The 41 Best Love Songs of All Time (as of 2016-2017)
There are an overwhelming number of love songs out there, and because the charts always seem to claim the same 40 songs are the best ones ever, we decided to go a little unconventional with this one. You’ll find some classics, of course, but we’ve tried our best to represent multiple genres and time periods.
Our Favorite Love Songs Of All Time
When a Man Loves a Woman (1966)
This song hit #1 on the Billboard charts, and spent a total of 13 weeks there. The lyrics are quite simple: “When a man loves a woman, can’t keep his mind on nothing else, he’ll trade the world for the good he’s found. If she’s bad, he can’t see it, she can do no wrong…”
Maybe I’m Amazed (1970)
What many consider the perfect love song, the lyrics say it all with this one. “Maybe I’m amazed at the way you love me all the time, Maybe I’m afraid of the way I love you. Maybe I’m amazed at the way you pulled me out of time, You hung me on a line. Maybe I’m amazed at the way I really need you.”
Unchained Melody (1965)
The Righteous Brothers
Billboard gave this song an honorable mention in their Top Hits to Peak at #25. It’s definitely one of the most underrated love songs in the history of music.
Endless Love (1981)
Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
In this duet, the singers profess their love for one another. Billboard named the song the greatest duet of all time, and we’d be inclined to agree. It stayed at number one on the charts for 27 weeks. It’s so great, it’s been covered by Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey, and by Kenny Rogers.
I’ll Make Love to You (1994)
Boyz II Men
1994 was a good year for love songs. Coming in at #2 on the BIllboard Top 50 Love Songs list, this song peaked at #1 on the charts for 14 weeks. They thought it was too similar to their other song, “End of the Road” but they did it anyway, and it’s a good thing.
The Power of Love (1994)
This song also ranked on the Billboard Top 50 Love Songs of All Time list, coming in at #40. It peaked at #1 for four weeks. We still think it deserves to rank higher.
I Just Called to Say I Love You (1984)
This song ranked at #38 on the Billboard Top 50 Love Songs of All Time list. It peaked at #1 where it stayed for three weeks. The song was written for “The Woman in Red”, an Oscar winning film for which the song took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Your Song (1970)
A song about what a man would do for his lover if he could, Your Song peaked at number 8 on the charts, making it yet another underrated love song. It spent 14 weeks on the charts, but remains a classic.
Can’t Help Falling in Love With You (1961)
Though Elvis originally did the song, several other artists have covered it, including UB40, in 1993. BIllboard put this version of the song on their Top 50 Love Songs of All Time list, because it stayed at #1 for seven weeks.
This song topped the charts for eight weeks, the first country single to do so in more than 30 years. Thanks to a remix of the song, Lonestar became the first group to hit the Hot 100 since Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers in 1983.
I Want to Know What Love Is (1984)
The song hit #1 in both the United States and the United Kingdom, where it stayed for three weeks. It is the only Pop #1 hit Foreigner ever had, and despite having hits on other charts, remains the band’s most popular song. It’s been covered by several artists, including Tina Arena, Wynonna Judd, and Mariah Carey.
Love of a Lifetime (1990)
Whether you’re a fan of ‘80s/’90s hair bands or not, just one listen to the lyrics of this one, and your heart will melt. “I’ve finally found the love of a lifetime, a love to last my whole life through….forever in my heart, I’ve finally the love of a lifetime.” Firehouse was known for their ballads, as their songs, “When I Look Into Your Eyes” and “I Live My Life for You” deserve honorable mentions.
Nat King Cole
The lyrics say it all with this classic: “Unforgettable, that’s what you are, Unforgettable though near or far, Like a song of love that clings to me, How the thought of you does things to me, Never before has someone been more, Unforgettable in every way. And forever more, that’s how you’ll stay.”
Would You Go With Me (2006)
Though never really high on the Billboard charts, peaking at 43, spending 20+ weeks on the chart, this one is still list worthy because of the lyrics. “If I gave you my hand would you take it and make me the happiest man in the world? If I told you my heart couldn’t beat one more minute without you, girl? Would you accompany me to the edge of the sea, help me tie up the ends of a dream? I gotta know, would you go with me? I love you so, so would you go with me?”
Baby I Love Your Way (1975)
Another underrated love song, this spent 16 weeks on the chart peaking at #12. The lyrics of the chorus are: “Ooh baby, I love your way, everyday. I wanna tell you I love your way, every way. I wanna be with you night and day, ooh yeah.”
Wonderful Tonight (1977)
Spending 17 weeks on the chart and only peaking at #16, this is still a popular love song. Great for couples who’ve been together for a while, the lyrics begin with: “It’s late in the evening, She’s wondering what clothes to wear, She puts on her make up, And brushes her long blonde hair, And then she asks me, “Do I look alright?”, And I say, “Yes, you look wonderful tonight.”
My Woman, My Woman, My Wife (1970)
Peaking at #42 on the Billboard charts, this song spent eight weeks there. Though not as popular as others, it’s still a great love song that deserves more attention.
When You Say Nothing At All (1999)
Featured on the Notting Hill soundtrack, the lyrics read: “It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart. Without saying a word, you can light up the dark. Try as I may, I can never explain, what I hear when you don’t say a thing.”
Tangled Up in You (2008)
Not a group known for love songs, the lyrics make this a great choice for couples who’ve spent years together. “And in this world where nothing else is true, here I am still tangled up in you. I’m still tangled up in you still tangled up in you.”
More Than You’ll Ever Know (2012)
Boyz II Men ft. Charlie Wilson
Featured on the 20th anniversary album, Twenty, this song solidifies why Boyz II Men wins love songs. The chorus lyrics say it all: “More than you ever know, Just like the stars in a 1000 skies, More than you ever know, Deeper than a place where the ocean floor lies. You are still number one in my eyes. Until this day I still get butterflies. Know that I love you more than you’ll ever know.”
Vanessa Williams – Save The Best For Last
A wonderful song by singer, songwriter, and film start Vanessa Williams. It is one of those songs best reserved for cozy nights in with you and yours.
Tina Turner – The Best
The rich, resonate, unmistakable voice of Tina Turner make this song a sensation. It was a top ten hit in the late eighties.
K-Ci & JoJo – All My Life
This break out recording earned the two artists Grammy nominations. Its sweet, melodic tunes made it a smash hit in 1998.
Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong
You know the lyrics—everyone does: “Lord lift us up where we belong…” The was the theme for the film An Officer and a Gentlemen, and it won both an Oscar and a Grammy.
Barry White – You’re the First, My Last, My Everything
The most iconic song from the late Barry White. His beautiful bass and sensuous tones make this one of the best love songs ever.
Dawn featuring Tony Orlando – Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
Though originally inspired by the return of a convict, the song is now a favorite tribute to American troops serving overseas.
Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On
This became one of the biggest hit singles of all time in the late nineties. It was the main theme of another hit—the movie Titanic.
Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – A Whole New World
A sweet and magical melody that can tug at even the sternest of hearts. The song was the first one from a Disney movie to hit #1 on the pop charts.
Heatwave – Always and Forever
This is probably one of the most familiar tunes in existence. It is from Heatwave’s debut album called Too Hot To Handle.
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
A classic from the King of Soul, Al Green. The song hit #1 in 1971. Recently, it has been named to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.Olivia Newton-John – I Honestly Love You
The song came out in 1974. Olivia Newton-John won for the song. It remains a favorite for slow dances at clubs and social events of all kinds.
Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There
Diana Ross brought the talents of this magnificent group to the attention of the world. A young Michael Jackson leads them in one of their most famous songs.
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
One of the best known of Marvin Gaye’s songs, it became one of the biggest hits of his career.
Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
The late, great Whitney Houston…Before her unfortunate decline she made beautiful love songs. This is one of the best from her movie The Bodyguard.
Oleta Adams – Get Here
The song was a favorite of military families during the first Gulf War. It reached the top 5 on pop charts in the US and UK when it came out.
Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack – Tonight I Celebrate My Love
The celebrated Roberta Flack gives one of her best performances in company with Peabo Bryson in this touching love song.
Sonny and Cher – I Got You Babe
An iconic song of the 1960s hippie counterculture. Its irresistible melody and joyful lyrics make it a perennial favorite of couples everywhere.
Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
The beats and acoustics tell suggest its eighties origins. It was released as a track from Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album.
Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack has made many hit love songs. This is one of her most moving and extraordinary pieces. It is a song that never fails to soothe and relax.
Luther Vandross – Here And Now
The velvety soft voice of the late soul singer Luther Vandross is unmistakable. This is one of his better known hits.
Luther Vandross – Goin Out Of My Head
This is one of Vandross’s best performances. It is simple, elegant, and sweet—a work of near artistic perfection.
There you have it – our top 41 favorite love songs of all time. What songs do you think should of made the cut? Let us know in the comments below.