Love You Like These Love Songs

Ranking The Top Love Songs Of All Time

Love You Like These Love Songs

In honor of Valentine’s Day and the fact that I have a month of free Spotify Premium, I decided to compile a list of the greatest love songs of all time. Obviously, this list is subjective to my own music taste. However, I did make sure to cross-reference my opinions with multiple other lists just to make sure that I’m not totally crazy in my song choices.

20. Just Like Heaven – The Cure
On the more positive side of the love song spectrum, Just Like Heaven is a bop that can’t go unnoticed. From the crashing of the cymbals to the creatively visual lyrics, The Cure created a masterpiece.

19. In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
One of my main goals in life is to have someone sing me this song outside my window with a boombox in their hands. But until that happens, I’ll just have to keep listening to Peter Gabriel’s iconic voice and pretend my eyes are truly that amazing.

18. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys perfectly blended a positive melody with serious, heartfelt lyrics that ask what we all wonder when being in a relationship: what would I do without this person? It’s a tune that you naturally hum along to, and be prepared for it to be playing on a loop inside your head.

17. Dreams – The Cranberries
I’m a fanatic for all things Cranberries and that’s mainly because the lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan, had a set of pipes that goes on unmatched by any other. She could be singing gibberish, which she does do in this song, and I would absolutely love it. Anyways, the theme of this song is basically how love builds up until that person you’re pining after becomes an ideal dream.

16. Making Love Out of Nothing at All – Air Supply
Air Supply was the hit group for love and break-up songs. They had eight top ten hits in the 80s, but this one really just screams love. Russell Hitchcock lists all the things he knows and all he can do, but he blows us away when he admits that he doesn’t know how his partner can make love out of nothing at all. The instrumental part of this song is a masterpiece and somehow keeps you hooked while he repeats the same line over and over again.

15. I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men
End of the Road is honestly my favorite Boyz II Men song, but it gives off more of an “oh, please don’t break up with me” feeling instead of the “oh, I really love you” feeling that this song expresses. The vocals are so soothing, but what I really love is how all the voices blend together and complement each other like a deliciously layered cake. The song continues to build as it progresses and so does your desire to hug someone tightly and tell them you love them.

14.Your Song – Elton John
The lyrics make Elton John come off as a very simple and humble man, which he definitely was not, but it makes it easier for the listener to relate and feel that warm fuzzy feeling that comes with being called special. And when you think about it, expressing your love is quite simple – all you gotta do is create a love ballad and serenade them with Grammy-winning vocals. All in all, I definitely don’t mind that Elton John graced us with this lovely classic.

13. How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees
After listening to this song for the first time, I had it stuck in my head for the rest of the week. The Gibb brothers are a trio of talent, and their choice to grace us with their breathtaking voices and message of questioning love will be forever appreciated. Because when it comes down to it, all we really want to know is how deep someone’s love is for us, and how we can bring two of the Bee Gees members back to life.

12. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Somehow this song makes me want to cry and fall in love all at the same time. Adele’s voice is somewhat melancholy, but the lyrics are an emotional confession that she’ll do anything it takes to convince you of her love. Bob Dylan sang the original, and while I usually love all things Bob, hearing Adele’s rich voice and range trumps hearing Dylan’s weathered and raspy vocals.

11. Faithfully – Journey
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of singing this song at the top of my lungs. The piano is simple but beautiful, the electric guitar is mind-blowing, and every time the drums are used I can’t help myself from swaying back and forth. The guitar solo is amazing by itself, but being paired with Steve Perry’s vocal range gives the song something that makes it stand out as a true hit. In terms of love, Faithfully is a power ballad dedicated to long-distance relationships and sticking it out even when the going gets rough.

10. For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
Instead of the slow and slightly sad tone love songs usually take, this song is an upbeat, fun-loving expression of finding someone to be yours. Stevie Wonder makes you want to tap your foot in time with the drums, and when he starts showing off his skills with the harmonica you can’t help but get up and dance.

9. Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
Simple, but undeniably a classic, this song has a rightful place in the list. I’m a sucker for big band and jazz which is why I adore this song so much, but regardless of my jazz fetish, Frank Sinatra’s voice gives this song a distinct feeling of love.

8. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
What I love most about this song is its message. Al Green offers us his powerful voice, but he also teaches us that love is unconditional. Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad, I will always love this song and Al Green will always love whoever is so lucky to be the subject of it.

7. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
This is another cover that I can’t imagine being sung any other way. Presley’s deep, sensual voice keeps this song alive as one of the best love songs ever, and while most of the lyrics are repetitive, they are strong enough to be sung over and over again.

6. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
I’ll admit this song is pretty slow and mellow, but it is totally worth the listen. When I think of this ballad, I think of beauty. The lyrics are beautiful, the timing is beautiful, the instruments are beautiful, and Flack’s voice is definitely beautiful. She delicately croons about how it feels to fall in love with someone. Just look at the opening verses. “The first time ever I saw your face/I thought the sun rose in your eyes/And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave,” are one of my favorite lyrics ever.

5. Endless Love – Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
Soft but powerful, this song proved that Richie’s and Ross’s voices are a match made in heaven. It’s an iconic duet that leaves you with the need to find someone you can belt your heart out with. This song truly is endless in its legacy of showing us what love between two people should sound like.

4. At Last – Etta James
The amount of covers on this list is startling. I could never imagine anyone else singing any of these songs, but especially this one due to the fact that Etta James’ voice seems built to serenade us with those wonderful lyrics. The opening strings are what really takes it over the edge; it starts off with high-strung anticipation until you’re eased by James’ silky smooth voice. In the end, you feel a sense of accomplishment along with James because she’s in love and that love is returned.

3. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
To be honest, when I first listened to this song I was preparing myself for disappointment. The album cover looks like two dudes that are bird watching on their vacation in the Hamptons, and the opening verse weirdly reminded me of an awkward slow dance at prom. Thankfully, this song went above and beyond at exceeding my expectations and proving its timelessness. It really is a beautiful love song and the amount of high notes Billy Hatfield landed is breathtaking.

2. Something – The Beatles
The amount of love I have for this song is so indescribable. From the opening guitar riff to the emotionally moving lyrics, this song is probably one of my favorite Beatles songs and definitely one of my favorite love songs. What sets this song apart for me is how simple but personal the lyrics seem. George Harrison somehow encapsulated the feeling of wonder that comes with loving someone, and how you can’t clearly describe it. There’s just something about this song.

1. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Even though it’s truly a break-up song, Whitney Houston’s rendition of I Will Always Love You is too iconic to not be seated in first place. It’s the type of song that can only be correctly listened to at full volume, with your hands in the air, embarrassingly belting out each and every line. Houston’s range of voice and sheer talent is written all over this song, and so is the heartbreaking beauty of loving someone so much that you sacrifice your own wants for what’s best for them.

If you read through all of that, I want you to know that I’m proud of you and I would prefer to not get beaten up for my music taste. I’ll be the first to say that music hits differently for everyone, but no matter your personal preferences love songs are a staple for everyday life. I hope you enjoyed at least some of these classics, and I promise that all of them are worth the listen.