Love: wanting it, getting it, loosing it. It’s the subject of songs since the beginning of music. In fact, I can’t think of a single artist who hasn’t written a song about love at some point. However, all love songs are not created equal. Here is my list of the best love songs of all time, the most well written, romantic, and/or heart achingly sung tunes from the past 60 years.
10. Christina Aguilera-Ain’t no other man
All of a sudden he or she is there–the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and you don’t want anyone else. That contentment is a big part of married life, and it doesn’t have to be boring as Christina shows in this sassy, sexy, womanly tribute to her man.
9. Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Being love makes the rest of the world seem that more beautiful. On a simple night out Eric Clapton communicates to his partner how much he loves and appreciates her. Definitely one of the best love songs ever.
8. Orleans – Still the one
This song is perfect for a vow renewal ceremony. It expresses the beauty of still loving and wanting someone after years of being together. May the spark glow and warm your union for a lifetime!
7. Stevie Wonder – As
Upbeat, sweet, and with some great backup harmonies. You can’t leave Stevie Wonder out of a best love songs list.
6. Modern English – I Melt With You
A New Age ode to a wide open future. It makes you want to dance and jump for joy–just like giddy love.
5. Elton John – Your song
This is a such a classic, perhaps a bit overplayed, but still great. And, like many of these songs, it isn’t necessarily about your lover–a
friend of mine tells me this song makes him think of his son.
4. The Beatles – And I Love Her
Simple and effective with beautiful harmonies. Sometimes less says more.
3. Etta James – At Last
Etta James rocks the house with the soulful tribute to the relief of finding someone to love and trust. The aching vocals and whirling strings will make even the least romantic person swoon.
2. Roberta Flack – The first time ever I saw your face
If the second line melody alone doesn’t send shivers down your spine, watching Roberta’s emotional performance of this song will. One of the most beautiful, soaring, and well-composed slow love songs of all time.
1. Jackie Wilson – Higher And Higher
You know when love makes you so full up you want to shout and fly? It’s impossible not to feel elevated by Jackie Wilson’s ode to how we lift each other up. Upbeat and infused with a Gospel energy, it’s my #1 love song of all time!