15 songs out of thousands to give you a small idea of the unlimited posibilities for a First Dance.
These overlooked musical gems that aren't getting the attention they deserve are described below.
1. "You Give Me Something"- James Morrison
Never heard of him? Give it some time. Morrison is new to the music scene but his soulful voice will make you wonder why he isn't already a household name.
2. "You Take My Breath Away"- Queen
The band that brought operatic, "Pomp Rock" to it's pinnacle could also perform an inspired ballad. There is no primping and preening here. Just stark and captivating naked emotion.
3. "Falling Slowly"- Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
From the Academy award winning soundtrack of "Once", you may have missed this song if you didn't see the movie. In the film and in real life, Hansard and Irglova bring a refreshing innocence into a world of corporate, commercial muzak.
4. "The Way I Am"- Ingrid Michaelson
On this simple and straightforward song, Michaelson wants to "catch you" when you fall and "buy you Rogaine" when you start losing your hair. Now that's love!
5. "Breathe Me"- Sia
Sia's has made a mark for herself as a talented performer. The fact that her music ranges from percolating Pop to deep, reflective, Alternative Rock doesn't hurt. "Breathe Me" is simply arresting, Sia's voice crackles across it as if she's just had a good cry.
6. "The Golden State"- John Doe
You may remember John Doe as front man for the 80s Punk band X. His guitar still has a biting edge, as do his lyrics. He wants to be "the aching in your heart" even if you are "the hole in (his) head". Doe knows that love is not always easy but he is still willing to give it all he has.
7. "God Only Knows" (1967 Rehearsal)- The Beach Boys
This recently released "lost" track shows that even in rehearsal, Brian Wilson and company could create pure magic. No studio trickery here, just great harmonies.
8. "The Very Thought Of You"- Frank Sinatra
When is the last time you heard this? If you can't remember, that's a shame. When "The Chairman" sang about love, he meant it. It's still Frank's world, we just live in it.
9. "One"- Mary J Blige & U2
Mary revamps this classic 80s ballad and adds an R&B edge. Bono helps start the song and later gracefully steps out of the way to let Blige's power kick in.
10. "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair"- Nina Simone
Sang in nearly a cappella style, Simone bares her soul with a stunningly unabashed vulnerability. This is earthy, real and inescapable.
11. "We're All Alone"- Boz Scaggs
Boz starts off singing with a soft solo piano. By the time the orchestra crescendo hits full force, it's too late- you have been teleported into Romanceville with no return ticket!
12. "Stay Awhile"- Journey/ 13. "Patiently"- Journey
Choosing between these two is like deciding which twin to keep. Before Journey hit it big with their Arena Rock anthems, Steve Perry's voice rang out to the universe on these odes in search of a divine love.
14. "What a Wonderful World"- Tony Bennett & k.d. lang
Tony and k.d. do Louis Armstrong proud on this classic duet. Bennett is smooth as silk and Lang simply sparkles.
15. "Never My Love"- The 5th Dimension
Back in the Summer Of Love, The Association had a huge hit with this devotional anthem. The 5th Dimension's subsequent cover may make you forget all about that. Marilyn McCoo's vocals soar over a soulful horn section, making you wish the song would go on forever.
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