Eydie Gorme was active from the early 1950s to the late 2000s. She came from a Sephardic Jewish background. As such, she spoke fluent Spanish, thus enabling her to perform pop and Latin pop. Sometimes, Gorme sang by herself. Other times, Gorme performed with her long-time husband, Steve Lawrence. Often, artists are successful in one role but not the other. However, Gorme saw incredible success in both. Interested individuals can check out her extensive discography for the evidence.
Here is our opinion of the ten best Eydie Gorme songs ever released:
10. “We Got Us”
“We Got Us” is one of the finest fruits of Gorme’s work with her husband. It never soared on the charts. Indeed, it never received the opportunity to do so. Instead, “We Got Us” was released as a title track on an LP that earned a duo a Grammy in 1960. As such, the song is remembered for good reasons.
9. “Love Me Forever”
“Love Me Forever” remains well-known in modern times. The Four Esquires were the ones who released the initial version. Their song rose to number 25 in the United States and 23 in the United Kingdom. Gorme released hers a bit later. Subsequently, this song bested the original by rising to number 24 in the United States and 21 in the United Kingdom. Those rankings speak volumes about the regard she was held in those times.
8. “You Need Hands”
Gorme has several non-album singles that met with spectacular responses. For instance, “You Need Hands” climbed to the number 11 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958. It is a simple song. However, one can argue persuasively that this simplicity provides much of its emotional punch.
7. “Sabor a Mi”
As mentioned, Gorme was a successful Latin pop singer. One example of these releases would be “Sabor a Mi,” a Spanish language classic. This isn’t a happy song. It is clear the narrator once had a close relationship with her significant other. Unfortunately, the situation has worsened by the time of the lyrics, thus putting them on the verge of separation. Despite this, the narrator isn’t angry. If anything, she is plaintive, pleading for her significant other to remain while seeming resigned to the probability that he will not.
6. “The Man I Love”
Unsurprisingly, “The Man I Love” is a love song. However, it isn’t about a relationship that exists. Instead, the narrator is singing about something that will come true for her someday. It is a simple dream sung with tremendous hope, thus making it extra-relatable for listeners.
5. “I’ll Take Romance”
Love takes courage. After all, successful relationships don’t just automatically happen. They take an enormous commitment of time and effort, which may or may not work out in the long run. As a result, it’s understandable when people shy away from it, particularly if they’ve been badly hurt in the past. “I’ll Take Romance” paints a beautiful picture of someone taking a chance on their first real love. One can’t help but wish her well, even if one feels cynical about such things.
4. “Piel Canela”
“Piel Canela” is a Spanish song that uses nature metaphors to convey the narrator’s love for her significant other. For example, she would prefer him to stay alive and well, even if that comes at the expense of the sea and stars. Similarly, she says her grief from losing his love would be greater than if rainbows and flowers lost their beauty. This language is extravagant. Luckily, Gorme’s vocals were rich enough to match.
3. “As Long As He Needs Me”
It’s hard to decide what one should think about this song. The narrator expresses a strong sense of loyalty to her significant other. Interested individuals should be able to tell just by looking at the song’s name, which is played straight rather than meant with sarcasm. Even so, she isn’t blind. The lyrics contain multiple examples of her feeling slighted and disrespected by her significant other’s behavior. Indeed, these sentiments aren’t secret. They are so widely known that her acquaintances have told her to move on, which says much about the seriousness of what has transpired. Despite this, the narrator remains committed to her significant other. One could interpret that as a sign of overwhelming love and loyalty. Alternatively, it is easy to read the whole thing as foolishness.
2. “Blame It On the Bossa Nova”
The bossa nova is a kind of samba popular in the United States from the late-1950s to the mid-1960s. Reportedly, Gorme disliked the song. She didn’t want to record it but had to anyway because her record label forced her to do so. In response, Gorme deliberately underperformed because she hoped her record label would drop the idea of releasing the song as a single. Amusingly, nothing of the sort happened. “Blame It On the Bossa Nova” was a number seven hit in the United States. Simultaneously, it was a number one or two hit in four countries. Never mind its high popularity and sales in others. “Blame It On the Bossa Nova” isn’t Gorme’s best recording. Still, it has earned its position as one of her most famous releases.
1. “If He Walked Into My Life”
“If He Walked Into My Life” is a poignant song about what went wrong in a relationship. The narrator lays out numerous possibilities but never settles on one because she doesn’t know. It is frustrating, but it is authentic because of that frustration. The critics seemed to have agreed. After all, “If He Walked Into My Life” is one of the songs that earned Gorme a Grammy.
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