Lesser-Known Love Songs

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Host Bob Boilen chats with Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein, All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton and Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson about their favorite songs for love and heartbreak. Hear some of the lesser-known tracks by artists like Betty Davis, The Gerbils, Brian Eno, and Clem Snide, plus a few classic favorites.

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Lesser-Known Love Songs

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Gerbils

  • Artist: Gerbils
  • Album: Are You Sleepy?
  • Song: Glue
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  • "Glue"
  • Album: Are You Sleepy?
  • Artist: Gerbils
  • Label: Hidden Agenda
  • Released: 1998
 
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Brian Eno

  • Artist: Brian Eno
  • Album: Another Green World
  • Song: I'll Come Running
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  • "I'll Come Running"
  • Album: Another Green World
  • Artist: Brian Eno
  • Released: 2008
 
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Johnny Cash

  • Artist: Johnny Cash
  • Album: Unearthed
  • Song: As Long as the Grass Shall Grow
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  • "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow"
  • Album: Unearthed
  • Artist: Johnny Cash
  • Label: American Recordings, LLC
  • Released: 2008
 
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Betty Davis

  • Artist: Betty Davis
  • Album: Betty Davis
  • Song: Anti Love Song
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  • "Anti Love Song"
  • Album: Betty Davis
  • Artist: Betty Davis
  • Label: MPC Ltd.
  • Released: 1973
 
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Vic Chesnutt

  • Artist: Vic Chesnutt
  • Album: Drunk (Deluxe Reissue, 2004)
  • Song: When I Ran off and Left Her
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  • "When I Ran off and Left Her"
  • Album: Drunk
  • Artist: Vic Chesnutt
  • Label: Texas Hotel
  • Released: 1993
 
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Neko Case

  • Artist: Neko Case
  • Album: Blacklisted
  • Song: (Outro) With Bees
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  • "(Outro) With Bees"
  • Album: Blacklisted
  • Artist: Neko Case
  • Label: Anti
  • Released: 2002
 
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The Go-Betweens

  • Artist: The Go-Betweens
  • Album: Spring Hill Fair
  • Song: Part Company
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  • "Part Company"
  • Album: Spring Hill Fair
  • Artist: The Go-Betweens
  • Label: Japanese Import
  • Released: 1984
 
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The La's

  • Artist: The La's
  • Album: La's
  • Song: There She Goes
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  • "There She Goes"
  • Album: La's
  • Artist: The La's
  • Label: Plain
  • Released: 1990
 
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Magnetic Fields

  • Artist: Magnetic Fields
  • Album: 69 Love Songs
  • Song: Book of Love
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  • "Book of Love"
  • Album: 69 Love Songs
  • Artist: Magnetic Fields
  • Label: Domino
  • Released: 1999
 
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Sam Cooke

  • Artist: Sam Cooke
  • Album: Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
  • Song: You Send Me
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  • "You Send Me"
  • Album: Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
  • Artist: Sam Cooke
  • Label: ABKCO Records
  • Released: 2003
 
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Eric Carmen

  • Artist: Eric Carmen
  • Album: Definitive Collection
  • Song: All by Myself
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  • "All by Myself"
  • Album: Definitive Collection
  • Artist: Eric Carmen
  • Label: Arista
  • Released: 1997
 
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The Ramones

  • Artist: The Ramones
  • Album: End of the Century [Expanded]
  • Song: Danny Says
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  • "Danny Says"
  • Album: End of the Century [Expanded]
  • Artist: The Ramones
  • Label: Rhino
  • Released: 2002
 
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Clem Snide

  • Artist: Clem Snide
  • Album: Soft Spot
  • Song: Find Love

This is an unreleased demo version of "Find Love." The studio version is available on the album 'Soft Spot.'

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  • "Find Love"
  • Album: Soft Spot
  • Artist: Clem Snide
  • Label: Fargo
  • Released: 2003
 
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The Velvet Underground

  • Artist: The Velvet Underground
  • Album: Loaded [Fully Loaded Edition]
  • Song: I Love You [*][Demo Version]
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  • "I Love You [*][Demo Version]"
  • Album: Loaded [Fully Loaded Edition]
  • Artist: The Velvet Underground
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Released: 1997
 
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Billie Holiday

  • Artist: Billie Holiday
  • Album: Complete Decca Recordings
  • Song: My Sweet Hunk O' Trash
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  • "My Sweet Hunk O' Trash"
  • Album: Complete Decca Recordings
  • Artist: Billie Holiday
  • Label: Verve
  • Released: 1944
 

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