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In Time for Valentine’s Day, Music Business Association Showcases “The Most Romantic Albums of All Time”

With Valentine’s Day a month away, the Music Business Association (Music Biz), formerly NARM and digitalmusic.org, has compiled “The Most Romantic Albums of All Time,” giving music fans some great ideas for music to purchase as gifts for their loved ones this Valentine’s Day, or even for themselves. There are 100 albums included on the list, which will be supplemented with 50 “Love Hurts” songs for those not in a romantic mood this year. The two lists consist of personal selections from employees of commercial members of Music Biz, and span titles from Pop to R&B, Jazz to Country, so there’s sure to be a new suggestion for even the most ardent music fan.

“Valentine’s Day is one of the top holidays of the year for music gift-giving,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “We thought these lists could generate some additional excitement to commemorate the 2014 holiday. Our members really came through with a diverse selection of albums and songs that speak to all the emotions of Valentine’s Day, whether you’re head over heels or down in the dumps.”

The ten most popular Romantic Albums selections (in alphabetical order) are:

  • 21 – Adele
  • Avalon – Roxy Music
  • Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
  • I’m Still in Love with You – Al Green
  • Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
  • Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
  • Love Deluxe – Sade
  • Love Songs – Carpenters
  • Lovers Rock – Sade
  • To Be Loved – Michael Bublé

The remaining 90 “Most Romantic Albums of All Time” are:

  • + – Ed Sheeran
  • 24 Karat Hits! – Elvis Presley
  • The 50 Greatest Love Songs – Elvis Presley
  • A Star Is Born – Barbra Streisand
  • A Time for Love – Jeffrey Osbourne
  • A Time for Love: Jazz Piano Romance – Beegie Adair Trio
  • 1950’s – Adair
  • And I Love Him!/Esther Phillips Sings – Esther Phillips
  • At Last! – Etta James
  • Barry White’s Greatest Hits – Barry White
  • The Best of Bread – Bread
  • Best of Candy Dulfer – Candy Dulfer
  • BLACKsummers’night – Maxwell
  • The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack – Whitney Houston/Various Artists
  • Breathe – Faith Hill
  • Call Me – Al Green
  • Carpenters – Carpenters
  • Chet Baker Sings – Chet Baker
  • Close to You – Carpenters
  • Closer – Josh Groban
  • Coltrane for Lovers – John Coltrane
  • Comme si de rien n’était – Carla Bruni
  • Desire – Paul Hardcastle
  • Do the Twist! a.k.a. Dance Party – Connie Francis
  • Doo Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
  • Double Fantasy – John Lennon
  • Ella & Louis – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  • Elliot Yamin – Elliott Yamin
  • Enter the Dru – Dru Hill
  • Fight for Love – Elliott Yamin
  • From Daniel with Love – Daniel O’Donnell
  • Fumbling Towards Ecstasy – Sarah McLachlan
  • The Good, the Bad, the Sexy – Joe
  • Great Rock and Roll Love Songs – Various
  • Greatest Hits – Al Green
  • Greatest Hits – David Gray
  • Greatest Hits – James Taylor
  • Greatest Hits – Marvin Gaye
  • Greatest Hits – Night Ranger
  • Greatest Love Songs – Frank Sinatra
  • Heartaches – Patsy Cline
  • Icon: Love Songs (with Marvin Gaye) – Tammi Terrell & Marvin Gaye
  • Ingénue – k.d.lang
  • Just a Little Lovin’ – Shelby Lynne
  • Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
  • Late for the Sky – Jackson Browne
  • Laura – Diego Garcia
  • Live in Paris – Diane Krall
  • Love in Portofino – Andrea Bocelli
  • Love in the Future – John Legend
  • Love Is – Ruben Studdard
  • Love Songs – Anne Murray
  • Love Songs – Glen Campbell
  • Love Songs – Nat King Cole
  • The Love Songs Collection – Al Green
  • Love, Elvis – Elvis Presley
  • Lovesongs – Luther Vandross
  • Monteverde: Teatro D’Amore – Christina Pluhar
  • Moondance – Van Morrison
  • My Funny Valentine Live 1955-59 – Anita O’Day
  • No Promises – Carla Bruni
  • NSYNC – NSYNC
  • ONCE – Various Artists
  • Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
  • Pinkerton – Weezer
  • Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”) – Me’Shell NdegeOcello
  • The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths
  • Revelation – 98 Degrees
  • The Rock & The Tide – Joshua Radin
  • Romance Language – Kirk Whalum
  • Romantic Melodies – Mannheim Steamroller
  • Rosemary Clooney on Broadway – Rosemary Clooney
  • She’s Got a Way: Love Songs – Billy Joel
  • Simple Times – Joshua Radin
  • Sometimes – City & Colour
  • Songs for Distingué Lovers – Billie Holiday
  • Soulville – Ben Webster
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Ctos. – Mikhail Pletnev
  • Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 – Eagles
  • The Ultimate Collection – Barry White
  • Underwater – Joshua Radin
  • Very Best of Maysa – Maysa
  • Vivere: The Best of Andrea Bocelli – Andrea Bocelli
  • The Way I See It – Raphael Saadiq
  • We Are Love – Il Volo

The 50 top “Love Hurts” tracks are:

  • “911” – Wyclef feat. Mary J. Blige
  • “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers
  • “Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen
  • “Bad Things to Such Good People” – Pedro the Lion
  • “Barely Breathing” – Duncan Sheik
  • “Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood
  • “Bitch Went Nuts” – Ben Folds
  • “Blame It on Your Heart” – Patty Loveless
  • “Boots of Spanish Leather” – Bob Dylan
  • “Brown Paper Sack” – Reigning Sound
  • “Come Pick Me Up” – Ryan Adams
  • “Crazy Bitch” – Buckcherry
  • “Cry Me a River” – Justin Timberlake
  • “Crying” – Roy Orbison
  • “Duchess” – Scott Walker
  • “Eleanor Rigby” – The Beatles
  • “Everybody’s Been Burned” – Sebadoh
  • “Everything Sucks” – Reel Big Fish
  • “H-A-T-R-E-D” – Tonio K.
  • “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” – Ramones
  • “I Can’t Make You Love Me” – Bonnie Raitt
  • “I Hate Everything About You” – Three Days Grace
  • “I Knew You Were Trouble” – Taylor Swift
  • “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston
  • “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  • “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Wanna Be Right” – Luther Ingram
  • “It’s Too Late” – Carole King
  • “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” – Otis Redding
  • “Just Give Me a Reason” – Pink with Nate Ruess
  • “Kiss and Say Goodbye” – The Manhattans
  • “Knowing Me, Knowing You” – Abba
  • “Last Ride” – Todd Rundgren
  • “Love Hurts” – Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons
  • “Love Stinks” – J. Geils Band
  • “One Last Cry” – Brian McKnight
  • “Only the Lonely” – Roy Orbison
  • “Pictures of You” – The Cure
  • “She Hates Me” – Puddle of Mudd
  • “Single Ladies” – Beyoncé
  • “Someone Like You” – Adele
  • “Something Less Than Something More” – Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell
  • “Song for the Dumped” – Ben Folds Five
  • “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson
  • “Take It Easy (Love Nothing)” – Bright Eyes
  • “The Way We Were” – Barbra Streisand
  • “Time for Me to Fly” – REO Speedwagon
  • “When I’m Gone” – Anna Kendrick
  • “I Wish It Would Rain” – The Temptations
  • “Always on My Mind” – Willie Nelson
  • “You’re Breaking My Heart” – Harry Nilsson

“The Most Romantic Albums of All Time” is in keeping with Music Biz’s efforts to promote music’s place as one of the most meaningful gifts one can give for any occasion. Together with the RIAA, the Association also oversees the Give the Gift of Music campaign, which publishes tips for those who wish to give music as a present, provides support materials on “giftable” titles for physical and digital retailers, and runs contests in conjunction with the Grammy Awards, Country Music Awards, and more. A special version of the Give the Gift of Music logo has been developed for Valentine’s Day and can be downloaded to use in conjunction with the “Most Romantic Albums of All Time” and “Love Hurts” lists.

Media Contacts
Laurie Jakobsen, Jaybird Communications — laurie@jaybirdcom.com, 646.484.6764
Nicole Hennessey, Music Biz — nicole.hennessey@musicbiz.org, 856.313.5532