Thursday, 14 February 2013

My Top Ten Songs For Young Lovers

Happy Valentine's Day. Remember being young and in love? These guys do...

10. Air Supply - Young Love

This week's token cheesy 80s power ballad. Caution: unless you're a special kind of sick (like me), you will hate this record. Do not watch the video.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

9. John Mellencamp - Young Without Lovers

A cautionary tale, best summed up by its chorus...
Young without lovers
Old without friends
8. Sonny James - Young Love

Apologies to the Donny Osmond fans out there who might have been expecting his saccharine 70s Number One version of this song... but really, I have to draw the line somewhere. Wasn't Air Supply enough for you?

7. Morrissey - The Youngest Was the Most Loved

This week's token Moz track... typically has very little to do with normal young love, but then again:
There is no such thing in life as normal
One day I'll do a Top Ten Songs Featuring Ill-Advised Kids' Choirs...

6. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - Young and Lovestruck

You ever find a song in your record collection that you're not sure you've ever listened to before... yet it's really quite marvellous? Where did I put that Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly album?

5. Bruce Springsteen - So Young and So in Love

This week's token Bruce track...
Rat traps filled with soul crusaders
They're soppin' 'n' boppin' 'n' moppin' with Little Melvin and the Invaders
 Further evidence where Geldof got his inspiration.

4. This Many Boyfriends - Young Lovers Go Pop!

A new discovery. I only got this record a couple of weeks ago, it was only released last year... yet it could well have been a lost classic from 1986... in fact, this band wouldn't have sounded out of place on the original C86 tape.

If further proof is needed, they have a song called I Don't Like You ('Cos You Don't Like The Pastels).

3. Van Morrison - The Way Young Lovers Do

For a famously cantankerous grumpy old git... Van does recall something of his youth.

2. Mystery Jets (featuring Laura Marling) - Young Love

The Mystery Jets meet a girl, have one magical night of love, she writes her number on the back of their hand, it comes off in the rain, they wander around in frustration trying to find her again. He should have taken a tip from The Jags in my Top Ten Phone Number Songs.

Also - laziest video ever. They can't even be bothered to stand up.

1. The Marvelettes - When You're Young And In Love

Truly epic. Motown at its most magical and life-affirming.

Which one makes you feel young and in love again?


  1. Which makes me feel young and in love again? Honestly...? Er, this...

    1. Ah, yes, that brings back many Valentine's Day memories...

  2. Thank heavens the theme wasn't puppy love...Donny

  3. The best the cynic in me can manage is Teenage Kicks.

    1. Yeah. That was my teenage love life too.

  4. Young Lovers by Paul great are these lyrics!!

    Young lovers, young lovers, young lovers
    I see them everywhere I go
    Holding hands in the parkAs the sky grows dark
    Young lovers don't want to go home
    Young lovers, young lovers, young lovers
    They drive me right out of my mind
    Lying down by the river
    Whispering 'forever'
    Young lovers, they don't have very long
    Everybody was a young lover once
    See that old man coming down the road, shuffling on a stick
    Once he pressed a girl against a fence and drank her kiss
    And never knew such tenderness
    And holds still in his head that bliss
    Now he has to sit down to take a piss
    Young lovers, young lovers, young lovers
    They seem to get younger every year
    Find a job, get a loan
    Raise some kids 'til they're grown
    Young lovers, they don't have very long
    Young lovers don't know what's coming on



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