Love songs have been around as long as humans have been on earth. People have always sought to find a way to express their undying affection for someone, or lament about love lost in a therapeutic way.
Depending on the era you grew up in, you likely have a collection of love songs that remind you of some of the best times in your life. Since love songs have long been popular, you may not even associate these romantic tunes with a relationship. Since everyone can relate to love in some way, you may have sang these songs while riding to the mall with your friends or spending time with family, which further proves that love permeates every area of our lives.
Here are 21 best songs with love in the title:
1. “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
This classic duet between these two timeless singers is a favorite among couples who remember falling in love to this tune. The song debuted in 1981, but continues to hold sentimental value today.
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2. “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé
If you remember Beyoncé’s debut solo album, you likely remember dancing to this upbeat love song at a slumber party or at the club with friends. This 2003 hit was the inspiration behind Beyoncé’s popular “uh oh” dance and was dedicated to her now-husband, rapper Jay-Z. If you wanted to show your crush how you felt, you may have dedicated this song to them on the radio or in the club.
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3. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
Adele’s 2008 “19” album is designed for people who need to have a good cry as they get through their relationship troubles. Adele talks about the feelings you have when you know you’ve messed up in a relationship and want to apologize, even if it’s too late to reconcile with your loved one. If you’re an Adele fan, this song about love lost is likely to get you a little more in touch with your emotional side.
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4. “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis
Lewis’ 2007 pop album, Spirit, featured the single Bleeding Love which was a hit on the airwaves. This sentimental tune speaks of the heart of people who have experienced unrequited love. You likely remember this sentimental video and probably watched it on repeat if you were thinking of someone special. If you need to have a good cry and eat a pint of your favorite ice cream, this song can provide the soundtrack.
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5. “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles
This iconic band created yet another hit with All You Need Is Love, which was recorded in 1967. The Beatles were known for releasing songs that spoke to social justice issues and encouraged people to treat each other with love to create a better world. While this tune is not necessarily a love song in the romantic sense, it is a reminder that we should all try to be kinder to one another.
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6. “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
Some songs fill you with inspiration and empathy, and this is one of those tunes. This tune from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist album sends a message that discrimination is hurtful and that everyone just wants to love and be loved. Mary Lambert’s heartfelt voice lends to the song nicely and helps to bring the message home.
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7. “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley
Famed singer Elvis Presley, known as the King of Rock and Roll by many, crooned this country love song in 1956. The song continues to be a favorite among Elvis fans and explores the notion of being loved for who you truly are. Individuals who were experiencing their first love when this song debuted likely have a sentimental attachment to this tune.
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8. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
While country star Dolly Parton original wrote and sang this song, I Will Always Love You became a smash hit when the late Whitney Houston sang it for the soundtrack of The Bodyguard. This 1992 hit is still a classic and while many people have covered the song since then, no one’s version makes you feel the love quite like Houston’s rendition. This song is one of the most famous karaoke songs to sing, and there’s a good chance you’ve sang it in the shower once or twice.
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9. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift
The country/pop songstress penned this tune in 2008 for her Fearless album. She tells the story of teenage (or young adult) love and the emotional ups and downs it brings. Whether you’re madly in love or going through a breakup, you can likely relate to this tune on some level. Swift is known for penning catchy love songs, and this tune was no exception.
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10. “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
Cole’s smooth voice contributed to this beautiful tune in 1964. Cole was known for his timeless songs and a voice that could melt your heart, whether he was singing a love song or his famous holiday hit, The Christmas Song. The classic crooner made this tune even more appealing, and singers continue to cover the song to this day.
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11. “Nobody’s Love” by Maroon 5
This 2020 hit by Maroon 5 talks about the complications of relationships and talks about the emotional vulnerability that men rarely discuss. The thought-provoking lyrics against a catchy beat are part of Maroon 5’s appeal. This song is both sad and thought-provoking, largely due to frontman Adam Levine’s vocal delivery.
12. “Stupid Love” by Lady Gaga
This song from Gaga’s 2020 Chromatica album talks about how we should fight for kindness and equality for all people, and explores the confidence that comes with self-love. This is yet another tune from the famed singer that helps to unify her fans and spread a message of positivity.
13. “Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez
This song from Gomez’s 2019 Rare album is likely a “tribute” to a certain famous ex of hers. However, the song does send a message that self-love is important and that it’s dangerous to get so caught up in a relationship that you lose your sense of self.
14. “Higher Love” by Kygo & Whitney Houston
This 2019 remix of Houston’s upbeat hit prompts us to ask for more of love. The song speaks to everyone’s desire to be loved purely and experience the bliss that comes with being with that special someone.
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15. “I Get to Love You” by Ruelle
This beautiful ballad from Ruelle’s 2016 album of the same name is a heartfelt expression of the privilege of love. This song is a favorite with couples and makes a wonderful wedding song to let your partner know that you’re honored to be the one who loves them.
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16. “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean
Justin Bieber’s 2012 Believe album gave us lots of hits, including As Long As You Love Me. This song speaks to the fact that none of us are perfect, but we all need someone who will love us just for who we are. Having love in our lives inspires us to be better and gives us the courage to give that love to others.
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17. “Love Me” by Lil Wayne featuring Drake and Future
Rapper Lil Wayne’s Love Me from his 2013 album I Am Not a Human Being II speaks to the fact that even rappers need love (sometimes). The video indicates that the “love” these rappers are referring to is a little more risqué than most people would experience. The track is not a conventional love song, since it alludes to the fact that all the artists performing the song have more than one lover, but it indicates that everyone needs love to combat the negativity of the world.
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18. “Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
Beyoncé has been penning love songs that the world can sing along to for years. Most of her odes of love are directed toward her longtime love and husband Jay-Z, who has composed a number of love songs with his wife in mind as well. This song (and the video) got everyone talking since it showed the famous couple blissfully in love (and a little intoxicated).
19. “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) by Ne-Yo
Singer and songwriter Ne-Yo penned a tune that explores the type of love that inspires people to continue on the path to self-improvement. Men rarely sing about loving a woman when she’s at her worst, which is why this song stood out stood out on Ne-Yo’s 2012 R.E.D. album.
20. “True Love” by P!nk featuring Lily Allen
P!nk’s 2012 album “The Truth About Love” is a musical dairy that explores the trials and triumphs that come with being in love. Pink and Lily Allen explain in song what many of us feel, even with the person we love the most. Even if your “person” makes you want to scream sometimes, you still can’t imagine life without them.
21. “Love On Top” by Beyoncé
We all remember when Beyonce sang Love On Top at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, and revealed that she was pregnant with her first child, Blue Ivy. It was a monumental moment for television and the term “love on top” was even used to describe a woman’s pregnancy for a few years. The song itself also talks about the elation you feel when the one you love returns the sentiment.
Whether you want to listen to a song that describes how you feel about the one you love, need to have a crying session after a breakup, or simply want to reminisce on your younger days, a love song can help you express your emotions. People have been singing about love for centuries, but there are some songs that stand out and stand the test of time.
As you can see, love songs are here to stay. No matter what genre of music is your favorite, you can find a romance song that says exactly what you want to say. While most people think of romantic love when they think about love songs, there are also several tunes that speak to the love humanity should have for each other. Some songs talk about the love between friends or even family love, and these forms of love are just as important as romantic affection to help you live a positive and fulfilled life.
There are love ballads and upbeat tunes about love that your grandparents and parents still listen to when they want to remember when they first fell in love. There are also songs from a decade or two ago that can also bring back fond memories for you as you remember your first kiss, your first school dance with your crush, or the first time you and your significant other said “I love you.” You can also create new memories with love songs. For instance, you can create a list of songs to play during a romantic dinner with your mate or a family milestone that you want to make especially memorable. You can also choose from these songs if you’re preparing for a special occasion to celebrate your love such as a wedding reception or anniversary party. Any time you want to renew the bond you have with your loved one, all you have to do is turn on your favorite love song to bring back that warm, fuzzy feeling.
Of course, there are more songs that feature the world “love,” but these tunes stand out for their popularity and timeless nature. These songs with love in the title can boost your mood, help you celebrate a special occasion, or give you the emotional strength to move on the next phase of your life. Choose the tunes you want and create a playlist that features the loved songs that you enjoy the most.
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