1. Best Love Songs for Her
“My Girl” by The Temptations
So sweet and innocent, this classic love song for her appears on the 1965 The Temptations Sing Smokey album. Most people remember it from the tearjerker movie of the same name.
“You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker
This song from the 1974 album, I Can Stand a Little Rain, is sure to make you swoon. Who doesn’t want to her significant other say: “You’re everything I hoped for/You’re everything I need?”
“Lady” by Kenny Rogers
Start with Lionel Richie’s writing talents, throw in Rogers’ silky smooth vocals and you end up with this passionate ballad from Kenny Rogers Greatest Hitsalbum that appeared in 1980. It earned a spot on four different music charts: Country, Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Top Black Singles.
“The Lady in Red” by Chris de Burgh
de Burgh’s wife, Diane, is the lady in red from the song, which appears on his 1986 album Into the Light. It tells the story of meeting someone and remembering everything about the first encounter.
“Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
Pattie Boyd was the inspiration for this standout track from the 1977 Slowhandalbum. Apparently, he penned it while she was getting ready for a party. Most women get sighs and complaints when they take their time getting dressed. She got a song.
“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Michael Bolton
This is the remake that melted a countless hearts when it appeared in 1991 onTime, Love & Tenderness. It earned Bolton a Grammy Award and a spot at the top of the charts.
“(Everything I Do) I Do it For You” by Bryan Adams
Every girl would like to be the sole reason that a man does everything. Most people remember this from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack, but it is also featured on the 1991 Waking Up the Neighbors album.
“Take My Breath Away” by Berlin
The 1986 Top Gun classic that took home an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. It lives up to its name by taking your breath away and recreating the euphoria of new love.
“Hero” by Enrique Iglesias
Women everywhere wanted Iglesias to be their hero when this song came out on the 2001 Escape album. Lines like “Would you tremble if I touched your lips?” make it a sensual and epic love ballad that add a touch of drama to any wedding.
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson
A duet that appears on the unforgettable 1987 Bad album. It features the vocal stylings of Siedah Garrett, and opens with the lines that no hopeless romantic can pass up: “I just want to lay next to you/For awhile/You look so beautiful tonight/Your eyes are so lovely/Your mouth is so sweet.”
2. Best Love Songs for Him
“The Best” by Tina Turner
This remake of the Bonnie Tyler love song was featured on Turner’s 1989 Foreign Affair album. The tune has its fair share of catchy rock beats, soulful vocals and unabashed bragging about her lover being “better than all the rest.”
“The Power of Love” by Celine Dion
A cover of Jennifer Rush’s chart-topper, which appeared on Dion’s 1993 The Color of My Love. “Your voice is warm and tender/A love that I could not forsake” is just one of the many passionate lines in this number one hit song.
“As Long As I Got You” by Lily Allen
Allen included this beautiful, yet blunt, love song on her 2014 Sheezus album. It is packed with memorable lines that will have him smiling, such as: “It seems like only yesterday you were with somebody else/Soon as it was over though I had claimed you for myself.”
“Cherish” by Madonna
Another song to take its cue from Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. “Cherish” is from the 1989 album, Like a Prayer, which was Madonna’s fourth release. It has doo-wop nuances, making it one of her more cheerful ballads.
“I Have Been Around the World” by Dar Williams
Anyone who’s ever experience wanderlust can relate to this tune from the 2012In the Time of Gods album. Lyrics like “I have been around the world, but all that I can see/Are these moments that we have, you’re all the world to me” explore the idea of being away from the man you love.
“You Belong to Me” by Patsy Cline
For men who like their partner to take charge and call dibs, Cline’s ballad from the 1962 Sentimentally Yours album is a top pick. No matter where she goes or who she runs into, her man is still hers, and hers alone.
“If I Never Met You” by Barbra Streisand
Streisand belts it out in this melody from A Love Like Ours in 1999. Every man wants to hear his partner tell him that “If I never saw your face/This world, this world would be a colder place, I bet.”
“The Man with the Child in His Eyes” by Kate Bush
Written when Bush was just 13 years of age, this dreamy and ethereal song appeared in 1978 on the album The Kick Inside. It charted in both the United States and the United Kingdom, then went on to be covered by the likes of Charlotte Church and Hue and Cry.
“Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilera
A soulful, gritty and over-the-top tribute that shows up on Aguilera’s 2006 album, Back to Basics. It has hints of retro musical influences and is inspired by her husband, whom she married the year before.
“Magic Man” by Heart
An ego-boosting melody that is featured on the Dreamboat Annie album from 1976. The lyrics are full of imagery and tell the autobiographical tale of a young woman falling in love with an older man.
3. Best Love Songs of All Time
“In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel
This 1986 hit is from the album So, and was featured in the cult classic film Say Anything three years later. It will forever be remembered as the boom box ballad. Who doesn’t love Lloyd Dobler?
“Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers
An epic love song from the 1965 album Just Once in My Life. There are a variety of versions floating around, but this particular one was immortalized in the filmGhost.
“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack
This chart-topper was originally written by Ewan MacColl for his future wife, making it one of the best courtship gifts in history. Flack made it famous by adding it to her 1969 album First Take.
“Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
An iconic song from the 1984 album She’s So Unusual, which just so happened to be Lauper’s solo debut. It went straight to the top of the charts and garnered a Grammy Award nomination.
“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
Often considered the standout track from the 1992 soundtrack for The Bodyguard,the mere mention of this song conjures images of Kevin Costner carrying Whitney Houston in his arms.
“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
This song is a classic that has been remade time and again by the likes of Bette Midler and Michael Bolton. It first appeared on the 1966 album of the same name, making Sledge an instant R&B legend.
“Your Song” by Elton John
Everybody wants a song that’s penned just for them, and Elton John made that possible. This 1970 melody about pure and simple devotion was released as the B-side on Take Me to the Pilot.
“(They Long to Be) Close to You” by The Carpenters
A remake from the 1970 album Close to You. Thanks to Burt Bacharach’s lyrics and Karen’s angelic voice, it nabbed the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus.
“My Love” by Paul McCartney and Wings
The muse for this orchestra-backed love song is Linda, Paul McCartney’s first wife. It holds the distinction of being the best-selling track from their 1973 album Red Rose Speedway.
“Best of My Love” by The Emotions
This is an upbeat ballad from the 1977 album Rejoice that was written by two members of Earth, Wind & Fire. It remained at the top of the charts for four weeks straight before it went on to win a Grammy Award.
“Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
The producers of the film Endless Love were looking for a breakout song for their film starring Brooke Shields. Hence, this famous Ross and Richie melody was born. It also appeared on their 1981 album Why Do Fools Fall in Love.
“The Power of Love” by Celine Dion
A sensuous and intense remake from the 1993 album The Color of My Love. It was originally penned by Jennifer Rush for her boyfriend Steven, but Dion’s breathtaking vocal range brings it to life.
“Annie’s Song” by John Denver
Denver wrote this 1974 hit for the album Back Home Again while he was riding a ski lift. The inspiration was his wife, Annie, who is the envy of everyone who listens to this heartfelt folk tune.
“I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner
This song from the 1984 album Agent Provocateur perfectly depicts the despair and hope of love. These lines say it all: “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.”
“Crazy For You” by Madonna
A sultry ballad that appeared on the 1985 soundtrack for the film Vision Quest. It was Madonna’s first foray into slow-dance songs, and it brought her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
The standout tune from Wonder’s 1973 album Talking Book, this Grammy nominated song is upbeat, catchy and utterly smile-inducing. It’s no surprise that it earned him the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance award.
“I Knew I Loved You” by Savage Garden
The number one hit from the 1999 album Affirmation that made every woman swoon. Hearts flutter when Darren Hayes serenades “I knew I loved you before I met you/I think I dreamed you into life.”
“I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis
Everybody wants a forever kind of love. Lewis gave us the anthem for eternal devotion in 1996, on her album Now in a Minute. It’s also packed with plenty of poetic imagery, such as “Those days of warm rains come rushing back to me/Miles of windless summer night air.”
“My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from ‘Titanic’)” by Celine Dion
The tragic Titanic tune that captures the enduring nature of true love and the longing that comes with it. The song first appeared on Dion’s 1997 album Let’s Talk About Love, but the blockbuster hit made it an instant classic.
“Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Cocker and Warnes belted out this 1982 love song for the film An Officer and a Gentleman. It was almost left on the editing room floor, but ended up winning an Academy Award and a Grammy.