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10 Songs That Make You Want To Fall In Love

A lot of these songs are old; not Mozart old, but a comfortable 1960s old, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence. That’s when music was at its swooniest. And they’re great songs, good to listen to if you’re already in love or not in love, and, even if you never want to be in love or hate love because that guy Derek broke your heart and moved to Alaska, you should still listen to these songs.

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You — Frankie Valli

You guys. You guys. YOU GUYS. When the horns come in all, “BA-da BA-duh BA-duh da duhh da BA-duh BA-duh BAAAA!” and then Valli is all, “I LOVE YOU BAAAAAABY” that is just magic.

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MAGIC!

When I Fall In Love — Nat King Cole

Does this make us all think of “Sleepless In Seattle”? And when we think of “Sleepless In Seattle” there’s, of course, one actor we all think about:

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Bill Pullman.

Paper Bag — Fiona Apple

If you want more grittiness in your love songs, this is the one. The sweeping flute, solid horns and jaunty piano are there, but then you have Apple’s smooth voice saying, “I thought he was a man but he was just a little boy.” Yet there’s a wistfulness here, that maybe it will happen after all, one day. I’m on a lot of cold medicine right now in case you couldn’t tell.

Something — The Beatles

If you like your love songs to have a touch of ominousness, then this is the song for you. By which I mean, this is definitely not a Paul love song, this is all George. By which I mean, Beatles I like them good times for the people.

Babies — Pulp

Because: “I want to take you home. I want to give you children. And you might be my girlfriend.” Okay actually, written down, that looks very creepy. Which is why it helps to watch the video and see the earnestness in Jarvis Cocker’s hips eyes.

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Wait, what?

Nothing Can Change This Love — Sam Cooke

This song is like an audible fairy tale.

Your Song — Elton John

I watched this video and was startled by how attracted I was to a young Elton John. I’m not saying I was very attracted, but I was minimally attracted, and that was enough. Good on you, Elton.

You And I — Lady Gaga

Don’t turn your nose up at Gaga – this is a grab-you-by-the-collar-then-hardcore-make-out-with-you love song. The part that really gets me is when Gaga says, “Something, something about the chase: six whole years.” It’s a very “real” little detail to put into a love song that a lot of people can relate to. Like I’ve been chasing after this one guy for more than a decade, and it still hasn’t happened, but it will, as soon as he realizes that he doesn’t really need his family or his current wife. And that’s our next entry:

Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney

It’s an epic love song, this one right here. Quiet then rough with just the right amount of “YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH”s and “OOOOOhh”s. It’s also good for karaoke.

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The most frantic thumbs-up ever captured.

God Only Knows — The Beach Boys

Another epic love song, maybe the most epic of all. Also epic is this video, in that the word “awkward” is not enough. It will never, ever be enough.

To take it one step further, listen to these songs while looking at 10 Photos That Will Make You Want To Fall In Love.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=88200230 Akilah Hughes

    Gonna go ahead and put this post in my favorites. This is lovely!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679350620 MariJo Escamilla

    You missed Bryan Adam´s “Heaven”!!! :) but this list is really good! =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063671878 Sameer Raghuram

    Check out “Annie’s Song” by John Denver.

  • http://www.juliagazdag.com Julia Gazdag

    Sam Cooke Sam Cooke Sam Cooke SAM COOKE

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=797447430 Douglas Koebrich

    I like the old Gershwin stuff like, “Someone to Watch Over Me” or “Do it Again.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1451943213 Annie Hatmaker

      I love Gershwin songs! Don’t forget “I’ve Got a Crush on You” but “Someone to Watch Over Me” is one of my all-time favorite songs. I’m glad someone else loves these songs!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502674521 Corey Ward

    Here’s a Spotify playlist of this list, but because The Beatles aren’t on there you have to have “Something” as a local file or it gets skipped. http://open.spotify.com/user/coreyward/playlist/2zOvpLzoO5cgs8TfJlL5Ts

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000542550963 Robert Remillard

    The most incredible love ballad I’ve ever come across is “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” by “Air Supply”. With lines like…”I’ve gotta follow it ’cause everything I know
    Well it’s nothing till I give it to you.”
    A notable second would be “Loving You” by Minnie Ripperton.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679792814 Krissy Resha-Harris

    Nat King Cole “when i fall in love” is probably my all time favorite song. His voice is so classic & beautiful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1674017714 Nyla Meadow

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvMVCHhwTPs

    Ingrid Michaelson You and I, makes me feel like my heart is sun-shining every time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003690768291 Judy Jetson

    Two of me and my husband’s favorites are Hold you in my arms by Ray Lamontangue and First Day of My Life by bright eyes. It’s exactly how we feel about eachother , 4 years strong :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=666310231 Jamie Ball

    At Last – Etta James is a good one! A nice, eclectic collection – thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000161351940 Cassi Baker

    “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontangue and almost anything by Michael Buble are my fall in love songs. Along with most of your list. Love it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=644717958 Jane E. Quigley

    Thank you for introducing me to Fiona Apple!

  • Apocalypstick

    Thanks for the recommendations, everyone! Maybe a party 2 is in order? xo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=60713484 Angelia Jones

    I was with you until I saw Lady Gaga.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734654147 Rachel Lam

    How about the Beatles’ “Two of Us”? Love that song!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1116831338 Ellen Hofeling

    Sam Cooke!!! His voice is a dream. “That’s Where It’s At” was my wedding song :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000518971668 Grace Rulloda

    Now you’ve mentioned George, we might as well go back to Paul with Here, There, and Everywhere and John with If I Fell.

    I was going to make one more suggestion but it would lead to another and I would go on for a whole week 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14102782 Caroline Jeffery

    “Hot”by Avril Lavigne. an odd choice, but poignant to me for whatever reason. lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14102782 Caroline Jeffery

    To Whom It May Concern – The Civil Wars OMGEE. this song KILLS ME.

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