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|Amber Brooks • 8/09/16|
As a kid, I daydreamed about growing up, falling love, and going through all the rituals of relationships. I even picked out some potential “our songs” that I liked. To this day, whenever I date someone seriously, I start looking for ways to shoehorn those in. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not cheating — it’s good planning.
My current boyfriend has his own agenda, though. On a date a few months in, he said he heard a song that reminded him of me. I could tell by his tone I wasn’t going to like it.
“What song?” I asked. And his response was “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada. I was half-amused, half-horrified. This isn’t what I’d call a great love song. It’s more bouncy jingle than romantic serenade.
Relationships require compromise, but not on songs. That’s serious business. However, sometimes it’s difficult to find a song that represents your relationship in a way that feels true to both of you — so we’re going to make your search a little easier.
Whether your guy’s into rock or country, we’ve compiled a list of the 32 Best Love Songs for Him. Any of these songs would be the perfect accompaniment to a romantic night with that special someone. To pick your playlist based on the genre you love, use the links below.
Starting with the cream of the crop, the best of the best, we’ve collected eight of the straight-up top love songs around. This compilation has a little bit of everything, and I’m sure you’ll be familiar with more than couple of these sentimental songs.
Spoiler alert: “Everytime We Touch” is definitely not in here. Because, really.
Starting out our list strong, Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” deserves top billing. Anyone wanting to know what a love song is: this is it. The restraint Whitney shows in the beginning of the song only makes it more powerful when she gets to the chorus. Her voice was truly a once-in-a-generation kind of gift.
Originally written in 1971 by Dolly Parton, “I Will Always Love You” was already a hit before 1992 when Whitney recorded her own disarming cover version of the song for a movie called “The Bodyguard.” Whitney’s single spent 14 weeks at number one. Easy to see why.
The love described in “Your Song” is honest and dressed down, with just a piano backing the vocals. Elton John’s simple lyrics are instantly captivating. There’s an unguarded self-awareness to this intimate tune. “I know it’s not much,” he sings, “but it’s the best I can do. My gift is my song, and this one’s for you.” Nothing fancy, just pure sentiment.
This Beatles song wasn’t written by the famous Lennon-McCartney duo. It actually came from the soulful George Harrison. Released on the album “Abbey Road” in 1969, “Something” was the first of George’s compositions to appear as a Beatle’s A-side. John Lennon said he thought it was the best song on that album. Today, it’s the second most covered Beatles song (behind “Yesterday”) and is widely praised for its romantic sincerity.
There’s only one song that can get me to tear up with just two words, and it’s “At Last” sung by Etta James. This blues singer truly made the song her own in 1960. Full of soul and joy, this classic ballad has been covered many times since it was originally written in 1941. Etta’s version, however, remains the most recognized version.
Notably, at President Obama’s first inaugural ball in 2009, Beyoncé sang “At Last” as Barack and Michelle took the floor for the first dance. If it’s good enough for the President, it should be good enough for your man.
In 1996, Celine Dion cemented her place as a music legend, dominating the charts for six consecutive weeks. Songwriter Diane Warren said she wrote the song in tribute to her father. “I’m everything I am because you loved me,” the well-known chorus goes. Full of gratitude and rapture, this song expresses the ways that love transforms and uplifts a person.
In 1977, Billy Joel wowed audiences when he came out with “Just the Way You Are.” In an interview, Billy said the inspiration for the song came from the last line in the Four Season’s “Rag Doll.”
Written for his first wife, Elizabeth Weber, “Just the Way You Are” was Billy’s first U.S. Top 10 song and won the 1979 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
This was the debut song and only hit of The Penguins, but don’t feel too sorry for this group. “Earth Angel” sold over 10 million copies. Lead vocalist, Cleveland Duncan, said of the song: “I never get tired of singing it, as long as people never get tired of hearing it.” I know I could listen to this song all day without getting tired — how about you?
In 2005, the Library of Congress chose to add this song to the National Recording Registry, so it’s literally a part of music history.
“Endless Love” is a love song written for the movie “Love Story,” so it’s all kinds of sappy. But the music and lyrics immediately struck a chord with audiences. Following its release in 1981, this Diana Ross and Lionel Richie duet claimed number one for nine weeks.
Actually, the original version of the song didn’t have words until director Franco Zeffirelli asked Lionel Richie to add some in. Then the decision was made to add in Diana Ross, and an inspiring love song was born.
The song you share with your loved one becomes a very special thing over time. Even after 30+ years of marriage, my parents still light up whenever “I Got You Babe” plays anywhere in their vicinity. We could be at a mall, and suddenly they grab each other’s hand and start humming together.
When searching for a song that speaks to your relationship, it makes sense to pick a tune that has lasted and will last for years to come. Classic love songs are classic for a reason, after all.
We’ve highlighted eight of the best oldies but goodies that have stood the test of time because they so perfectly and deeply encompass the joys and heartaches of love.
There are so many Elvis songs that could claim a rightful spot on this list, but “Can’t Help Falling in Love” has to be my all-time favorite. This pop song came out in 1961 with a melody based on a French song called “Plaisir D’Amour.” The Elvis classic has been featured in several movies including “Blue Hawaii,” “Lilo and Stitch,” and “Fools Rush In.”
Artists like Haley Reinhart and UB40 have made their own versions of the song in recent years, but there’s only one king. Elvis’ crooning declaration of love has no equal.
The Supremes recorded “Baby Love” in 1964 for the Motown label. It dominated the charts for almost a month in the U.S. as fans went wild over this trio’s delightful harmonies. It was their second time to reach the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and it wouldn’t be the last.
“Don’t throw our love away,” the trio sings as they snap along to the beat. “In my arms why don’t you stay.”
After making his name on the Four Seasons, Frankie Valli branched out to do some solo work. Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio in 1975, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” is one of Frankie’s greatest hits.
There’s a reason Heath Ledger sings this one in “10 Things I Hate About You.” It’s a classic, heartfelt love song. Slow in the beginning and more swinging in the middle, this song combines rock, pop, and even a brass section to create a totally unique anthem of love.
A Motown hit shows up once again on our list. The Temptations deserve a spot among the classic love songs with their 1964 hit “My Girl.” This was the first song to feature David Ruffin as lead vocalist. His silky voice lays on compliment after compliment about a girl who makes him feel on top of the world. These guys made corny dance moves look cool long before N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys came along. Take a look at them in action:
It’s hard not to snap your fingers along with them as they get into the song. Say what you will about the old-fashioned look and simplistic lyrics, but for me, the earnest delivery of the Temptations makes this song an easy-listening favorite for a romantic night.
First featured in the 1984 comedy “The Woman In Red,” the song “I Just Called to Say I Love You” stayed at number one on the charts for three weeks. Written, produced, and performed by Stevie Wonder, this love song is a simple reminder of the everyday beautiful things in life.
The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and remains a favorite of happy couples everywhere.
Frank Sinatra is the original crooner. His cover of “Let’s Fall in Love” is a persuasive appeal to follow your feelings without fear. This jazzy classic was arranged by Johnny Mandel in 1960 to bring a fresh, rich voice to the words written in 1933. Listed second in the album “Ring-a-Ding-Ding,” this song has a swinging beat and a playful tone that’ll have any couple tapping their feet and swaying along.
The Beach Boys were at their best in 1966 when they released “God Only Knows.” Songwriters Brian Wilson and Tony Asher knew they were taking a risk by invoking “God” by name in a pop song, but wanted to invoke the feeling of awe and mystery that love inspires. This love song was voted 25th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
In her follow-up song to “I Fall to Pieces,” Patsy really outdid herself. “Crazy” is a love song full of vulnerability where the singer admits being unable to stop loving someone, even if it’s crazy. Written by Willie Nelson, the words of the song are as touching as Patsy Cline’s powerful delivery.
No one can explain why lovers love as strongly as they do, and that’s a theme this song drives home. This is one of my all-time favorites from when I was a kid — and it still is to this day. This may be an old song, but it’ll never go out of style.
Love rocks. If your guy isn’t one for slow songs, try catching his attention with a passionate song in the rock genre.
Below, you’ll find eight of our rock’n’roll favorites from icons like Queen and the Rolling Stones. Many couples jam out to these popular love songs, so crank up your volume and enjoy.
“Power of Love” is the opening song in “Back to the Future,” and it was one of two songs that Huey Lewis & the News wrote for the movie. This song proved to be a breakout hit in the blockbuster film. “Power of Love” was number one for two weeks in 1985 and remains a rocking anthem for romantics to this day.
This Beatles love song is arguably the most popular of them all — which is saying something. “She Loves You” is not only the Beatles’ best-selling single, but it’s also the all-time best-selling single in the U.K. Girls would go gaga as these British boys sang live on stage.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote this short but memorable song in a couple hours while relaxing on twin beds in a hotel room. George Martin, the band’s producer, suggested starting with the words “she loves you yeah yeah yeah” instead of the first verse. The rest is music history.
Freddie Mercury claims that “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” took less than 10 minutes to write. Written as a tribute to Elvis Presley, this Queen song stayed at number one for four weeks in 1980. The band’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., this song rocketed Queen onto the American stage where they quickly won the hearts of rock lovers.
Rock band Foreigner released “I Wanna Know What Love Is” in 1984, and it was an instant hit in both the U.S. and the U.K. The song features background vocals of the New Jersey Mass Choir and has an epic feel to it.
Before its release, there were some concerns that the song would damage the group’s rock image. According to Mick Jones, it was released during Christmas because “it had the right kind of mood” for the holiday season.
For three straight weeks in 1977, this Bee Gees classic owned the top spot on the charts. “How Deep is Your Love” stayed in the Top 10 for a record-breaking (at the time) 17 weeks.
“How Deep Is Your Love” was written for the movie “Saturday Night Fever.” They hadn’t seen the movie and didn’t even know for certain there was a love scene, but when singer/songwriter Barry Gibb asked keyboard player Blue Weaver to play the most beautiful chord he knew, the song just happened.
Rolling Stones released “Wild Horses” on the album “Sticky Fingers” in 1971. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards put their heads together to write this folk rock song. It really strikes a chord for lost-distance couples. A slow song that’s both mournful and passionate, this is a love song about wanting to be with the one you love.
“I was definitely very inside this piece emotionally,” Richards remembers. “‘Wild Horses’ was about the usual thing of not wanting to be on the road, being a million miles from where you want to be.”
Recorded by Percy Sledge in 1966, “When a Man Loves a Woman” was a top R&B single on the charts. Percy sings his heart out in this song, belting out notes that give his audience goosebumps. He claimed that when he first started performing the song, he would think about an ex-girlfriend who’d left him for a modeling job in L.A.
“I didn’t have any money to go after her,” he recalls, “so there was nothing I could do to try and get her back.”
In 1998, the movie “Armageddon” assaulted theaters with a dramatic narrative of Bruce Willis rocketing to space to save Earth. This action flick was pretty cheesy, but I remember leaving the theater humming Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” This power ballad made an impression on audiences for its striking words and rocking melody.
While the movie didn’t go down as one of the classics, the song became an instant legend and Aerosmith’s biggest hit. A passionate tribute, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” is perfect for any couple with a flair for the dramatics and a bond that’s out of this world.
Country songs aren’t all about mud, trucks, and drinking — some are about love. A good-hearted woman loving a good-hearted man. That honky tonk feeling. All that good stuff.
I may be biased because I grew up around these songs, but I don’t think any genre of music can pour its heart into a song quite like country does. Often sentimental, always catchy, sometimes with a bit of twang, these tunes may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you love a good ol’ country boy, you’re sure to enjoy these eight country love songs.
Written by Danny Wells and Dana Hunt, “Check Yes or No” was released in 1995 on George Strait’s album “Strait Out of the Box.” The album has sold over 8 million copies to date. “Check Yes or No” is among the album’s more popular and well-known songs. Full of innocence and joy, the song provides a cute depiction of a little girl with a crush.
Be still, my beating heart. From childhood love to grown-up romance, this song is perfect for any couple that has grown up alongside one another.
Country songs don’t sugarcoat the painful things in life, and that’s true with the subject of love as well. Released in 1982, Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” is a sad declaration of devotion. Willie won three Grammys for his memorable performance.
Although it took original songwriter Wayne Carson only 10 minutes to write, the song conveys much depth of feeling. This apologetic ballad reminds us that love isn’t always perfect, but it’s all-consuming.
In terms of country music, it doesn’t get much better than Johnny Cash — just one note of his baritone is enough to make my knees go weak. “I Walk the Line” is a classic country love song written and recorded in 1956. It sold over 2 million copies and stayed on the charts for over 43 weeks. Johnny described the song as his pledge of devotion to his new wife.
His deep voice and sincere delivery reinforce the words promising to be true to his woman. “Yes, I’ll admit that I’m a fool for you,” he sings. “Because you’re mine, I walk the line.”
Yet another song about a devoted heart, Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” has shown up on many lists like this one. The lyrics champion remaining loyal to the one you love. Among the most covered songs in all of country music, Tammy’s “pretty little love song” reminds women that men are fallible, but love is forgiving.
Released in 1968, at the height of the feminist movement, this quickly became a controversial song. Some may argue its message, but when Tammy belted out that famous chorus, she earned her place as the First Lady of Country Music.
Alan Jackson’s soulful eyes would melt anyone’s heart. In 2003, this country legend came out with a ballad that can bring a tear to the eye of even the toughest guy’s guy. This nostalgic story centers around a man reflecting on his life with the woman he loves. From first love to watching your kids grow up, this is a relatable journey for couples who have been (or want to be) with each other through all of life’s twists and turns.
Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” celebrates a love that lasts through years. In 1998, she released the single on her album “Come on Over.” The love song was nominated for four Grammy Awards and won two for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal. This love song is about beating the odds and ignoring the naysayers as you follow your heart.
After getting married in 1996, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill released this touching duet in 1997. They’re country royalty, and whenever they sing together, it’s nothing short of amazing. In the music video, the couple serenades each other in perfect harmony. What makes this video even more special is the fact that Faith was pregnant with their first child, Gracie.
At the 1997 Academy of Country Music Awards, the music video won Video of the Year, while “It’s Your Love” won Single of the Year and Song of the Year. The song also received Grammy nominations for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals and Best Country Song.
Last but not least, “Then” by Brad Paisley tells the story of a man who loves his wife more and more every day. He talks about being mesmerized at first sight and how his feelings only grow stronger with time. This is the kind of song that touches your heart and gets stuck in your head all day long.
“I thought I loved you then,” goes the chorus of the 2009 love song. “Now you’re my whole life,/ now you’re my whole world,/ I just can’t believe/ the way I feel about you, girl.”
These 32 “love songs for him” will definitely let the one you love know how much you care. Across all genres of music, what all popular anthems of love have in common (even “Everytime We Touch,” I suppose) is the desire to hold your loved one close and express what’s in your heart.
From 1933 to 2009 and from doo-woppers to cowboys, our list has a little something for everyone to love. These songs run the gamut of emotion, so whether you’re experiencing love at first sight or looking back on a long life together, you’ll find a sultry voice to express the beauty, longing, and passion that comes from loving someone special.
Hopefully, this list helped you narrow down the best of the best for your next slow dance or romantic night in.