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The most played love songs of 2012 in English

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As every year, we present the Top 20 of the most programmed and played songs during 2012 in LaEstacionDelAmor.Net, the only digital platform radio in Mexico, totally programmed for our audience from different places of the world. Remember that LaEstacionDelAmor.Net plays what you want. Ask Your Music!

The following songs were the 20 most requested in english by our listeners. In order to choose the best songs of the year, we consulted the database of our digital interactive platform.

20.- Endless Love – Lionel Richie ft. Shania Twain

“Endless Love” is a song written by Lionel Richie and originally recorded as a duet between Richie and fellow soul singer Diana Ross. In this ballad, the singers declare their “endless love” for one another. It was covered by soul singer Luther Vandross with R&B singer Mariah Carey and also by country music singer Kenny Rogers. Billboard has named it the greatest song duet of all time. Lionel Richie re-recorded the song in 2011 as a duet with country singer Shania Twain. It was released as the lead single from his album Tuskegee on February 7, 2012.

19.- Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton

“Tears in Heaven” is a song by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings from the soundtrack to the film Rush. The song was written about the pain and loss Clapton felt following the death of his four-year-old son Conor, who fell from a window of the 53rd-floor New York apartment belonging to his mother’s friend on March 20, 1991. Clapton arrived at the apartment shortly after the accident, and was distraught over his son’s death. “Tears in Heaven” is one of Clapton’s most successful songs, as it reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S. The song also stayed three weeks as #1 on the American adult contemporary chart in 1992. Clapton stopped playing it in 2004, as well as the song “My Father’s Eyes”, with Clapton stating; “I didn’t feel the loss anymore, which is so much a part of performing those songs. I really have to connect with the feelings that were there when I wrote them.

18.- White Flag – Dido

“White Flag” is a song by English singer-songwriter Dido, released as the lead single from her second album Life for Rent on September 2003. “White Flag” is the biggest hit of Dido’s career. It is considered one of her signature songs, and helped Life for Rent sell over ten million copies worldwide. The song was nominated for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards, but lost to Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”. It won the Best British Single at the 2004 Brit Awards. The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn features actor David Boreanaz as Dido’s love interest. The song ranked on Blender’s list “The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born” at number 317. The single fared very well on the charts around the world, peaking at number one in Australia.

17.- It Will Rain – Bruno Mars

“It Will Rain” is a song by American artist Bruno Mars. The song was released on iTunes for purchase on September 27, 2011. An accompanying music video was planned to premiere on October 26, 2011 on MTV. However, on October 24, 2011 Mars announced via Twitter that the music video had been delayed until a couple of weeks. It eventually premiered on November 10, 2011. The track appears on the soundtrack to the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. The soundtrack disc hit stores on November 8th, 2011. Bruno described the new song as “think of the darker side of love”. The agony and torment of heartbreak in the lyrics describe the universal emotional pain of relationship bonds like oxytocin relationships, sexual arousal, bonding and romantic attachment and behavioral addiction, being ripped apart that results in depression.

16.- Baby Can I Hold You – Tracy Chapman

“Baby Can I Hold You” is the third single released by the American contemporary folkartist Tracy Chapman, released in late 1988. The song reached the top fifty in the United States, unlike its predecessor, “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, but it failed to become Chapman’s second top forty hit, peaking at #48. It did, however, give her a second chart entry on the US Adult Contemporary charts, peaking at #19 in early 1989. (Her first adult contemporary hit was “Fast Car”, which reached #7 on the AC charts.) Given the commercial decline Chapman suffered following the release of her second album Crossroads.

15.- Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye

“Somebody That I Used to Know” is a song written and recorded by Belgian-Australian singer and songwriter Gotye, featuring New Zealand singer/guitarist Kimbra. The song was released in Australia and New Zealand by Eleven Music on 5 July 2011 as the second single from his third studio album, Making Mirrors (2011). It was later released by Universal Music in December 2011 in the United Kingdom, and in January 2012 in the United States and Ireland. “Somebody That I Used to Know” was written and recorded by Gotye at his parent’s house on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and is lyrically related to the experiences he has had with relationships.

14.- I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” is a song performed by American rock band Aerosmith for the 1998 Touchstone film Armageddon. Written by Diane Warren, the song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (the first #1 for the band after 28 years together). The song stayed at number one for four weeks from September 5 to September 26, 1998. The song also stayed at number 1 for several weeks in several other countries. In the UK, the song peaked at number four, becoming Aerosmith’s highest charting song in the UK, where it was the 17th best-selling single of 1998, and has sold over a million copies. This song was Aerosmith’s biggest hit, debuting at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for four weeks in September, and reaching number 1 in many countries around the world, including Australia, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

13.- Here with Me – Dido

“Here with Me” is a song written by singer Dido, and was the first single released from her debut studio album, No Angel. The song was written about her now ex-boyfriend Bob Page. The single was released on June 8, 1999 in the United States, however, was not released in the UK until February 2001, and was the album’s second British single, following the worldwide release of Thank You in December 2000. It peaked at number four in the UK Singles Chart, becoming her second top five single in a row, following “Stan”, a collaboration with Eminem. The song was used as the theme music for the American television drama Roswell.

12.- Words – F.R. David

“Words” is a 1982 romantic song by F. R. David, which sold 8 million copies worldwide and peaked at #2 on the British charts in spring of 1983. It was a huge European hit, peaking at #1 in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Norway. It also went to #1 in South Africa in late 1982 and spent 25 weeks on the charts. The photography of the 7″ vinyl was made by Vassili Ulrich. In the 2000s, he released a French language duo version of the song with the singer Winda entitled “Words, j’aime ces mots”. F.R. David and Winda included also an English version as a duo.

11.- Because You Loved Me – Céline Dion

“Because You Loved Me” is a song by Canadian singer Céline Dion from her twenty-first studio album Falling into You. Written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster, it was released as a single on February 19, 1996 as the second from the album. A down-tempo pop ballad, its lyrics revolve around the protagonist thanking a loyal loved one for guiding, encouraging, and protecting her throughout her life, and making her who she is today. “Because You Loved Me” also serves as the theme song from the 1996 film Up Close & Personal. The song was a commercial success. It became Dion’s second single to top the Billboard Hot 100, remaining at number-one for six weeks until its reign was ended by Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby”.

10.- I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder

“I Just Called to Say I Love You” is a song written, produced and performed by Stevie Wonder. It was one of Wonder’s most commercially successful singles. The song was first featured in the 1984 comedy The Woman in Red, along with two other songs by Wonder, and scored number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from October 13, 1984, and also became Wonder’s only solo UK number-one success, staying at the top for six weeks. It also became his tenth number-one on the R&B chart, and his fourth number-one on the adult contemporary chart. In addition, the song won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song also received three nominations at the 27th Grammy.Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year and Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

9.- For The First Time – Rod Stewart

For The First Time is one of the most successful from the singer Rod Stewart. This song is part of the album “If We Fall In Love Tonight”, a compilation released in 1996. The tune, written and produced by Jud Friedman, Allan Rich and James Newton-Howard, was one of two unreleased songs containing that disk.

8.- If Time is All I Have – James Blunt

“If Time is All I Have” is the third single from English singer-songwriter James Blunt’s third studio album, Some Kind of Trouble. The single was released as a digital download single in the United Kingdom on 4 April 2011. The single failed to chart on the UK Singles Chart, similar to the album’s previous single, So Far Gone.The song was released in Australia as the album’s second single and has charted on the ARIA Charts at number 64. The single features similar artwork to that used for So Far Gone, however, used a red-based background instead of a black-based background. Both releases have an image of the child from the Some Kind of Trouble artwork on the disc.

7.- The Scientist – Coldplay

“The Scientist” is the second single from British alternative rock band Coldplay’s second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. The song was written collaboratively by all the band members for the album. It is built around a piano ballad, with its lyrics telling the story about a man’s desire to love and an apology. The song was released in the United Kingdom as the second single from A Rush of Blood to the Head and reached number 10 in the UK Charts. It was released in the United States as the third single and reached number 18 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks.

6.- We Found Love – Rihanna feat Calvin Harris

“We Found Love” is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). It features Scottish disc jockey Calvin Harris, who wrote and produced the song. “We Found Love” premiered on September 22, 2011, in the United Kingdom on the Capital FM radio station and was made available to download on the same day as the lead single from the album. The track is a dance-pop and electro house song, with elements of techno and Europop. It is backed by repetitive synthesizers, alarm bells, and a keyboard. The song’s lyrics speak of a couple who finds love in a hopeless place.

5.- Don’t Cry – Guns N’ Roses

“Don’t Cry” is a power ballad by rock band Guns N’ Roses, two versions of which were released simultaneously on different albums. The version with the original lyrics is the fourth track on Use Your Illusion I, while the version with the alternate lyrics is the 13th track on Use Your Illusion II. Only the vocal tracks differ, and even then only in the verses; however, in those verses, not only are the words entirely different, but the meter and melody are also slightly different. There is also a third version, officially released only on the single for the song, which was recorded during Appetite for Destruction sessions in 1986.

4.- Don’t You Remember – Adele

“Don’t You Remember” is the fourth track from Adele’s second studio album, 21. It was written by Adele and Dan Wilson. It was produced by Rick Rubin, who produced several songs on the album.
The song is viewed as a more country-style ballad, and was added to the album late when a more contemplative Adele (who had been struggling with her emotions toward her ex-boyfriend who inspired most of the songs on the album) became increasingly aware of how her bitterness towards the break-up negatively coloured her perception of her former lover. In an interview, the singer stated, “I managed to step out of the bitter mode that I was in when I was writing the record and I suddenly got really ashamed and disgusted with the manner that I was portraying someone who was really important to me…and I felt really childish that I had made him out to be a complete twat.”

3.- I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston

“I Have Nothing” is a song by American singer Whitney Houston and released as the third single from The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album on February 20, 1993 by Arista Records. The song was written by David Foster and Linda Thompson, and produced by Foster. The song is a richly orchestrated power ballad about deep love and commitment to one’s lover.
After the back-to-back successes of Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and “I’m Every Woman”, “I Have Nothing” became yet another hit, peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and being certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song also became a hit on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart, with a number four peak, and a number-one peak on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

2.- Set Fire to the Rain – Adele

“Set Fire to the Rain” is a song by British singer-songwriter Adele from her second studio album 21. Written by Adele and Fraser T Smith and produced by Smith, the power ballad was released as the second single from the album in Europe. It was released as the third single in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2011, where the song has peaked at number 11. The song has peaked at number one in Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the United States. The song has charted within the top 10 of Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland.

1.- Someone Like You – Adele

“Someone Like You” is a song by English singer-songwriter Adele written by Adele and Dan Wilson for her second studio album 21. The pop ballad was inspired by a broken relationship, and lyrically it speaks of Adele coming to terms with it. XL Recordings released the song as the second single from the album on 24 January 2011 in the United Kingdom and on 9 August 2011 in the United States. Accompanied only by a piano in the song (played by co-writer Wilson), Adele sings about the end of the relationship with her ex-boyfriend. The song received positive reviews from music critics who chose the song as a highlight of the album and praised the lyrics, its simple sound and Adele’s vocal performance.

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