There's something about a good love song that really gets the emotions going. I feel like some of the best songs are usually about a breakup or falling in love, mainly, because there's so much emotion behind the songwriting. Now I know we're a few months ahead of Valentine's Day but let's be honest, any day is a good day for love. Skynesher / Getty Images So I compiled 50 of my favorite love songs for anybody who wants to celebrate their love, or just celebrate loving themselves. These aren't ranked in any order because honestly, they're all great. I will say, there are a decent amount of classics on here that some of the younger folks may not know. If that's the case, I encourage you to take a chance and listen to some of these "oldies" because I really think a lot of these songs still hold up. Either way, here are my top 50 love songs of all time: 1. "These Arms Of Mine" - Otis Redding (1962)
One of my all-time favorite love songs from Otis Redding. His voice is one that is timeless and good for any mood, but when he sings about love you can't help but feel it in your bones.
Sulfiati Magnuson 2. "Rewrite The Stars" - Zendaya and Zac Efron (2018) Disney+ 3. "This I Promise You" - *Nsync (2000)
Originally written by Richard Marx, this single from the
No Strings Attached album spent 13 weeks at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. It was a top charter on MTV's TRL for weeks, and had every young girl in my school absolutely melting for these guys. Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images 4. "I Swear" - All-4-One (1994) Picture Alliance / picture alliance via Getty Images 5. "All Of Me" - John Legend (2013)
Written for his wife Chrissy Teigen before they were married, this was his first single to reach number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single stayed in the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart for 23 consecutive weeks.
Emma Mcintyre / Getty Images for Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation 6. "ILYM" - John K (2020) 7. "Speechless" - Dan + Shay (2018)
A beautiful song that not only reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, but also went certified Gold with the Recording Industry Association of America. It has made the list of one of the best wedding songs ever, so if you're planning on tying the knot, you might want to consider this song.
Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images 8. "After Tonight" - Justin Nozuka (2007) The Image Gate / Getty Images 9. "All For Love" - Bryan Adams, Sting, & Rod Stewart (1993)
Written for the movie
The Three Musketeers, this song not only got a Grammy nod but also went Platinum and made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994. When I think of power ballads of the '90s, this one is one of the first to pop in my mind. Lester Cohen / Getty Images 10. "You Make Me Smile" - Aloe Blacc (2010) Paras Griffin / Getty Images 11. "My Girl" - The Temptations (1964)
Written and produced by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White from the Motown group The Miracles, "My Girl" was The Temptation's first number one single. Sing this around any grandparent and watch their eyes light up and sing along.
Hulton Archive / Getty Images 12. "L.O.V.E." - Nat "King" Cole (1965) Michael Ochs Archives 13. "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston (1992)
"I Will Always Love You" was not only a soundtrack record for Whitney's 1992 film
The Bodyguard, but it was also a cover of an old Dolly Parton song. It's been a classic for as long as I can remember and I can't help but always belt out "And I..." when the chorus hits. David Corio / Redferns 14. "This Magic Moment" - Ben E. King & The Drifters (1960) Michael Ochs Archives 15. "Love" - Musiq Soulchild (2000)
If you haven't heard of Musiq Soulchild, let alone this song, please drop what you're doing and go listen to this amazing love song. "Love — so many people use your name in vain. Love, —those who have faith in you sometimes go astray." It's written like a love letter to love, and it's beautiful.
J. Shearer / WireImage 16. "Can't Help Falling In Love" - Elvis Presley (1961) Bettmann / Bettmann Archive 17. "Let Me Love You" - Mario (2004) Michael Caulfield Archive / WireImage 18. "Tennessee Whiskey" - Chris Stapleton (2015)
With his raspy soulful voice, Chris Stapleton's rendition of this country classic will make anybody a fan of country. Written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove, "Tennessee Whiskey" has had a lot of different covers, but none with the success or sound like Chris Stapleton's.
Erika Goldring / Getty Images for CMT 19. "Endless Love" - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981) Bettmann / Bettmann Archive 20. "Iris" - Goo Goo Dolls (1998) Story continues
Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" was a smash for the band as it landed number one spots across Modern Rock, Pop, and Adult Contemporary charts. It was also the most played song in 1998. "Iris" perfectly fits the movie
City Of Angels that it was written for, describing the feelings of Nicholas Cage's character who's an angel that is willing to give up his immortality to feel something human. Picture Alliance / picture alliance via Getty Images 21. "September Song" - JP Cooper (2016) Dave J Hogan 22. "Perfect" - Ed Sheeran (2017)
It only makes sense that a song this beautiful would be about Ed Sheeran's now-wife, Cherry Seaborn. Apparently, the song was so damn good that not only did Beyonce hop on a duet version, but there was also an Italian version that Ed had with the great Andrea Bocelli.
Chris Jackson / Getty Images 23. "Simple" - Sam Fischer (2021) Cbs Photo Archive / CBS via Getty Images 24. "Unchained Melody" - The Righteous Brothers (1965)
Released in 1965, this song made a resurgence in 1990 with the hit movie
Ghost. It not only topped some of the charts, but also received a Grammy nod 25 years after its original release. Stanley Bielecki / Getty Images 25. "If I Aint Got You" - Alicia Keys (2003) Kevin Winter / Getty Images for dcp 26. "Dangerously In Love 2" - Beyonce (2003)
After originally recording the song back in 2001 with Destiny's Child, she re-recorded the song and titled her debut solo album after the same title. The song not only emotes how crazy in love she is but just how devoted of a partner she is. Vocally you feel the message with her impressive control and powerful voice.
Larry Busacca 27. "If I Ever Fall In Love" - Shai (1992) Raymond Boyd / Getty Images 28. "Make You Feel My Love" - Adele (2008)
Being written by the iconic Bob Dylan and covered by the likes of Billy Joel and Garth Brooks, it's Adeles version that stands out the most as a then 19-year-old woman whose mature and soulful voice gave a new feeling to the song that nobody had done before.
Kevin Winter / Getty Images 29. "Adorn" - Miguel (2012) Core Community Organized Relief / Chris Jaymes/CORE Community Organized Relief Efforts via Getty Images 30. "My Love" - Justin Timberlake & T.I. (2006)
With synths that give the song a more futuristic sound much like the name of the album, it's the percussion that'll get your booty up and dancing — especially if you hear the prelude to the song.
Gustavo Caballero / Getty Images 31. "Just The Way You Are" - Bruno Mars (2010) Kevin Mazur / Getty Images 32. "This Woman's Work" - Maxwell (2002)
Maxwell's cover of Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work" shows the gambit of not only his range vocally but the emotion tied to the lyrics which immediately gets any R&B and Neo-Soul fan perked up once we hear the strings and falsetto intro.
Jean Catuffe / GC Images 33. "You Are The Best Thing" - Ray Lamontagne (2008) Erika Goldring / Getty Images 34. "Untitled (How Does It Feel) - D'Angelo (2000)
The influence of Prince is heavy throughout this song, and you can feel the intimacy with every word sung. It's a love song for grown-ass adults, and you don't get too many of those nowadays — at least not delivered like this.
Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Images 35. "Sweet Disposition" - The Temper Trap (2009) Don Arnold / WireImage 36. "Kissing You" - Des'ree (1997)
I don't know what it is about certain songs from the '90s soundtracks, but some of the best ballads happen to come on those records. This one was no different, being the perfect song for 1997's
Romeo + Juliet. Martyn Goodacre / Getty Images 37. "Lucky" - Jason Mraz & Colby Caillat (2009) Amy Sussman / WireImage 38. "You Sang To Me" - Marc Anthony (2000)
Hitting number one on multiple charts in 2000 showed Marc Anthony not only could be successful in both English and Spanish, but that his writing was just as good. His heartfelt message in this song will make anybody melt.
Debra L Rothenberg / FilmMagic 39. "You Make It Real" - James Morrison (2008) Mondadori Portfolio / Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images 40. "Shallow" - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (2018)
I never would've thought that Bradley Cooper would be on a list of top love songs, but a lot of it is due to the writing of Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, and others. Although Cooper's performance really shows just how damn talented he is, the back and forth of verses to one another really sells two people falling in love and trying to learn more about each other.
Denise Truscello / WireImage 41. "Latch" - Disclosure Feat. Sam Smith (2012) The Washington Post / The Washington Post via Getty Images 42. "All My Life" - K-Ci & JoJo (1998)
If you were a kid of the '90s, then you remember this song being every school dance's slow song for years on end. This duo had many hits, but none that were as revered as this one.
Pete Mitchell / WireImage 43. "Real Love" - Mary J. Blige (1992) Al Pereira 44. "Back At One" - Brian McKnight (1999)
One of my favorite R&B artists growing up and for good reason. He had so many love songs that he absolutely would kill vocally, but none that hit as big as "Back At One." The song has a simple premise but delivers on emotion and heart.
Raymond Boyd / Getty Images 45. "The Color Of Love" - Boyz II Men (2002) Chris Carroll / Corbis via Getty Images 46. "Girls Like You" - Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B (2017)
With over 3 billion views on their official music video, this song was all over the radio in 2017. With a string of hits for the band, this song seemed to really land not only in our hearts but in our minds, because the moment you hear it the melody sticks to your brain like a leech.
Jason Kempin 47. "I'll Be There" - Jackson 5 (1970) Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images 48. "Lost Without You" - Robin Thicke (2006) Jesse Grant / WireImage 49. "Bless The Broken Road" - Rascal Flatts (2004)
Winning a Grammy for Best Country Song in 2006, the Rascal Flatts version of "Bless The Broken Road" hit so many people in the feels. Not only due to frontman Gary Levox's high tenor voice, but lyrically it speaks to anybody who's dated and felt like it was all part of the path to your true love. Similar to a lot of the songs on this list, this one was plenty of couples' wedding songs.
Cbs Photo Archive / CBS via Getty Images 50. "Always Be My Baby" - Mariah Carey (1995) Raymond Boyd / Getty Images Do you agree with my list? Which love songs do you think should be added? Let me know in the comments below!