List of Torch Song Bands and Artists : Vote for your favorites.

List of Torch Song Bands and Artists   : Vote for your favorites.

A torch song is a sentimental love song, typically one in which the singer laments an unrequited or lost love, either where one party is oblivious to the existence of the other, where one party has moved on, or where a romantic affair has affected the relationship. The term comes from the saying, "to carry a torch for someone", or to keep aflame the light of an unrequited love. Tommy Lyman started the use in his praise of "My Melancholy Baby."

Torch singing is more of a niche than a genre and can stray from the traditional jazz-influenced style of singing, although the American tradition of the torch song typically relies upon the melodic structure of the blues. Some examples of torch songs are "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (1927), "Body and Soul" (1930), "Down in the Depths" (1936), "Lili Marlene" (1938), "One for My Baby" (1943), "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" (1944), "Cry Me a River" (1953), "The Man That Got Away" (1954), "Ne me quitte pas" and "Here's That Rainy Day" (1959), "Rhythm of the Rain" (1962), "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (1965), "One Less Bell to Answer" (1970), "Losing My Mind" (1971), "I Will Always Love You" (1974), "And I Am Telling You" (1982), "Careless Whisper" (1984), "Kayleigh" (1985), "I Want You" (1986), "You're Beautiful" (2004), and "Every Time I Hear Your Name" (2005).


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