On May 16, 1963 at the fifth annual Grammy Awards, Ray Charles won Best R&B Recording with “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” On this day in 1966 The Beach Boys released their landmark album Pet Sounds, which included the song “You Still Believe In Me.” This day in 1970 Randy Bachman left The Guess Who and recruited at Joe Walsh’s suggestion Winnipeg bassist and vocalist C.F. Turner to form Bachman-Turner Overdrive, with eventual hits “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” and “Hey You.” And in 1987 on this day, U2 scored their first US #1 hit “With Or Without You” from the album The Joshua Tree (their follow up single “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” also shot to #1).
What do these seemingly random facts have in common apart from occurring on the same date? The song titles all contain the word “You,” which is the theme of this week’s playlists. The task of creating playlists for You proved almost as daunting as that for the word Love highlighted in my November 6 playlists “Silly LOVE Songs” and “A Groovy Kind Of LOVE,” with the You lists containing over 250 songs, and Love lists 350 songs. And the songs are simply amazing, ranging from the songs above to Gaga’s “You And I,” The Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” Joe Jackson’s “You Can’t Get What You Want,” The Fray’s “You Found Me,” Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name,” Fleetwood Mac’s “You Make Loving Fun,” Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right.” The Beatles’ “You Never Give Me Your Money,” Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing,” AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” The list goes on and on. Every song just fantastic.
Given the length, similar to the Love playlists, I listed songs in alphabetical order by songs starting with You then songs containing You later in the lyrics (order available only if you’re on the pay Spotify version). With such a common, popular word in song titles, I obviously couldn’t include them all, lest you would be listening forever. Hopefully I didn’t miss any of your favorites. There are almost 18 hours of spectacular You songs that you won’t want to miss. Great to listen to on your runs, workouts at the gym, long car rides, the songs can occupy your music listening time for quite a while.
In considering sharing some interesting videos to highlight the songs of the playlists, I decided to focus on songs with prominent placement in movies. The first is a compilation of movie clips set to “I’ll Be Seeing You.” From there follow songs from movies and TV that I’m sure you’ll be familiar with. Enjoy!
Jimmy Durante “I’ll Be Seeing You” – movie compilation
The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – The Big Chill
Madonna “Crazy For You” – Vision Quest
Madonna “You Must Love Me” – Evita (talk about reinventing herself every few years – almost unrecognizable as the same person…)
Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me” – The Breakfast Club
Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves
Bryan Adams “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” – Don Juan de Marco
Olivia Newton John “Hopelessly Devoted To You” – Grease
Sonny & Cher “I Got You Babe” – Groundhog Day
Modern English “I Melt With You” – Valley Girl
Eric Clapton “It’s In The Way That You Use It” – The Color Of Money
Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” – The Bodyguard
Whitney Houston “Run To You” – The Bodyguard
Bob Dylan “Make You Feel My Love” – Life Itself
Frank Sinatra “The Way You Look Tonight” – Father Of The Bride
Carole King “Where You Lead” – Gilmore Girls
Glen Frey “You Belong To The City” – Miami Vice
Kristen Bell “Do You Want To Build A Snowman” – Frozen
OMD “If You Leave” – Pretty In Pink
Van Morrison “Someone Like You” – One Fine Day
Keb’ Mo’ “Just Like You” – One Fine Day
Lionel Richie “Say You, Say Me” – White Nights
Amanda Seyfried “Thank You For The Music” – Mamma Mia
Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey “When You Believe” – The Prince Of Egypt
Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon A Star” – Pinocchio
So here are the two playlists for your listening pleasure. The first contains some of my favorite You songs, and the second playlist was to be “B sides”, though they are so good they can hardly be considered that. Each of these playlist greats are “a song for you.”
I hope that this music and my blog truly serve as a “revival: a new presentation of something old,” a springboard to return to the music of your youth, or perhaps to find artists you want to discover anew. Rediscover the passion of music in your life.
Live in the moment.
Enjoy the moment.
Love the moment.
Listen to the MUSIC!