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Best Romantic Songs

This is part II of a list of best romantic songs. See the first top ten romantic love songs here.

All of the musical numbers listed here as well as in the first list are distinctive Big-Band rhythm except for "Whispering".

Always and Peg O' My Heart have borderline Big-Band rhythm, but are still danceable.

Romantic Love Songs:
Part II of Top Twenty

  • Autumn Leaves - 1945
    This hauntingly beautiful melody,reminiscent of autumn leaves falling, was originally a French song called "Les feuilles mortes", which literally means "The Dead Leaves".
    Music by Joseph Kosma, Lyrics by the poet Jacques Prevert
    In 1947, the lyrics were written in English by Johnny Mercer, an American songwriter. It has become both a pop and jazz standard in English and French, as well as a dynamic instrumental piece.
    The 1956 Film "Autumn Leaves", starring Joan Crawford, featured this song sung by Nat King Cole (Wikipedia).

  • Love Is Here To Stay - 1938
    Music and Lyrics - George and Ira Gershwin
    (From Goldwyn Follies)

  • The Nearness of You - 1937
    Words - Ned Washington, Music - Hoagy Carmichael
    (From Paramount Picture Romance in the Dark)

  • Sentimental Journey - 1944
    Words and Music - Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer
    * Les Brown was an orchestra leader in the 1940s and 1950s. His orchestra, featuring Doris Day as the vocalist, made a hit record with this song. It became Day's 1st #1 hit in 1945 (Wikipedia).



  • September Song - 1938
    Music - Kurt Weill, Words - Maxwell Anderson
    (From the musical Play - Knickerbocker Holiday)

  • The Very Thought Of You - 1934
    Music and lyrics by Ray Noble
    Ray Noble had a hit recording of this song with his orchestra. In the same year, Bing Crosby also recorded his popular version of the tune. In addition, it has been recorded by other musical greats such as: Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday and even Tony Bennett and Paul McCartney

  • I'll Walk Alone - 1944
    Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn. This song, released during World War II, talks about the forced separation of couples because of the war. It was Dinah Shore's 1st #1 hit for 4 weeks running in 1944. It was also featured in the Universal Studio Film "Follow the Boys" (Wikipedia).

  • I've Got You Under My Skin - 1936
    Words and Music - Cole Porter
    (Musical - Born To Dance)
    Recorded by Frank Sinatra and others

  • Moonlight Becomes You - 1942
    Words - Johnny Burke, Music - James Van Heusen
    (Paramount Picture - Road To Morocco)
    Recorded by Bing Crosby and others

  • How Deep Is The Ocean? - 1932
    Words and Music - Irving Berlin
    (Recorded by Dick Haymes and others)

These Top Twenty Picks of the Best Romantic Songs brought by some of the best and brightest musicians and vocalists, are truly timeless in their broad appeal.


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