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Valentine's Day ballads

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s each confess a ballad we’re 99.9 percent sure we are the last person to have listened to — and see if we’re right. I’ll start, with a quick scroll through my Recently Played list:

Air Supply’s “Chances”: Because I was supposed to see them — for a third time —  on Saturday night but missed the show. I used to have to listen to their entire Greatest Hits 8-track before I would get dressed for elementary school (minus “Sweet Dreams,” because the intro scared me). Everyone knows “Making Love Out of Nothing At All.” But what about this song?

Kenny Rogers’ “I Don’t Need You”: Because it’s a song my late father and I both liked, and it’s my first Valentine’s Day without him.

Conway Twitty’s “(Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date”: Because I’m a sucker for a steel guitar.

O-Town’s “All or Nothing”: I’m choosing this one because I imagine someone else has listened to Backstreet Boys’ “Incomplete” and Hanson’s “I Will Come to You” recently since they’re still together.

Lionel Richie’s “Stuck On You”: Because I’ve been wishing I was in a cabin in Kentucky, and this song came on the radio during my last road trip there, so it makes me feel like I’m on my way.

• Laura Branigan’s “Over You”: I think of it as precursor to Adele’s “Someone Like You.” 

A few of my colleagues’ picks:

Darren Franich: “‘Keep On Loving You’ by REO Speedwagon. I’m sure I’m the last person to listen to it, because I am always listening to it. I’m listening to it right now.”

Stephan Lee: “Britney Spears ‘E-Mail My Heart’. I’m 100 percent sure I was the last person to listen to that one… maybe by about a year.”

Lanford Beard: “From my random shuffle this morning: Drifters’ ‘Save the Last Dance for Me.’” (Note: Also on my Recently Played list, but I have not listened to it today, so she’s still in the running.)

Martin Schwartz: “Ugh, ‘Baby Come Back’ by Player. I have no idea what Pandora was thinking.”

Jeff Labrecque: “‘Lady in Red.’ 99.999 percent sure I was the last to listen to that.”

Your turn!