“Hero” by Enrique Iglesias

This is one of the most romantic songs of all time, but that’s exactly what the primary complaint of its detractors is, as the lyrics and delivery are hyperromantic to the point of being completely over-the-top. In fact, it bears a certain resemblance to “Sometimes When We Touch” by Dan Hill in that regard, but I’d argue it makes much better use of those elements than that song did. The lyrics may be exaggeratedly sensitive and melodramatic, but they’re not pretentious, and are actually quite good at choosing just the right words to express these intense sentiments. Also, while Enrique’s vocal performance is admittedly pretty overwrought, it’s delivered with more of a delicate touch than Dan Hill or most other Easy Listening oversingers (note that nearly all of the song is delivered in a trembling whisper). This is one of the great Easy Listening ballads from the waning days of that genre, and its overblown romanticism works in its favor, evoking the feel of a romantic fantasy rather than the prosaic self-pity of “Sometimes When We Touch”.

Verdict: Good.

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