ZLX Flashback: Heart Songs For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day sent us scurrying to the reference books in search of chart singles containing the word “heart.” Here’s our special report.

The word “heart” frequently occurs in the form of “heartbreak” or “heartache,” which might tell you something about love. We count at least 14 songs with titles starting with those words. There are five different songs titled “Heartbreaker,” six if we include the Rolling Stones hit “Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker),” which no one calls “Doo Doo Doo Doo” for fear of sounding like an idiot.

The two biggest are the 1983 hit by Dionne Warwick and the 1980 debut single by Pat Benatar.

If you’re not breaking hearts, you may be encountering hard hearts uninterested in love. We count at least four different songs titled “Hearts of Stone” (not counting this Bruce Springsteen song recorded by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) and three called “Heart of Stone,” the most famous one by the Stones.

Some hearts are hotter for love. We found four different songs called “Hearts on Fire,” although one has an apostrophe: “Heart’s on Fire.” The biggest on-fire song was the 1981 hit by Randy Meisner.

If you pledge yourself to someone heart and soul, you should know that there are at least three different songs with that title. The first was a doo-wop classic by the Cleftones that was a hit in 1961; Huey Lewis and the News made the top 10 with their “Heart and Soul” 22 years later; four years after that, an entirely different “Heart and Soul” was a top-10 hit for the group T’Pau.

Other heart songs we like: “Heart Of Gold” by Neil Young, “Heart Of The Night” by Poco, and “Heartbroken Bopper” by The Guess Who.

Honorable Mentions: Anything by the band Heart. If we missed any good heart songs, please tell us in the comments.

Valentine’s Day on CBSBoston.com:


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