Thursday, October 20, 2016

10 Best Hot Drinks: Cocktails that Really Warm You Up!

Need a winter warm-up? Choose one of these hot drink cocktails to keep you warm!

Hot Toddy. Traditionally, a hot toddy is hot tea, brandy, honey, and lemon; although there are many variations. In fact, the term “hot toddy” is sometimes used in a generic way to mean any hot drink with alcohol, much like the words cocktail or mix could mean any cold alcoholic drink.

Irish Cream and Coffee. This drink is self-explanatory, it’s a shot of Irish cream in a cup of hot coffee. You can top it with whipped cream, if desired. This drink is often called Bailey’s and coffee because Bailey’s brand is the most popular of Irish Creams. In my opinion, Emmet’s and Carolan’s brands are just as good as Bailey’s, and a lot less expensive.

Amaretto and Coffee. Amaretto is an almond flavored liqueur, and tastes delicious in hot coffee. This drink is particularly appealing to coffee lovers who don’t like cream in their coffee. The best brand of amaretto is Amaretto di Saronno and, unlike Irish Creams, the brand of amaretto really does make a difference.

Kahlua and Coffee. Kahlua is coffee flavored liqueur, so it stands to reason that Kahlua mixes well with hot coffee. Kahlua and coffee is usually served with whipped cream on top, although it’s optional. Kahlua brand is very good, but on the expensive side. Kamora brand is just as good, and less than half the price.

Warmed red wine. This old Italian wives’ tale is rumored to cure the common cold. In the old days they probably heated it on the stove, but in modern times, we just put a mug of red wine in the microwave for about a minute. I’m not sure if this drink is for everybody, but once you’ve had it during a mild case of the sniffles, you’ll want it again!

Hot Peppermint Patty. A Hot Peppermint Patty is hot chocolate with a shot of peppermint schnapps in it, with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Definitely a decadent after dinner drink if there ever was one!

A-lot-a Salada. This one’s an old bar favorite. Start with a cup of hot Salada tea and add one shot of Grand Marnier and one shot of Amaretto di Saronno. Yep- it’s a double- that’s why we call it A-lot-a Salada. It’s a little strong, but absolutely delicious. It’ll definitely warm you down to your toes!

Warmed Grand Marnier. This drink is also known as a Gra-ma in the bars. It’s another self-explanatory one- just heat a snifter of Grand Marnier in the microwave until it’s warm, not hot. Grand Marnier is an orange flavored liqueur, and, for some reason, more popular with men than women.

Jameson’s and Coffee. Jameson’s is an Irish Whiskey and there’s really nothing else like it. Personally, I think it’s an acquired taste and, in my experience, only popular with people of Irish heritage. But hey, it’s a manly drink after a long cold day of working outside.

Hot Cranberry Tea and Vodka. This is very much like a vodka and cranberry juice, except it uses hot cranberry tea and vodka. I recommend making a strong cranberry tea so the vodka won’t overwhelm it. Serve with a squeeze of lime, if desired.

Go ahead- enjoy a little booze in your mug this winter!

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10 Best Lupe Fiasco Songs: Lupe Fiasco's Best Songs (Albums Only)

Lupe Fiasco is one of the most unique rappers in the game today and also one of the most skilled lyrically. While he has been rapping for most of his life he scored a big break with his collaboration on Kanye West’s song Touch the Sky. He also released tons of material through mixtapes such as Fahrenheit 1/15 before releasing his two albums Food & Liquor and The Cool. With his new album entitled Lasers due out soon I thought it would be a good time to make my top ten Lupe Fiasco songs from his first two albums. I didn’t include any mixtape material on here but I highly recommend you give them a listen since they can be found for free online. So with that being said let’s get into Lupe Fiasco’s best songs. You may also enjoy: 30 Best Outkast Songs and 41 Best Jay-Z Songs

Kick, Push– As a single off of Food & Liquor, Kick, Push garnered Lupe some more attention and also a label as a ‘skateboard rapper’. It seems that if you rap about any other thing besides money, cash, hoes you get pigeonholed as that subject until you prove otherwise. Anyways, Kick, Push is itself a pretty deep track that gives a taste of different aspects of a young man’s life through the common thread of skateboarding. My favorite part of the song is the second verse where he meets his girl, …and away they rolled just lovers intertwined with no place to go.

Sunshine– The song is appropriately titled because the instrumental is so bright and warm. Sunshine is a simple story of finding love in a night club and while it doesn’t sound all that romantic it does have several sweet moments. Out of the trillions of the numbers in this world, just leave me a few that lead to you…

Day Dreamin’I dream of you beneath the flowers, for a couple of hours, on a beautiful day.

Hurt Me Soul– Lupe gets into more social commentary on Hurt Me Soul and really does a fine job of highlighting some of the world’s ills. The hook is great on the song. He said he never prayed to God he prayed to Gotti, I’m thinkin’ gollee, God guard me from the ungodly.

The Cool– What a unique beat this song has and Lupe does it justice with a great story about a man who let life pass him by.

Superstar- It took a while for this song to grow on me but once it did Superstar made it into my normal rotation of music. I love to listen to it when I need a bit of a motivational boost and the last verse is a pretty damn good one from Lupe.

The Coolest– Okay The Coolest takes almost a minute to get into the verse and the hook isn’t all that great but the first verse is amongst my favorites not just of Lupe Fiasco but of any rapper. He personifies rap/fame as a woman and explores their relationship with one another. …And I would never feel pain and never be without pleasure ever ag-ain and if the rain stops and everything dries she would cry just so I could drink the tears from her eyes.

Paris, Tokyo – I first heard Paris, Tokyo online before The Cool was released and for the next month or so it was my favorite song that I listened to multiple times per day. Lupe raps about life on the road and being away from the one you love to where the only contact you really have is in your dreams. She said pursue your interests because even if I’m ticket-less I’ll be there by your side, in your heart, and on your mind.

Dumb It Down– On this track he tackles all of the ridiculousness that pervades hip hop from the corporate interests to violent lyrical content and lack of a real message.

Gold Watch– I don’t really dig the instrumental all that much because the sample repeating itself is kind of annoying but I can still zone out and listen to Lupe spit. the wings dont make you fly and the crown dont make you king.

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10 Best Nicknames for Grandchildren

Grandchildren are precious and adorable. You enjoy spending as much time as you can with your grandchildren. You look forward to trips to the zoo or the ice cream shop as well as quiet cuddly time reading books with your grandchildren. But do you have special nicknames for grandchildren that convey how much you love them? It can be very special to have an extra little nickname for your grandchildren. Maybe even something that no one else calls them! By using some popular nicknames for grandchildren, each grandchild can have their own special nickname!

As you think of nicknames for grandchildren, take these top 10 choices under consideration:

Doodlebug or Bug – Both of these little names are delightfully sweet as nicknames for grandchildren. You could also use a child’s real first name and combine so that a little girl named Chloe could be called Chloe-bug.

Monkey – This is a cute little nickname and so many children really are little monkeys. And your grandchild may really enjoy doing a little monkey impression for you complete with some monkey sounds when you use this nickname.

Tootsie – As nicknames for grandchildren go, this is probably best suited for girls. Some grandparents may even want to lengthen it to Tootsie-wootsie. That’s a really cute one that will make your grandchild giggle.

Pumpkin – This is an adorable, cozy, warm-feeling choice for nicknames for grandchildren. To personalize it even more, you could add to it and make the nickname Pumpkin Pie. There’s no arguing that’s a sweet little nickname.

Boo – This cute, short little nickname might be just the right one for your grandchild. You can add the child’s name to make it Parker-Boo. Other nicknames for grandchildren that are derivatives of this are Boo-Boo or Boots.

Sweetie – This also can be Sweetie-girl or Sweetie-boy depending on your grandchild. This is a nice, loving choice for nicknames for grandchildren. You might also like a shorter, two syllable option of Sweet-girl or Sweet-boy.

Bubba or Bubbie – These are both endearing choices for your grandchildren. You may find that you start out with one and as the child grows you switch to the other but they are so similar that it still feels like basically the same nickname.

Honey – This is a nice, tender nickname. You might also want to add to it and use Honeybuns or Honeycakes for your grandchild. Another version of this is to use the child’s name and make it part of the nickname such as Rosie-honey.

Snicklefritz – This nickname sounds both affectionate and mischievous. It is a funny sounding nickname that might make your grandchildren laugh when they hear it but will definitely feel special.

Stinker – This is also a little more mischievous choice of nicknames for grandchildren. Most of us can picture an adult saying “Oh you little stinker!” to a child and this might just be the right choice for you.

If none of these selections suit you and your grandchildren, let your imagination run wild and see what other nicknames for grandchildren pop into your head.

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10 Best Nicknames for Grandparents

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10 Best Movie Villains of All Time

What makes a good movie villain? Being a truly bad person really helps, but also having the ability to conceal at least a portion of their bad side is also critical to being a really successful villain. After all, anyone can be bad, but it takes a little more talent to be really good at being really bad.

There have been a lot of movie villains, and this list of the top 10 has names ranging back to the 1940’s up to 2009 and characters from Science Fiction to Pulp Fiction.

10. Jake Sully – played by Sam Worthington in Avatar : Jake Sully turned his back on his own race, his fellow comrades in arms and even killed many of his marine brethren with his own hands. Along the way he did nothing to save the local inhabitants until many of the tribe had been killed. Let us not forget he stole his ‘brother’s’ fiance and did it all for his own pleasure and to fill a void in his life. The mark of a really good villain, being able to be a villain and appear to be the hero at the same time.

9. The Terminator – played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator : A perfect role for Arnold, very little speaking required. A cold-hearted killing machine from the future, the Terminator wiped out an entire police precinct, and did his level best to kill Linda Hamilton. The acting in this movie was a little scary, but the bad guy role was excellent.

8. Lord Voldemort – played by Ralph Fiennes in the Harry Porter Films : Tom Riddle, aka Lord Voldemort symbolizes evil in the Harry Porter films. The character, as far as we can discern, has no redeeming values and his sole ambition is to be the ‘dark’ lord. Very well played this movie villain struggles to regain his lost thrown as he does battle with the young Harry Potter. What makes this villain so memorable is that he attempts to conceal his wickedness from no one.

7. Khan – played Ricardo Montalban in The Wrath of Khan : Taking a villain from the television series and bringing him back in this film was genies. It certainly did not hurt to have the role played by a superb actor, Rocardo Mantalban. Bent on revenge, Khan gives us great movie moments – “Revenge is a dish best served,,, cold” and “For hates sake, I spit my last breath at thee.” A really good bad guy.

6. The Joker – played by Jack Nicholson in Batman : One of the best actors of our time, or of any time, Jack Nicholson makes the role of the Joker come to life as never before. As likely to gun down one of his own men as one of his enemies, the Joker is unpredictable. A bad guy before becoming the Joker, his evil is magnified and unleashed as the Joker. A great role, played very well by a truly great actor.

5. Hans Gruber – Played by Alan Rickman in Diehard : This bad guy wears a designer suit, speaks very well, and is as cold and calculating as any bad guy in our countdown. Mr. Gruber will happily blow up a building full of people just to cover his getway, and he won’t even have to count to three before he does it.

4. Doyle Lonnegan – Played by Robert Shaw in The Sting : This movie won best picture and starred Robert Redford and Paul Newman, but there was a third member of the cast who played a key role in the success of the film. Doyle Lonnegan was the bad guy set up to be conned by the two grifters, Redford and Newman. His screen time was limited, but he was one heck of villain, ya follow?

3. Darth Vader – Voice by James Earl Jones in Star Wars : The persona of evil, Darth Vadar could kill with his mind, rather with the Force. He served the evil empire which thought little of destroying entire planets, now how is that for a movie body count?

2. Cody Jarrett – Played by James Cagney in White Heat : The oldest role in our countdown, this 1940’s classic showed the versatility of Cagney as he played bad guy, Cody Jarrett. Cagney showed pure evil in one scene, then could make us feel sympathy for the charter in the next. Look Ma, I’m the king of the world.

1. Hannibal Lector – Played by Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs: Another gentleman villain who was not only a serial killer, but a gourmet cook and escape artist. This villain never blinked on screen and considered rudeness an unforgivable sin. How cold must you be to kill someone, then eat his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti? Certainly cold and cruel enough to make it all the way to number one on this list.

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10 Best Glee Performances

With all the great television that’s been on lately, you may have missed out on the first half of Glee. Just because you don’t have time to catch up on the entire season, doesn’t mean you can’t join in the fun! There have been dozens of songs on Glee and three CDs released, but there are key performances that you can focus on to catch up without having to watch 50 performances. It will help you get to know each character and piece together the storylines.

(1) “Don’t Stop Believin'”: In the “Pilot,” Will Shuester, the teacher in charge of glee club, gathers all the kids at McKinley High who likes to sing, and puts together “New Directions.” An interesting bunch of kids, including the star, Rachel Barry, and the football quarter back, Finn Hudson, who isn’t so sure if he wants to be in the embarrassing Glee club. As usual on this show, the Principal and the insufferable cheer-leading coach, Sue Sylvester are threatening to shut “New Directions” down unless they sing something amazing and win competitions. This number is the true show stopper that made everyone take notice. You can’t get into Glee without first seeing this performance.

(2) Take a Bow: Of course, there are love triangles in every show, but Glee likes to one up it with love quadrangles. The important ones to know are Rachel having a crush on the football star Finn, who is dating Quinn, who cheated on him with his best friend Puck. The thing to know about this, is Puck got Quinn pregnant, but she tricks Finn into thinking the baby is his from a malfunction in a hot tub, despite the fact that they never did the deed. Mercedes, the dive belter of the bunch, has a crush on her best friend who is gay, Kurt. She comically does not quite realize the situation. Finally, Mr. Shuester is in an unhappy marriage to his high school sweet heart, who is faking a pregnancy, but the high school guidance counselor is madly in love with him. Whew. Back to the song, from the episode “Shomance,” this is when Rachel and the girls are through putting up with crap from their respective men. Lea Michele’s (Rachel) vocal is positively stunning.

(3) “Somebody to Love”: Fast forward passed some silly storylines, such as Mr. Shuester starting “Acafellas” with some of the other teachers, and more mayhem with the hilarious and ruthless, Sue Sylvester trying to destroy everyone with her one liners. Broadway star, Kristin Chenoweth, makes an appearance as a washed up alumni who never quite finished high school. She re-enrolls to help save Glee club, and star Rachel feels like she is being replaced. This number, from the end of “Rhodes Not Taken,” is “New Directions” coming back together to become the best glee club they can be. It’s a fantastic, powerful number, and showcases many of the different talent on the show.

(4) “Hate on Me”: After Mr. Shuester’s wife takes a job as a nurse at the school to keep tabs on him, she promptly loses it after giving the kids a bunch of Dayquil to keep them going. Sue Sylvester tries to divide the Glee club by playing on the fact that Mr. Shuester doesn’t give enough student’s solos. This leads us to this number, where Mercedes takes reign and blows this song out of the water, as they say.

(5) “Defying Gravity”: Puck and Rachel have a little fling, but she decides she doesn’t want to lose her V card to him. As always, in the episode “Wheels,” she wants the good solos, and Kurt isn’t having it. He can hit all the notes too! This leads to the two of them having a sing off on the signature number from Wicked. You can listen to a Rachel version, a Kurt version, or their duet version. All of them are awesome!

(6) “Proud Mary”: Artie is the “New Directions” member who is confined to a wheel chair. He has amazing vocals, and also in “Wheels” the glee club perform “Proud Mary” with all the members in wheel chairs, so they can understand a day in Artie’s shoes. It’s nice to know more about Artie, and the group do a great performance of this number.

(7) “True Colors”: In “Hairography,” the glee club finds out more about their competition at sectionals. They are terrified by what they see. We also get to find out more about glee member, Tina, who finally gets rid of her stutter and belts out this Cyndi Lauper tune. Her vocals are stunning and with her crush on Artie, we’re all wondering if the two can work it out.

(8) “Don’t Rain on My Parade”: Two of the hilarious cheerleaders who are also in glee club give their set list to Sue Sylvester, who gives it to the competition. “New Directions” gets to sectionals and is horrified to see that everyone is performing their songs! Horrified, they do what any group of musical theatre kids do, they instantly put together a new set list complete with already learned choreography. This leads Rachel to tearing down the house with this Streisand number. It is not to be missed.

(9) “Vogue”: Mr. Shuester leaves his wife after finding out she is lying about the baby. Him and Emma, the adorable OCD school psychologist, are trying their hand at dating. Finn knows Quinn’s baby is Puck’s and they break up. He dates Rachel for a little while, but breaks up with her. Jesse St. James, from their enemy glee club “Vocal Adrenaline” starts to pursue Rachel and they become a couple. Rachel is torn between Finn and Jesse. The club gets assigned the Madonna as their project, and Sue, who idolizes Madonna decided to pay homage to “Vogue.” The video is also a must see.

(10) “Like a Prayer”: This brings back the goose bumps that “Don’t Stop Believin'” brought in the pilot episode. Everyone’s vocals are on fire and Jesse St. James, played by Broadway star Jonathan Groff, is still around to showcase his own intense vocal talents. Lea Michele is stunning and Amber Riles as Mercedes is magnificent.

There you have it! Through all the love triangles and quadrangles, this show is really about the music. Listening to these 10 songs will catch you up to finish out season one with the rest of us! Catch Glee on Fox!

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10 Best Jam Bands of All Time

A jam band, by definition is a band that is traditionally below the mainstream, and performs the majority of their concerts through unplanned improvision and with a number of changeling songs. With that having been said, some of these artists are still able to accompllish such terrific success, that they have become household names. Here is my list of the top 10 Jam Bands of All Time (some old and some new)

1. The Grateful Dead
2. The Dave Matthews Band
3. The Allman Brothers
4. Phish
5. Little Feat
6. The Jerry Garcia Band
7. The Black Crowes
8. Jack Johnson
9. The Spin Doctors
10. . Los Lonely Boys

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10 Best Green Laundry Detergents for Sensitive Skin

All green laundry detergents are made without phosphates or chemicals and are never tested on animals. Some depend on plant-based enzymes to do the dirty work, others on plant-based oils and cleaners, and some combine both methods. Most green laundry detergents avoid fragrances, for full hypoallergenic applications, but you will find exceptions below. Best of all, green laundry detergents are easier on your clothes, as well as the environment and your skin. Here are 9 of the best green laundry detergents you can find, with a 10th detergent that you can make at home yourself.

10 Best Green Laundry Detergents: #1. Charlie’s Soap

From Charlie’s Soap comes a green liquid laundry detergent that is fully hypoallergenic, containing no phosphates, UV brighteners, dyes or perfumes. Fully non-toxic and biodegradable, this green laundry detergent is made with coconut-based detergents and high-grade washing soda. Never tested on animals, this detergent cleans laundry by dissolving stains from fabric fibers. Visit Charlie’s Soap to learn more about this green laundry detergent.

10 Best Green Laundry Detergents: #2. Planet

From Planet comes a liquid laundry detergent that is virtually without scent. Containing no phosphates this green laundry detergent is also hypoallergenic and fully biodegradable. Unlike many green laundry detergents, Planet’s Ultra detergent combines coconut oil with washing soda, and recommends applying more detergent for heavy stains. Visit Planet to learn more about this green laundry detergent.

10 Best Green Laundry Detergents: #3. ECOS

From ECOS comes a green laundry detergent which is hypoallergenic as well. The Free and Clear All Natural Laundry Detergent is free of detergent ingredients found in standard laundry detergents, such as phosphates, formaldehydes and petrochemicals. With a nuetral PH balance and with no chemicals, this green laundry detergent is 100% biodegradable and septic safe. Made with coconut kernel oil, soup bark as well as the herbs chamomile and horsetail, this detergent is soft on laundry and skin alike and was never tested on animals. Visit ECOS to learn more about this green laundry detergent.

10 Best Green Laundry Detergents: #4. Seventh Generation

From Seventh Generation comes a dye free, fragrance free laundry detergent that contains no hophates or chemicals, making it easy on skin as well as the environment or septic tanks. Made with coconut, sodium citrate and enzymes, this is a powerful green laundry detergent, but its scent is slightly unpleasant, resembling clay. Even so, clothes do not retain the scent once washed. Visit Seventh Generation to learn more about this green laundry detergent.

10 Best Green Laundry Detergents: #5. Caldrea

Unlike many green laundry detergents that come with no fragrance and only a faint scent of detergent, Caldrea green laundry detergents come in a line of fragrance for every nose. Choose from lavender, sage, sandlewood and many earthy scents. All Caldrea laundry detergents are made with plant-derived cleaners, as well as long-lasting natural fragrances, and are fully biodegradable. Though containing no chemicals that may prove irritating to sensitive skin, the fragrances found in Caldrea detergents should be evaluated by hypoallergenic users for personal sensitivity. Visit Caldrea to learn more about these fragrant, green laundry detergents.

10 Best Green Laundry Detergents: #6. Green Works

From the makers of Clorox comes a green line of laundry detergents which are safe for sensitive skin. Made with plant-based cleaners, plant-derived soap and enzymes, this green laundry detergent is fully biodegradable and yet a powerful detergent for laundry washing on a regular basis or for treatment of stains. Green Works detergents contain no dye or fragrance but do contain natural colorants. Visit Green Works to learn more about this green laundry detergent.

10 Best Green Laundry Detergents: #7. Method

From Method comes a green laundry detergent in an chic bottle. Dye and perfume free, this laundry detergent is contains no phosphates and is full biodegradable. Unlike other green detergents, Method Laundry Detergent is enzyme based, and may require additional detergent for heavy stains. Though perfume free, this laundry detergent is not scent free and smells a little like a rubber glove, though the scent is faint and will not cling to washed clothes. Like other green detergents for green laundry, this product was never tested on animals. Visit Method to learn more about this green laundry detergent.

10 Best Green Laundry Detergents: #8. Mountain Green

From Mountain Green come to green laundry detergents for sensitive skin and all natural laundry washing. Containing no harsh perfumes, dyes, chlorine or enzymes, as well as no chemicals and with a neutral PH level, this green laundry detergent is made with coconut and palm oil, and stabilized with food preservatives. Offering a lemon fresh scent, this is one of the nicest smelling detergents for green laundry. Visit Mountain Green to learn more about this hypoallergenic, green laundry detergent.

10 Best Green Laundry Detergents: #9. Biokleen

Coming in a plain bottle, Biokleen’s Free & Clear laundry liquid is a fragrance free, dye free detergent for laundry washings on a regular basis. Made from coconuts, corn and grapefruits, this laundry detergent is still tough on mild stains. Like other green laundry products, this laundry detergent is fully biodegradable and was never tested on animals. Visit Biokleen to learn more about this green laundry detergent.

10 Best Green Laundry Detergents: #10. Home Made

You can make your own laundry detergent at home and save on the cost of store-bought laundry detergents. Simply boil a liter (4 cups) of water. Shred a bar of organic soap with your food processor (or grate by yourself). Add the shredded soap into the boiling water and mix until the soap dissolves. Next, fill a bucket with 3 gallons (11 liters) of water in a bucket, add the hot soapy water, and mix in a cup of washing soda (which you can find at the laundry aisle of your supermarket). Let stand overnight until the brew becomes thick. Use one cup for every laundry load.

And discover the all-purpose, biodegradable cleaner that really works.

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10 Best Love Songs from the 90's

The 10 love songs from the 90’s were commercially and critically successful. Multiple songs on the list won both Grammy and Oscar Awards. They were so popular that you probably remember the lyrics to some of the songs. Surprisingly, a lot of the 10 love songs from the 90’s come from movie soundtracks, which helped spur them into popularity.

  1. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John. It’s one of the 10 love songs from the 90’s that won a Grammy, and Oscar. The song was in the animated movie “The Lion King” and was featured when lifelong lion friends Simba fell in love with Nala . In 1994 the love song was so popular it was the most played on radio and TV.
  2. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. The love song from the 90’s was featured in the movie “Armageddon.” It was Aerosmith’s first #1 song, and is about wanting to spend time with a loved one. Lead singer of Aerosmith, Steve Tyler is the father to Liv Tyler, the lead actress in “Armageddon.” Even thought Aerosmith performs the song, it was written by Diane Warren.
  3. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. Houston made the 90’s love song popular again when it was featured in her movie “The Bodyguard.” The song was written and recorded by country singer Dolly Parton in 1974, and Houston put a soulful R&B spin on the love song. It was a #1 hit for Houston, and stayed at the top for 14 weeks.To this day, it is one of Houston’s most popular songs because of the timeless elegance she embeded in the track.
  4. “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meatloaf. Released on the 1993 album “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell,” the 90’s love song was a #1 hit. The album version is 12 minutes long, but got cut in half for radio play. Meatloaf won a Best Rock Solo Performance Grammy for the song in 1994. This is also one of Meatloaf’s better known songs, and it has a female singer featured at the end. The couple sing back and forth about how Meatleaf will hurt her, and he always sings back, “I won’t do that.”
  5. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. One of the 10 love songs from the 90’s was released on the “Titanic Soundtrack” in 1997. It turned into the biggest selling single of 1998. The soft and delicate love song won an Oscar and four Grammys , making it a commercial and critical success. When you think of “Titanic” this song comes to mind, and when you think of this song, “Titanic” comes to mind.
  6. “All My Life” by K-Ci & Jojo . The lyrics are about finally finding that perfect person to complete you. It is a great song to play for a new love that can express how you feel. The love song from the 90’s was so popular that the duo featured it on their “Greatest Hits” album.
  7. “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal. The 90’s love song was originally released on Seal’s second album, but was re-released in 1994 on the “Batman Forever” soundtrack. The Grammy winning song is a soft, sweet love ballad that’s still widely known as one of Seal’s best songs. The sweet 90’s love song went #1 on the Billboard chart.
  8. “This Kiss” by Faith Hill. Released in 1998, it was the first single Faith Hill mixed the pop and country sound together. It was a huge crossover success, and sprung Hill into the mainstream charts. The 90’s love song was also released on the “Practical Magic” soundtrack.
  9. “Don’t Speak” performed by No Doubt. One of the 10 love songs from the 90’s is from the 1995 album “Tragic Kingdom.” It was only released as a single in the UK, and went #1 on the charts. The lyrics are about two people in love that cannot make the relationship work. The song is about singer Gwen Stefani’s relationship with bassist Tony Kanal .
  10. “You Were Meant for Me” by Jewel. The 90’s love song was the second single released on the 1995 album “Pieces of You.” In 1996 the country/folk love tune became the most played song on US radio. It is an emotional song that sounds great with electric, or acoustic guitar.

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10 Best Movies Set in Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands, America’s tropical paradise, have a long history as filming locations. The Hawaii Film Studio, built in the 1970s on the island of Oahu, was the location of two long-running television series, Hawaii Five-O and Magnum P.I. Its recent productions include The Tempest, starring Hellen Mirren and The Informant!,starring Matt Damon.

Kualoa Ranch, also on Oahu, is a prime filming location of movies such as Jurassic Park and Godzilla, as well as the television series Lost.

While there have been many movies filmed in Hawaii, some of these films feature Hawaii as a stand-in for a fictional tropical paradise, such as in Jurassic Park, where the Hawaiian Islands played the part of Isla Nublar.

These 10 Best Movies Set in Hawaii were not only filmed in Hawaii, but also feature the Hawaiian Islands prominently in the story.

From Here to Eternity (1953)

In the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, former boxer Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) falls in love with a social club employee Lorene (Donna Reed) while avoiding the aggressive efforts of his captain (Philip Ober) to coerce him into boxing again for the Army. Includes the iconic scene of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr awash in waves, which was shot at Halona Cove on Oahu. Based on the novel by James Jones. Also starring Frank Sinatra as Private Angelo Maggio and Ernest Borgnine as Sergeant “Fatso” Judson.

Blue Hawaii (1961)

Filmed on the islands of Oahu and Kauai, Blue Hawaii was the showcase for Elvis Presley’s album of the same name, which spent twenty weeks at #1 on the Billboard in 1961 and 1962. Elvis plays Chad Gates, a young man who has just returned to his wealthy family’s pineapple plantation after serving in the Army. Instead of joining the family business, Chad chooses a job at a tourist agency where his girlfriend Maile (Joan Blackman) also works, a situation which gives him plenty of time for beach frolicking. Also starring Angela Landsbury as Chad’s mother, although Landsbury was only thirty-five at the time of filming, ten years older than Elvis Presley.

Hawaii (1966)

Based on James Michener’s epic novel, Hawaii, the film follows missionary Reverend Abner Hale (Max von Sydow) who marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley (Julie Andrews) and travels to the Hawaiian Islands to convert the Hawaiian natives to Christianity. Also starring Gene Hackman as Dr. John Wipple, and the first film appearance of Bette Midler, who was an extra on the film.

The Endless Summer (1966)

Bruce Brown’s classic 60s surfing documentary following two surfers as the chase summer (and waves) around the world. An inspirational movie for travelers- surfers, and non-surfers alike- the film contains beautiful scenes of beaches in Africa, Australia, Tahiti, and Hawaii.

Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)

Jack (Nicholas Cage) and Betsy (Sarah Jessica Parker) decide to marry in Las Vegas, but before the ceremony, Jack enters into a high-stakes poker game with a wealthy gambler named Tommy Korman (James Cann). After Jack loses big to Tommy, Betsy agrees to spend one night with the wealthy gambler in exchange for him forgiving the debt. The agreement does not specify where she will spend the one evening with Tommy, and he ends up whisking her away to his Hawaiian estate where he proceeds to sweep Betsy off her feet. Scenes at Tommy Korman’s Hawaiian estate were filmed in Kauai. Also starring Pat Morita as Mahi Mahi and a hilarious scene with The Flying Elvises.

Picture Bride (1994)

An independent film premiering at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, the title of this drama comes from the historic practice of early 20th century Asian workers in Hawaii selecting brides from their native countries just by looking at their pictures. The film follows sixteen-year-old Riyo (Youki Kudoh) as she leaves her home to travel to Hawaii to marry a man she has never met. When she arrives, she discovers that not only is her new husband twice her age, but that she is expected to work in harsh conditions in the sugar cane fields. This movie was filmed in Waialua, Oahu. Also starring Tamlyn Tomita as Kana, the young mother who befriends Riyo in the cane fields.

Blue Crush (2002)

Developed from the Susan Orlean’s article “Life’s Swell” about young surfer girls in Maui, Blue Crush is the story of one such surfer girl (Kate Bosworth) living in Hawaii and dreaming of winning the Pipe Masters surf competition. Filmed on Oahu and at the Hawaii Film Studio. Also starring Michelle Rodriguez as Eden.

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Animated, yes, but nevertheless scenic, and the catchy music alone will put you in the Hawaiian mood. The film takes place on the island of Kauai, and in fact, according to, almost all of the landscape scenes in the movie are recognizable locations in Hawaii. This Disney film tells the story of Lilo and big sister Nani after their parents have died and Nani must be a parent to Lilo. Enter one alien, Stitch, who, despite an inherent need for destruction, becomes part of the family. Features the voices of Hawaiian-born actors Tia Carrere as Nani and Jason Scott Lee as David.

50 First Dates (2004)

Henry (Adam Sandler)is a marine veterinarian based in Honolulu, who romances women vacationing in Hawaii and never sees them again, changes his ways when he falls for Lucy (Drew Barrymore), a local art teacher . He soon discovers that Lucy suffers from short-term memory loss, so he must spend each day winning her over yet again. The movie takes place entirely in Hawaii, except for a final scene in Alaska, and was filmed throughout several locations on Oahu, including Kualoa Ranch.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

When Peter’s (Jason Segel) movie-star girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), dumps him, his heartbreak leads him to take a vacation to Turtle Bay resort on Oahu, Hawaii, where he discovers Sarah is also vacationing…with her new boyfriend (Russell Brand). Besides fantastic views of the Turtle Bay Resort and beaches all over Oahu, the movie also includes actor Davon McDonald as Dwayne the Bartender giving the best pronunciation of Hawaii’s state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

Hawaii Film Office

Filming at Kualoa Ranch

Internet Movie Database


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