Andre Gardner

Weekdays 2:00pm–7:00pm

The secretary of the Beatles fan club, surrounded by hundreds of Valentine's cards sent to the group by their adoring fans. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers everywhere!

Yeah, call me sappy.  I’ve always been.  So, Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year; a chance to let my sweetie know what I tell her every other day…that she rocks my world!!

In that spirit, I present to you 10 of my favorite rock and roll love songs.   Of course, not every rock and roll love song has to be slow!

10. If Not For You – Bob Dylan.  Far and away, my favorite Dylan song, and a sweet sentiment.

9.  Lucky Number – Lene Lovich.  Punk rock love songs were always so clever!  BIG Lene Lovich fan here.  I couldn’t, and still can’t, get enough of this track!

8.  Calico Skies – Paul McCartney.  Jeez, I can’t even listen to this one without bawling like an infant.  Paul, how do you come up with these insanely beautiful melodies???

7.  I’m Gonna Crawl – Led Zeppelin.  Love song, Zeppelin-style.  Perfect.  Page’s solo is divine!!

6.  I Love You – Climax Blues Band.  Sweet vocal by Derek Holt on a song I was always surprised wasn’t a bigger hit.

5.  And You And I – Yes.  When they break into the bit about “A clearer future, morning, evening, nights with you” at the end of the song, and go into that long instrumental break, I lose it every time.  I’m welling up as I’m typing this, for s–t’s sake!  Well done, gents!

4.  You’re My Best Friend – Queen.  John Deacon, now retired bass player, wrote this for his wife, and I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment!

3. Reason For Waiting – Jethro Tull.  My brother Bill worked at WMMR in 1969 and the first time I heard this staggeringly beautiful song was when he played it one night.

2.  Your Song – Elton John.  This timeless love song takes my breath away, and has ever since I first saw Elton perform it (with my MOM!) on television in early 1971.

1.  I Will – The Beatles.  To me, this is the one.  Such a simple melody of guitar and vocal, with minimal percussion, but with a message so very sweet.  The quintessential love song, in my humble opinion.

Of course, there are hundreds more and I’d love to hear your favorites!


Andre Gardner is a 45 year radio broadcast professional who continues to live the dream.