VA-100 Love Songs Classic Hits 2023
As of the week ending April 1, 2023, 245 Spanish-language and two Portuguese-language songs have entered the Hot 100 chart, most of them in 2022 with 41 debuts, followed by 2020 with 35, 2023 with 23, and 2019 and 2021 with 21. 35 Latin songs debuted on the chart during the 2000s decade, a figure that increased during the 2010s decade to 80 singles and again in the 2020s decade to 120. Only 10 Latin tracks entered the Hot 100 between 1959 and 1999.
VA-100 Love Songs Classic Hits 2023
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE AND TIME.GORDON LIGHTFOOT has recorded 21 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for over 50 years, earning him Radio Singles Chart Positions in North America achieved by few others. Lightfoot's radio hits in the USA have earned five #1s, five Top 10s and thirteen Top 40 hits. In Canada he has earned sixteen #1s, eighteen Top 10s and twenty-one Top 40 hits. In June of 201...
Since we're including love songs about devotion and pining (but trying to avoid wholesale break-up ballads), "We Belong Together" is the perfect place to start. Mariah Carey's hit single from "The Emancipation of Mimi" remains is a classic modern love song with a fantastic pop diva music video to match.
You probably don't think much about "Vision Quest," the movie for which this song was made, but "Crazy for You" is one of Madonna's best love songs. It also earned Madonna her first of many Grammy Award nominations.
It would be a list of love songs without a serious dose of '80s melodrama, and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is everything we could want in a glam rock ballad that fits into our "pining but still a love song" category.
Keeping in our uptempo, groovy streak, "Best of My Love" is a classic found on movie and TV soundtracks across the decades for good reason. You'll be humming "Oh-o-oho, you've got the best of my love" all day after revisiting this track.
Sliding into the category of "love advice," this Otis Redding track needs no introduction. It was already considered a classic, and was solidified in pop culture history when Donkey belted it out in "Shrek" and then sampled for Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Otis."
Queen's discography is chock-full of classic hits, but none fits best on the "love song" category than this tune. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is an uptempo, genre-bending single that stands the test of time.
Prince's greatest hits are peppered with a joyous and infectious sense of love, but perhaps none more than the devoted single "I Would Die 4 U." The extra inflection Prince added for the line "darlin' if you want me to" is pure starlight energy.
The art of parenthetical song titles has truly been lost. Candian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams crafted the love song to end all love songs with "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," and we'll never forget him for it.
"Crazy in Love" remains one of the best pop songs of all time, iconic in both its beat and the unforgettable music video that went along with it. As Beyoncé continues dominating the world as the goddess of the arts, it's hard to pick just one of her best hits but this has to be the contender for greatest love song.
Sir Elton John's sweet tune was inducted to the Grammys Hall of Fame, and easily earns its place in our list of the best love songs. The pure poetry of the piano ballad will bring out the romantic in anyone.
"The Power of Love" is among the most heterosexual of all our love songs, and we love Celine for the sheer force she brings to this declaration of woman-on-man bonding (which was originally a 1984 Jennifer Rush song).
Few other songs can captivate a room with just the first several notes, but "At Last" does just that. This Etta James beauty has remained an unmovable classic love song for the ages, and we hope the spell lasts forever.
Funk group Earth, Wind, and Fire crafted one of the best songs of the century in "September," and the bonus for us is that it's a delightful love song to boot. Half the song is simple, joyful belting of "Ba de ya," and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Gospel music is an exuberant genre that speaks to the heart. This program is sure to move audiences with joyful presentations of classic and contemporary Gospel hits by award-winning artists, set masterfully for the symphony orchestra. Experience this jubilant concert...
What is your favorite Broadway love song? It's a question BroadwayWorld has been asking your favorite Broadway stars every Valentine's Day, and this year, our list has grown to over 1300 responses.Which songs did they pick? Feel the love with Broadway's soundtrack to Valentine's Day, featuring the top 100 showtunes from the list!Enjoy songs from musicals like The Bridges of Madison County, Hadestown, Wicked, Carousel, The Sound of Music, The Color Purple, Aida, West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Parade, Follies, Cinderella, Funny Girl, Rent, Falsettos, and so many more!Did we miss one of your favorites? Tell us which Broadway love song you love the most!
Sometimes the best songs are the most simple. A sweet love letter to his darling full of earnest sentiment and unashamed admiration, this beautiful track saw Cooke shift from his gospel roots to a more soulful direction. Subsequently revived by all manner of crooners, from Michael Bolton (questionable) to Aretha (worth a listen).
#1 The Philadelphia Story (1940) 100% #1 Adjusted Score: 110980% Critics Consensus: Offering a wonderfully witty script, spotless direction from George Cukor, and typically excellent lead performances, The Philadelphia Story is an unqualified classic. Synopsis: This classic romantic comedy focuses on Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), a Philadelphia socialite who has split from her husband, C.K.... [More] Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey Directed By: George Cukor #2 Seven Samurai (1954) 100% #2 Adjusted Score: 110159% Critics Consensus: Arguably Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, The Seven Samurai is an epic adventure classic with an engrossing story, memorable characters, and stunning action sequences that make it one of the most influential films ever made. Synopsis: A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits,... [More] Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi Directed By: Akira Kurosawa #3 Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) 100% #3 Adjusted Score: 109934% Critics Consensus: A disarmingly sweet musical led by outstanding performances from Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien, Meet Me in St. Louis offers a holiday treat for all ages. Synopsis: "Meet Me in St. Louis" is a classic MGM romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters (one of whom... [More] Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Leon Ames, Lucille Bremer Directed By: Vincente Minnelli #4 Singin' in the Rain (1952) 100% #4 Adjusted Score: 110854% Critics Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical. Synopsis: A spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the movie industry in the late 1920s when movies went from silent to... [More] Starring: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Jean Hagen Directed By: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly #5 Laura (1944) 100% #5 Adjusted Score: 108021% Critics Consensus: A psychologically complex portrait of obsession, Laura is also a deliciously well-crafted murder mystery. Synopsis: In one of the most celebrated 1940s film noirs, Manhattan detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the murder of Madison... [More] Starring: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price Directed By: Otto Preminger #6 M (1931) 100% #6 Adjusted Score: 106986% Critics Consensus: A landmark psychological thriller with arresting images, deep thoughts on modern society, and Peter Lorre in his finest performance. Synopsis: In this classic German thriller, Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre), a serial killer who preys on children, becomes the focus of... [More] Starring: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke Directed By: Fritz Lang #7 12 Angry Men (1957) 100% #7 Adjusted Score: 106261% Critics Consensus: Sidney Lumet's feature debut is a superbly written, dramatically effective courtroom thriller that rightfully stands as a modern classic. Synopsis: Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict... [More] Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall Directed By: Sidney Lumet #8 Pinocchio (1940) 100% #8 Adjusted Score: 106018% Critics Consensus: Ambitious, adventurous, and sometimes frightening, Pinocchio arguably represents the pinnacle of Disney's collected works -- it's beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant. Synopsis: When the woodworker Geppetto (Christian Rub) sees a falling star, he wishes that the puppet he just finished, Pinocchio (Dickie... [More] Starring: Don Brodie, Walter Catlett, Frankie Darro, Cliff Edwards Directed By: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske #9 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 100% #9 Adjusted Score: 106570% Critics Consensus: Remade but never duplicated, this darkly humorous morality tale represents John Huston at his finest. Synopsis: In this classic adventure film, two rough-and-tumble wanderers, Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Curtin (Tim Holt), meet up with a veteran... [More] Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett Directed By: John Huston #10 Cool Hand Luke (1967) 100% #10 Adjusted Score: 103939% Critics Consensus: Though hampered by Stuart Rosenberg's direction, Cool Hand Luke is held aloft by a stellar script and one of Paul Newman's most indelible performances. Synopsis: When petty criminal Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play... [More] Starring: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon, Lou Antonio Directed By: Stuart Rosenberg #11 Anatomy of a Murder (1959) 100% #11 Adjusted Score: 104635% Critics Consensus: One of cinema's greatest courtroom dramas, Anatomy of a Murder is tense, thought-provoking, and brilliantly acted, with great performances from James Stewart and George C. Scott. Synopsis: Semi-retired Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler (James Stewart) takes the case of Army Lt. Manion (Ben Gazzara), who murdered a local... [More] Starring: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell Directed By: Otto Preminger #12 The Gold Rush (1925) 100% #12 Adjusted Score: 107890% Critics Consensus: A delightful blend of slapstick humor, poignant emotion, and social commentary, The Gold Rush encapsulates Chaplin's strengths as a writer, director, and star. Synopsis: In this classic silent comedy, the Little Tramp (Charles Chaplin) heads north to join in the Klondike gold rush. Trapped... [More] Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Georgia Hale Directed By: Charlie Chaplin #13 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 100% #13 Adjusted Score: 108158% Critics Consensus: Errol Flynn thrills as the legendary title character, and the film embodies the type of imaginative family adventure tailor-made for the silver screen. Synopsis: When King Richard the Lionheart is captured, his scheming brother Prince John (Claude Rains) plots to reach the throne, to... [More] Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains Directed By: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley #14 Tokyo Story (1953) 100% #14 Adjusted Score: 104737% Critics Consensus: Tokyo Story is a Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece whose rewarding complexity has lost none of its power more than half a century on. Synopsis: The elderly Shukishi (Chishu Ryu) and his wife, Tomi (Chieko Higashiyama), take the long journey from their small seaside village... [More] Starring: Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura Directed By: Yasujirô Ozu #15 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 100% #15 Adjusted Score: 104752% Critics Consensus: A potent drama that is as socially important today as when it was made, The Grapes of Wrath is affecting, moving, and deservedly considered an American classic. Synopsis: The Joad clan, introduced to the world in John Steinbeck's iconic novel, is looking for a better life in California.... [More] Starring: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin Directed By: John Ford #16 Battleship Potemkin (1925) 100% #16 Adjusted Score: 107669% Critics Consensus: A technical masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin is Soviet cinema at its finest, and its montage editing techniques remain influential to this day. Synopsis: When they are fed rancid meat, the sailors on the Potemkin revolt against their harsh conditions. Led by Vakulinchuk (Aleksandr... [More] Starring: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Mikhail Gomorov Directed By: Sergei M. Eisenstein #17 Open City (1945) 100% #17 Adjusted Score: 104970% Critics Consensus: Open City fills in the familiar contours of its storyline with three-dimensional characters and a narrative depth that add up to a towering -- and still powerfully resonant -- cinematic achievement. Synopsis: Rome, 1944. Giorgio Manfredi, one of the leaders of the Resistance is tracked down by the Nazis. He goes to... [More] Starring: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero, Maria Michi Directed By: Roberto Rossellini #18 The Wages of Fear (1953) 100% #18 Adjusted Score: 104392% Critics Consensus: An existential suspense classic, The Wages of Fear blends nonstop suspense with biting satire; its influence is still being felt on today's thrillers. Synopsis: In the South American jungle, supplies of nitroglycerine are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four... [More] Starring: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Véra Clouzot Directed By: Henri-Georges Clouzot #19 Sullivan's Travels (1941) 100% #19 Adjusted Score: 104322% Critics Consensus: Blending screwball comedy with a socially conscious message, Sullivan's Travels offers delightful proof of writer-director Preston Sturges' ability to provoke serious thought as well as helpless laughter. Synopsis: Successful movie director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), convinced he won't be able to film his ambitious masterpiece until he... [More] Starring: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest Directed By: Preston Sturges #20 Casablanca (1942) 99% #20 Adjusted Score: 116095% Critics Consensus: An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Synopsis: Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town... [More] Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains Directed By: Michael Curtiz #21 Citizen Kane (1941) 99% #21 Adjusted Score: 113785% Critics Consensus: Orson Welles's epic tale of a publishing tycoon's rise and fall is entertaining, poignant, and inventive in its storytelling, earning its reputation as a landmark achievement in film. Synopsis: When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane's (Orson Welles) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals... [More] Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Ruth Warrick, Everett Sloane Directed By: Orson Welles #22 All About Eve (1950) 99% #22 Adjusted Score: 111992% Critics Consensus: Smart, sophisticated, and devastatingly funny, All About Eve is a Hollywood classic that only improves with age. Synopsis: Backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington. Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway... [More] Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, George Sanders Directed By: Joseph L. Mankiewicz #23 On the Waterfront (1954) 99% #23 Adjusted Score: 111061% Critics Consensus: With his electrifying performance in Elia Kazan's thought-provoking, expertly constructed melodrama, Marlon Brando redefined the possibilities of acting for film and helped permanently alter the cinematic landscape. Synopsis: Dockworker Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) had been an up-and-coming boxer until powerful local mob boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb)... [More] Starring: Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb Directed By: Elia Kazan #24 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 99% #24 Adjusted Score: 111309% Critics Consensus: Suspenseful, labyrinthine, and brilliantly cast, The Maltese Falcon is one of the most influential noirs -- as well as a showcase for Humphrey Bogart at his finest. Synopsis: In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case... [More] Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Gladys George Directed By: John Huston #25 His Girl Friday (1940) 99% #25 Adjusted Score: 109865% Critics Consensus: Anchored by stellar performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday is possibly the definitive screwball romantic comedy. Synopsis: When hard-charging New York newspaper editor Walter Burns discovers that his ex-wife, investigative reporter Hildy Johnson, has gotten engaged to... [More] Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart Directed By: Howard Hawks #26 The Shop Around the Corner (1940) 99% #26 Adjusted Score: 109275% Critics Consensus: Deftly directed by Ernst Lubitsch from a smart, funny script by Samson Raphaelson, The Shop Around the Corner is a romantic comedy in the finest sense of the term. Synopsis: Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) are employees at Matuschek and Company, a general store in Budapest.... [More] Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch #27 The Third Man (1949) 99% #27 Adjusted Score: 112882% Critics Consensus: This atmospheric thriller is one of the undisputed masterpieces of cinema, and boasts iconic performances from Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. Synopsis: Set in postwar Vienna, Austria, "The Third Man" stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who... [More] Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli Directed By: Carol Reed #28 The Battle of Algiers (1966) 99% #28 Adjusted Score: 106510% Critics Consensus: A documentary-like depiction of a nation's real-life efforts to expel a colonizing force, The Battle of Algiers puts viewers on the front lines with gripping realism. Synopsis: Paratrooper commander Colonel Mathieu (Jean Martin), a former French Resistance fighter during World War II, is sent to 1950s Algeria... [More] Starring: Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Haggiag, Tommaso Neri Directed By: Gillo Pontecorvo #29 Goldfinger (1964) 99% #29 Adjusted Score: 105069% Critics Consensus: Goldfinger is where James Bond as we know him comes into focus - it features one of 007's most famous lines ("A martini. Shaken, not stirred.") and a wide range of gadgets that would become the series' trademark. Synopsis: Special agent 007 (Sean Connery) comes face to face with one of the most notorious villains of all time, and... [More] Starring: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton Directed By: Guy Hamilton #30 The 400 Blows (1959) 99% #30 Adjusted Score: 105845% Critics Consensus: A seminal French New Wave film that offers an honest, sympathetic, and wholly heartbreaking observation of adolescence with