Evanescence

My Immortal

A timeless classic. From a hard-rock American band comes this haunting, melancholic, closer-to-the-heart song. The song is about a spirit that happens to haunt its beloved. The subtle instrumental underplay, and the agony it carries throughout, make this a heartbreaking song. Indeed, only sorrow can touch hearts more profoundly than any other emotion.

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Plain White T's

Hey There Delilah

What can be more enfeebling than ‘the distance’ between hearts that are meant to be together? Quite a common theme; A song for such theme is normally sad, run-of-the-mill stuff. But when it comes to this pop-rock band from Illinois, the theme wears a ‘feel-good’ mask. The lead singer-cum-guitarist Tom Higgenson penned this simple, refreshing melody. This song stands out with its trademark down-to-earth, practical and genuine approach in romance.

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One Republic

Apologize

This band has seriously great potential. The song reflects it all. With Ryan Tedder on the front, soft percussions with divine background score and refreshing lyrics (by Ryan himself), this song is greatness-personified. Apologize — the last words of a broken man at the verge of his extinction, branded as the band’s First Single, the song is such a soul-stirrer and is in Billboard’s ‘All-Time Top Songs’ list. A must-listen for rock addicts.     

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The Script

The Man Who Can’t Be Moved

Following ‘We Cry’, this is the second single from this Irish pop/alternative rock band. A song doesn’t need rhyming words to make it sound better; a perfect example - ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’. This one has the quintessential simplicity and the realistic attitude often missed in famous love numbers. Credits to Danny O'Donoghue and Mark Sheehan for bringing out such intense lyrics with lots of romance and less of the ‘obvious’ melodrama. If you’re into lyrics, then this one is worth all your 4 minutes. You’ll be moved by ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’.      

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Yiruma

River Flows in You

2001 saw the rise of this New-Age maestro from South Korea, with his first ever full length album “Love Scene.” His second studio album “First Love” in the later part of 2001, featuring his masterpiece “River Flows in You”, clearly proved that this young pianist deserves his spot in the league of ‘All-Time Greats’ like Ludovico Einaudi, Wim Mertens and Yann Tiersen. From his never-ending list of heartwarming melodies, ‘River Flows in You’ is very special for its genuine flow and spiritual harmony. Do we really need words to express love?       

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Those that almost made it:

Don McLean: And I Love You So

Marc Anthony:  I Need You

Enrique Iglesias: Addicted

Ne-Yo: So Sick

Nickelback: Someday

Kevin Rudolf: I Made It

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(C.A.Selvakumar is a final year Electronic and Communication Engineering student from Chennai)

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