Ani DiFranco “Smiling Underneath” from Red Letter Year (Righteous Babe 2008) —if asked to describe my relationship with my wife in song, this is it.Buy it!
The Postal Service “Brand New Colony” from Give Up ALBUM (Sub Pop Records 2003) —we danced to this one at our wedding.Buy it!
The Mountain Goats “International Small Arms Traffic Blues” from Tallahassee (4AD 2002) —we share an unbridled love of John Darnelle's songwriting.Buy it!
Michael Cera & Ellen Page “Anyone Else But You” from Juno (Music From the Motion Picture) (Rhino 2007) —"Juno" was, at a time, one of my wife's most often-viewed movies.Buy it!
Stars “My Favourite Book” from In Our Bedroom After the War (Arts & Crafts Mexico 2007) —just like the Ani D song, this one is pretty much our relationship.Buy it!
Goldfinger “More Today Than Yesterday” from The Waterboy (Music From The Motion Picture) (Hollywood www.hollywoodrecords.com 1998) —my wife loves this cover of the Spiral Staircase classic.Buy it!
Alkaline Trio “Clavicle” from Goddamnit (Asian Man Records 1998) —weird as it is, Alkaline Trio are pretty much "our" band and this is pretty much "our" song.Buy it!
Ramones “SHE'S THE ONE” from Road to Ruin (Deluxe Version) (Rhino/Wea www.rhino.com 1978) —I'm still working on getting her into The Ramones as much as I am.Buy it!
Les Savy Fav “We'll Make A Lover Of You” from Inches (Co-operative Music 2007) —the first line is the best - "They say, "Once you've found love and it's rarer than gold. You stake your claim- it's so hard to hold." I say, "We've struck a vein and it's wide as a road!""Buy it!
Eels “Fresh Feeling” from Souljacker (Universal Music Group International 2004) —A pretty tune by one of her favorite bands, from one of her favorite albums.Buy it!
Beth Bombara “Don't You Know” from Wish I Were You (self 2010) —Friend of the program Beth's tender song is just so pitch perfect. She noted how beautiful it was just yesterday.Buy it!
Smoking Popes “Need You Around” from Born To Quit (Asian Man Records 1995) —10 years ago, I made a mixtape for my wife. This song was on it.Buy it!
Cee Lo Green “No One's Gonna Love You” from The Lady Killer (Deluxe) (Radiculture/Elektra 2010) N —Yes, amidst all the F-bombs on Cee Lo's album, there was this beautiful cover of the Band of Horses tune. One of my favorite love songsBuy it!
Good Riddance “ALWAYS” from Capricorn One (Singles & Rarities) (Fat Wreck Chords 2010) N —Another of the songs from that first mixtape. (This compilation is a reissue)Buy it!
Hall & Oates “You Make My Dreams” from The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates (Remastered) (Legacy Recordings 2004) —my wife's not as into Hall & Oates as I am, but I think the sentiment here is mutual.Buy it!
John Lennon “Grow Old With Me” from Milk and Honey (Remastered) (EMI UK Beatles 2010) —At my dayjob, we had a debate going on about what the most "realistic" love song is. My vote is this one.Buy it!
Queen “You're My Best Friend” from Queen: Greatest Hits (Hollywood Records 1976) —Again, just an apt description of our relationship. We're BFFs. It's like that.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “The Man In Me” from The Big Lebowski (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) (Island 1998) —"it takes a woman like you to get through to the man in me" - it's like that.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “THIS IS LOVE” from Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (Island 2000)Buy it!
The Magnetic Fields “The Book Of Love” from 69 Love Songs (Merge 1999)Buy it!
Florence and the Machine “You've Got The Love” from Lungs CD ALBUM (Universal Republic 2009)Buy it!
The Beatles “SOMETHING” from Abbey Road CD ALBUM (Apple 1969) —I know my wife loves The Beatles, and this song is just so beautiful.Buy it!
Death Cab for Cutie “Passenger Seat” from Transatlanticism (Barsuk Records www.barsuk.com 2003)Buy it!
Regina Spektor “US” from Soviet Kitsch (Sire Records 2004) —"they made a statue of us" - hubris, yes, but a pretty songBuy it!
Dashboard Confessional “Hands Down (MTV Unplugged Version)” from MTV Unplugged V2.0 (Vagrant Records 2002) —a picture of the infatuation period, and a damned good sing-along version tooBuy it!
Ben Folds “The Luckiest” from Rockin' the Suburbs (MMGR 2001)Buy it!
Prince “Adore” from Sign 'O' the Times (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1987)Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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