Musical Musings: Love Songs … Actually

If you are a fan of the Richard Curtis School of  (Romantic ) Comedy and its music, you will like this post. Released in 2011, Love Songs … Actually is a compilation of the music from Richard Curtis’ most popular comedies, including:

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Notting Hill
  • Love Actually
  • The Boat that Rocked (Pirate Radio)
Whatever you may think of the films, this collection contains a varied array of songs that ranges from the some of the classics songs to the ‘latest’ pop confection (truth be told, I tend to steer clear of the latter). But with over 40 songs to choose from, I was bound to  find a couple of faves:

Unfortunately, there are some serious omissions from this two-disk set; most notable for me are:

  • Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ and The Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows’ (from Love Actually)
  • ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ by The Pretenders (from Bridget Jones’ Diary)
  • And several tracks from The Boat that Rocked.

In this case, your best bet may be to acquire all the individual soundtracks and create your own ‘master playlist’ for your listening pleasure. I have done so myself.

But for folks in the USA who will insist on having this single, abridged version set, please note that Love Songs … Actually is an import title that you will have to order a physical copy of, likely over the internet.

Comments

  1. Dido- Here with me is one of my favorites songs, I am so happy to see it on your list!
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    • Thanks Diana

      As I was working on this post I was playing back some of the songs and a lot are kinda cheesy but that is balanced with some great songs (see above). Also The Boat That Rocked had some great songs. But you would expect that from a movie about a pirate radio station.

  2. I can’t believe they’ve omitted Both Sides Now from the collection, not only is it a brilliant song but it is remarkably evocative reminder of the best part of Love Actually (Emma Thompson’s brilliant acting).
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