Deb Elise’s Cheese-Filled Valentine’s Day!

Musical Hearts


In honor of the great occasion, I’m going to share my favorite cheesy love songs!  I am a HUGE cheese-meister, and the only thing that makes me slightly less self-conscious about the bulk of these songs is that several of them have already been re-done by Glee.  And if Will Schuester loves these songs enough to choose them for New Directions, how can they be bad?

(Shhh.  I’m going to pretend I didn’t hear that about Mr. Shue and New Directions being fictitious.   They’re the best!  And they’re so going to Nationals this year!  And OMG, how cute are Kurt and Blaine???)

Now here they are, in alphabetical order…

1. All My Loving, The Beatles Not cheesy, really — this one’s a classic.  But it’s so happy and upbeat you feel like you’re proclaiming your love at an Up With People rally.

2. Can’t Fight This Feeling, REO Speedwagon Even before Finn crooned it on Glee, Horton, the Mayor, and the rest of the Horton Hears a Who cast made me roar out loud by randomly belting this one out.

3. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons The key to this one is the way it starts out soft and gentle, then Frankie belts it at the chorus with “Oh pretty bay-bee…”  I dare you not to scream along in the car.

4. Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart, Elton John and Kiki Dee You have no IDEA how happy I was when Finn and Rachel made this their duet!  And did you notice that in “Wrap Her Up,” Elton’s 1985 duet with George Michael, he gives a shout out to Kiki Dee?  Mm-hm.  Listen again.  It’s right towards the end.  You’ll hear it.

5. Hey Deenie, Shaun Cassidy Not.  Even.  Kidding.  When I was a writers’ assistant on Saved by the Bell: The New Class, the Script Supervisor (I still refer to him as “Immediate Superior”) and I shared an office and blasted Shaun Cassidy: Greatest Hits every day.  Impossible to stay seated at your desk when this song is on.  Impossible.

6. Honey Honey, Abba Again, another group I can’t not sing along to, much to the dismay of my daughter when they played an entire Abba album while we were ice skating with her friends.  This particular song has the oh-so-charming back and forth between Benny/Bjorn and Agneta/Anna-Frid.  How could they ever have split up???

7. I Want Your Sex, George Michael Not cheesy, badass. Do you remember how badass it was when it came out?  George wanted our sex!  And I must admit, I wanted his too.  Big time.  Saw him in concert a couple years ago and I gotta tell you… I kinda still do.

8. Love Story, Taylor Swift I love Taylor Swift, but let’s be honest.  Her songs?  Super super cheesy.  This one might be the cheesiest, and I adore every word.  I actually get chills at the part where he kneels down and pulls out the ring.  No really, I’m that much of a dork.

9. Silly Love Songs, Paul McCartney (okay, Wings) Ryan Murphy again saves me.  I’ve loved this song since it came out, despite the fact that it’s hopelessly uncool to enjoy anything Paul did with Wings.  But now that Blaine and the Warblers did it?  I’m practically on the cutting edge of hip.

10. You’re the One That I Want, Olivia Newton John and John Travolta Wow… this is the second week in the row I’ve cited an Olivia Newton John movie.  But while there was some ridicule over Xanadu (I’m lookin’ at you, Stagliano), I defy anyone to deny the glory that is Grease.  And this song?  The ultimate show-stopper, and a great way to get your Valentine to “tell me about it… stud.”

Bet you’re ready to make a mix tape now, right?

Before you do, share with me — what are your favorite cheesy love songs?  I’ve got lots of space on my iPod, and Valentine’s Day is still young!

Sending cheesy love to all,


Deb Elise

19 Replies to “Deb Elise’s Cheese-Filled Valentine’s Day!”

    1. Bruce is pretty fab… trying to think of a good Bruce love song and they’re escaping me. Born to Run is the closest I can think of, and it’s spectacular.

      1. Prove it all night: Baby tie your hair back in a long white bow.
        Marry you: Little girl I want to marry you
        Wait for me: If I fall behind, wait for me
        Incident on 57th Street: Good night its all right Jane
        Jungleland: Barefoot girls sittin on the hood of a Dodge drinkin warm beer in the soft summer rain
        4th of July: Sandy the moon is rising behind us
        Tunnel of Love: Ride down with me baby into this tunnel of love
        Lost in the Supermarket: I’m in love with girl from the supermarket
        Rosalita: Tell him this is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance
        Candy’s Room: We kiss, my blood rushes in my veins

        Ah, Bruce – a song for every occasion. If there’s only 1 channel left, I’ll take Bruce 24/7.

          1. Tunnel of Love is one of my faves. It captures SO well how wonderful love is, but how terrifying relationships are. Getting a little goosebumpy just thinking about it!

        1. Reno: “It wasn’t the best I ever had….not even close”
          You’re Missing: “Every thing is everything but you’re missing”
          Secret Garden: “you had me at hello” ok well that wasn’t in the song but it is awesome anyway.

          More great love songs by Bruce. Love him!!!

    1. I LOVE LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER!!!! Great call by you and your mom. The album cover has the two of them with their bulldogs — cutest thing ever.

      Sorry you’re having a sad time. Sending love this Valentine’s Day.

  1. Right this very second, “Marry You” by the Glee cast.

    But I am a total song sap. There are songs I can’t sing along with because I get too choked up. (I’ll go ahead and complete my humiliation by confessing that one of them is “I Hope you Dance.” I know, I’m disappointed in me too.)

      1. I’ve seen The Raspberries! My hub grew up in Cleveland – and they had a reunion – their first show in 30 years – back in ’04 I think. It was amazing – and Carmen’s voice is still chilling.

  2. I loooooooooove cheesy love songs, especially ’80s power ballads.

    That George Micheal song came out when I was in 7th or 8th grade. I had several girlfriends who were more…um, WORLDLY than I was, and when George would get to that line about “sex is best when it’s one on one,” they’d belt out, “EIGHT on one!” And I’d sing it right along with them, having no earthly idea why it was so funny.


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