Most everyone has a favorite love song based on an experience they had during a particular relationship, happy moment, or time of their life. However, some love songs stand out as time-tested favorites amongst all ages and cultures. These are the best love songs that warm the hearts of all lovers.
Based on sales, radio play, or just the songs that people find warm their heart year after year, here are some of the top love songs of all time to listen to and share!
The Best Love Songs
When A Man Loves A Woman- Percy Sledge
A 1966 gem, this song has been a classic since the moment it was released. It made Number 1 on the Billboard and R&B singles charts. Love songs aside, it is considered one of the best songs of all time. It gave men an outline of how to love a woman. It also gave both genders fantastic expectations of what love is, in all the best ways.
With lyrics like, “When a man loves a woman, spend his very last dime trying to hold on to what he needs, he would give up all comfort, sleep out in the rain, if she said that is the way it ought to be.” Before being recorded, Percy Sledge had relatively no lyrics written down and improvised the words to the shock of others in the room.
I Will Always Love You- Whitney Houston
Featured in the soundtrack for the movie “The Bodyguard” in which Houston also starred, this song stayed on the Billboard music chart for 14 weeks at Number 1. A great showcase of Whitney Houston’s talent, twenty years before her passing.
Million Reasons- Lady Gaga
Released in 2016 and becoming a famous single in 2017. The song is a country-infused song with elements of rock and roll. The lyrics, “I have got a hundred million reasons to walk away, but baby I just need one good one to stay.” speak to the struggle that maintaining love relationships can lead. Less appropriate as a wedding song, unless it is for a couple the guests all know have experienced past hardship.
Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran
The British singer/ song-writer’s “Thinking Out Loud” became a staple for love songs in 2014. Ed Sheeran says he thought of it as a “Let Get it on” by Marvin Gaye but in a parallel universe. He speaks of no act nor physical trait will ever change the way he feels at any age to come. This song was recorded on his second album “x” and one of his most successful songs he had written.
Open Arms- Journey
Journey is a band that people think of when they think of love songs. This song was the band’s biggest hits on the U.S. Billboard’s Hot 100 where it reached Number 2. VH1 called it one of the “greatest love songs ever written” A classic slow dance song, it is a first dance song for those wanting a classic story of how true love is recognized and can conquer all if we have “open arms.” Initially, some band members complained the song was too syrupy to record, but the power ballad won out all the way to the bank!
You are Beautiful- James Blunt
This song, co-written by James Blunt and two others, was released on his debut album in 2005. It was an obvious standout. It reached Number 1 in the U.K., United States, and Canada. Moreover, it received mass airplay on the radio and plenty of talk and (even jokes) amongst listeners. Best as a wedding song where it is evident that one party is smitten with the other, it is a song that you will end up singing in the shower, whether you want to or not!
It Had To Be You- Frank Sinatra
While Frank Sinatra‘s version of this 1924 song made it a classic due to his presence and vocal texture. The likes of Harry Connick Jr., Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and more have covered the song! A favorite song in movies, other Frank Sinatra love songs include, “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Fly Me To The Moon”.
We Found Love- Rihanna and Calvin Harris
A favorite song in 2011, this song stayed at Number 1 for ten weeks on the Billboard music charts and was a crossover song from dance music to commercial play, with a nod to relationships that struggle but still have lots of love. That sentiment was marked by the repeated lyric, “We fell in love in a hopeless place.”
Calvin Harris would go on to date Taylor Swift and be in the news for that love affair as much as his music, while the public would slowly forget Rihanna’s previously tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown.
All Of Me- John Legend
Written by John Legend for his then fiancé and, now, wife Chrissy Teigen, in 2014 it peaked at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became his best performing U.S. single. The song is a sensitive sounding piano ballad, which gives love a reverent devotion with self-disclosing lyrics. Besides winning Grammys in 2015, it is a great song to listen and dance to or share.
My Heart Will Go On- Celine Dion
Celine Dion’s biggest hits, this is one of the best-selling singles of all time. It could easily be the first song on our list based on that, but it has encountered as much love from listeners as it has hate. This song, released in 1997, spread like wildflower around the world and popped up as number one, helped partially by the success of being included as the theme song in the movie, “Titanic” with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. What is impressive about the song is that Dion recorded it in one take as a demo and that was what was released!
Other Top Love Songs Worth Mentioning
It is impossible to list all the songs that inspire people to give, receive, express love.
Honorable mentions include, “Lady In Red”- Chris DeBurgh; “Into My Arms”- Nick Cave; “Endless Love”- Diana Ross and Lionel Richie; “From This Moment On”- Shania Twain. Also “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”- Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, “Fallin”- Alicia Keys, “Just Give Me A Reason”- Pink, and so many more!
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