5 best love songs of all time

by Sports Editor Mike Ezekiel

5. “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago

Chicago is one of the most, if not the most successful bands of all time, selling over 100 million records in its history. This love ballad will give anyone goose bumps. If it does not, see a doctor immediately because you might be a robot.

4. “I Swear” by John Michael Montgomery and All-4-One

This song was so powerful, a country artist and pop group both performed the song. It made the US Billboard Hot 100 at 42 and was number 1 on the country charts in 1993. Not to mention, one of the songwriters is Gary Baker, who resides in Sheffield.

3. “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston

The Whitney Houston rendition earned the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks for good reason. Although I’m partial to the screaming goat version on YouTube, all versions of the song tend to be good (if the high note is hit on point).

2. “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” by Chicago

Obviously, I’m a huge Chicago fan, so this band made the list twice. This song has been stuck in my head for about a week, and I am totally OK with that. Go listen to it and see what I am talking about. The proof is in the love-filled, heart-shaped pudding.

1. “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge

If you ask anyone from the Shoals what song they most associate our area with, many say this song, as Sledge recorded it in both FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals and Norala Sound Studio in Sheffield. Plus, Rolling Stone ranked it 53 in the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It gets my vote for No. 1.