10 Awesome Songs to Dedicate to Someone Special
Whether you’re looking to woo a girl or tell a guy you miss him, adding some music to the mix will definitely help you get your point across.
One of the greatest romantic gestures is to dedicate a song to that person you admire. If you find yourself hesitant to express your feelings in the usual manner, why not start by courting with music? Dedicating a song will help you indirectly convey the things you want to say.
Just as love has many forms, the music industry has provided us with a whole repertoire of love songs, whose existence spans the entirety of popular music. Think about it: almost 80 percent of the songs written by music artists was about, or inspired by lovey-mushy feels. There are songs for just about anything. From puppy love, secret admiration, unrequited love, falling out of love, cheating, you name it.
To further prove the point, romantic movies will not be as enjoyable without it’s love song tie-in. Pretty Woman has “It Must Have Been Love,” The Wedding Singer with “Grow Old With You,” City of Angels with “Iris,” and 500 Days of Summer with “Sweet Disposition” to name a few.
How to get your crush to hear the song
Ideally, I’d suggest you write your own. But let’s admit it, not everyone is gifted with the eloquence to string a stanza that would go nicely with a guitar. Wait, do you even play the guitar? Well, if not, you have all the bunch of smitten, hopeful, and heartbroken music artists to thank for that ready-made love message to post on your crush’s Facebook wall.
Just don’t overdo it. You don’t want to give your crush the wrong idea. Sting’s “Every Breath You Take” is far from romantic. It screams stalker. And Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On” is not a good idea, if you haven’t even introduced yourself to the object of your desires, let alone if you’re not that close.
It would help if you’re really into music and listen to a wide range of genres. Sit down, and think of all the songs that inspired the romantic in you. Now, consider the other person. Do they appreciate a wide range of music as well? What are their likes and dislikes? If it’s new and unheard of, the better. You can impress them with your profound choice in music. That’s two birds with one stone. Now on to what you need to do!
#1 Post the song link to their Facebook page. This style is lazy, but effective and subtle. This is for people who spend a lot of time online. We all did this at one point anyway.
#2 Make them a mix CD. If you’ve watched Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, the protagonist, Nick incessantly makes mix CDs for his ex-girlfriend, which she just throws away. The mix CDs were in turn picked up by the girl’s friend, Norah, which led to a series of events that brought them together.
This takes some effort though, but you’re free to place a number of songs according to your choice and the message you want to convey. Slip it into your crush’s desk at work, in their locker, drop it at the doorstep or ask a courier to bring it to them.
#3 If you find yourselves alone or hanging out, play it in a jukebox, request for the in-house band to play it, or play the song in your car stereo. This could be cheesy, but it’s effective. Playing a song that you both are familiar with or just something you want to make your partner listen to could be a great conversation starter.
#4 Make a cover and record a video of yourself performing the song. If you think you have what it takes, go out there and woo your crush with your awesome talent!
What songs to pick out for your crush
If you have absolutely no idea what songs to pick, here are a couple of great suggestions that would entice anyone with considerably good taste in music.
#1 Lovesong by The Cure
Album: Disintegration (1989)
For: Starting a connection, the indirect shot in the air to tell that someone about the connection they make with you.
Memorable line: Whenever I’m alone with you, you make me feel like I’m home again
The lyrics are pretty straightforward with eight lines repeated over the course of the song. Lovesong is written in a way that’s typical of the band’s post-romantic, new wave style, which tells its audience that guys can be sensitive creatures too.
The song basically narrates the singer’s feelings towards an unnamed lover, and how that person makes him feel. This is the song of choice if you want to give the person you admire subtle cues about your feelings. For a more sexy refreshing rhythm, try listening to the cover version by American reggae band 311, which was recorded for the romantic comedy film 50 First Dates. [Read: When should you say “I love you” for the first time?]
#2 With or Without You by U2
Album: The Joshua Tree (1987)
For: Listening after a heated argument or fight, or to help you soldier on through a rough patch.
Memorable line: My hands are tied, my body bruised, she got me with nothing to win and nothing left to lose
This is probably one of U2’s most popular songs, as well as their most covered by different artists. “With or Without You” is the perfect example of U2’s distinct studio craft: Edge’s effects-heavy riffs with Bono’s grandiose songwriting and high-note, emotive drawl.
The song was originally inspired by the personal exposure experienced by U2 front man Bono and about the real issues experienced in a relationship. The message is somehow ambivalent, as told by the line “I can live, with or without you.” This is a good song to dedicate to an estranged partner who’s taking you for granted. [Read: 16 reasons you’re always being taken for granted]
#3 Digital Love by Daft Punk
Album: Discovery (2001)
For: A cute way to tell someone how good you make each other feel, a cheesy song to escape that crowded club while leading the one you like by the hand.
Memorable line: The time is right to put my arms around you, you’re feeling right, you wrap your arms around too
The masked robotic duo rarely grace their fans with straight-from-the-heart romantic songs, but a select few like this song proves its worth. “Digital Love” is a song that portrays the pursuit of love and its innocence that hooks two people in the moment of feeling.
The tender lyrics paired with the hypnotic loop of electronic sounds makes it the perfect song to dedicate to a crush or a longtime friend that you’re beginning to fall for. The dream sequence from the music video also adds to the song’s romantic charm.
#4 Everlong by Foo Fighters
Album: The Colour and the Shape (1997)
For: An overt way to confess the feelings you’ve been keeping for-everlong.
Memorable line: Hello, I’ve waited here for you, everlong
Of course, this song makes it to our list. One of Foo Fighter’s best and most requested in every concert. Even the acoustic version is just as enchanting, that you see hundreds of covers on YouTube. The song was written by Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl after the breakup of his first marriage to photographer Jennifer Youngblood.
Heartbroken, homeless, and the band on the verge of a breaking up as well, Grohl was inspired to write the song after falling for a new woman. The song is about the deep connection he made with the girl. The singer-instrumentalist relates: “It was basically about being connected to someone so much, that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them, you harmonize perfectly.” [Read: 12 ways to finally become more than just friends]
#5 Stand Inside Your Love by The Smashing Pumpkins
Album: Machina/The Machines of God (2000)
For: Pure admiration and surrender to the point of obsession.
Memorable line: Who wouldn’t be the one you love? Who wouldn’t stand inside your love?
“Stand Inside Your Love” is considered a Pumpkin classic. The song includes Billy Corgan’s distinct verbose lyrics, themed with nostalgia, rites of passage, and the relationships formed in between, all meshed in the band’s layered, operatic sound. The song describes the exaltation the singer gives to the dedicated person, that they are destined and bound to be together in every way.
#6 My Heart Sings by 311
Album: Uplifter (2009)
For: Reminiscing the awesome moments with your special someone.
Memorable line: I’m not made of stone, I’m only flesh and bone. I’m half crazy, and amazed that you are alone. Let’s sit on the shore and watch the ocean breathe. It’s getting dark and we both don’t want to leave.
This song’s slow-paced reggae sound evokes the imagery of hanging out in a beach bar at nightfall. “My Heart Sings” is as direct as it is sweet. Perfect song to break the awkward silence, if you and your special someone find yourselves alone. [Read: 11 truly corny signs you’re made for each other]
#7 Sometimes by Nine Days
Album: The Madding Crowd (2000)
For: Winning someone back.
Memorable line: I’ve let you down, you’ve lost your taste, I’m losing ground, I miss your face
This mellow hit is also from the band that wrote “(Absolutely) Story of a Girl.” The music is typical of the late nineties’ alternative-pop genre, which is mostly about coming of age, relationships, breakups, and the like.
This song takes a slower pace from its contemporaries and upon listening, you just might imagine playing this song on a prom night. “Sometimes” is a good song to dedicate if you want to make amends with your special someone. [Read: If you love someone, should you let them go?]
#8 Echo by Incubus
Album: Morning View (2001)
For: Those intimate moments.
Memorable line: There’s something about the way you move. I see your mouth in slow motion when you sing. Like suddenly something someone contrives. Your movements echo that I have seen the real thing.
Echo is a song about admiration and the small, simple things that make two people emotionally invested in the other person. The song was written during the band’s stay in a beachside abode in Malibu, California, from where they found inspiration for the song. The song’s overall sound is ambient and appropriate to play during hang-outs… and make-outs. [Read: 10 more sexy songs to make out to]
#9 True Love Waits by Radiohead
Album: I Might be Wrong: Live Recordings (2001)
For: When you want the one you want to stay with you.
Memorable line: I’m not living, just killing time. Your tiny hands, your crazy, kitten smile.
“True Love Waits” is a Radiohead fan favorite. Its minimalistic-acoustic instrumentation paired with Thom Yorke’s emotive vocals makes this song perfect for those lone moments together on a road trip. As the title implies, the song narrates the singer’s entreating message to stay with him.
#10 Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band
Album: Crash (1996)
For: Hinting that you’re teasingly obsessed with someone and that you watch them from afar.
Memorable line: Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll
This song’s lyrics is somewhat questionable due to its voyeuristic theme, but listening to the track and how Dave Matthews sang it makes it sound like the ideal love song. The steady acoustic rhythm of “Crash Into Me” makes it a good choice for ambient music, if you’re planning to get intimate with someone.
With 10 songs now added to your musical arsenal, you’re now equipped with different songs to dedicate to the object of your desires, no matter the occasion. If you know any other songs that are perfect for certain situations, let us know in the comments below!