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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