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