Our Top 5 Artists for Your Valentine's Soundtrack
Published on 11 February 2021
It’s that time of year again… Chocolate, cards, rom coms on the telly and who could forget, nothing but the soppiest romantic tunes! Oh yes, we may be rockers but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a soft side. This Valentine’s, we’re going to take a dive into the artists behind some of the greatest romantic tunes ever made!
Does anyone bring the romantic feels quite like the Walrus of Love himself? Barry White’s voice, music and general swagger turned him into a bonafide legend over the course of his epic career. His deep baritone quickly took over the planet and his talents as a songwriter made listeners swoon the world over. Also a certified hit machine, the big man sold over 100 million records and achieved no less than 20 gold and 10 platinum singles. Do yourself a favour, get this played loud and remember, no one's watching, you can bust out your best moves in peace!
What is it about people called Barry that make them so smooth? Maybe we’ll never know… Anyway onto Mr Manilow, the crooner that just doesn’t stop. He may be your Nans favourite but you’ve got to admire any musician that’s been on the go since the mid-60s and is still performing to massive crowds regularly! His songwriting is truly iconic with timeless, instantly recognisable hits such as Mandy and Copacabana. He even wrote jingles for companies such as McDonald’s and Pepsi! With a roster of soppy tunes that never get old, we reckon Barry is up there with the best crooners of all time. They just don’t make 'em like this anymore.
The brother/sister duo of The Carpenters are another act whose love songs will live on forever. Initially playing more jazz-based music from their backgrounds as pianists and drummers, they went on to craft countless pop classics but it's safe to say their most memorable tracks were their romance epics. Tracks like We’ve Only Just Begun and (They Long to Be) Close to You have become staples in any love song compilation and rightly so, they are genuinely great! Smooth, well-written pop is surprisingly tough to come by these days so it’s worth travelling back to when this pair did it best. Go on, have a listen… Your mother would be proud!
Look as far back as you want, NOBODY did it quite like Marvin. As smooth as they come with a voice that would make anybody stop and listen, his music is soulful and his legacy can still be heard in contemporary soul and r&b music today. His skills as a songwriter matched his talent as a vocalist and hits such as How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) and Sexual Healing are among the smoothest tracks ever laid down on record. Fact. We could talk about the significance of his music all day but to be honest, you’ll work that out for yourself the second you hear it. Whenever its time to turn the romance up, you know who to call…
We had to bring a bit of guitar into this list somewhere and who better than Prince to see the night out? Up there with the most talented musicians of all time, Prince was an explosive combination of charisma, stagemanship and passion. His music packs so much depth that it simply couldn’t be left out of this list with tracks such as I Would Die 4 U, Kiss and Purple Rain setting the scene for any Valentine’s Day done right! Unique in every way and an exceptional guitarist, Prince brought a whole range of influences together to create music that always sounded fresh, powerful and filled with emotion. Catchy pop hooks aside, there was always at least a little romance in his songs and we can’t think of anyone better to get your night going. Turn this one up folks, no one can get mad at hearing Prince through the wall!
So there you have it. Slipknot didn't make it into our top five but there’s always next year. Maybe they’ll ditch the masks and try something new? Whatever happens, these titans of romance have stood the test of time and are going absolutely nowhere. Whenever you get in that mood, we can absolutely assure you this lot will see you right! Do you reckon there’s anyone we missed out? Let us know and as always, thanks for reading.