I think it’s really hard to find good love songs, especially those written and performed by an artist with serious talent. So, I propose a discussion of the best love song writers of all time. Here are my caveats:
- The writer has to perform their own songs. So, Neil Diamond would qualify for performing the songs he wrote, but the Monkees wouldn’t qualify because they performed his songs. No expounders of another’s Brill Building Pop.
- This is more subjective, but the music has to be listenable. I won’t disqualify music that doesn’t get significant radio play (Sarah McLaughlin, for example, is exceptional but doesn’t get much airplay 'round these parts), but if only a few people find it pleasurable to hear it shouldn’t be considered great.
Therefore, I submit my vote: Sting. Examples include “Fields of Gold,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic,” “Every Breath You Take,” and “Roxanne.” Personally, I would nominate Sting as one of the greatest songwriters of the post-disco/motown era (and quite possibly of all time), so it’s a bit like swatting a fly with a Buick. But he writes excellent songs that you can remember and to which you can hum to tune. What do you say?