Rock Flashback: Heart Songs For Valentine’s Day

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To blow a pile of money on your sweetie this Valentine's Day, hire a skywriter. (Getty Images/Gabriel Bouys/AFP)

To blow a pile of money on your sweetie this Valentine’s Day, hire a skywriter. (Getty Images/Gabriel Bouys/AFP)

Valentine’s Day sent us scurrying to the reference books in search of chart singles containing the word “heart.” Here’s our special report.

The word “heart” frequently occurs in the form of “heartbreak” or “heartache,” which might tell you something about love. We count at least 14 songs with titles starting with those words. There are five different songs titled “Heartbreaker,” six if we include the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rolling Stones[/lastfm] hit “Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker),” which no one calls “Doo Doo Doo Doo” for fear of sounding like an idiot. The two biggest are  the 1983 hit by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dionne Warwick[/lastfm] and the 1980 debut single by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pat Benatar[/lastfm].

[metrolyrics artist=”Pat Benatar” song=”Heartbreaker”]

If you’re not breaking hearts, you may be encountering hard hearts uninterested in love. We count at least four different songs titled “Hearts of Stone” (and none of them is this, the magnificent [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm] song recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes[/lastfm]) and three called “Heart of Stone,” the most famous one by the Stones.

Some hearts are hotter for love. We found four different songs called “Hearts on Fire,” although one has an apostrophe: “Heart’s on Fire.” The biggest on-fire song was the 1981 hit by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Randy Meisner[/lastfm].

If you pledge yourself to someone heart and soul, you should know that there are at least three different songs with that title. The first was a doo-wop classic by the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cleftones[/lastfm] that was a hit in 1961; [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Huey Lewis and the News[/lastfm] made the top 10 with their “Heart and Soul” 22 years later; four years after that, an entirely different “Heart and Soul” was a Top-10 hit for the group [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]T’Pau[/lastfm].

[metrolyrics artist=”T’Pau” song=”heart and soul”]

Other heart songs we like: “Heart of Gold” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Young[/lastfm], “Heart of the Night” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Poco[/lastfm], and “Heartbroken Bopper” by the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Guess Who[/lastfm].

[metrolyrics artist=”Guess Who” song=”Heartbroken Bopper”]

Honorable mention: anything by the band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Heart[/lastfm]. If we missed any good heart songs, please tell us in the comments.


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