Top 7 Love Songs of All Time
by Julie Butler, Feb 1, 2018 . 4 min read
Love songs are popular because they speak to our hearts and souls in a way that nothing else can. But even as musical tastes change, there are certain songs that stand out as timeless classics that will move listeners of all genres through their beautiful, heartfelt, and – importantly – non-saccharine expressions of the unbound power of love.
So for those in the mood for romance, here are our picks for the top seven love songs of all time that are bound to accompany candle-lit dinners and slow-dancing couples for years to come.
Dating back to 1954, “Unchained Melody” has been recorded more than 15 hundred times in multiple languages by over 670 artists. But it’s the Righteous Brother’s 1965 version, featuring Bobby Hatfield’s “emotion-packed tenor,” that has made the biggest impact – thanks in no small part to its appearance of in the 1990 romantic blockbuster Ghost.
“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” also dates back to the 1950’s, making the rounds as a folk song until Roberta Flack turned it into an international soul sensation in 1972. It’s an epic love song that will forever remain a favorite of lovers and romantics.
With Frank Sinatra calling it “the greatest love song of the past 50 years,” The Beatles’ 1969 hit single “Something” is … really something! George Harrison is said to have been inspired by the concept of universal love, and his expressive guitar solo is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever.
“Your Song” was Elton John’s first big hit, having first appeared as the B-side to “Take Me to the Pilot” in 1970. With its tenderness and vulnerability, its arching melody, and its beautiful composition, “Your Song” has been characterized by music critic Bill Janovitz as a “near-perfect song.”
Recorded by Commodores front man Lionel Richie and soul diva Diana Ross for the 1981 film by the same name, “Endless Love” hovered around the top of the pop singles chart for 27 weeks, and it remains iconic today, sitting at No. 1 on Billboard’s list of 40 Biggest Duets of All Time.
“Make You Feel My Love”
This gentle ballad was written by Nobel laureate Bob Dylan, although it was released by Billy Joel before appearing on Dylan’s 1997 album Time Out of Mind. While it has been a hit for the likes of Garth Brookes and Kelly Clarkson, newcomer Adele took “Make You Feel My Love” to new heights in 2008 with her passionate vocals and dreamy delivery.
Speaking of newcomers… Born in 1991, Ed Sheeran may be younger than most of the songs on this list, yet he’s already proved himself a genius musician, songwriter, and producer. And his latest ode to love already shows the all hallmarks of a true classic. After its appearance on his studio album ÷ in March 2017, Sheeran released “Perfect” as a single, followed by an acoustic version, two remixes, “Perfect Duet” with Beyoncé and “Perfect Symphony” with Andrea Bocelli. I’d call that a “perfect storm” of the heart!
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