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Beatles, Jackson, Richie, Houston, Swift patok sa Feb-Ibig

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Speacial Feature: Tanaw Balik
Ni: Ruel Mendoza

It’s still Valentine’s Day weekend at marami pa rin ang magsisimula pa lang o may hangover na mula noong Araw ng mga Puso.

Isa ang Valentine’s Day sa pinaka-celebrated na okasyon sa Pilipinas, kasunod ng Pasko at Bagong Taon. Kaliwa’t kanan ang Valentines’ show, fully-booked ang mga hotel at motel at walang makainan na restaurants dahil nagiging family affair na ang araw na ito.

But what is more romantic than to be with somebody you love. Isang simpleng date lang sa park o sa isang fastfood joint ay mairaraos na ang Valentine’s Day, ‘di ba?

Pero mas magpapakilig sa araw na iyon ay ang music na nagiging theme song ng inyong relasyon. Sabi nga nila, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
Kaya heto ang playlist ng “Most Requested Valentine’s Day Songs” na mula sa iba’t ibang henerasyon ng music artists…

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE by The Beatles

Performed by the Fab Four and released as a non-album single in July 1967. Sinulat ni John Lennon ang lyrics at naging contribution ang song na ito ng The Beatles sa Our World, the first live global television link, kung saan kinunan ang banda na nire-record ang song sa EMI Studios in London on 25 June. All You Need Is Love was later included on the US Magical Mystery Tour LP and provided the moral for the Beatles’ 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine.

Most romantic lyric: “There’s nowhere you can be that you aren’t meant to be, It’s easy”.

ROCK WITH YOU
by Michael Jackson

Written by Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones, unang inalok ang Rock With You sa singer na si Karen Carpenter, pero tinggihan niya ito. It was released on November 3, 1979, by Epic Records as the second single from Michael Jackson’s 5th solo studio album Off the Wall in 1979. It was also the third number one hit of the 1980s during the disco era. It reached number one on both the US Billboard pop. Rock with You spent 4 consecutive weeks at number one starting January 19, 1980. According to Billboard, the song was the fourth biggest single of 1980. Ni-released ito as a single on February 27, 2006, as part of the Visionary: The Video Singles box set.
Most romantic lyric: “There’s a magic that must be love”.

THE FIRST TIME I EVER SAW YOUR FACE
by Roberta Flack

Ang folk song na ito na sinulat ng British political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl in 1957 ay para sa kanyang naging asawa na si Peggy Seeger. Inaawit ito ni Seeger sa ilang folk clubs in London. By the 1960s, ilang folk singers na ang nagkaroon ng sarili nilang version ng song, pero ang naging big hit ay ang version ni Roberta Flack in 1972. Nanalo ito ng Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Billboard ranked it as the number one Hot 100 single of the year for 1972
Most romantic lyric: “I knew our joy would fill the Earth”

ENDLESS LOVE
by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

Written by Lionel Richie at pinili niya si Diana Ross para maka-duet sa awitin na ito noong 1981. Ross and Richie recorded the song for Motown, and it was used as the theme for the Franco Zeffirelli’s film adaptation of Scott Spencer’s novel Endless Love na pinagbidahan nina Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. It became the second biggest-selling single of the year in the US and reached number 1 on the Hot 100, where it stayed for nine weeks from August 15 to October 10, 1981. Na-nominate ang Endless Love for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Nanalo naman ito sa 1982 American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single. Billboard has named the original version as the greatest song duet of all-time
Most romantic lyric: “Two hearts that beat as one”.

I HAVE NOTHING
by Whitney Houston

Written by David Foster and Linda Thompson, ni-release ito in 1993 as the third single ng The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album by Arista Records. I Have Nothing reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and being certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Naging hit din ito sa Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart at number four peak at naging number one ito sa Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Umani ito ng nominations as Best Original Song at the 1993 Academy Awards, for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television at the 36th Grammy Awards of 1994, and for Best R&B Single, Female at the 1994 Soul Train Music Awards.

Most romantic lyric: “Stay in my arms if you dare”.

THINKING OUT LOUD
by Ed Sheeran

This 2014 song written by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge was recorded for his second studio album, X. In the UK, the song spent 19 weeks in the Top 40. Ito ang naging second number single ni Sheeran. Thinking Out Loud received nominations at the 58th Grammy Awards at napanalunan nito ang Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. In October 2015, Thinking Out Loud set the record of most streams of a song on Spotify, having accumulated over 500 million streams.
Most romantic lyric: “Baby your smile’s in my mind and memory”.

LOVE STORY
by Taylor Swift

Written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, ito ang naging lead single sa second studio album niya na Fearless na ni-released noong 2008. It sold over 18 million copies worldwide, making ito the best-selling singles of all time. In the United States, nag-number four ito sa Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 9 million paid digital downloads, becoming Swift’s best-selling single to date and was once the best-selling download by a female country solo artist. The single was certified 8× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2009, Love Story was declared the “Country Song of the Year” by Broadcast Music Incorporated.

Most romantic lyric: “This love is difficult, but it’s real”.

THERE’S NOTHING HOLDIN’ ME BACK
by Shawn Mendes

Written by Shawn Mendes, Teddy Geiger, Geoff Warburton and Scott Harris, ni-release ito as a single on April 20, 2017. The single reached the top 10 in several countries, including the US and the UK. Time Magazine chose the song as a contender for one of the songs of the summer, commending the “smart use of both electric guitar and tropical house beat.” Billboard considered it the 44th best song of the year.

Most romantic lyric: “I know we’d be alright, I know we would be alright”.

ALL OF ME by John Legend

Lumabas ang All Of Me sa fourth studio album ni John Legend na Love in the Future in 2013. Para ito sa wife ni Legend na si Chrissy Teigen. Umabot ito sa number one on the Billboard Hot 100 at ito ang first number-one single ni Legend sa United States. Naging hit din ito sa United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands. It became the second best-selling song of 2014 in the United States with 4.67 million copies sold for the year.

Nanalo ito sa 2015 Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. Ang live version ng song was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance sa 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

Most romantic lyric: “You’re my end and my beginning”.

ALMOST IS NEVER ENOUGH
by Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes

This pop and soul-influenced track was written by Grande, Harmony Samuels, Carmen Reece, Al Sherrod Lambert at Olaniyi-Akinpelu. Ginamit ang song sa official soundtrack ng 2013 fantasy film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Kinumpara ng music critics ang duet na ito sa One Sweet Day ni Mariah Carey at ng Boyz II Men at sa Brokenhearted duet nina Brandy and Wanya Morris.

Most romantic lyric: “Try to deny it as much as you want, but in time our feelings will show”.

LOVE ON TOP by Beyoncé

Lumabas ang Love On Top sa 4th album ni Beyoncé na 4 in 2011. Naging inspirasyon ni Beyoncé sa pagsulat nito ay noong ginampanan niya ang role as Etta James sa 2008 musical biopic na Cadillac Records. Isa itong throwback to 1980s music na pinasikat nina Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and The Jackson 5. Inawit ni Beyoncé ng live ang Love On Top sa 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, pagkatapos niyang i-announce na buntis siya. Naging hit bigla ang song sa Hungary, South Korea, Australia, Italy, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. At the 55th Grammy Awards, nanalo ang song as Best Traditional R&B Performance. Sa 26th ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in 2013, nagwagi ito as R&B/Hip-Hop Song award.
Most romantic lyric: “Every time you touch me I just melt away”.

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