7 songs that'll get your heart pumping
We've curated a playlist about the most important organ in your body.
Listen to your heart. It guides your emotions. Your heart pulls you into the power of music. From heartbreak to what makes your heart beat, these songs capture all extremes of the heart. So whether you are in need of some healin’, some lovin’, or some singin’ – crank up the volume on these seven songs.
'Hungry Heart' by Bruce Springsteen
This classic heart song was written by iconic American singer Bruce Springsteen, and released on his fifth album “The River” in 1980. Music legend goes that he originally wrote it for The Ramones, but decided to keep it for himself. The song reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980, and was voted Best Single of 1980 in a Rolling Stone readers’ poll. It has appeared in movies including "Risky Business" and "The Wedding Singer" and is one of Springsteen’s top songs of his last 40 years of music.
'Into Your Heart' by Sarai Givaty
Sarai Givaty is a multi-hyphenate – actress, singer and model – from Israel. She catapulted into fame in the early 2000s with her role as an American reporter on the Israeli version of "The Tonight Show." In 2006, she moved to Los Angeles and blended her passion for music and acting, starring in Enrique Iglesias’ music video for “Somebody’s Me.” Givaty released “Into Your Heart” in 2013. It is a softer song about the pain your heart can take.
'Achy Breaky Heart' by Billy Ray Cyrus
Before he was known as Miley Cyrus’ dad, Billy Ray Cyrus was known for his hit single “Achy Breaky Heart.” The American singer-songwriter released this hit in 1992 on the album “Some Gave All.” The song was originally written by Don Von Tress, and with Cyrus’ help was able to cross over from the country to pop charts. It reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot 100 Chart. Its success was amplified by the popularity of line dancing the early 1990s. “Achy Breaky Heart” has also been translated into more than 100 languages.
'Total Eclipse of the Heart' by Bonnie Tyler
Husky-voiced singer Bonnie Tyler released this heart anthem in 1983 on her fifth album “Faster Than the Speed of Night.” That year it was nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Tyler became the first Welsh singer to ever claim the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was the biggest hit of her music career, selling more than 6 million copies worldwide. It was well received around the world, also topping the charts in the U.K., Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
'Put a Little Love in Your Heart' by Jackie DeShannon
This song was originally written and released by the American songstress Jackie DeShannon on her 1969 album “Put A Little Love in Your Heart.” Its positive and simple message drove it to the No. 4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Nearly two decades after DeShannon’s version, Annie Lennox and Al Green released a cover of the song, which reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Isley Brothers, Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Rowland and Gavin DeGraw have also covered the song.
'Heart of Gold' by Neil Young
The legendary Canadian singer released his heart song in 1972 on the album “Harvest.” It is Young’s only single to have topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rolling Stone ranked the classic No. 297 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. This version includes both an acoustic guitar and the harmonica. The song has been covered by countless artists including Widespread Panic, Matchbox Twenty, Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews and Jimmy Buffet. It was most famously covered by Willie Nelson, which rose to No. 44 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles in 1987.
'Don’t Go Breaking My Heart' by Elton John and Kiki Dee
To finish the heart playlist, here is a chipper duet from British duo Elton John and Kiki Dee. The song was written by Elton John and his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. It was Elton John’s first No. 1 single in the United Kingdom – and held the top spot for six weeks straight in 1976. The single has sold more than 6 million albums in Britain and also nabbed the top spot on Billboard charts in Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy and New Zealand.
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