20 Best Love Songs Of All Time

I like talking a tough game, but like most people, I’m mushy inside (because body organs). Obviously, I’m not too good at talking about love, but luckily, I don’t have to be! These songs speak for themselves, all pertaining to proclamations of love (no break-up, “it’s complicated” stuff; that’s another list.) The songs are in no particular order at all.

“Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra 

Is it a slightly cheesy song? Yup. But it’s so earnest and sweet, and Frank Sinatra’s smooth voice is guaranteed to win you over. (Bonus points for a wicked brass section and a punchy ending.)

“Something” by The Beatles 

Ugh. My favorite love song ever is credited to my (possibly) favorite band ever. Not only does “Something” make a great use of guitar, it also has one of the most honest viewpoints on love. Written by George Harrison, it describes an inexplicable love for a person without guaranteeing its eternity.

“There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths 

Leave it to The Smiths to write the most morbid song about love. (Morrissey = The Pope of Mope). The lyrics say it best:

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine

So specific. So morose. Weirdly super romantic (don’t judge).

“Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Haley Reinhart

Elvis’ version is nice, but I personally like Reinhart’s vocals better. I apologize for everything, Mr. Elvis.

“The End of All Things” by Panic! at the Disco

I love P!ATD. Don’t get me wrong. But when I first listened to this eyeliner-wearing, ship-bearing band, I never expected such an elegant and poised proclamation of love. I was so, so wrong.

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by Sleeping At Last 

This song is originally by The Proclaimers, and that version never fails to remind me of Marshall’s car from How I Met Your Mother. Sleeping at Last takes the song and slows it down, accentuating the heartfelt, soul-bearing lyrics. Good stuff yo.

“This Town” by Niall Horan

I’m a sucker for acoustic guitar. Also, this Niall Horan guy? (Where he’s from? Was he part of a British boy band at some point? We may never find out.) Anyway, he has such a sweet voice! The song itself isn’t about mutual love, it seems to be about unrequited love, but the lines are so adorable that I can’t not! (#itwouldbeacrime) (Bonus points for the line “The only truth: everything comes back to you”.)

“Lovesong” by The Cure 

The Cure is moody with considerably less angst than The Smiths. And their song is much more standard but no less cute. Sidenote: it might also be about vampire love, but it’s such a great song that I don’t know and I don’t care.

Evidence “Lovesong” is about vampires in love:

  1. See exhibit A.
  2. Singer claims being with lover makes him feel young again. One possible reason is that he is sucking lover’s blood. What’s that? That’s not how vampires work? That’s not how your face works. (#rekt)
  3. See exhibit A.
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Exhibit A

“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

It’s originally by Bob Dylan, who has great songwriting skills, but less-than-great singing skills. Cue in Adele!

“My Funny Valentine” by Chet Baker 

This song’s from a musical called “Babes in Arms”, covered by saxophonist-turned-vocalist Chet Baker. The fact that in the musical this song is directed toward a character named Valentine gives it a 10/10 would recommend rating.

“Everlong” by Foo Fighters

When I was going through my “I’m too emo for all of this” phase, this was one of the only love songs I admittedly loved. I get the feeling the song might be about sex, but either way, Dave Grohl can sing this to me anytime.

“Sweet Creature” by Harry Styles 

Did I mention I have a thing for acoustic guitars? Because I do. Also, Harry Styles! Not only does he kill the vocals, he also has four nipples apparently? I don’t know how that pertains to this song in the slightest, but it’s a fun fact if there ever was any. (Sidenote: does he have any affiliation with Niall Horan? Was he too in a British boy band? We have no way of actually finding out.)

“At Last” Etta James 

I think it’s a cute song. ‘Nuff said.

“I Will” by The Beatles 

Can you tell I love The Beatles? It was written and sung by the lovely Sir Paul McCartney, master of love songs. Also, it’s brief and to-the-point, clocking in at 1:45.

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra 

I may also have a thing for Frank Sinatra, apparently. This song is the most superficial on this list, but I’ll allow it (this is my courtroom, after all). Do I have breathless charm? I don’t think so, but if Frank’s willing to sing it, I’m willing to believe it.

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran 

I really, really, REALLY love this man’s voice. But for a while, this was all over the place and at every single person’s weddings, which made me hate this song. I heard it a while back and changed my mind entirely. I was wrong. The entire world was right. I’m only saying it once.

“God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys

You know what the most romantic instrument ever is? Well, according to The Beach Boys, it’s sleigh bells. And honestly, they’re totally right.

“Us Against the World” by Coldplay

Harmonies. Harmonies. Harmonies.

“I See The Light” by Tangled Soundtrack

I’m going to say it: Tangled was a million times better than Frozen. And Anna is a cheap, knock-off version of Rapunzel. And everyone knows it. (Oh, this song is pretty great too.)

“Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay 

Out of the bunch, this song is the most vibrant. If sincere explanations of emotions isn’t your ~thing~ then this song is right up your alley.

“Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)” by Irma Thomas 

If you haven’t seen Black Mirror, and you like this song, I recommend you don’t because it will wreck you. Then again, that show is a masterpiece and I think everyone should watch it, but be warned.

“Mia and Sebastian’s Theme” from the La La Land Soundtrack 

I’m not going to talk about how much I loved La La Land, or how this song actually causes me acute pain, but I will say that this is a great piano piece. It’s the only instrumental piece on this list, but it perfectly expresses love and melancholy, which is my preferred aesthetic.

“Here, There, Everywhere” by The Beatles 

I’m ending with a Beatles track because Paul McCartney merits more than one mention, and this song is great. Harmonies, “oohhs”, and falsetto’s all you need.

Here’s the full playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/slightlysarcastictoo/playlist/3yrtIIFvQXUTLkVBWU8YHd

Are there any outrageous omissions? I’m sure you’ll let me know in the comments!

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