101 Best Classic Love Songs Of All Time For Any Romantic Playlist

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101 Best Classic Love Songs Of All Time For Your Romantic Playlist
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Love is a difficult emotion to put into words, but luckily people who are more lyrically gifted than the rest of us have been articulating the feeling of love for centuries.

If you’re making a playlist for a wedding, compiling a good old fashioned mixtape for someone special in your life, or just need some songs to get you in your feelings, this is just the list for you.

These are the 101 best classic love songs ever written.

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From the classics to the more contemporary songs on this list, to use on your wedding playlist or any romantic playlist you want to make. 

1. Elton John, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”

A heartwarming classic from The Lion King that can still bring a tear to our eyes. 

“And can you feel the love tonight?

How it's laid to rest?

It's enough to make kings and vagabonds

Believe the very best”

2. Dean Martin, “That’s Amore” 

Cheesy as the lyrics are, this Italian classic has been on our minds since its 1952 release. 

“When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet

You're in love

When you walk in a dream but you know you're not dreaming signore

Scusami, but you see, back in old Napoli

That's amore”

3. The Platters, “One In A Million”

Love and fate are the themes of this moving song. 

“Fate was surely kind to help my heart find

Someone like you to be my love

I give thanks each day that you came my way

Way out of heaven to try love”

4. Nat King Cole, “Unforgettable” 

It’s no surprise that this jazzy love song earned a spot in the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

“Like a song of love that clings to me

How the thought of you does things to me

Never before

Has someone been more”

5. Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”

If you can’t listen to this song without conjuring up images of Kevin Costner getting shot in The Bodyguard, you’re not alone. 

“I hope life treats you kind

And I hope you have all you've dreamed of

And I wish to you joy and happiness”

6. The Supremes, “Baby Love”

This song made The Supremes the first-ever Motown act to chart two number 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. 

“'Cause baby love, my baby love

Been missing ya, miss kissing ya

Instead of breaking up

Let's do some kissing and making up”

7. Huey Lewis & The News, The Power Of Love

This is the kind of love song that makes you want to get up and dance

“First time you feel it might make you sad

Next time you feel it might make you mad

But you'll be glad baby when you've found

That's the power that makes the world go 'round”

8. Patti Labelle, “If Only You Knew”

The worst kind of love is unrequited love. If you’re trying to pluck up the courage to tell someone how you feel, give this a listen. 

“How much I do

Do love you

I dream of moments we share

But you're not there"

9. Etta James, “I’d Rather Go Blind” 

If you’ve ever had to watch the one you love fall for someone else, you’ll know the exact pain James conveys here. 

“I was just, I was just, I was just sitting here thinking

Of your kisses and your warm embrace, yeah

When the reflection in the glass that I held to my lips now baby

Revealed the tears that was on my face”

10. Mariah Carey, “Vision Of Love”

Beyoncé cites this song as the reason she started doing vocal riffs in her own music!

“I've realized a dream

And I visualized

The love that came to be

Feel so alive

I'm so thankful that I've received

The answer that heaven has sent down to me”

11. Adele, “Someone Like You” 

Most of Adele’s discography could be on this list, but this tune in particular is one for the ages. 

“Nothing compares, no worries or cares

Regrets and mistakes, they're memories made

Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?”

12. Elvis Presley, Can’t Help Falling In Love

Many musicians have made covers of this classic, but it’s Elvis’s original that reigns supreme. 

“Like a river flows

Surely to the sea

Darling, so it goes

Some things are meant to be”

13. Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours” 

This catchy love song is upbeat and fun to sing along to. 

“Well open up your mind and see like me

Open up your plans and damn you're free

Look into your heart

And you'll find love, love, love, love”

14. The Beach Boys, “God Only Knows”

No wedding is complete until this song is played. 

“God only knows what I'd be without you

If you should ever leave me

Though life would still go on, believe me

The world could show nothing to me”

15. The Cardigans, “Lovefool”

This Swedish pop group added some spice to the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack with this upbeat tune. 

“Love me love me

Pretend that you love me

Leave me leave me

Just say that you need me”

16. Adele, “Make You Feel My Love”

This song is all about the lengths we go to to show our love. 

“I know you haven't made your mind up yet

But I will never do you wrong

I've known it from the moment that we met

No doubt in my mind where you belong”

17. REO Speedwagon, “Keep On Loving You”

Setbacks affect even the strongest of relationships, but love can conquer all. 

“And I meant

Every word I said

When I said that I loved you

I meant that I loved you forever”

18. David Bowie, "Heroes"

Who doesn’t want a love that can make them feel powerful like a hero? Even if it's just for one day. 

“Yes we're lovers, and that is that

Though nothing will keep us together

We could steal time just for one day”

19. The Beatles, "All You Need Is Love"

The Beatles were behind some of the greatest love songs of the 60s. The title of this tune tells you everything you need to know about love. 

“There's nothing you can do that can't be done

Nothing you can sing that can't be sung

Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game

It's easy”

20. Beyoncé, “Crazy In Love” 

A love song that will get you on the dance floor. This song also began Beyoncé and Jay Z’s long love story, which has given us many iconic romantic and heartbreaking songs over the years. 

“Such a funny thing for me to try to explain

How I'm feeling and my pride is the one to blame

'Cause I know I don't understand

Just how your love can do what no one else can”

21. Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On”

I think I speak for all of us when I say that we can’t listen to this song without crying over Jack and Rose from Titanic.

“Love can touch us one time

And last for a lifetime

And never let go 'til we're gone”

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22. Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” 

If only all men were as determined to do right by the ones they love as Adam Levine is in this song. 

“It's not always rainbows and butterflies

It's compromise that moves us along, yeah

My heart is full, and my door's always open

You can come anytime you want”

23. The Cure, “Just Like Heaven”

Goths can be romantic, too! Despite their dark look, The Cure delivers some of the mushiest lyrics ever written with this track. 

“You, soft and only, you lost and lonely

You, strange as angels

Dancing in the deepest oceans

Twisting in the water

You're just like a dream”

24. Prince, “Kiss”

Prince reminds us to be open-minded in love with this tune that you can groove to.

“You don't have to be rich

To be my girl

You don't have to be cool

To rule my world”

25. Stevie Wonder, “I Just Called To Say I Love You”

Little gestures say a lot. Remember to always check in with the ones you love. 

“No April rain

No flowers bloom

No wedding Saturday within the month of June

But what it is, is something true

Made up of these three words that I must say to you”

26. Lionel Richie and Diana Ross, “Endless Love” 

This is possibly one of the greatest duets of all time and reminds us that true love lasts a lifetime. 

“Two hearts

Two hearts that beat as one

Our lives have just begun”

27. The Emotions, "Best Of My Love"

This tune was written by two of the members of Earth, Wind & Fire, so it’s no wonder it’s this catchy. 

“Doesn't take much to make me happy

And make me smile with glee

Never never will I feel discouraged

'Cause our love's no mystery”

28. Foreigner, “I Want To Know What Love Is” 

Powerful and heart-wrenching, this song gives us hope of finding a love not yet discovered.

“In my life there's been heartache and pain

I don't know if I can face it again

Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life”

29. Shania Twain, “You’re Still The One”

Twain and her former husband co-wrote this song in the height of their romance, and it's been loved by wedding bands ever since. 

“You're still the one I run to

The one that I belong to

You're still the one I want for life”

30. Queen, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

Not all love songs have to be slow, emotive tunes. This is one you can rock out to regardless of your relationship status. Fun fact: Freddie Mercury wrote this while soaking in a bathtub. 

“There goes my baby

She knows how to rock 'n' roll

She drives me crazy”

31. Bright Eyes, “First Day Of My Life”

When you meet the one, your whole world stops and you get the most intense feeling that your life is about to change forever. 

“Yours was the first face that I saw

I think I was blind before I met you

And I don't know where I am

I don't know where I've been

But I know where I want to go”

32. Foo Fighters, “Everlong”

Intense electric guitar riffs never sounded so sweet!

“And I wonder

When I sing along with you

If everything could ever feel this real forever

If anything could ever be this good again”

33. The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody”

Few romance movie moments are as memorable as the pottery scene from Ghost and the song that soundtracked it. 

“Time goes by so slowly

And time can do so much

Are you still mine?”

34. Cyndi Lauper, “Time After Time” 

This song shot Lauper to fame as a solo artist and remains one of the most moving love songs of all time.

“If you're lost you can look and you will find me

Time after time

If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting

Time after time

If you're lost, you can look and you will find me

Time after time”

35. Roberta Flack, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

Though it’s Flack who made this song famous, it was originally composed by British singer Ewan MacColl, who used it to court the woman who later became his wife. 

“And the first time ever I kissed your mouth

I felt the earth move in my hands

Like the trembling heart of a captive bird

That was there at my command, my love

That was there”

36. Fleetwood Mac, “Everywhere”

Fleetwood Mac reminds us that love doesn’t have to be complicated — it should come naturally to us. 

“Something's happening

Happening to me

My friends say I'm acting peculiarly

C'mon baby

We better make a start

You better make it soon before you break my heart”

37. Frank Ocean, “Thinkin ‘Bout You”

It might be less than a decade old, but this tune is still one of the greatest love songs ever written. Ocean is a lyrical genius.  

“Do you think about me still?

Do ya, do ya?

Or do you not think so far ahead?

'Cause I been thinkin' 'bout forever”

38. Percy Sledge, “When A Man Loves A Woman”

Powerful love needs an even more powerful voice to express it. This song will strike you right in the heart.

“When a man loves a woman

Spend his very last dime

Trying to hold on to what he needs

He'd give up all his comforts

And sleep out in the rain

If she said that's the way

It ought to be”

39. Prince, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”

Sometimes your soulmate might need a little persuading to fall for you. Prince has just the right lyrics for you. 

“I ain't like those other guys you hang around

It's kinda funny

But they always seem to let you down

And I get discouraged

'Cause I never see you anymore

And I need your love, babe”

40. Tina Turner, “Simply The Best”

If Prince’s lyrics don’t work, you can always try wooing your lover by telling them how great they are like Tina Turner did.

“In your heart, I see the start of every night and every day

In your eyes I get lost, I get washed away

Just as long here in your arms I could be in no better place”

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41. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Maps”

Early 2000s love was soundtracked by this song which clearly inspired Beyoncé, who featured the line, “They don’t love you like a love you,” in her song “Hold Up” almost 2 decades later. 

“Made off

Don't stray

My kind's your kind

I'll stay the same

Pack up

Don't stray”

42. Liz Phair, “Fantasize”

This indie song is short but ever so sweet. It’s a tender tune that will warm even the iciest of hearts. 

“I hear people are talking about us

And I just have to say

I lie awake every night

Thinking about you, I fantasize”

43. Tommy James and the Shondells, “Crimson And Clover”

Everytime I hear this song, an indie coming of age romance film plays out in my mind. A tribute to love at first sight, this song is as emotional as it is uplifting. 

“I don't hardly know her

But I think I could love her

Crimson and clover”

44. Chairlift, “I Belong In Your Arms” 

This indie pop duo took their own spin on the phrase “crimson and clover” by reinventing it for the 2010s. If you’re over the Shondell's classic, meet “crystal and clover” in this song. 

“Crossing my heart

Open wide

You're my crystal and clover

All of me

Honestly

Is dedicated to hold you”

45. Billy Joel, "She’s Always A Woman"

Joel’s lover doesn’t need him but he needs her so desperately and so deeply. 

“She can kill with a smile, she can wound with her eyes

She can ruin your faith with her casual lies

And she only reveals what she wants you to see”

46. Elton John, “Your Song” 

Since we were all imagining love songs were written personally for us anyway, Elton John decided to put us out of our misery by penning this song. 

“And you can tell everybody this is your song

It may be quite simple but now that it's done

I hope you don't mind

I hope you don't mind

That I put down in words

How wonderful life is while you're in the world”

47. Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes” 

This song is all about how love can heal a life of pain. 

“When I want to run away

I drive off in my car

But whichever way I go

I come back to the place you are”

48. Paul McCartney & The Wings, “My Love”

The former Beatle has a full orchestra backing his romantic vocals in this hit song. Linda McCartney, Paul’s first wife, was the muse behind this moving tune.

“And when the cupboard's bare

I'll still find something there with my love

It's understood

It's everywhere with my love”

49. Alicia Keys, “No One” 

Keys showcases the full power of her voice and her heart with this ballad. It’s raw passion captures the intensity of romance. 

“You and me together

Through the days and nights

I don't worry 'cause

Everything's gonna be alright”

50. Diana Ross, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” 

Ross slows down this song originally by Marvin Gaye to reveal her astounding vocals. It’s all about fighting for love at all costs. 

“No matter how far, don't worry baby

Just call my name I'll be there in a hurry

You don't have to worry”

51. The Carpenters, “(They Long to Be) Close to You”

Poets of the Romantic era have nothing on the lyrics of this dreamy love song. 

“Why do stars fall down from the sky

Every time you walk by?

Just like me, they long to be

Close to you”

52. The Kinks, “Strangers”

Falling in love with someone is a crazy experience. One day you’re strangers and then, as time goes on, you become the same heart, united by love. The Kinks capture this feeling beautifully here. 

“So I will follow you wherever you go

If your offered hand is still open to me

Strangers on this road we are on

We are not two, we are one”

53. Sonny & Cher, “I Got You Babe” 

Trust real-life lovers Sonny & Cher to write an accurate, heart-warming love song. This melody gives off serious 1960s hippie vibes and is the kind of song you want to dance to in a field of flowers. 

“I got flowers in the spring

I got you to wear my ring

And when I'm sad, you're a clown

And if I get scared, you're always around”

54. Madonna, “Crazy For You”

This sultry ballad was the beginning of Madonna’s transition into slow-dance songs and won her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

“Trying hard to control my heart

I walk over to where you are

Eye to eye we need no words at all”

55. Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers, "Islands In The Stream"

Country music stars sure know how to write a love song. This iconic duo chronicle a pure love in this upbeat tune. 

“Tender love is blind

It requires a dedication

All this love we feel needs no conversation

We ride it together”

56. Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream"

First loves are always the sweetest, but Katy Perry was lucky enough to find that feeling again and capture it for all of us to envy in this song. 

“You make me feel like I'm living a teenage dream

The way you turn me on

I can't sleep

Let's run away

And don't ever look back”

57. Stevie Wonder, “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”

This upbeat, catchy tune is a stand-out song from Wonder and is sure to bring a smile to your face regardless of your relationship status. 

“You must have known that I was lonely

Because you came to my rescue

And I know that this must be Heaven

How could so much love be inside of you?”

58. Barbara Streisand, “Woman In Love”

Nothing screams love quite like a 1980s power ballad. 

“With you eternally mine

In love there is

No measure of time

We planned it all at the start

That you and I

Live in each other's hearts”

59. Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong” 

This song almost didn’t get released as the duo weren’t sure it was up to their musical standards. Despite this, it went on to win a Grammy and an Academy Award after appearing in An Officer and a Gentleman.

“The road is long

There are mountains in our way

But we climb a step every day

Love lift us up where we belong”

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60. John Denver, “Annie’s Song” 

We all wish we were Denver’s wife, Annie, when we listen to this romantic folk tune. 

“Come let me love you

Let me give my life to you

Let me drown in your laughter

Let me die in your arms”

61. Sufjan Stevens, "Mystery Of Love"

This song appeared on the soundtrack of the exquisitely romantic Call Me By Your Name. It’s timeless melody and dream-like tune captivated the passion and intimacy of Elio and Oliver’s young love beautifully. 

“The first time that you touched me

Oh, will wonders ever cease?

Blessed be the mystery of love”

62. Savage Garden, “I Knew I Loved You”

Darren Hayes makes hearts everywhere flutter when he serenades in this love song. 

“There's just no rhyme or reason

Only the sense of completion

And in your eyes

I see the missing pieces I'm searching for”

63. Paul McCartney, “Maybe I’m Amazed”

McCartney makes another touching tribute to his wife Linda with this love song that laments about how he would be nothing without her. 

“Maybe I'm a man and maybe you're the only woman

Who could ever help me

Baby won't you help me understand?”

64. Joni Mitchell, “A Case Of You”

The sweet sound of Mitchell’s acoustic guitar is the only accompaniment needed to showcase her dreamy voice and emotional lyrics in this song. 

“Oh, you are in my blood like holy wine

You taste so bitter

And so sweet, oh

I could drink a case of you darling, and I would

Still be on my feet”

65. Donna Lewis, “I Love You Always Forever”

Eternal devotion is what we’re all searching for, and Lewis captures it so effortlessly in this poetic love song. 

“You've got the most unbelievable blue eyes I've ever seen

You've got me almost melting away

As we lay there under blue sky with pure white stars

Exotic sweetness a magical time”

66. Taylor Swift, “Red”

No modern artist captures love quite like Taylor Swift. Capturing the feeling of love from start to finish, one will break your heart and put it back together. 

“Touching him was like

Realizing all you ever wanted was right there in front of you

Memorizing him was as

Easy as knowing all the words to your old favorite song”

67. K-Ci & JoJo, “All My Life”

This is another one that is rarely missing from a wedding playlist. Slow and sensual, it comes from the soul. 

“I will never find another lover sweeter than you

Sweeter than you

And I will never find another lover more precious than you”

68. Frank Sinatra, “What Is This Thing Called Love?” 

When it comes to love songs, Frank Sinatra was in a league of his own. This song is slow and soulful, but rich with the usual charisma of the Rat Pack member.

“You gave me days of sunshine

You gave me nights of cheer

You made my life an enchanted dream”

69. Janet Jackson, “That’s The Way Love Goes”

Jackson originally hated this song when it was played for her prior to recording, but after spending some with it, she fell in love. Perhaps that’s a lesson not to give up on a good thing too soon. 

“Come with me don't you worry

I'm gonna make you crazy

I'll give you the time of your life

I'm gonna take you places

You've never been before”

70. Johnny Mathis, “Twelfth Of Never”

May all your Valentine’s have more room in their schedules and don’t have to plan things for the 12th of never. Mathis plays on this phrase and uses it to express a love that will never cease. 

“You ask how long I'll love you, I'll tell you true

Until the Twelfth of Never, I'll still be loving you”

71. Whitney Houston, “Greatest Of All” 

This was one of the most played tracks on Houston’s debut album. It celebrates a love that can turn even the darkest days into brightness.

“If I fail, if I succeed

At least I'll live as I believe

No matter what they take from me

They can't take away my dignity

Because the greatest

Love of all is happening to me”

72. Sinead O’Connor, “Nothing Compares 2 U”

Originally written by Prince, Sinead O’Connor shot to fame with her rendition of this song. Her distinguishable, raspy voice and iconic image makes this song just as memorable as the original. 

“It's been so lonely without you here

Like a bird without a song

Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling”

73. Ray Charles, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”

Charles agreed to record this song, originally released by Don Gibson, immediately after hearing the first two lines. We fell in love with this track just as fast. 

“Those happy hours that we once knew

Thoough long ago, they still make me blue

They say that time heals a broken heart

But time has stood still since we've been apart”

74. Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”

If you’ve ever experienced a long-distance relationship, you’ll relate to these lyrics. Written by Jesse McCartney, the song was the first release of UK X Factor winner, Leona Lewis, in 2008.

“I know that the goal is to keep me from falling

But nothing's greater than the rush that comes with your embrace

And in this world of loneliness, I see your face”

75. The Temptations, “My Girl”

This is definitely one of the catchiest songs known to man. It’s optimistic and will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. 

“I've got sunshine on a cloudy day

When it's cold outside I've got the month of May

I guess you'd say

What can make me feel this way?

My girl”

76. Roxette, “It Must Have Been Love” 

Pretty Woman director, Gary Marshall, loved this song so much he re-edited the film just to fit it in. 

“Make believing

We're together

That I'm sheltered

By your heart

But in and outside

I turn to water

Like a teardrop

In your palm”

77. Nat King Cole, “L-O-V-E”

Nat King Cole spells it out for us in this classic jazz song that was so successful, he rerecorded it in several languages to appeal to international fans. 

“L is for the way you look at me

O is for the only one I see

V is very, very extraordinary

E is even more than anyone that you adore”

78. The Rolling Stones, “Wild Horses”

One of the fiercest declarations of love in rock history comes in this song. The lyrics are full of love and devotion. If he tells you even wild horses couldn’t drag him away from you, you’ve got a keeper. 

“Childhood living is easy to do

The things you wanted I bought them for you

Graceless lady you know who I am

You know I can't let you slide through my hands”

79. Led Zeppelin, “Whole Lotta Love” 

If cheesy love songs aren’t your thing, blast this song for your lover instead. Its romantic lyrics are disguised over a catchy rock melody, so you don’t risk coming off mushy. You can even do some air guitar to seal the deal. 

“You've been learning

Um baby I been learning

All them good times baby, baby

I've been year-yearning”

80. The Beatles, “She Loves You”

Paul McCartney and John Lennon co-wrote most of The Beatles' most famous songs, including this one. But they have George Harrison to thank for the song’s catchiness. It was his idea to start with the earworm chorus instead of a verse. 

“She said you hurt her so

She almost lost her mind

But now she said she knows

You're not the hurting kind”

81. Fleetwood Mac, "You Make Loving Fun"

Everyone in Fleetwood Mac was having relationship problems around the time this song was written, but you wouldn’t even be able to tell from these lyrics. This is a fun, upbeat tune about a hopeful kind of love. 

“I never did believe in miracles

But I've a feeling it's time to try

I never did believe in the ways of magic

But I'm beginning to wonder why”

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82. Al Green, "Let’s Stay Together"

Rumor has it, Al Green took just 15 minutes to write this masterpiece. You’d never guess considering how long we’ve loved this tune. 

“Let me say that since, baby, since we've been together

Oh, loving you forever

Is what I need

Let me, be the one you come running to

I'll never be untrue”

83. Mac DeMarco, “Still Together”

Indie artists know how to nail a love song. This laid-back melody is simple yet powerful. 

“And time will pass, it may go fast

But we'll still be together

And where I go she's at my side, half of my life, together

It's easy love, fits like a glove from up above, together”

84. The Smiths, “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”

If you thought some of the other entries on this list were intense, wait until you listen to Morrissey’s lyrics here. He loves so deeply, he’d be happy to get hit by a bus when with his lover just so he could die by her side. Yikes. 

“To die by your side

Is such a heavenly way to die”

85. Damien Rice, “The Blower’s Daughter” 

If a lump in your throat and an aching heart was a song, it would sound like this. 

“Life goes easy on me

Most of the time

And so it is the shorter story

No love, no glory

No hero in her sky”

86. Coldplay, “Fix You”

When this song breaks for its instrumental section, it’s one of the most moving, uplifting sounds in music history. Written for Chris Martin’s then-wife Gwenyth Paltrow after she lost her father, it’s all about being there for your lover through the tough times. 

“Lights will guide you home

And ignite your bones

And I will try to fix you”

87. Billy Joel, “She’s Got A Way” 

Though it’s not Joel’s most famous work, it’s vulnerability and raw emotion make it a moving, tender love song. 

“She's got a smile that heals me, mmh

I don't know why it is

But I have to laugh when she reveals me”

88. The Ronettes, “Do I Love You?”

The Ronettes remind us to check in with ourselves and make sure we’re in a relationship that is fulfilling and long-lasting. 

“And do I need you every minute of the day

And would I die if you should ever go away

And does it mean so much to feel your tender touch

Do I love you”

89. Olivia Newton John, “I Honestly Love You”

After finding fame in Grease, Newton-John went on to win 2 Grammys in 1975 with this soft rock hit. 

“You don't have to answer I see it in your eyes

Maybe it was better left unsaid

But this is pure and simple and you must realize

That it's coming from my heart and not my head”

90. Eric Clapton, “Wonderful Tonight”

Clapton wrote this song about then-wife Pattie Boyd, who he wooed straight from the arms of former Beatle, George Harrison. She must have been one special lady. 

“I feel wonderful because I see

The love light in your eyes

And the wonder of it all

Is that you just don't realize how much I love you”

91. Chicago, “You’re The Inspiration”

It’s hard to imagine this song being performed by anyone else, but Chicago originally wrote this soft rock hit with Kenny Rogers in mind before eventually deciding to record it themselves. 

“You're the meaning in my life

You're the inspiration

You bring feeling to my life

You're the inspiration”

92. Kenny Rogers, “She Believes In Me”

Speaking of Rogers, he did just fine without the Chicago hit, producing many iconic love songs of his own. This heartfelt song expresses gratitude for his lovers’ undying support.

“While she lays crying, I fumble with a melody or two

And I'm torn between the things that I should do

And she says to wake her up when I am through

God, her love is true”

93. Mariah Carey, “Always Be My Baby”

Anyone in a teen romance in the 90s probably sound tracked their relationship to Mariah Carey’s poppy, playful romance tunes. 

“I ain't gonna cry no

And I won't beg you to stay

If you're determined to leave boy

I will not stand in your way

But inevitably

You'll be back again”

94. LeAnn Rimes, “How Do I Live”

Before there was a Taylor Swift, LeAnn Rimes was the only country-pop princess we were playing on our Walkmans. The country ballad was one of the biggest songs of 1997.

“If you ever leave

Baby you would take away

Everything good in my life

And tell me now

How do I live without you?”

95. Blur, “Tender” 

Britpop band, Blur, astound in this love anthem that features a full choir to maximize the romantic lyrics and amplify the message of this song: Love’s the greatest thing we have. 

“Tender is the touch

Of someone that you love too much

Tender is the day

The demons go away

Lord I need to find

Someone who can heal my mind”

96. Tina Turner, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”

This tune is something of an anti-love song but expresses a fear of falling for someone when you’ve been hurt before. Even Tina Turner can’t resist the pull of love, though, as proven in some of her later songs. 

“What's love got to do, got to do with it

Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken”

97. Alicia Keys, “Fallin” 

Keys captures the ups and downs of relationships with her powerful, emotive vocals. Sometimes you’re head over heels for someone, and sometimes (like when they keep leaving the toilet seat up) you can’t stand the sight of them. 

“I never felt this way

How do you give me so much pleasure

And cause me so much pain?”

98. The Righteous Brothers, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”

Iconic writing duo (and real-life couple) Barry Mann and Cynthia Well wrote this track on a rented piano at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles before passing it on to The Righteous Brothers to record. 

“I'd get down on my knees for you

If you would only love me like you used to do”

99. Minnie Ripperton, “Lovin' You” 

Ripperton previously worked as a backing vocalist in Stevie Wonder’s band before launching a successful solo career of her own. 

“No one else can make me feel

The colors that you bring

Stay with me while we grow old

And we will live each day in springtime”

100. Bee Gees, “How Deep Is Your Love”

The Gibbs brothers wrote this track for Saturday Night Fever without even seeing the script. They didn’t even know if there was a love story in the movie, but the song ended up slotting in perfectly with the plot. 

“'Cause we're living in a world of fools

Breaking us down

When they all should let us be

We belong to you and me”

101. Stevie B, “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)

The lyrics of this song are romantic and loving, so anyone would assume it was written about a relationship. Not quite. Warren Allen Brooks, who wrote the song, says it’s a spiritual song inspired by his love of God. 

“If you should feel that I don't really care

And that you're starting to lose ground

Let me reassure you that you can count on me

And that I'll always be around”

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