The 25 Best Love Songs for that Special Someone (or Ex-Special Someone)

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Last updated on April 11th, 2023 at 09:06 pm

Love is a crazy thing. From happy moments to sad, there is nothing that better describes this crazy feeling than the best love songs.

As anyone who has been in love knows, love isn’t always easy. Sometimes love never ends, making people pine for lovers who are no longer on this earth with us.

No matter your situation or preferred genre, the best love songs for your playlist are here to remind you of what love truly is—and how it can heal all wounds if you just let it.

25. “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette

It’s no surprise that Roxette landed on a list of best love songs Whether you are jamming out to “Listen to Your Heart” or reminiscing about better times, Roxette knows all about love, as this wonderful ditty proves.

24. “Love SUX” by Marisa Maino

Okay, so love isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it sucks. While “Love SUX” by Marisa Maino isn’t for your current lover, it’s a great song to listen to when thinking about your ex-lover. Or for when you just want to pound a fist at the ceiling and sing lyrics that match what you are currently feeling inside when you think about love.

23. “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles

Now that we have the hating love song out of the way, next is the Beatles, with their classic “All You Need is Love.” So, after you are done hating love, turn on this song and listen to the chorus to remind yourself why you keep dating.

Related: 15 Interesting Facts About the Beatles Members

22. “We Found Love” by Rihanna and Calvin Harris

Most of the best love songs are power ballads, but that isn’t everyone’s favorite genre. If you prefer electronic songs, “We Found Love” by Rihanna and Calvin Harris is one of the few on this list that will suit your tastes.

21. “Always” by Bon Jovi

No list of the best love songs would be complete without Bon Jovi. This song is perfect if you are heading to karaoke and want to impress your partner. Or if you want to serenade them and just prefer something a little more upbeat than the average love song.

20. “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain

Commonly heard at weddings, this song is one of the greatest love songs of all time. We just think it’s a little overplayed, hence why we stuck it here at number 20. Let’s be more creative at weddings, please.

Related: The 18 Best Wedding Songs

19. “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton

So, most lists of the best love songs have this song, but they have the Whitney Houston version. While we love Whitney Houston, this song is Dolly Parton’s. Plus, for country music fans, this is the better version.

18. “At Last” by Etta James

Have you just fallen in love for the first time? Then this love song by Etta James is for you. Listen to it on Valentine’s Day, or just turn on this romantic song whenever you need a little pick me up.

17. “Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls

As we mentioned previously, most of the best love songs are ballads. But they don’t all have to be. For those who love more alternative or rock music, “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls is a dream. The message in these lyrics can hold more truth than all the other love ballads put together.

16. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele (or Bob Dylan)

This song was originally by Bob Dylan, but most people know the Adele version. Slow, with deep lyrics all can relate to, “Make You Feel My Love” is easily one of the best love songs.

When listening to this amazing love song it’s easy to see why Adele won a Grammy for it.

Related: 27 Fascinating Facts About Bob Dylan 

15. “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins

The hardest thing about love is the lost love that you allow to walk away. Phil Collins addresses this in his power ballad, “Against All Odds.” But if you really want to cry, grab the Disney movie Tarzan (which Phil Collins composed) and cry your heart out to “You’ll Be in My Heart.”

14. “(Everything I Do) I Do it For You” by Bryan Adams

Speaking of composers who make us sob in what’s supposed to be a kid’s movie, Bryan Adams had to be on this list. Wondering how he ties into a kid’s movie? He did all the music for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron in 2002. “Nothing I Have Ever Known” will bring tears for sure.

13. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is the modern queen of country love. While her songs aren’t all love songs, you can’t deny that “Love Story” has its moments.

12. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen

Love is crazy, and no list of the best love songs would be complete without this banger from Queen. It’s a classic these days, and while it won’t be on the more traditional wedding soundtrack, we think it’s a great tune for the reception.

11. “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal

Seal knows what it’s like to fall in love, which he describes perfectly in his song “Kiss from a Rose.” While some speculate this song is about drug use, Seal does confirm that it was about a relationship, so it deserves to be on this list.

10. “How Deep is Your Love” by The Bee Gees

Although everyone now knows the Calvin Harris remake, this song has been an amazing love song for decades. Originally by the Bees Gees, this song captures the essence of a new relationship.

9. “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake and Justin Bieber

For electronic music fans, “Let Me Love You” is the ultimate love song. Written by DJ Snake for his debut album and featuring Justin Bieber, this song defined a generation.

Whether you want to dance with your lover or just want a love anthem party song to sing along to, this song is the one.

8. “Good Good Things” by the Descendants

We also can’t forget punk music! Punk music fans know that so many songs of that time were about love, they just weren’t as obvious as the love songs.

While it’s hard to pick one punk love anthem, “Good Good Things” is one of the most popular love jams from the genre.

7. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

We have to include Ed Sheeran on a list of the best love songs. But which song to use? “Shape of You” is great, but we think “Perfect” takes the cake. This song is ideal for singing to a lover or dancing to at a wedding.

6. “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac

Love can’t always be terrible, love, or perfect. Sometimes you just have to have fun and enjoy the ride. That’s what this song by Fleetwood Mac is all about.

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5. “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain

Shania Twain was a major love song singer of the 90s and 00s, and her songs are addicting. Whether you are mourning a lost love or are excited about a new one, Shania Twain has just the solution.

“You’re Still the One” is one of the best country love songs about a relationship that lasted.

4. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley

Popular for generations, there is no love song like that written by Elvis Presley. This song has made it into countless movies and films, and it is a classic first dance song at a wedding.

3. “All of Me” by John Legend

John Legend is one of our favorite artists of all time. And how can you resist when he writes a power ballad like this for his wife? This song is currently underrated, but we have faith that it will someday be one of the best love songs of all time.

2. “Your Song” by Elton John

Every time we think we found the top love song, we find another that is even better. “Your Song” by Elton John is world famous and topped the charts for weeks, and for a good reason. This love song can be sung to anyone and it will still come from the heart.

1. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion

Celine Dion is a must on a list of the best love songs, and we think it’s fitting that she gets the number one spot. “My Heart Will Go On” was featured in one of the most famous movies of all time, Titanic, and it is one of the saddest love songs ever written.

True love doesn’t ever end. It goes on, which is exactly what Celine emulates in this song. This song is love in its entirety and is therefore one of the best love songs of all time.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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