For Valentine’s Day, BBC Radio 6 challenged people to make a mixtape of their six favourite love songs. Of course, I couldn’t resist, though it was a task reducing the list down to six. I just about managed it, though there are dozens of others I might included – from Aretha Franklin to Radiohead, from Bob Marley to Lauryn Hill.
And just to add a twist, I’ve added six of favourite heartbreak songs, too.
And I’m sure nobody else agrees with me, on either list.
Songs of love
Patti Smith, Because the Night
Van Morisson, Into the Mystic
Nina Simone, I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl
Otis Redding, Try a Little Tenderness
The Undertones, Get Over You
Yasmin Levy, Una Noche Mas
…and of heartbreak
Etta James, I’d Rather Go Blind
Aretha Franklin, Don’t Play That Song For Me
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
John Lee Hooker, Baby Please Don’t Go
Bob Dylan, Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
The Buzzcocks, Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t Have)
The painting is Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’