSB
Comments: NKOTBSB (The Super Group made up of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys) performed a high-energy, fan friendly performance at the Staples Center. These groups definitely still have some life left in them as they kept the crowd on their feet for most of the 2.5 hour show. All the guys are in their 30’s and 40’s now, they are men not boys, but both have a lot of great pop songs in their catalogs. It was definitely a co-headlined show, as both groups took the stage together, traded off with each other throughout the night, and they ended the show together also (something I would have loved Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera to have done when they had their co-headlining tour a few years back).