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Same bed, but it feels just a little bit bigger now
Our song on the radio, but it don't sound the same
When our friends talk about you, all it does is just tear me down
'Cause my heart breaks a little when I hear your name
It all just sounds like, ooh
Too young, too dumb to realize
That I should've bought you flowers and held your hand
Should've gave you all my hours when I had the chance
Take you to every party, 'cause all you wanted to do was dance
Now my baby is dancing, but she's dancing with another man
My pride, my ego, my needs and my selfish ways
Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life
Now I'll never, never get to clean up the mess I made, oh
And it haunts me every time I close my eyes
It all just sounds like, ooh
Too young, too dumb to realize
That I should've bought you flowers and held your hand
Should've gave you all my hours when I had the chance
Take you to every party, 'cause all you wanted to do was dance
Now my baby is dancing, but she's dancing with another man
Although it hurts
I'll be the first to say that I was wrong
Oh, I know I'm probably much too late
To try and apologize for my mistakes
But I just want you to know
I hope he buys you flowers, I hope he holds your hand
Give you all his hours when he has the chance
Take you to every party
'Cause I remember how much you loved to dance
Do all the things I should've done
When I was your man
Do all the things I should've done
When I was your man
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The Top 100 Love Songs of All Time You Have to Dance To
Finding the perfect soundtrack for your wedding can be a daunting (and fun) task, especially if you and your partner have different musical tastes. Thankfully, there are wedding love songs for every occasion, from super sweet ballads to upbeat melodies that will have your guests singing along to your playlist. To help get you started on planning your unforgettable wedding playlist, we've put together the top 100 love songs of all time. So, grab a tissue and prepare your heart. This list of romantic songs will show you what love's all about and hopefully inspire some great picks for your wedding day tunes.
In this article:
- Best Love Songs of All Time
- Best Country Love Songs
- Best Rock Love Songs
- Best Indie Love Songs
- Best R&B Love Songs
- Best Pop Love Songs
- Best Love Songs for Him
- Best Love Songs for Her
Best Love Songs of All Time
We're not fooling around. Our list of love songs starts with the best of the best. These are the true classics that transcend all genres and would make the perfect selection for your first dance song or wedding entrance song.
1. "I Say a Little Prayer," by Aretha Franklin
This song was originally written and performed by Dionne Warwick, but similar to Warwick's version did well on the charts since it reached number 10 on Billboard's Hot 100. This fast-tempo old-school love song was on Franklin's 1968 album Aretha Now.
2. "In Your Eyes," by Peter Gabriel
This 1986 hit is from the album So, and was featured in the cult classic film "Say Anything" three years later. It will forever be remembered as the best (boom box) ballad. Who doesn't love Lloyd Dobler?
3. "Unchained Melody," by the Righteous Brothers
Considered one of the most iconic love songs, "Unchained Melody" from the 1965 album Just Once in My Life has made a great impact. Since its release, there have been a variety of renditions made, but this particular one was immortalized in the film "Ghost."
4. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," by Roberta Flack
This chart-topper was originally written by Ewan MacColl for his future wife, making it one of the best courtship gifts in history. Flack made it famous by adding it to her 1969 album First Take.
5. "Time After Time," by Cyndi Lauper
A wedding love song must-have, this song from the 1984 album She's So Unusual was Lauper's solo debut. It went straight to the top of the charts and garnered a Grammy Award nomination.
6. "When a Man Loves a Woman," by Percy Sledge
This romantic song is a classic that has been remade time and again by the likes of Bette Midler and Michael Bolton. It first appeared on the 1966 album of the same name, making Sledge an instant R&B legend.
7. "Your Song," by Elton John
Everybody wants a song that's penned just for them, and Elton John made that possible. This 1970 melody about pure and simple devotion was released as the B-side on Take Me to the Pilot.
8. "(They Long to Be) Close to You," by The Carpenters
A remake from the 1970 album Close to You. Thanks to Burt Bacharach's lyrics and Karen's angelic voice, it nabbed the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus.
9. "My Love," by Paul McCartney and Wings
The muse for this orchestra-backed love song is Linda, Paul McCartney's first wife. It holds the distinction of being the top love song (and best-selling track) from their 1973 album Red Rose Speedway.
10. "Best of My Love," by The Emotions
This is an upbeat ballad from the 1977 album Rejoice that was written by two members of Earth, Wind & Fire. It remained at the top of the charts for four weeks straight before it went on to win a Grammy Award.
11. "Endless Love," by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
The producers of the film "Endless Love" were looking for a breakout song for their film starring Brooke Shields. Hence, this famous Ross and Richie romantic song was born. It also appeared on their 1981 album Why Do Fools Fall in Love.
12. "Annie's Song," by John Denver
Denver wrote this 1974 hit for the album Back Home Again while he was riding a ski lift. The inspiration was his wife, Annie, who is the envy of everyone who listens to this heartfelt folk tune.
13. "I Want to Know What Love Is," by Foreigner
This song from the 1984 album Agent Provocateur perfectly depicts the despair and hope of love. These lines say it all: "In my life there's been heartache and pain/I don't know if I can face it again/Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life."
14. "I Knew I Loved You," by Savage Garden
This top 100 love song from the 1999 album Affirmation made every woman swoon. Hearts flutter when Darren Hayes serenades "I knew I loved you before I met you/I think I dreamed you into life."
15. "I Love You Always Forever," by Donna Lewis
Everybody wants a forever kind of love. Lewis gave us the anthem for eternal devotion in 1996, on her album Now in a Minute. It's also packed with plenty of poetic imagery, such as "Those days of warm rains come rushing back to me/Miles of windless summer night air. "
16. "My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from 'Titanic')," by Celine Dion
The tragic "Titanic" tune that captures the enduring nature of true love and the longing that comes with it. The song first appeared on Dion's 1997 album Let's Talk About Love, but the blockbuster hit made it an instant classic making it one of the best love songs of all time.
17. "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Cocker and Warnes belted out this 1982 love song for the film "An Officer and a Gentleman." It was almost left on the editing room floor, but ended up winning an Academy Award and a Grammy.
18. "Halo," by Beyoncé
This song holds high critical acclaim and is the leading single from Beyoncé's 2009 I Am...Sasha Fierce album. This enchanting power ballad, with angelic harmonies throughout, won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2010.
19. "Sea of Love," by Cat Power
Featured on Cat Power's 2000 album The Covers Record, this gentle song was originally Phil Phillps song from 1959. Cat Power's version became popular once it was included in the popular film "Juno" in 2007.
20. "You Make My Dreams (Come True)," by Hall & Oates
Cheerful lyrics accompanied by a distinct electric piano make for a great song for couples. One of Hall & Oates' most popular songs, this hit is from the group's ninth studio album Voices.
21. "Ain't Nobody," by Chaka Khan
Definitely a song you can't help but dance to, "Ain't Nobody" from Khan's Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1 album is a great song to get your guests on the dance floor. Because of the song's enormous popularity, it's considered one of Khan's best songs.
22. "All My Life," by K-Ci & JoJo
You can't make a playlist without this iconic wedding love song on it. This slow jam is just what you need to set the perfect romantic mood.
23. "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher," by Jackie Wilson
Does your significant other's love make you so happy you feel like you're flying? Then this song for you. This song was a classic that reached number one on Billboard's R&B charts and was in the top 10 on the Hot 100 charts.
Best Country Love Songs
Want to add a little Southern charm to your wedding playlist? Consider slipping in a few of these classic songs from Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and more.
24. "Remember When," by Alan Jackson
The country crooner wrote this for his 2003 album Greatest Hits Volume II, the inspiration being his relationship with his then-wife. Lyrics like "Remember when thirty seemed so old/Now lookin' back, it's just a steppin' stone," look at love in hindsight.
25. "I Will Always Love You," by Dolly Parton
The Whitney Houston version may get all the glory, but Parton's rendition of this breathtaking melody was also a chart-topper. This song is one of the best love songs of all time and appears on Parton's 1974 album Jolene, which is filled with iconic country tracks.
26. "Making Memories of Us," by Keith Urban
A sensuous and blush-worthy hit from the 2004 album Be Here. Lines like "If there's life after this/I'm gonna be there to meet you/With a warm, wet kiss," are sure to make wedding guests swoon.
27. "Forever and Ever, Amen," by Randy Travis
This upbeat old-school love song offers a down-to-earth take on eternal love. Travis recorded it for his 1987 album Forever & Always, and it took home the Grammy for Best Country and Western Song.
28. "You're Still the One," by Shania Twain
Twain added this intense love song to her 1997 album Come on Over. It was co-written by her husband, Mutt Lange. They have since divorced, but the country ballad is still a wedding staple.
29. "Amazed," by Lonestar
Lyrics like "Every time our eyes meet/This feeling inside me/Is almost more than I can take" make this love song a showstopper. It first appeared on the 1999 album Lonely Grill and is the perfect song for couples.
30. "You Decorated My Life," by Kenny Rogers
This song is truly one of the most romantic songs on our list. Kenny Rogers sings about how his partner's existence made his life better in this 1979 hit from his eighth studio album Kenny.
31. "I Keep on Lovin' You," by Reba McEntire
McEntire released this true-to-life tune on her 2010 album of the same title. It explores the trials and tribulations of love, with one standout line reminiscing about how "Sometimes I swear it might be easier to throw in the towel/Someday we're gonna look back/And say look at us now."
32. "Wind Beneath My Wings," by Gary Morris
Bette Midler's version is arguably one of the most iconic love songs featured in the tearjerker movie "Beaches." However, Morris released this heart-wrenching country version in 1983 as part of his Why Lady Why album, which rose to number four on the charts.
33. "Speechless," by Dan + Shay
This 2018 song, featured on their self-titled album Dan + Shay, makes our top 100 love songs list not because of its heartfelt lyrics about falling in love all over again but also because Dan + Shay received a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for this beautiful song. So, don't forget to tell your wedding DJ about this hit for your reception playlist.
34. "I Cross My Heart," by George Strait
This gem from the 1992 Pure Country soundtrack is proof that George Strait knows his way around the heart. Everyone wants to hear their sweetheart utter these words: "I cross my heart/And promise to/Give all I've got to give/To make all your dreams come true."
35. "I Run to You," by Lady A
This upbeat love song, from the band's 2008 self-titled album Lady Antebellum, is perfect for any couple that feels like their partner is the number one person they can rely on. Our favorite lyric is: "And our love's the only truth/That's why I run to you."
Best Rock Love Songs
Classic rock never goes out of style, plus your parents, aunts and uncles will seriously thank you for adding a few of these songs to your playlist (after they get done breaking it down on the dance floor). Let your hair down and rock out to these classic love songs.
36. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," by Queen
Queen's frontman, Freddie Mercury, wrote this top love song while soaking in a hotel bathtub. It is featured on their 1979 album The Game and went on to top the charts for four straight weeks.
37. "I'll Stand By You," by The Pretenders
This 1994 rock song, from the group's album Last of Independents, is one of the best ballads on our list and is about sticking together, even when the road gets rocky. As the chorus goes: "I'll stand by you/Won't let nobody hurt you."
38. "True Love Waits," by Radiohead
Radiohead isn't necessarily known for wedding love songs. However, this rock track from their 2001 album I Might Be Wrong is a notable exception, with lyrics like: "I'll drown my beliefs/To have your babies."
39. "Wild Horses," by The Rolling Stones
You know that you've got a good thing going when not even wild horses can drag your sweetheart away. This 1971 classic from the album Sticky Fingers is full of devotion and longing, making it one of the fiercest declarations of love in rock history.
40. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms," by Cutting Crew
The ultimate 1980s sing-a-long for weddings, it was featured on the 1986 Broadcast album and rose to number one on the charts for two consecutive weeks. Since then, it's been on soundtracks for movies like "Never Been Kissed" and "Hot Tub Time Machine."
41. "Something," by the Beatles
No top love song countdown is complete without the Beatles. This 1969 rock classic is from their famous Abbey Road album and was written by George Harrison for his wife, Pattie.
42. "You Make Loving Fun," by Fleetwood Mac
This let-your-hair-down type of love song is from the 1977 Rumors album. It's an optimistic, fun and upbeat wedding love song that all your guests will love.
43. "Everlong," by Foo Fighters
The acoustic version of this song from their 1997 album The Color and the Shape is a wedding soundtrack must-have. Some of its most beautiful lyrics are "Breathe out/So I can breathe you in" and "And I wonder/When I sing along with you/If everything could ever feel this real forever. "
Best Indie Love Songs
Impress the teens and all the audiophiles in your family with a few indie love songs from some of the best indie bands around. You might discover some new artists to add to your favorites list.
44. "Still Together," by Mac DeMarco
This laid-back and romantic song appears on the 2012 album 2. Lines like "And where I go she's at my side/Half of my life, together/It's easy love, fits like a glove/From up above, together" are paired with an awe-inspiring acoustic guitar.
45. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," by The Smiths
This indie gem is from the 1986 album The Queen is Dead. Its intense lyrics, such as "And if a double-decker bus/Crashes into us/To die by your side/Is such a heavenly way to die," aren't for the faint of heart, but they are great 1980s dance floor material.
46. "The First Day of My Life," by Bright Eyes
"Yours is the first face that I saw/I think I was blind before I met you" sums up this top 100 love song about real-life romance. It was featured on the 2005 album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning.
47. "Falling Slowly," by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Loving your significant other through thick and thin is the moral of this duet. It first appeared on the 2006 movie soundtrack for Once, and has been remade by the likes of Josh Groban and Il Divo.
48. "Cosmic Love," by Florence + the Machine
This celestial love song was released in 2009 on the Lungs album and is about how being in love requires giving yourself up to the dark. Not only will Florence Welch's angelic siren-like voice take your breath away, but the piano, drums and harp in the song will too.
49. "The Only Exception," by Paramore
This soft ballad, on the band's 2009 album Brand New Eyes, is perfect for a slow dance moment with your spouse. Hayley Williams, the lead singer and co-writer of the song, even said that this was the first love song she's ever written and been proud of.
50. "Me & You Together Song," by The 1975
Featured on their 2020 album Notes on a Conditional Form, this sweet song about falling in love with a friend is a great way to get your guests to start grooving on the dance floor. We're sure this catchy chorus: "I've been in love with her for ages/And I can't seem to get it right/I fell in love with her in stages/My whole life," will be stuck in your head long after the wedding.
51. "Just Like Heaven," by The Cure
Robert Smith, the lead singer of The Cure, wrote this top love song after a trip to the sea with his soon-to-be wife. They added it to their 1987 album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and countless artists have been covering it ever since.
52. "Only Love," by Ben Howard
You'll love the soft yet raspy voice that's behind this song. This romantic song is from Howard's debut studio album, Every Kingdom, which was released in 2012.
53."Riptide," by Vance Joy
The ukelele is the most prominent instrument in this love song, which is why we think it's a playlist must-have if you're having a beach wedding. Even though the song came out in 2013 on the God Loves You When You're Dancing album, it was certified by the Recording Industry Association of America as six times platinum in 2020.
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Best R&B Love Songs
Set the mood for love with these new and classic slow jams. Everybody will be ready to walk down the aisle after listening to this top R&B love song list.
54. "Leave the Door Open," by Silk Sonic
Silk Sonic is made up of super duo Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak and the song is featured on their 2021 album An Evening with Silk Sonic. This sultry and fun love song, with definite Marvin Gaye influence throughout, recently won a Grammy for Best R&B Song in 2022.
55. "Breathless," by Corinne Bailey Rae
Is your soon-to-be spouse a friend turned lover? Then this tune, on the artist's 2006 self-titled album, about being in love with a friend is the perfect wedding love song for you. Lyrics like "I get so breathless when you call me name/I've often wondered, do you feel the same?/There's a chemistry, energy, a synchronicity when we're all alone/So don't tell me you can't see what I'm thinking of," will surely leave you and your partner reminiscing about how you fell in love with one another.
56. "Let's Stay Together," by Al Green
Arguably the biggest hit of Al Green's career, "Let's Stay Together" is the best romantic song to serenade your spouse during the reception. The 1972 hit is on the album of the same name and we bet that Green's soulful voice will have every couple heading to the dance floor.
57. "Ribbon in the Sky," by Stevie Wonder
Without a doubt "Ribbon in the Sky," on Wonder's 1982 album Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I, is one of the most iconic love songs and continues to be a wedding favorite for newlyweds. This classic was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1982.
58."At Last," by Etta James
This simple and sweet song about finally finding one's soulmate has made history in the music world. It was originally performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra in 1941, but James' amazing vocals on her version, released in 1960 on her debut studio album At Last!, made the song extremely successful (it was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999).
59. "Find Someone Like You," by Snoh Aalegra
Even though it was released in 2019 on the album Ugh, Those Feelings Again, this ballad has an old-school love song feel and is a great way to fall in love with Aalegra's voice (if you haven't heard it already). Lyrics like "I've been waitin' my whole life to find someone like you," are the perfect way to announce love is in the air.
60. "Here and Now," by Luther Vandross
With lyrics like "Here and now/I promise to love faithfully/You're all I need" and "Here and now/I vow to be one with thee/Your love is all I need," this song is a perfect wedding love song. The song is on an album compilation released in 1989 titled The Best of Luther Vandross…The Best of Love. Vandross won his first Grammy for this song in 1991 and even performed it for a wedding ceremony on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in the early 1990s.
61. "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)," by Alicia Keys
Keys is a genius when it comes to writing great love songs and this song from her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom, is no different. Keys writes about starting a relationship with someone even though it's considered unthinkable.
62. "Emotions," by Mariah Carey
Are you thinking about having karaoke at your reception? Then you better start practicing your whistle notes with this 1991 Mariah Carey classic from the album of the same name, which was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in a row.
63. "Kiss of Life," by Sade
Sade's beautiful breathy vocals complement this jazzy tune about feeling brought to life by her partner's love. This romantic song, on Sade's 1992 album Love Deluxe, can be a couples-only song for you and your guests or the perfect song for your first dance.
64. "Say So," by PJ Morton featuring JoJo
PJ Morton's and JoJo's smooth vocals in this top 100 love song, released in 2019 on the album PAUL, will make you want to hold your partner close. The song won a Grammy in 2020 for Best R&B Song and is about wanting someone to be direct and express their feelings because you're starting to fall for them.
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Best Pop Love Songs
Don't forget about today's best heart-warming pop hits. Pop icons know how to write songs that can tug at your heartstrings too. Rihanna, Adele, Taylor Swift and others have been putting out love songs that will one day be classics in their own rights.
65. "Make You Feel My Love," by Adele
Adele is a vocal powerhouse, and her remake of this Bob Dylan classic is tender, romantic and utterly sentimental. It is one of the highlights of her 2008 debut album 19, and the piano lets her soulful voice steal the spotlight.
66. "Chasing Cars," by Snow Patrol
Silky vocals and a pure and simple guitar in the background make this 2006 hit from Eyes Open a melodic love potion. It remained on the charts for over two years in the United Kingdom and appeared on numerous TV shows.
67. "We Found Love," by Rihanna (featuring Calvin Harris)
A dramatic top 100 love song that focuses on overcoming the odds to find love and romance in a "hopeless place." It appeared on her 2011 album Talk That Talk, meeting both critical acclaim and controversy.
68. "Love Song," by Sara Bareilles
The title of this 2007 pop hit from Little Voice says it all. It earned Bareilles a Grammy nomination and kept her on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 41 weeks.
69. "Adore You," by Miley Cyrus
Total and utter adoration is the theme of this romantic song from Cyrus' 2013 Bangerz album. She delves into the idea of finding refuge with the one you love and wanting nothing more than to lie with them for all of eternity.
70. "Teenage Dream," by Katy Perry
In this song, Perry sings about how being with her partner makes her feel like she's falling in love for the first time. It's a fun and cheerful song, on the 2010 album of the same name, with lyrics like "I finally found you, my missing puzzle piece/I'm complete," that drives home the feeling of falling in love again.
71. "Die for You," by The Weeknd
The Weeknd sings passionately in this intense song about complete devotion to someone he loves. Some speculate that the song, featured on 2016 album Starboy, is about his then-girlfriend, American model, Bella Hadid.
72. "Dreaming of You," by Selena
This song by the Latina pop star was released on her 1995 posthumous album Dreaming of You. Selena sings about how she loves someone so much that she can't sleep, so she dreams of them while still awake. It's the perfect slow song for couples to dance to during the reception.
73. "Bleeding Love," by Leona Lewis
This song, featured on the 2007 album Spirit, was inspired by a long-distance relationship. Lewis released it after winning the third season of the hit UK television show, The X Factor, and it spent months on the radio airwaves.
74. "Adore You" by Harry Styles
Released in 2019, this song featured on Styles' sophomore album Fine Line. The song has beautiful harmonies during the chorus and is about loving someone so much you'll do anything for them, even walk through fire.
75. "Crazy In Love," by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z
One of the best love songs of all time, Beyonce's solo debut from her 2003 Dangerously in Love is an up-tempo ode to uncontrollable romance. It also features her husband, Jay-Z, who adds a touch of rap to the mix.
76. "I'm Yours," by Jason Mraz
This record-setter is from the 2008 album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. It stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 76 weeks and went on to get a Grammy nod for Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
77. "Lover," by Taylor Swift
The muse for this romantic song with a slow waltz tempo is Taylor Swift's current beau, Joe Alwyn. The song, from the 2019 album of the same name, is honest and heartfelt with lyrics like "I take this magnetic force of a man to be my lover/My heart's been borrowed and yours has been blue," making it a great wedding love song.
78. "Mirrors," by Justin Timberlake
Timberlake's maternal grandparents' 63-year marriage inspired this 2013 song, from The 20/20 Experience album, about loving someone you feel is like your other half. With that being the inspiration, playing this song at your wedding could be a good luck charm.
79. "It Will Rain," by Bruno Mars
"It Will Rain" is one of the most iconic love songs from the 2011 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 soundtrack. With lyrics like "'Cause there'll be no sunshine/If I lose you, baby," Mars expresses the repercussions of not having his lover in his life.
80. "Use Somebody," by Kings of Leon
A stellar modern rock track that gets your toes tapping and heart soaring. It appeared on the band's 2008 Only by the Night album and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
Best Love Songs for Him
Whether your guy is unabashed about his love or a secret romantic at heart, he'll appreciate it if you add a few of these love songs to your wedding playlist. Check out our picks for the top love songs to dedicate to your beau.
81. "The Best," by Tina Turner
This remake of the Bonnie Tyler love song featured on Turner's 1989 Foreign Affair album. The tune has its fair share of catchy rock beats, soulful vocals and unabashed bragging about her lover being "better than all the rest."
82. "The Power of Love," by Celine Dion
This song is a cover of Jennifer Rush's chart-topper, which appeared on Dion's 1993 The Color of My Love. "Your voice is warm and tender/A love that I could not forsake" is one of the many passionate lines in this top love song.
83. "Cherish," by Madonna
Another song to take its cue from Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. "Cherish" is from the 1989 album, Like a Prayer, which was Madonna's fourth release. It has doo-wop nuances, making it cheerful and one of her best ballads.
84. "My Boo," by Usher and Alicia Keys
This is a duet between music stars Usher and Alicia Keys on Usher's 2004 special edition album Confessions. This R&B slow jam is about two people reminiscing on their time as young lovers.
85. "Crazy on You," by Heart
This powerful rock song featured on the Dreamboat Annie album from 1976. The song was written by Ann and Nancy Wilson about Ann's then-lover, Mike Fisher, one of the founding members and guitar players for the band.
86. "I Have Been Around the World," by Dar Williams
Anyone who's ever experienced wanderlust can relate to this top 100 love song from the 2012 In the Time of Gods album. Lyrics like "I have been around the world/But all that I can see/Are these moments that we have/You're all the world to me" explore the idea of being away from the man you love.
87. "The Man with the Child in His Eyes," by Kate Bush
Written when Bush was just 13 years of age, this dreamy and ethereal song appeared in 1978 on the album The Kick Inside. It charted in both the United States and the United Kingdom, then went on to be covered by the likes of Charlotte Church and Hue and Cry.
88. "Ain't No Other Man," by Christina Aguilera
This song is a soulful, gritty and over-the-top tribute that shows up on Aguilera's 2006 album, Back to Basics. It has hints of retro musical influences and is inspired by her husband, whom she married the year before.
89. "Kiss Me," by Sixpence None the Richer
A romantic song full of beautiful imagery about kissing one's lover, this track featured on the band's 1997 album Sixpence None the Richer. The song acted as a theme song in the famous 1999 teen film "She's All That."
Best Love Songs for Her
Make your bride feel like the most special girl in the world with these unforgettable and heart-melting love songs for her. If you can't find the perfect words to express your love for her, let Ed Sheeran, John Legend and The Temptations do it for you.
90. "My Girl," by The Temptations
So sweet and innocent, this old-school love song for her appears on the 1965 The Temptations Sing Smokey album. Most people remember it from the tearjerker movie of the same name starring Macaulay Culkin.
91. "You Are So Beautiful," by Joe Cocker
One of the best love songs of all time, this song comes from the 1974 album I Can Stand a Little Rain and is sure to make you swoon. Who doesn't want to hear their significant other say: "You're everything I hoped for/You're everything I need?"
92. "Perfect," by Ed Sheeran
This soft ballad is a great wedding love song because of its slow waltz tempo, making it the perfect song for a first dance. Ed Sheeran wrote the song for his then-fiance (now wife), Cherry Seaborn, and it's the fourth single on his 2017 album ÷ (Divide).
93. "Hero," by Enrique Iglesias
Women everywhere wanted Iglesias to be their hero when this top love song came out on the 2001 Escape album. Lines like "Would you tremble if I touched your lips?" make it a sensual and epic love ballad that add a touch of drama to any wedding.
94. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," by Michael Jackson (featuring Siedah Garrett)
This duet appears on the unforgettable 1987 Bad album. It features the vocal stylings of Siedah Garrett, and opens with the lines that no hopeless romantic can pass up: "I just want to lay next to you for a while/You look so beautiful tonight/Your eyes are so lovely/Your mouth is so sweet."
95. "Holy," by Justin Bieber (featuring Chance the Rapper)
The lead single of Bieber's 2021 album Justice, "Holy" is about how being loved feels amazing and how it parallels with the feeling one gets from religion. The line "Runnin' to the altar like a track star," makes it a great wedding love song.
96. "Shallow," by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
This is the lead song from the 2018 movie soundtrack for "A Star is Born." Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's vocals blend effortlessly together in this passionate love song about diving into the dip end of love. The song received an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2019.
97. "You Give Good Love," by Whitney Houston
Released in 1985 on her self-titled album Whitney Houston, Houston sings about appreciating the love that her partner gives her. The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards and won an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single.
98. "Honey Bee," by Blake Shelton
Featured on Shelton's 2011 album Red River Blue, this sweet love song is about loving someone that complements you in every single way. In 2012, the song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance.
99. "All of Me," by John Legend
A great romantic song for couples, this tune by Legend has earned him numerous nominations, platinum certifications and high critical acclaim. The song is featured on his 2013 album Love in the Future and was written for his wife, model and television personality, Chrissy Teigen.
100. "Take My Breath Away," by Berlin
This 1986 "Top Gun" classic took home an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. It lives up to its name by taking your breath away and recreating the euphoria of new love.
Choreographer Lilia Burdinskaya: “We are making a work of art and we are responsible to the public that will come to watch it”
Star of the performance “Flora” in the Hermitage, participant in the projects of Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown, author of the performance-event “Decomposition of the Atom” with Alice Khazanova, a regular participant of the Diaghilev Festival, Lilia Burdinskaya, spoke in an interview with DEL'ARTE Magazine about how dance became her salvation, why she is glad that she studied in England, and not in Russia, and is it good that Russian ballet has turned into a museum.
I didn't like dancing
Until I got Martha Graham's technique class at the age of 12, I didn't like dancing. I used to swim as a child. The pool was clear discipline and the result to which we are moving. If you swim well, you will get a medal; if you swim badly, you will have to train even harder. There was no understanding of criteria in dancing. It all came down to the teacher's subjective assessment of your abilities and capabilities.
I just didn't understand why I was dancing, why I was doing it? I didn’t like that they scolded me, they constantly accused me of something, that I was constantly not like that. The dance was accompanied by a constant feeling of discomfort.
I believe that in the environment in which dance training took place in the 90s, it is impossible to want to stay in dance. It's too harsh. And then, if we were at the Vaganov School, it would be clear why all this is being done. And so I lived in Kronstadt, studied in a small city children's group, performed at the local House of Officers.
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Because of people like you, the world is spinning
I remember that boys were constantly hanging from the windows of our dance hall. They loved to watch what we were doing. I really liked one, he was in my school a year older. I remember this look on myself, it became my incentive. It was important for me not to make mistakes, so that while this boy was hanging on the window and watching me study, my teacher would not hit me on the back. I couldn't let that happen, this boy should have liked me!
Then I remember a math teacher who told me: “Dance, Lilichka, dance! People like you make the world go round." I understood that people liked me because I was dancing. I remember that at the time when everyone in the yard was going to sing with a guitar, I went to classes. But this made me somehow magical and inaccessible in the eyes of the yard boys. And I understood that this dance makes me special. And I did not quit, although I really wanted to. There was also a secondary interest - I felt that I was changing: the neck was stretched, the waist became thinner, the gait was different from other girls.
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This is the cry of the pack leader
something obscure that you want to decipher. And the teacher, it turns out, can scream not because he can't explain otherwise, but because it sends a charge to you so that you jump higher and fall deeper. This is the cry of the leader of the pack, he exalts you: you can fall on the floor, roll on the floor, and no one scolds you for it. Although no one just praises. There is logic and meaning in all their explanations: if you fall, you should cover your heart with your shoulder from blows, and everything is connected with metaphors and poetics of life. At the age of 12, it all impressed me.
I wanted to get well so I could dance
When I was 14, I got sick and became paralyzed due to a neuroinfection. I had dreams about dancing. It was then that he began to take on a different meaning. Before that, I didn’t even think about some kind of biomechanics of the body. And who at that age thinks about it? I was a paralyzed child who struggled with my body and the fact that all the threads between the desire and the ability to move were severed in it. There was a different attitude to dance.
I wanted to get well so I could dance. I remember I had a mindset that if I danced, I would survive. And then this setting played a cruel joke with me, because this is the most important task that is assigned to the dance. Because if I survived to dance, then I can't do it in a small group in Kronstadt. We need a scale comparable to life. I tried to leave because I understood very well: at that time in Russia I had nowhere to study. Classical ballet dominated everything, I understood that there was only one way: either you go to a choreographic school, or to a circle or group. And what's next? Go to the "bag" and become a teacher of some recreation center? I didn't survive for this.
This is a person with roots in dance
I have been influenced by many people. Unfortunately, there is not a single Russian dancer or choreographer among them. These are all people from abroad. I was very much influenced by Sean Feldman , he was my teacher at The Place teaching the release technique. Nothing will be written about him in Google. It happens very often that it is difficult to find information about significant choreographers on the Internet. I was overwhelmed by his abilities, voice and calmness. This is a man with roots in dance, but at the same time he did not have regalia, did not have all that we usually mean by the trappings of success. And yet he looked absolutely happy.
In Russia, I would have been spoiled by some desire for success
All my teachers were people “in their place”. They were a good example. If I had stayed in Russia, I would have been spoiled by some desire for success. In our country, as it is considered: if no one knows you, then you are not a professional. People in England gave me the feeling that there is an absolutely adequate professional world, where everything is extremely clear, where there are fees understandable to everyone, a career ladder, beacons that you aspire to. And it has nothing to do with gloss, fame. It was very close to me.
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I was greatly influenced by Isadora Duncan
I was greatly influenced by Isadora Duncan . In Russian reality, she is known more as an eccentric dancer who seduced Yesenin. But if you read her diaries, which are not in Russian, she writes that the dance is like waves. I can still feel what Duncan was talking about in the water. And this is what I found in dance technique Ohada Naharina . As if Duncan described the Ohada method a hundred years before its appearance. Ohad Naharin is my motivator and inspiration. He gave me a second wind when, according to my personal convictions, I was ready to quit dancing.
I love the history of dance: Ted Shawn , Ruth St. Denis , the entire era of American dance school Denishawn . I am interested in the origins of dance, and what inspired people then. I love the technique Jose Limon . Of course, I don't know him, he died before I was born, but he was my hero.
I admire Benoît Lachambre and all the teachers at The Place. It is impossible to tell in one interview why I love them. Each of them was an inspiration and a motivator. These are the people who gave me a profession.
Lack of confidence
I have always had a lack of confidence. I have not yet done what would give me the feeling that I am complete.
I don't know anyone as well as myself
I don't perform outside bands because I've made it and now I can go solo, I just don't know anyone as well as myself.
And when I bet on a group of people: then I don't dance and I don't participate inside, but I solve the composition of the dance as a theorem and a puzzle, as if I'm spinning a Rubik's cube. I enjoy this process. The moment when I come to the theater for my premiere and when I am at the technical rehearsal is incomparable for me with anything. And then I let go of that control and just enjoy my work. I almost never watch other people's productions, but I love the dance and put it on the way I want. That's when the wow effect happens. I work only with a group, I don't put on duets and trios, I'm not interested.
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It's like a confession from a priest
When I perform solo, the feeling is completely different. Everything related to individual performance is three times more difficult than with a group. The choreography that I put on me and on the group is a radically different feeling. If with a group I feel like an artist, then in a solo I constantly cry and doubt myself, I accomplish an inner feat. This is such a terrible torment, it’s like I’m cleaning my karma, I’m negotiating with heaven. It's like a confession from a priest.
A director must earn professional trust
It is interesting for me to work with directors who are deep, feeling and sensual, who create an artistic legacy. Without ambitious tyranny about self-expression and intoxication with one's status.
A director is a great power over people. The director must earn professional trust and respect. In the profession, I do not tolerate tyrants and have great respect for people who know what they want from themselves and do not shift their tasks to performers. I had such meetings with directors, when everything seemed to fall on my shoulders, as if my director did not protect me in any way. Dialogue is also very important to me.
Now I am working with the wonderful director Jacqueline Kornmuller ( ed. - director of Flora in the Hermitage) , I find it interesting and comfortable with her. I can ask her if this is how I do it or not, while she does not give me exact instructions, because she respects me as an accomplished artist. And she wonders what I can offer. We make a work of art and both have a responsibility to the public that comes to watch it.
Classical ballet turned into a museum
Classical ballet and modern dance are completely different institutions. They have a different economy, a different body. They are not only different in complexion, but also in the psyche.
Russian ballet keeps to itself and is afraid of losing itself. He is afraid of any introductions into his culture. This is the defense that the world of classical ballet builds against modern choreography. I don't know if this is good or bad, it's not for me to judge. In Paris or London, it's normal for ballet dancers to dance productions of contemporary choreographers. Benoît Lachambre can work with classical ballet dancers. I can't imagine him working with the artists of the Mariinsky Theatre. The abyss will be great both for him and for them. Classical ballet has been turned into a museum, but that's not bad. Let it be a museum.
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Everyone can admire
Contemporary dance should be understood in the same way as contemporary art. There is a certain need in people, which does not depend on social status, education, or emotional state. This is the need for beauty. When people look at the sea or a beautiful landscape, everyone is able to admire.
It's very easy to come to a classical museum where Monet is shown and not think about whether you like it or not, whether it's exciting or not. Modern art is like tasting food you never knew existed. You may like it, or you may not, or you may try it the fifth time. Something inside you seems to ask: is what you see beautiful, wise, deep, valuable, interesting, significant? Does this answer the question of your existence, the significance and value of your life and the lives of people around you? Will it convey some kind of answer to the question of immortality, fear of death or love? Any work of contemporary art should be allowed to speak, be it dance, architecture, painting.
Dance as a source of energy - Vedomosti
Voloshin: Good evening, friends. Welcome to the evening broadcast. My name is Vladimir Voloshin, I am a sports entrepreneur. This week Sochi will host the grand closing of the Russian triathlon season, where a large number of participants, fans, along with their families and corporate teams, are already gathering for a festival of sports and an active lifestyle.
In May this year, together with the Gazprombank. Premium”, the general partner of the IRONSTAR triathlon competition (participants 18+), we launched a series of live broadcasts for those who strive to expand their capabilities, want to confidently reach their goals, despite external circumstances, and are looking for ways for self-realization. In our time, it is very important to look for reliable partners, choose like-minded people who can support at a difficult moment, help with deeds, the right words and invaluable recommendations. For Gazprombank. Premium» it is important that, moving towards the set goals, the bank's clients can be truly confident in their results both in business and in sports. That is why our project is called "Truly Confident".
Today on our air Evgeny Papunaishvili is a Russian dancer, choreographer, actor, TV presenter and teacher. We will talk about how to draw parallels between creativity and business, how extreme concentration and multitasking work. And most importantly, we will talk about dance as a source of energy. Eugene, good evening. How are you?
Papunaishvili: Good evening, Vladimir. The mood is chic. I think a lot depends on the mood. It is important to set yourself up correctly.
Voloshin: Great. I usually, when I talk about the similarities between motivation and other achievements, I say that motivation always begins with the mood with which we approach absolutely any business. If you have the right attitude, the right drive, everything will work out. If the mood is not very good, it is better to correct it in some proven ways and then return to business or to people in order to be positive.
Papunaishvili: It's true. Absolutely agree. I am a positive person and enjoy different projects. Honestly, I confess to you, of course, there are different states: both despair and sadness. It is very important not to remain in this state, because it does not lead to anything good. You need to distract yourself, as you said, improve your mood, and then everything will become easier and better.
Voloshin: The world depends on us and on properly charged people. Eugene, you are a talented dancer and entrepreneur. As far as I know, you have several own and partner projects. Can you tell a little about them?
Papunaishvili: With pleasure. You know, I would not call myself a super talented entrepreneur. As for the dance and show business, things have been going well for many years. A lot of dance projects were created, which we will talk about today. But there were also failures, which I am not ashamed to admit. After all, any failure is a colossal experience. Two amazing dance schools were opened that I was very proud of - big and wonderful. A huge number of people worked there - both adults and children. The dance school is absolutely for everyone, with an incomparable atmosphere. It had great teachers and different directions. But unfortunately they are closed. It was a serious business failure precisely because of the mistakes made, including in the choice of partners. We will also talk about partnership today. But it's all about experience! And as it has been said many times: when one door closes, many other doors open at once, and we move forward.
Now I have a lot of projects. I have been teaching since the age of 15 and have gained a wealth of experience in private practice. Now she is at a fairly good level. My clients are, as a rule, successful people, politicians, businessmen, heads of different companies. People who want not just to learn how to dance, but to learn how to feel their body. These are very cool interactions, because I am extremely pleased to see when a certain result appears for people who have achieved serious success in business. At this point, they become disciples again. Something does not work. I'm very interested in watching this. I am the same. I love taking classes and learning new things. In addition to a new sensation of the body, it is possible to bring new impressions to business and personal life. This is my big project.
I also run dance programs for very large companies and corporations. Many hire psychologists, business coaches, arrange various sports events for employees. As for my dance therapy, it allows you to improve your mood, physical and emotional state, to some extent get out of your comfort zone, get new sensations and feel your body. I am very pleased that you are also cooperating with Gazprombank. The leaders of Gazprombank are among the coolest in this sense. I have been working with them for many years and I know that they make a big contribution to making employees feel great and able to develop.
Voloshin: Zhenya, they not only dance, they also participate in triathlon. Just this weekend, the Gazprombank team will arrive in Sochi. I am sure that we will see not only a good, big and wonderful squad, but also new bright victories. Unleashing the potential of people occurs at different stages of life. I'm very interested, did you have a fork in your childhood: to choose football or dancing? Ordinary boys choose football, or rather, dancing with the ball. Have you chosen dancing?
Papunaishvili: To say that I love football and sports in general is an understatement. I just adore him. This is my unfulfilled dream. Yesterday I took an individual football lesson. Today I can hardly walk at all, everything hurts me. In general, I play football, and sometimes I am invited to matches with friends. I am a perfectionist and, for example, after the last match I was very worried that I was doing something wrong, so I found a coach. It rained yesterday, but we still met on the field. I did various exercises, some ladders. In the end, I just barely crawled out of training.
I've always judged myself adequately, and to be honest, I'm just not very good at playing football, despite the fact that I love him madly. Of course, to the question in the 90s and zero: "What do you do?" - I always answered: "Football!" What dances? You could not say in the Tushino region that you are engaged in sports ballroom dancing. But at that moment, I made my first adult decision. I cried, worried, but handed over my football uniform - that's all. There was no time left for football. I took part in serious dance competitions where I had results. And in football, I was a fairly average or even below average player with no special prospects. So that was the choice.
Voloshin: Do you know what this story reminded me of? A few years ago, a documentary about Usain Bolt came out. I love documentaries because they tell a real story. The film told about the formation of an athlete, from childhood, to the results that amazed the world. There was an interesting observation: when he had already set world records for 100 and 200 meters, his friends said: “You are the best in 100 and 200, but let's maybe try another discipline? For example, 1 or 1.5 km. And he says: “No, guys, you know, I can only be the best in 100 and 200 meters. So I don't need your ideas." After that, he began to play amateur football when he retired.
Papunaishvili: Yes, at the amateur level, but then he even signed a contract.
Voloshin: Quite right. What am I leading to? That any professional inside the big world of sports, athletics or specific disciplines chooses where he can become a champion. This awakens self-confidence. How to reveal your versatility in dancing and stand on a par with the best?
Papunaishvili: This is a very difficult question, which I probably won't answer accurately. I think a combination of factors play a role. There are hundreds of thousands of dancers in the world. I didn't have sponsors, I didn't have a lot of support. My partner and I made our way ourselves - with blood and sweat. And they entered either the top twenty, or the top thirty of the best dance couples in the world. It was cool! We were different, we were the favorites of the public, we danced very sincerely, emotionally and brightly. It was important for me not to be a gray mass, not to be like everyone else. Once one of my teachers told me that the worst thing is if they say about your dance “normal, normal dance”. This means that he did not cause any emotions at all! There is either good or bad. It's normal that you may not like your dance, but the main thing is that it evokes emotions.
Just like in life, you can't please everyone, and that's obvious. But I think it's cool when your art and business evoke emotions. It's nice if positive, but the most important thing is that it evokes. Therefore, as far as how to become "someone", in my case it was a certain combination of circumstances. It seems to me that this is my predetermined mission in life, and so the stars ordered. At one time there was a crazy casting in the project "Dancing with the Stars" (6+). The first season took place in 2006. From that moment on, my career began to develop rapidly. Managed to stand out among the huge number of dancers. Moreover, many of them objectively dance much better than me. I am absolutely not ashamed to say this sincerely. How did I do it? How can you explain what exactly you like? Perhaps it is better to ask the audience. But I did it, and I'm very happy with it.
Voloshin: The most important thing in this process is to maintain the high note that was struck initially. This takes a huge amount of internal resources and requires additional energy. Where do you take it from?
Papunaishvili: Absolutely agree, Vladimir. You have no idea how many of my colleagues were shown on TV literally once. It seemed that this was the height of their career and life. After which, unfortunately, they quickly deflated. This is also about business: at first everything seems to be going great, and then it comes to naught, because there is no energy for further development, improvement, and even to maintain the same level. Why? Probably from a lack of desire. I have always had and still have a desire to do even better, to jump even higher, to earn even more. I'm being honest about this. I have had a desire to make money since childhood. And it's great when there is such an opportunity, especially thanks to your favorite work.
Voloshin: As for the topic of mentors, we sometimes draw parallels between business and sports. And I always say that I have never met Olympic champions who became them on their own. A man was born, grew up, then trained, achieved results, went to the Olympic Games, won a medal and told all people that he did it alone. Surely you have a team that either frees up resources or, conversely, encourages you to move forward. Are there people who are close to you? By the way, how many teachers did you have?
Papunaishvili: There were many teachers in my life. In general, I am a very grateful person and I urge everyone to be grateful. Not only to those teachers who have been with you for a long time. It seems to me that even if you took only one lesson from someone, you should also be grateful, because the person gave you a piece of himself. The situation is paradoxical: on the one hand, I am a team player, and I like it when there is support from like-minded people. But on the other hand, I'm pretty much a loner, and it's hard for me to explain it. It's always easier for me to do things myself. It seems to me that only I am right. I can't always listen to someone and change my strategy. I often make mistakes because of this. I had different periods and different teams were around. Now my team is my close, very beloved person. My girlfriend, who supports and supported me in the most difficult situations, when anyone else would have turned away, and in general, very many turned away and betrayed. This person was just with me, always took my hand, we went forward and overcame a huge number of difficulties. That is, teachers are teachers, but it is also very important what kind of environment you have. It's great if there are people nearby who can support and restore you, not only when everything is fine and wonderful, but in completely different circumstances. The last two years have been the most difficult of my life. And it has nothing to do with the problems in the world. It's just that one superimposed on the other both in business and in personal life. I managed to overcome everything, including thanks to the person who is next to me.
Voloshin: We will return to this topic later. And I would like to move on to the fact that this week the closing of the Russian season of the IRONSTAR triathlon will take place in Sochi, in which the Gazprombank. Premium" will take part. A completely unexpected question arose: among those who teach dance, are there those who do triathlon and participate in competitions?
Papunaishvili: Absolutely different people work with me. One day a woman came to private lessons. We were studying, and she asked if I mind if her husband comes to one lesson. I said, "Of course, that's great!" And then her husband came. Looking ahead, I’ll say that she then quit classes for certain reasons, and her husband continued and was very active. He has several Ironmans behind him (participants 18+) - this is the highest award. And he does triathlon. It was very interesting when he said that completely different muscle groups are involved in dancing, and it was hard for him, despite the frantic loads in the triathlon, to cope with certain dance loads. I also remember that once strong guys came to school, MMA fighters (participants 18+). I'm not a coward, but I'm a little tense. It turned out that the coach recommended them to take several dance lessons to develop plasticity and coordination. There are many such examples! I had both football players and volleyball players, men and women. Dancing helps them.
Voloshin: Why do people think they can't dance? As far as I understand, if a person who goes in for triathlon, football comes to class, will dancing help him get rid of the clamps?
Papunaishvili: Absolutely right. Every person has clamps. And dance, it seems to me, is one of the tools that allows you to work with them. This is well understood by leaders, because they have a deeper vision and look at things differently. Just dancing and having a great time is also possible, and this is a great tool to distract yourself emotionally. But when there is a deeper work with your body, then this allows you, firstly, to determine where your clamps are. Dancing works it out. Another plus is that there are many types of dance directions, and each of them can help work out one or another clamp.
Voloshin: I can assume that the consciousness of a dancer is an amazing thing. A huge number of processes take place there at the same time: movement, plasticity, music, hearing, visual control, peripheral vision. We can talk here about concentration and the ability to improvise.
Papunaishvili: You can talk about this for hours. You absolutely clearly defined all the points. I think there are even more. Dancing in this sense is a unique activity, a unique sport and development. Because there is a lot to be done here. When you simultaneously have to learn to feel and listen to music, determine the rhythm and so on. It is essential to be in balance with yourself. Feel your body. Understand where the right leg is, where the left one is. This is both coordination and work on becoming more plastic. But another very important point is partnership. Many couples come to practice together.
The leaders who work with me individually are used to being listened to and led by everyone. And in the dance you need to succumb to the lead a little. And it's about partnership. So many women leaders say that dancing has changed and is changing their feelings, including in business. I always say to every student and student: “Try to track the feelings that you caught in today's lesson in life. The same clamps. Do you feel uncomfortable in the negotiations? Some kind of negative? We have certain exercises and movements. Move somewhere where you can't be seen. Do a few of these movements, and you will feel completely different.” It works.
Voloshin: Zhenya, this is the question. What dance rules work in business? The word "partnership" has already been used several times today. What can be learned from dance?
Papunaishvili: Everyone has their own business rules. Someone earns a lot of money by being dishonest, insincere, stepping over people and deceiving them. Let's be objective, there are such businessmen. I believe that the boomerang is coming back, so you have to be honest always. In my opinion, it is necessary to dance honestly. It is necessary to conduct business honestly, decently, correctly. What does it mean to dance honestly? When you sincerely dance, you need to learn to dissolve in the dance, you need to feel great about your body, to master it. You become so self-confident! It's like owning a business object when there is something in which you are like a fish in water. If you have studied this, immersed yourself in it, then you can honestly say that you are an expert. When people start doing business without knowing the material and making a blunder, this does not bode well and there will be no success. I, too, can make mistakes in partnerships, in business, and in life. But it happens, it's an experience. This doesn't mean that I always choose perfect partners, but experience definitely helps.
Voloshin: What rules of dancing work in business? This is partnership, the ability to feel and trust, this is honesty and sincerity.
Papunaishvili: I would also add that, as in any business, any development requires a skill, a lot of time and work to achieve a result. If you are lazy and think that everything will work out at the snap of your fingers just because you are talented and capable, then no, it will not work. We have to work hard.
Voloshin: I would like to return to a very important thing, from my point of view, because I constantly reflect on the topic of what works in my life, what does not work, what I am sure of, what I doubt. And it very often lies in the field of discipline and achievement of results. To some, my results seem high. I personally suffer from perfectionism and constantly think that more and better can be done. When a person goes through various difficult situations, it makes him stronger. You said that the last two years were difficult, and you did it. At some point, a person uses vital resources to survive, overcome and find solutions. How not to break down and not drop everything halfway?
Papunaishvili: You simply have no right to give up. Depression usually ends badly. When a person gives up, he turns into a vegetable and everything goes nowhere at all. It is very important who is next to you at this moment. It is important to set yourself up correctly. There were moments when I just gave up. I didn't know what to do. But we'll fix it. There are no hopeless situations! At a certain point, you need to exhale as many times as you like and calmly think about how to proceed. There is definitely a way out.
I am a very emotional person and I don't always make the right decisions based on my emotions. Sometimes emotions help, sometimes they don't. It is important to find a balance at the moment of making a decision and not to do something stupid. You have to say to yourself: "This is your life, you need to move forward." I was so worried about schools, for people who behaved ugly, for emotional and financial losses. But just a year after the schools closed, so many opportunities opened up for me! Even from a financial point of view, I earned as much as I didn’t earn in the eight years of the existence of schools. How and from what side to look, understand? I tried to save them. Tried to the end. But at some point you have to let go, expand your consciousness, look at things from a different angle. Perhaps you will see new opportunities, meet other people, be able to start new projects, and so on.
Voloshin: I fully support. I just had a similar exercise recently. Together with business school graduates and entrepreneurs, we ended up in Kamchatka, in excellent working conditions. The difference with Moscow is 9 hours. Everyone sleeps, we work, then we sleep - people start their working day there. And it was a very productive time. We thought about how we can develop our projects in the face of uncertainty and turbulence. External factors are not controlled by us, on the contrary, we must adapt to new conditions. Here, Evgeny correctly noted that our task was to look at the situation from the other side. That is, look from the position of a consumer, from the position of an entrepreneur, from the position of the state or someone else. And when I try to look at what is happening from different angles, I immediately find a bunch of exits. And when he is fixated only on his only position, he is not able to think differently. In this case, I will always be a hostage to an accident, depression, whatever.
Papunaishvili: Yes, Vladimir, I do. Just yesterday I had an amazing meeting, a very pleasant acquaintance. We talked about projects, perhaps in the future common ones. I heard a very cool word - "rethink". I liked it so much. There are moments that no longer work now, and we need to adjust a little, rethink. What worked 2-3 years ago may no longer work now. What worked 5 years ago doesn't work anymore. This does not mean that it is not needed, just that the approach needs to be changed.
Voloshin: By the way, “reinventing” projects in principle only works well when a person is constantly learning. And that's what I noticed, Eugene, that you are constantly learning and even somehow manage to combine it with travel. How does it work?
Papunaishvili: Yes, I am constantly learning. I really enjoy being a student. I am a good student. There are many television projects in which I took part not as a mentor, but as a student. It expands my consciousness. Moreover, I really like to learn to dance. And for me, of course, absolute happiness that there is an opportunity to improve my skills. Firstly, the most interesting project is the travel show “In Secret to the Whole World” (6+) on the Rossiya TV channel (6+). We travel all over the world - in Russia, different countries of Latin America, Africa. Several leaders took part in this project. The trick with me is that in every country we find a dance school where I can learn national dances, immerse myself in the local color and culture. It's just wow! I ask the teachers to train me with great respect for their art and craftsmanship. I don't get a lot. And I love it. This is great! It is impossible to fit everything within one program, but I get incredible pleasure from the fact that I have the opportunity to immerse myself in different cultures. Speaking about physiology, different muscle groups are involved, because the dances of the peoples of the North are one story, Caucasian dances, in which there are a huge number of varieties, are completely different. Latin America is generally professional happiness.
Voloshin: Great. Friends, if you want to ask Evgeny a question, click on the button in the Telegram channel where you are watching the live broadcast, and we will be happy to invite you to the broadcast.
Papunaishvili: Hello Anatoly.
Anatoly: Hello, dear Evgeny Vladimirovich! First of all, thank you for this positive atmosphere. I share your enthusiasm for dance and entrepreneurship rolled into one. About this is my question. What tools do you use in your life? I mean, how does entrepreneurship and attitude to life reflect what you do?
Papunaishvili: Dancing is my whole life. I teach from morning to evening: individual practice or dance projects with corporations and companies. I also teach at a wonderful private school. By the way, this is a very interesting story: to what extent its leader, the person who built this school, thinks big. He knows how important it is to learn to work in pairs from childhood and how important it is to feel your body. As part of the school, he built a dance hall and introduced compulsory dance lessons. Yes, many children do not understand why this is necessary. They may not be very interested in it. But it's so cool when people get used to movement, to work with a partner and so on from childhood.
Returning to your question, it's much more interesting for me when I see how entrepreneurs change, who I work with, how their lives change, how dancing affects them. I ask you to understand correctly: I do not “drown” solely for dancing. I think every person should have their own hobby. Golf helps someone, tennis helps someone, triathlon someone, dancing someone. Some people combine. But it is very important that there is unloading. For example, when the situation in the world is heating up or something goes wrong in business, problems arise - unloading is necessary. I insist that there should be a hobby, an opportunity to turn off the phone for an hour, get distracted and devote time only to yourself. And then an extraordinary effect begins: the back straightens and you can go to a meeting. Here's how it helps! Everyone walks, stoops, sits hunched over at the table, rides in a car. When people feel their back differently, they create a completely different energy around them. You can come to a meeting in a completely different state, and everyone present will feel it. Have you paid attention to the fact that sometimes a person goes somewhere, he may be short or inconspicuous in appearance, but literally fills the entire space with his energy? Or, on the contrary, a very large, tall person, entering the room, remains completely unnoticed.
Anatoly: Eugene, thank you! Now I will think about how to combine not only running, but also dancing with work. You will have to look for slots in the schedule.
Papunaishvili: Thank you very much. I am waiting for you.
Voloshin: Anatoly, thank you for your question. I, in turn, will briefly answer how sport helps me in business. In sports, I see a real person. There are a lot of "poker faces" in business that hide the true identity. And when a businessman is in a different status, for example, we go to training together and run, talk, then all this becomes unimportant. He is a CEO who manages thousands of people. And someone is afraid of him. And here he is an ordinary person, just like everyone else. This feeling allows you to build the most stable, good social connections.
Papunaishvili: Vladimir, I really like how you feel, how you speak, you are very similar to me. This is an amazing experience when you have the opportunity to work with top management, presidents of the largest companies. What can I say, in my life there were lessons with the first persons of different countries. You are absolutely right: at this moment, what you are talking about happens: real development.
Voloshin: I give the floor to Olesya. Olesya, hello! I am very glad to see you and I will be glad to hear from you.
Papunaishvili: Olesya, hello.
Olesya: Good evening, Vladimir and Evgeny. First, I send greetings to you from Kuzbass, from Siberia. Twelve o'clock at night, but we are in touch. I have a question for Eugene. What was the last thing you saw, heard, maybe from the places you visited that you remember the most and made an impression on you?
Papunaishvili: Thank you very much for your question. I am an impressionable person. And since childhood. I am very, very emotional, I react to music, I can literally shed tears from the song. Of course, each trip leaves a strong impression and charges me a lot, because I love people and meeting people (and when I travel, I meet different people). A lot of incredibly positive energy comes to me because I usually give out that energy. And here I see how people are also happy to get to know each other and share their emotions. If we talk about music, the last thing that made an impression on me when I shed a tear: I recently watched the children's Spanish "Voice" (6+). I love Italian and Spanish. And these little kids with such feeling sing incredible songs that I literally know by heart, because since childhood I also listen to Spanish and Italian music ... I understand how this culture is brought up from childhood, a taste for music, for performance is instilled, how emotional they are . It makes an incredible impression on me.
Voloshin: Thank you very much, friends. Feel free to ask Evgeny questions. This is a good opportunity now to address Zhenya what you feel and what you want to know firsthand. Today, he noted several times a very important thing, which I fixed for myself: “To be useful to society.” This phrase means a lot. What does it mean specifically for you?
Papunaishvili: I talked a lot about this with my mentors. For several years I have been seriously engaged in spiritual practices, meditations. I have teachers, to whom I fly to Orenburg specifically for practice. They see me as a mission to make the world a better place. Carry the right energy, teach, be a mentor to as many people as possible. I believe in it very strongly. It's not about money, it's not even about work. The most important thing is a sincere, bright thought. Again, I emphasize the word "sincerely." Sincerely carry your talent, skill to people. I feel like I'm good at it. I really love to teach dance, to feel my body - and this makes me really happy. When I see how people's lives and moods change, I am very happy.
Voloshin: Just yesterday we met with entrepreneurs at a business school, at my alma mater, and they asked me: “Why do you even talk about what you do?” I replied, “It seems to me that the responsibility of an entrepreneur is to convey the meaning and value of what you do to other people. It has to come naturally so that people want to be part of an equally big team doing useful things.” When I listen to Evgeny now, I wake up with a desire to go dancing and my fears disappear. And there are a lot of them. When a person encounters another, the same sincere and open person, he has the confidence that everything is not so scary. After all, he does it, he does everything with ease! How to instill this confidence in other people? What makes this possible?
Papunaishvili: Honestly, I don't know. Here, perhaps, there is a moment of luck. It's like a first experience: there are a huge number of non-professional teachers. If you're not lucky and you end up with a non-professional, the first experience will be unimportant. Imagine, you were shy, you already have a huge number of clamps since childhood, and here you are unlucky with a mentor - the clamps will only intensify. It is very important to find your teacher. If, for example, I want to do triathlon, running, then I can also get to the wrong teacher, who will discourage this desire in me. It simply torments me at the very first training session. Unfortunately, not everyone understands this. When you communicate with some people, sometimes you hear annoyed: “Oh, these dances of yours . ..” Now, it seems, there is no time for fun. But only really cool entrepreneurs, people with a deep consciousness understand that the “dances” themselves are secondary. The process is much deeper. First of all, for me, dance is about the ability to feel your body. You may have paid attention: sometimes there is a person at parties who, perhaps, looks awkward, a figure, for example, is peculiar, but dances so sincerely, feels his body so much that you can’t take your eyes off him. And sometimes you see, this one is prepared. Apparently he did it as a child. But there is an impression of some kind of artificiality: the movements are cool, but it’s not interesting to watch.
Voloshin: I understand what you mean. In the summer we met with a group of classmates, and one person surprised us so much! We had no idea that he was able to move so cool.
Papunaishvili: Dancing gives freedom. It is with such pleasure that I watch how cool the first persons of countries, billionaires, businessmen who come to various shows feel. For example, music began to play - and they immediately pick up this music. In this one feels the super-confidence of a person in himself. In general, I intend, so to speak, to continue the global mission: to turn the mind around in relation to dancing, to remove stiffness.
Voloshin: There is much to strive for. We still have questions. Sergei Solovyov from the city of Vladimir, welcome to the air.
Sergey: Vladimir, Evgeny, hello. I fully agree that sports and physical activity help businessmen to develop. I really liked the posture statement. Even at that moment, I straightened my back, pulled in my stomach, and I wanted to ask questions more confidently. Eugene, I have a colleague who was temporarily banned from doing physical activity, and for him sport is the main outlet and an opportunity to reboot. If you have moments when you can’t play sports, what do you replace this load with? What are the alternatives?
Papunaishvili: Thank you for your question. I remembered an incident that happened not so long ago. It was literally the last cherry on the cake, because then I really started having serious problems in my life. An important meeting was scheduled with a person who is very difficult to get to. Before going out to him, I took a shower, I apologize for the details: I leaned over and fell. For the first time in my life this happened. Literally bent over a little - and received a serious spinal injury. It knocked me out of my rut, I couldn't move at all. Naturally, the meeting had to be postponed, I was taken to the hospital. Probably, it was necessary for a certain stop. During my time at the clinic, I read a lot, watched movies, and fell out of my hectic daily schedule. Probably, the Universe told me: “Zhenya, you need to exhale and recover. Pause". It helped me.
Voloshin: But in ordinary life, this would not have happened.
Papunaishvili: Well, yes, you are always flying somewhere, running, meetings, sports. And here is everything. It was necessary to live this time for yourself, “allow yourself to relax”, think, rethink some things. We, Sergei, will be objective, sometimes we don’t even have time to think.
Voloshin: Sergey, thank you very much for your question. And to a speedy recovery partner so that he can again find the sport in his life.
Papunaishvili: Say hello to him.
Voloshin: We have a question from Anastasia from Moscow. What methods or secrets of good mood do you have in the morning? How to set yourself up for a positive start to the day, even if you woke up not in the mood?
Papunaishvili: You know, I'm in a good mood in my life. This is not always the case, of course, there are circumstances that make you sad and nervous. As for advice... There is a certain set of exercises that I ask you to do not only in the classroom. I recommend doing them every morning to straighten up and feel your body. Let's call it a warm-up. This is not about dancing, but more about the correct mood of your body for the day. To improve mood, it helps to eat something tasty, turn on your favorite song. Be sure to "disperse" yourself. Understand that your mood, especially if you are a leader, will immediately be transmitted to others. Smile to yourself. For example, I love music very much. I turn on my favorite playlist and immediately feel - life has gone, energy is in full swing! A cup of espresso delicious with salsa, as one of the options. Anastasia, for you, a beautiful dress or new shoes, a delicious cake in the morning, a favorite song can be a way to cheer yourself up.
Voloshin: Nastya thanks for this answer, for your emotions. Coming up with a morning ritual is very good.
Papunaishvili: I have lessons that start early in the morning with top managers or heads of large companies. It's funny to watch when people come to class in the morning a little lethargic, and then once - and the energy, music, movement went! And in this great mood, a person goes to work and spends the day much more productively. Anastasia, try dancing, running or swimming in the morning. I'm sure you'll love it!
Voloshin: I fully support. Good mood strongly depends on the meanings in life. Every day, every morning we need to collect and search for these new meanings. This is our exclusive role. No one will do this work for us. We need to keep rituals, multiply, share with other people, invite them in the morning, for example, to dance together. It's about partnership, about sharing energy with each other. Nastya, by the way, wrote that she loves to dance.
Papunaishvili: Very cool. I advise, no matter how trite it may sound, to accept yourself as you are, as you are. So many complexes because of this! This does not mean that we should forget about systematic development. Of course, you always need to work on yourself and develop. But people's doubts about their age, weight, physical fitness ... I don't care! People over 60 come to me to dance. Not so long ago, an absolutely amazing woman, who is over 70, came to learn to dance. And it's wonderful!
Voloshin: I suggest taking the last question. Alexander, St. Petersburg, ask your question.
Papunaishvili: Alexander, are you a running coach?
Voloshin: Another one.
Papunaishvili: Will you give me some advice later?
Alexander: Mandatory. As soon as the opportunity arises, I will immediately do it. I don't really have any questions! I can only say one thing, that any activity, especially dance, makes the soul dance. We ourselves enter into courage when we play sports and dance. That's all.
Voloshin: In any case, Sasha, thank you very much. See you in St. Petersburg, I plan to come there very soon.
Friends, I am extremely glad that Evgeny, our great Russian dancer, choreographer, actor, TV presenter, teacher and a wonderful person, who is ready to share his positive energy with everyone who was on air right now, could support our broadcast today. You can watch the live broadcast or read about it on the pages of our partner Vedomosti. Sport” (16+), especially those who are going to the glorious city of Sochi this week to close the Russian triathlon season very cool and bright together with the IRONSTAR team. I hope the Gazprombank. Premium” will show good results and bring a lot of positive emotions to all those who will root for it.
Today Zhenya shared with us very valuable insights that will be remembered for a lifetime. Several times he mentioned that it is important to look for reliable partners, and dancing helps to open up and feel the partner who is nearby. And I thought, why not decorate this evening with a gift for Eugene from me and from our friends? I am currently reading the book "Tandemocracy" (16+) - about the art of "driving" together. About working with partners. Gor Borisovich Nakhapetyan, with whom we worked side by side for several years in the alumni community, is one of the authors of this book. In short, I will say that in our life there are always partners, thanks to whom everything works out in the best way.