torch song

noun

Definition of torch song

: a popular sentimental song of unrequited love

Examples of torch song in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With Barker’s thunderous drums on its anthemic chorus, the pleading torch song transforms into a punch-in-the-gut power ballad that’s now been viewed nearly 800,000 times on YouTube and over 3 million times on his Instagram. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, 7 Apr. 2022 The baroquest of Bond films; there’s a deep melancholy under all the lavish action, right down to Nancy Sinatra’s bone-chilling torch song. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 2 Oct. 2021 Angel Olsen jumping on the piano and playing a beautiful torch song at Capitol Studios to show what reverb does, too. Liam Hess, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2021 There’s almost always a Disney torch song, a pop star trying to break the mold, and a tune by Diane Warren, who has been nominated 12 times now with no wins so far. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 23 Apr. 2021 Perhaps more than any other song on her debut, the intimate torch song puts the then-20-year-old newcomer’s vocal prowess on full display. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 5 Oct. 2020 Four bars later, Debussy falls back on a stark E-minor chord that has a vaguely medieval quality, as if this torch song of the future were being performed in a cold room in an ancient castle. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2020 He's recorded two albums as Conchita Wurst, both collections of sweeping pop and orchestral torch songs reminiscent of Shirley Bassey and Neuwirth's idol, Celine Dion. John Russell, Billboard, 2 July 2019 Her vocals are low and performed in the ‘50s and ‘60s crooner style on several songs, giving them a torch song vibe that is rarely heard in pop today but would be familiar to fans of Julie London, Peggy Lee, or Shirley Horn. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, 24 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of torch song

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for torch song

from the phrase to carry a torch for (to be in love)

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“Torch song.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/torch%20song. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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