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More Love Songs You Love To Love

In honor of Valentine's Day, we asked our listeners to name their ideal romantic song. After receiving over a thousand replies, we tallied the results, listened, swooned (and sometimes scratched our heads). On this week's show, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down the top 10 and share a couple of their own favorite love songs.

We also go to the data to break down some myths about music and age, and discuss why — and how — people are still discovering these classic songs. We'll hear hits forever sealed in our pop-cultural consciousness through movies and film, songs of lust, longing and regret as we count down to your most romantic song of all time.

Remember — one person's schmaltz is another person's walk down the aisle. You might roll your eyes at some of these selections, but you might also fall in love.

Your Ideal Romantic Song

Songs Featured On This Episode

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11. Death Cab for Cutie

  • Song: I Will Follow You into the Dark
  • from Plans
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10. Louis Armstrong

  • Song: La Vie en Rose
  • from Butter & Eggman
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Butter & Eggman
Album
Butter & Eggman
Artist
Louis Armstrong
Label
Tomato
Released
1995

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9. The Beatles

  • Song: Something
  • from Abbey Road
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Abbey Road
Album
Abbey Road
Artist
The Beatles
Label
Capitol

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8. Mazzy Star

  • Song: Fade Into You
  • from So Tonight That I Might See
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So Tonight That I Might See
Album
So Tonight That I Might See
Artist
Mazzy Star
Label
Capitol

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7. Ben Folds

  • Song: Luckiest
  • from Rockin' the Suburbs
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Rockin' the Suburbs
Album
Rockin' the Suburbs
Artist
Ben Folds
Label
Sony
Released
2001

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6. Talking Heads

  • Song: This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
  • from
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Speaking in Tongues
Album
Speaking in Tongues
Artist
Talking Heads
Label
Rhino
Released
1983

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5. The Righteous Brothers

  • Song: Unchained Melody
  • from Just Once in My Life
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Just Once in My Life
Album
Just Once in My Life
Artist
The Righteous Brothers
Label
Special Music
Released
1965

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4. Ed Sheeran

  • Song: Thinking Out Loud
  • from X
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X
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X
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Ed Sheeran
Label
Atlantic
Released
2014

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3. Peter Gabriel

  • Song: In Your Eyes
  • from So
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So
Album
So
Artist
Peter Gabriel
Label
Geffen

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2. Etta James

  • Song: At Last
  • from 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection
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20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection
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20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection
Artist
Etta James
Label
MCA Records
Released
1999

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1. Bright Eyes

  • Song: First Day of My Life
  • from I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Artist
Bright Eyes
Label
Saddle Creek
Released
2005

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Robin's Pick: Peter Bjorn and John

  • Song: Young Folks
  • from Writer's Block
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Writer's Block
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Writer's Block
Artist
Peter Bjorn and John
Label
Columbia
Released
2008

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Bob's Pick: Billie Holiday

  • Song: You Go to My Head
  • from Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra (1937-1939)
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