500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Bonnie Raitt, 'I Can't Make You Love Me'

Writers: Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin
Producers: Don Was, Raitt
Released: Nov. '91, Capitol
20 weeks; No. 18

Raitt was a Seventies blues prodigy who didn’t break through until 1989’s Nick of Time. Two years later came this clear eyed song about love gone cold. Co-author Reid was a defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals before heading off to Nashville. "Of all the songs in my career, that one is the greatest gift," Raitt said. "I think it stands among the best songs ever written."

Appears on: Luck of the Draw (Capitol)

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