Five Love Songs for the Folkie/Hippie in Your Life [LIST, VIDEOS]
Let's be honest. There are many more songs out there about heartbreak than their are about love. And what's more-- the sad songs are usually the better of the two. This Valentine's Day the internet has been bombarded by ironic lists of the most bitter, depressing or angry songs, as if great love songs don't exist!
We'd like to dispel that rumor. If there's an aging hippie or a folk aficionado in your life, share this list and tell them you love them!
This Neil Young-penned tune appeared on Buffalo Springfield's posthumously released album Last Time Around. When Young and Stephen Stills later joined forces with David Crosby and Graham Nash to form Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, "On the Way Home" became a staple in their live performances. While Buffalo Springfield's rendition was upbeat, a slowed, acoustic take on the song (like the one below) would become the definitive version.
The closing track on Dylan's Nashville Skyline is the folk icon's tribute to great country music. From the basic chord structure to its use of pedal steel guitar and piano, "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" is pure Nashville. Though the recording was released in 1969, Dylan would not perform the song until his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue. The live version from that tour can be heard below.
A career-defining song for The Band, "Up On Cripple Creek" tells the story of a hopelessly in love Louisiana man. The tune appears on the group's second, self-titled album and features an interesting musical first. This recording contains the first recorded instance of clavinet (a type of electric keyboard) played with a wah pedal. The sound would become a staple in later years, popularized especially by soul and funk bands. The Band performed "Up On Cripple Creek" as an encore to their final concert, The Last Waltz. The performance was documented by Martin Scorcese. A clip can be seen below.
One of the Beach Boys' most renowned songs, "God Only Knows" was originally released on the band's groundbreaking 1966 album Pet Sounds. It appeared later as the B-side to another great love song, "Wouldn't It Be Nice?" Recognized for its lush, orchestral arrangement and intricate vocal harmonies, "God Only Knows" is widely considered one of the greatest songs of all time.
"Never My Love" was one of many hits for California-based band The Association, who found widespread success with their blend of folk, psychedelic and pop music in the mid-1960s. Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) ranked the song at #2 in its all-time most played songs on American radio and television, placing it between "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by The Righteous Brothers and "Yesterday" by The Beatles.