From left: Mike Malinin, Rzeznik and Robby Takac
Asia Geiger

Johnny Rzeznik’s cup runneth over. As if celebrating the release of the Goo Goo Dolls’ new album, Magnetic (Warner Bros., $10), and the launch of the band’s tour with Matchbox 20 weren’t enough, the lead singer is set to wed longtime girlfriend Melina Gallo next month. “I feel like I’m in a much more positive place and much more comfortable place in my life than when I was a younger-ish man,” he says. “I feel really grateful for everything I’ve been given.”

With romance in the air and a healthy repertoire of love songs to his credit (“Iris,” anyone?), we asked the 47-year-old frontman to share his favorite odes to amour.

“MARTHA” by Tom Waits
“I love that song. He’s trying to reconnect with an old, lost love, and it’s beautiful.”

“MAYBE I'M AMAZED” by Paul McCartney
“There are some really classic lines in there. It’s about a very solid, pragmatic part of love.”

“SOUVENIR" by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
“There’s something about that song that melts into me; there’s something very haunting about it.”

“YOU AND ME” by Lifehouse
“It’s one of those songs that’s just so completely undeniable. It’s just the honesty and purity of it that really amazes me.”

“FIX YOU” by Coldplay
“It just has this very longing quality about it — like there’s an incredible amount of distance between two people sitting in the same room, and [he’s] trying to fill that space.”