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Staff Top Three Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Love Songs!

By: Various
Published: Feb 10, 2017

"I would not wish any companion in the world but you" --Shakespeare, The Tempest - Act 3, Scene 1


SONG LIST:
. Alice Cooper - You and I
. Atrocity - Love is Dead
. Devin Townsend Band - Deadhead
. Dokken - The Hunter
. Foo Fighters - Everlong
. Judas Priest - Love Bites
. Megadeth - Promises
. Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
. Opeth - Face of Melinda
. Scorpions - No One Like You
. Scorpions - Still Loving You (2xs)
. Sentenced - Killing You, Killing Me
. Skid Row - I Remember You
. Steelheart - I'll Never Let You Go
. Type O Negative - Love You To Death (2xs)
. Whitesnake - Love Ain't No Stranger
Rarely is love the subject matter of heavy metal where death and destruction play primary roles.

As any deconstructionist would consider--why not?

Black Sabbath was a dark reaction to flower power and folk music of the late 60s. Led Zeppelin laid down a blueprint of hedonism and excess. Hair metal acts of the late-80s courted the love ballad and by the 90s more expressions of emotion were explored. Now, metal subject matter is wide open.

The simple answer may be that the qualities we tend to see with love are incongruent with the way we picture the heavy metal environment and themes. Love is connective and nourishing. Rock music can be aggressive and rebellious. Heavy metal is often about struggles of power. Musically, love songs are sweet and melodious where metal is based upon amplification and distortion. Love will embrace, but doesn't celebrate, evil.

But we can love in different ways and songs can reflect it having been won, lost, or simply as is.

February 14 is Valentine's Day so we each chose our favorite three songs that relate to L-O-V-E.

ERIC COMPTON
Atrocity - "Love is Dead"



Sentenced - "Killing You, Killing Me"



Dokken - "The Hunter"
("You're the only one I could call my own" suggests deep love. But the next verse, "But then the shadows fall and I'm gone again" suggests otherwise.)



FRANK HILL
(Led Zeppelin would probably have one in here, but I'm classifying their "love" songs as classic rock)

Foo Fighters - "Everlong"



Skid Row - "I Remember You"



Scorpions - "Still Loving You"



TROY COLE
Megadeth - "Promises"



Opeth - "Face of Melinda"



Type O Negative - "Love You To Death"



DAVID LOVELESS
Devin Townsend Band - "Deadhead"



Scorpions - "Still Loving You"



Type O Negative - "Love You To Death"



JOANNE LAROCHE
Scorpions - "No One Like You"



Alice Cooper - "You and Me"



Judas Priest - "Love Bites"



BRAD CAPLAN
Whitesnake - "Love Ain't No Stranger"



Steelheart - "I'll Never Let You Go"



Metallica - "Nothing Else Matters"






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