Giving the gift of music to a significant other is a beautiful way to celebrate the holiday devoted to love. Apparently, Valentine’s Day is one of the top holidays of the year for music gift-giving, according to the Music Business Association (formally NARM and digitalmusic.org).
Last month the organization released a list of the “Most Romantic Albums of All Time” and a list of the top 50 “Love Hurts” songs. You know, so if you don’t have a honey boo to give one of these albums of love, then you can drown yourself with song about how love sucks.
I always question these lists because ordinarily artificial and subjective. So I reached out to the organization to understand how the list was created. In a reply, a spokesperson said they polled all of the organization’s “retail-related (digital & physical) members for their favorite[s].”
Of all the albums ever released in human history, Adele’s 21 is the most romantic? Really? Isn’t that album more about heartbreak than love? Now, I consider myself a romantic and I don’t think I would ever play 21 over a romantic dinner, would you? Not sure about Roxy Music either. The others, I would buy.
At any rate, here’s a list of the top ten. From this list, Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye win my votes. What albums would you add to this list?
- 21 by Adele
- Avalon by Roxy Music
- Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
- I’m Still in Love with You by Al Green
- Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
- Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye
- Love Deluxe by Sade
- Love Songs by Carpenters
- Lovers Rock by Sade
- To Be Loved by Michael Bublé