Top 10 Love Songs - The Crush

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10. One Direction - "One Thing" (2011)

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One Direction - "One Thing". Courtesy Syco

British boy band One Direction continued the tradition of great infatuation songs with the single "One Thing" from their debut album Up All Night. The group were put together on  from singers who originally auditioned as soloists. After finishing third on the show the group signed a recording contract. "One Thing" was the group's second single and became their second consecutive top 10 hit in the UK. It broke into the top 40 at adult pop radio and top 15 at mainstream pop radio in the US. Many observers saw the song as similar to the Backstreet Boys' big hit "I Want It That Way."

The accompanying music video for "One Thing" was directed by Declan Whitebloom. The clip was influenced by classic Beatles and Monkees video showing the band's cavorting around. The music video showed the members of One Direction having a fun day out. 

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9. David Archuleta - "Crush" (2008)

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David Archuleta - David Archuleta. Courtesy Jive

David Archuleta just really needs to know. He's both hypnotized and mesmerized, and, "This crush ain't going away..." The love of a 17 year old is unfolding. "Crush" charted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. David Archuleta finished as the runner-up in season 7 of American Idol behind David Cook. "Crush" was co-written and produced by Emanuel Kiriakou who also worked with other American Idol contestants Clay Aiken, Katharine McPhee, and Jordin Sparks. "Crush" was included on David Archuleta's self-titled debut album. It opened at #2 on the album chart and ultimately earned a gold certification for sales. 

The "Crush" music video was directed by Declan Whitebloom who later worked with One Direction. It shows David Archuleta trying to gain the attention of a girl played by Hagood Coxe while on vacation.

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8. Partridge Family - "I Think I Love You" (1970)

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Partridge Family - "I Think I Love You". Courtesy Bell

"I spring up in my bed screaming out the words I dread...I think I love you!" Keith Partridge had it bad, and many guys could completely empathize. Decorated with a baroque harpsichord break, this massive debut hit by one of the ultimate TV families still sounds great. The recording included some of the top pop session musicians along with David Cassidy and Shirley Jones on vocals. "I Think I Love You" hit #1 on the pop chart for three weeks and reached the top 10 on the adult contemporary chart. It was released a month before the TV show The Partridge Family debuted. "I Think I Love You" was featured on the show twice. Its success helped The Partridge Family Album reach #4 on the album chart.

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7. Kylie Minogue - "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" (2002)

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Kylie Minogue - "Can't Get You Out Of My Head". Courtesy Capitol

This may be the point at which admiration becomes obsession. In a perfect match with the song's subject matter, "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" is irresistibly catchy and difficult to forget. The song's electronic pop style was influenced by the groups Kraftwerk and New Order. "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" was a #1 pop hit in most countries around the world including the UK and became Kylie Minogue's second top 10 pop hit in the US, her first since "The Loco-Motion" in 1988.

The "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" music video was directed by Dawn Shadforth who was known for her work with edgier artists like Bjork and Goldfrapp. It depicted Kylie Minogue performing the song in a variety of futuristic settings. "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" was recognized by many music publications as one of the best pop songs of the decade.

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6. Little Peggy March - "I Will Follow Him" (1963)

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Little Peggy March - "I Will Follow Him". Courtesy RCA

Peggy March was only 15 when this classic of the girl-group sound reached the top of the charts in 1963. It's a song of complete devotion once you've found the one you love. As Peggy sings, "He is my destiny." The song was first recorded in 1961 as an instrumental under the title "Chariot." Percy Faith and his orchestra recorded an instrumental version called "I Will Follow You" in 1963. The English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel who alwo wrote the words to "The Girl From Ipanema." Little Peggy March's vocal version "I Will Follow Him" hit #1 in countries around the world including the US. Little Peggy March was the youngest female artist to have a #1 pop hit in the US. Peggy March released two more top 30 pop hits in the US before becoming a star in Germany. She moved there in 1969 when she represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest. Her chart hits in Germany continued throughout the 1970s.

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5. Madonna - "Crazy For You" (1985)

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Madonna - "Crazy For You". Courtesy Warner Bros.

Madonna's first big ballad hit is a beautiful tribute to that first kiss, that first dance, and the incredible fluttering heart. By the time the evening is over, a romance has begun. "Crazy For You" was included on the soundtrack to the film Vision Quest. The ballad was new territory for both Madonna and producer John "Jellybean" Benitez who previously were noted for their dance music. "Crazy For You" was a #1 pop smash in the US, went to #2 in the UK, and earned Madonna's first Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal.

"Crazy For You" was written directly for the film Vision Quest. Legendary producer Phil Ramone proposed that Madonna be selected as the artist to record the song. In addition to topping the pop chart, "Crazy For You" also went to #2 on the adult contemporary chart and briefly broke into the R&B chart.

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4. Carpenters - "(They Long To Be) Close To You" (1970)

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Carpenters - Close To You. Courtesy A&M

With any other voice such praise as "they sprinkled moondust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue" would sound hopelessly hokey, but Karen Carpenter, with her melancholic edge, carries it off. It's a song of true infatuation, but, somehow, it all sounds like it won't work out. "(They Long To Be) Close To You" was first recorded and released on a single by Richard Chamberlain in 1963. It was written by the legendary songwriting pair Burt Bacharach and Hal David. They suggested that Herb Alpert record it as a follow-up to his #1 hit "This Guy's In Love With You." However, he was not excited by the song, and it is the Carpenters version that became the definitive interpretation of "(They Long To Be) Close To You." It reached #1 on the pop singles chart in 1970. The Carpenters won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus.

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3. Mariah Carey - "Fantasy" (1995)

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Mariah Carey - "Fantasy". Courtesy Columbia

Set to the funky rhythm of the Tom Tom Club's "Genius Of Love," Mariah Carey demonstrates just how fine fantasizing about a potential lover can be. It makes Mariah get "kind of hectic inside," but it's all just a "sweet, sweet fantasy." The song became only the second to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Fantasy" was nominated for a Best Female Pop Vocal Grammy Award. Mariah Carey earned praise for stretching her artistic boundaries incorporating elements of contemporary urban music. In addition to its pop success, "Fantasy" hit #1 on the dance, R&B, and mainstream pop radio charts.

The accompanying music video for "Fantasy" was the first that Mariah Carey directed on her own. The clip includes the singer riding rides at Rye, New York's Playland amusement park and roller blading. 

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2. The Beatles - "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (1964)

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Beatles - "I Want To Hold Your Hand". Courtesy Capitol

The Beatles' first smash hit in the US remains one of the top innocent love songs of all time. The simple joy of hand holding has never had a better theme song. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" roared to the top of the pop singles chart in just three weeks in early 1964. It was the first of twenty #1 pop hits in the US by the Beatles, an all-time record. It stayed at the top for seven weeks before being replaced by the Beatles' "She Loves You" at the top. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" earned a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year.

Before "I Want To Hold Your Hand," a few singles had been released in the US on lesser labels while Beatlemania took hold in the UK. Finally, in December, the group's manager Brian Epstein convinced Capitol Records that the Beatles could have success in the US. They released "I Want To Hold Your Hand" the day after Christmas in 1963. The song exploded. Reportedly, more than 250,000 copies of the single were sold in the first three days alone.

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1. Paul Anka - "Puppy Love" (1960)

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Paul Anka - "Puppy Love". Courtesy ABC-Paramount

Paul Anka was only 19 years old when he wrote and recorded this ode to young romance. The song was written in reference to a romance between Anka and Disney star Annette Funicello. It reached #2 on the pop singles chart making "Puppy Love" one of the top 5 hits of Paul Anka's career and his sixth top 10 hit. Donny Osmond also had a hit with the song 12 years later in 1972 going all the way to #3.

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