Nick Cave reveals his top 10 love songs

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Responding to a fan on the website Red Right Hand Files, who asked what the definition of love was, Nick Cave has revealed his top ten favourite love songs. In a rather touching moment, Cave responded from LA in the early hours of the morning, explaining how music has an ability to emotionally resonate with us unlike any other art form. You can read his response, and find out his top 10 love songs (in no particular order), below:

“It’s the early hours of the morning here in Los Angeles, and I can’t sleep,” he wrote. “I’ve been in the studio all night, working on new songs. The melodies and words are running around in my head, so excuse this letter if it’s kind of scrambled […] You asked about love, Mack, and maybe that’s what love is right there – maybe songs are the parlance of love. Maybe that’s what we have conceived them for – to give a voice to this strange, inscrutable feeling that tears away at us, all our lives […] They are simple, plainspoken, incendiary devices that bomb the heart to pieces – something other art forms can’t do with the same sudden and frightening precision […]] Here is a list of ten of my most treasured love songs – old, sad songs mostly, and sentimental too, that have travelled with me through the years, holding sway over my world and never failing to rescue me. They are just small unassuming love bombs, but dear Luiza, as important as anything can ever be.”

  • “To Love Somebody” – Bee Gees
  • “I Threw It All Away” – Bob Dylan
  • “My Father” – Nina Simone
  • “Nights In White Satin” – The Moody Blues
  • “Angel of the Morning” – Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
  • “Comfort You” – Van Morrison
  • “Where’s the Playground Susie?” – Glen Campbell
  • “Always on My Mind” – Elvis Presley
  • “Something On Your Mind” – Karen Dalton
  • “Superstar” – Carpenters
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