Bonnie Raitt – “I Can’t Make You Love Me” – (1991)

Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 album Luck of the Draw was her best in terms of popular singles. And this song is great – reaching #18 on the Hot 100 and #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The lyrics are mellow and the music – especially the piano (played by Bruce Hornsby) – with its stunted tempo, is just motivated enough to get the feeling across of loss. The song appears of multiple “best songs of all time” lists – including Rolling Stone‘s and Mojo‘s – who ranked it #8. Which might be a bit high, even if it is a great song.