Go Ahead, Sing Your Heart Out: It's the 25 Best Love Songs of All Time

Hunter Levitan
Photo credit: getty - Hearst Owned
Photo credit: getty - Hearst Owned

From Cosmopolitan

Allow me to clear something up: you don't have to be in love to listen to a love song. Love songs are great for lots of different occasions, whether it's being all cute and cuddly with your S.O. or belting along to the radio on a road trip with your besties.

Since the genre is so expansive, you even have a ton of choice to fit your exact mood: There's the classic Frank Sinatra-type of love songs, the country music-inspired love songs, rock 'n' roll tunes, and of course, Drake's entire canon. 😉 You know it's a good love song when you're listening to it and you feel it deep in your soul—your heart starts to flutter the way it did when the cutest kid in your third-grade class would smile at you.

Given that 2020 has been...well, quite a year, a playlist full of love songs is just what the doctor ordered—in addition to adhering to proper physical distancing and vigilant mask-wearing, of course. (Despite this year being the apocalyptic hellscape we all know and love, 2020 did produce its fair share of love songs, JSYK.) So if you've been listening to your breakup playlist for too long and need something a bit sweeter, I've got you covered with the 25 best love songs of all time.

"Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis

You may lose your voice trying to hit Leona's impossibly high notes, but nothing can stop you from shouting "keep, keep bleeding love" at the top of your lungs, not even intense pain in your vocal chord region.

"At Last" by Etta James

You won't find a voice as smooth or silky as the one and only Etta James. Yes, it's possible to fall in love with a voice. Case in point right here.

"Can't Help Falling in Love With You" by Elvis Presley

The King of Pop sure knows how to make a heart flutter and swoon. Now this, my friends, is romance.

"Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion

C'mon, it's Celine Dion. No further questions.

"Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman

Simple guitar chords and powerful lyrics that'll make you feel both heartbroken and euphoric. Couldn't be a "best love songs" list without it.

"Lover" by Taylor Swift

Of all the love songs Taylor Swift has ever written, this one takes the cake. 🎶We could leave the Christmas lights up 'til January...🎶

"Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan sings "There's nothing that I wouldn't do/ To make you feel my love," which, in my humble opinion, pretty much sums up what love is.

"Whatever It Is" by Zac Brown Band

A good ol' country love song from ZBB. When you know, you know.

"Days Like This" by Van Morrison

Pretty much any Van Morrison tune gives me slow-dancing-on-the-porch love song vibes.

"I Could Use a Love Song" by Maren Morris

This is apparently one of Maren's fave songs from her debut album, Hero. Check out what she said about the writing process: "We wrote it really quickly, because it was one of those, you just grab it from the sky, and you hope everything makes sense, and you don’t miss anything."

"Beyond" by Leon Bridges

What did we do to deserve Leon Bridges? I'll never feel worthy. You actually feel the love radiating through his voice. I legit cry every time.

"Every Breath You Take" by The Police

That all-consuming, can't-live-without-you kind of love. Even if you think this song is cheesy—which, yeah, it sorta is—you gotta admit it captures a mood.

"Love on the Brain" by Rihanna

Leave it to RiRi to gift us with nothing but the facts on how freakin' crazy love makes us. Love shouting along to this one in the shower, I'll admit it.

"Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra

You can't talk about love songs without mentioning this guy. Frank Sinatra and love songs go together like me and eating frozen pizza on my couch.

"Drops of Jupiter" by Train

Just me, or does this song transport you back to dances in middle school when all you wanted was your crush (named Jason, obvi) to ask you to slow dance?

"Perfect" by Ed Sheeran

Sappy? Yes. Perfect? Also yes.

"When I Look At You" by Miley Cyrus

You know that moment when you look at someone and everything makes sense? So does Miley.

"You've Got the Love" by Florence + The Machine

Okay, so technically this is a cover (which is pretty on-brand for love songs, no?). The original track was sung by The Source featuring Candi Staton, released in 1986—but the way Florence packs emotion into this one, it's truly incomparable.

"Someone Like You" by Adele

You could listen to this songs 1,000+ times and you'd still feel just as moved as the first time you heard it. Adele, man. She knows what she's doing.

"All of Me" by John Legend

It's impossible not to feel complete, unconditional, and infinite love after listening to the voice of this angel. I like to pretend that John wrote it for me, not Chrissy. (Sorry, Chrissy, no disrespect.)

"Yellow" by Coldplay

"Look at the stars/ Look how they shine for you/ And all the things that you do." I won't lie, this song was like my education in love songs, and it *still* gives me goosebumps.

"Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars setting the record straight—once and for all—that you are enough, just the way you are.

"Adore You" by Harry Styles

Hi Harry, I'll let you adore me anytime.

"Marvins Room" by Drake

The best of late-night, love-sick Drake to get you in your feels.

"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston

You cannot listen to this song without belting it out. It deserves a full-blown performance. Like stretching-your-arms-wide-open and singing-your-smol-lil-heart-out moment. It's what Whitney would've wanted.

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