In Love With Love: The Top 30 Greatest Love Songs Of All Time

Well Gigglers, the time has finally come where I am lucky enough to combine two of my favorite things in this life- music and love. I seriously love, love. To be clear, I am terrible with love; actually have no idea what I am doing, am slightly put-off by the idea of having to go on an actual date and have been fairly unlucky in the entire department. However, that is neither here nor there because I still just love the idea of it all. As far as music goes, if this isn’t the first time we’ve had the pleasure to meet, you know by now that I pretty much figure life out one lyrical lesson at a time. All of this leads to the point that today, I get to discuss the Top 30 greatest love songs of all time with all you! Except greatest love songs of ALL TIME turned out to be a lot of pressure so it’s more like my most favorite songs about love. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, right? With soul, pop-rock, country, classic and a few nods to the tween heartthrobs of yesterday and today, there is a little something for everyone. So, without further ado, I present to you, my 30 favorite love songs of all time!

30. ‘Love Story‘ by Taylor Swift Love her or hate her, Taylor is the reigning princess of the love song so it would be foolish of me not to throw her a mention. With this, one of her first hits, she puts into words what each of us started out thinking love was- a fairytale.

29. ‘U Smile‘ by Justin Bieber Allow me to continue on with the teeny-boppers of today’s generation. Trust me, the list isn’t filled with them (so don’t stop reading), it just happens that they bring up the rear in the ranking; they are still learning about love, after all. At any rate, the Biebs actually gets a little soulful in this song and it reminds us that when we smile, he smiles. He’s all in.

28. ‘All My Life‘ by K-Ci and JoJo There wasn’t a single couple in love in 1998 who didn’t claim this hit as “their song.” If you weren’t in love, you played this on a Friday night with your girlfriends talking about your biggest crush. It’s just that simple and the sentiment lives on.

27. ‘If It’s Love‘ by Train When you think of love songs your mind may not go directly to Train. Alternative, slightly grungy, 90’s pop rock? Yes, but love may be a stretch. However, it turns out Pat Monahan loves love too, so give this one a listen. He’s totally right; “If it’s love, and we’re two birds of a feather, then the rest is just whatever.”

26. ‘You Give Me Something‘ by James Morrison Love is a little scary, right? Sometimes, we don’t all feel we were cut out for it and James seriously understands that. With this gem, he shows us just how good it can be when we get over our fear and his voice makes you want to believe anything he sings.

25. ‘All For Love‘ by Color Me Badd Seriously, they want you to know they do it ALL FOR LOVE. That makes the band and this song a shoe-in for the list. I may be biased here considering this was the song to which I debuted my dance and cheer skills at pee-wee camp (I am certain there is a video somewhere) but there is no way anyone can play this song and not bust a little move in honor of love. Plus, they’ll call you every night and bring you flowers too.

24. ‘This Year’s Love‘ by David Grey I imagine heaven to be a place where they play David Grey on repeat. I am in love with whoever is in the room from his first word to his last on this track. Play with caution.

23. ‘You Had Me From Hello‘ by Kenny Chesney Our main man Kenny has sung some sweet lyrics over the years but ‘You Had Me From Hello’ takes the love cake. This classic country song perfectly puts into words the beauty of love at first sight.

22. ‘I’ll Never Break Your Heart‘ by The Backstreet Boys A band whose fame and fortune was based solely on their ability to get tween girls to fall madly in love with them deserved to have at least one song on the list. With plenty of options to choose from, ‘I’ll Never Break Your Heart’ won out because, at the end of the day, it’s what every girl really wants to hear.

21. ‘This I Promise You‘ by N’Sync In an effort to not play favorites, the two smoothest, love-song-singing boy bands of my generation are one right after the other. The boys of N’Sync won just as many hearts as their aforementioned counterparts and when they sang ‘This I Promise You’ and girls everywhere believed. You know you had the poster. You know you begged to go to the concert. You know one of them was your first love and at least once a year you listen to one of their songs again. It’s okay to admit it. You’re not alone.

20. ‘Then‘ by Brad Paisley Those country boys know a thing or two about love, and with an arsenal that includes songs like ‘She’s Everything’ and ‘Little Moments’, Brad Paisley is one of the masters. He truly seals the deal with “Then”, proving that true love just keeps getting better, even when we think it’s at its best.

19. ‘Love Me Tender‘ by Norah Jones  Originally sung by Elvis Presley, Norah Jones sweetly represents old school love, The Notebook type love, which may be the rarest kind. ‘Love Me Tender’ takes you back to a time where you might be sitting on a porch swing with your one and only, feeling like you are the only two people in the whole world.

18. ‘You Are The Best Thing‘ by Ray LaMontagne When Ray LaMontagne sings, you listen and when he sings about love you fall hard. Don’t we all just want to be the best thing that ever happened to someone? I certainly do after listening to Mr. LaMontagne sing about it.

17. ‘She’s My Kind of Rain‘ by Tim McGraw and The Dancehall Doctors Only a country song can make you want for someone who will tell you that you are their kind of rain. ‘She’s My Kind of Rain’ explains love in the most magical way and Tim McGraw is the cowboy we would all only hope would describe us in these ways.

16, ‘It’s Your Love‘ by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Continuing on with the country love, Faith and Tim are the most iconic duo in country music, one of the greatest celebrity love stories. ‘It’s Your Love’ is, quite possibly, the greatest country love song of all time. “If you wonder, about the spell I’m under, it’s your love.” Boom. Game Over.

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  • Sandra Henningsson

    “Because you loved me” by the only woman worth going lesbisk for on this earth (Okay, there may be a few more) Celine Dion. That is a true love song!

    • Katie Patton

      Ohhhh Sandra! SUCH an amazing pick! Great love song and obviously Celine is one of the greats! Thanks for sharing:)

      • Sandra Henningsson

        Well, thank YOU! This list is awesome, and I never get tired of a good old love song.

  • Giliah Nagar

    It’s frustrating when these articles aren’t fact checked. Adele didn’t write “Make You Feel My Love,” Bob Dylan did. It’s also already been performed by like a bazillion artists.

    • Katie Patton

      Giliah, you are correct! The song was written by Bob Dylan and I actually really love the original as well. I was not trying to imply she wrote it, only that Adele has a way with lyrics that really reach people, making her version my personal favorite. Both are brilliant though!

      • Wanda Fraser

        I think it’s the “has a way with lyrics” that confuses people. I thought you were saying she wrote it as well and I still kind of thought that by the clarification. I get what you mean though, I think. She does put her own spin on it and really makes you feel what Dylan’s lyrics are saying. At the same time, I prefer Dylan’s version by half of a hair. My pick for best love song? “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes. “This is the first day of my life. I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you.” It’s the romantic tune for those of us who don’t really do romantic. I wanted it to be my first dance song at my wedding.

      • Giliah Nagar

        I think that the way it’s worded is pretty confusing since you are praising Adele for having a way with lyrics (praise that is definitely due, for sure!)
        I do understand now what you are saying, though. Thank you for the clarification!
        Favorite love song: Journey: Faithfully. It was the first dance at my wedding.

  • Hannah Elich

    Make You Feel My Love is actually a Bob Dylan original! Adele’s choice to pick it up for 19, given her vocal abilities, was just wise. What a brilliant beauty.

  • Katie Patton

    Agreed Hannah! She is insanely talented and I love what she was able to do with the song:)

  • Jenny Lonussen

    Love a lot of these songs you mentioned! For me personally one of the most beautiful love songs written is Forever by the Beach Boys (They have more great ones like God Only Knows, Wouldn’t It Be Nice and their cover of I Can Hear Music for example). I’m partial to Have I Told You Lately by Van Morrison. An arrangement of Everly Brothers songs come to mind (Let It Be Me, Devoted To You, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Why Worry Now (Dire Straits cover)). I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz, A Thousand Years (part 2) by Christina Perri (also her Penguin is an amazing lovesong), Turning Page by Sleeping At Last, I Never by Jenny Lewis/Rilo Kiley, I Was Made For You by She & Him (and their cover of Fools Rush In), Falling In Love For The Last Time by Lee McDougall for more recent input. Just The Way You Are and She’s Got A Way by Billy Joel, The Rose by Bette Midler are beautiful too. Also an amazing song is When I Fall In Love by Nat King Cole, that one is über romantic.

    I could list songs for ages haha, and yes by now I have fallen a little deeper in love with love :-)

    • Katie Patton

      Amazing picks Jenny! I think it is clear we could do a second installment of greatest love songs! Glad you like some of the songs I mentioned and you are feeling the love:) Thanks for sharing your favorites!

      • Jenny Lonussen

        I look forward to it :-)

    • Sarah Rhea Reveles

      When I heard Christina Perri’s “Thousand Years (part 2)” for the first time I was in LOVE! I swear I have to listen to it at least once a day.

      • Jenny Lonussen

        Totally get what you mean, already loved the first A Thousand Years, but the beginning of part 2 is pretty much perfection and I love that the 2nd one is a duet.

  • Katy Littlejohn

    Am I allowed to disagree with the Whitney? I know she’s the tops, but ‘I Will Always Love You’ is a break up song AND it was originally done by my girl Dolly. My top pick for a Whitney love song, I think it’d have to be ‘My Love Is Your Love.’ Girl makes some proclamations (“It would take an eternity to break us!”) AND there’s a beat.

    Regardless, love + music = perfection.

    • Katie Patton

      You can ALWAYS disagree Katy! Totally get your point, I just can’t help it…the way she sings the lyrics “I will always love you” makes me want to be in love, even if it is break up song! Agreed on “My Love Is Your Love.” This is on my morning playlist and I play it loud to start the day! Girl did make some proclamations and had THE BEST voice! And yes, I feel the same- love and music are a match made in heaven! Thanks for your comments!

  • Pujashree Das

    Madeleine Peyroux’s cover of “Dance me to the End of Love” by Leonard Cohen.

  • Jessica Jeffers

    Yeah, “I Will Always Love You” is thematically equivalent to Adele’s “Someone Like You.” A breakup song, for sure. But, here’s my top ten:

    “Something” by the Beatles
    “Shelter” or “Forever My Friend” by Ray LaMontagne
    “You Saved Me” by Gary Clark, Jr
    “After All” by Sondre Lerche
    “Hot Summer Night” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
    “Somebody Loved” by The Weepies
    “I Will Be the One Who Loves You The Most” by Brett Dennen
    “Everything I Wanted” by Jonatha Brooke
    “I’d Rather Be With You” by Joshua Radin

  • Claire Thornley


    What a freaking tune!

    I also love ‘The Luckiest’, by Ben Folds.

  • Ping Tondo

    i’m glad you included Joshua Radin :-) and at #9! yay!

  • Cecilia Falter

    “Indian Moon” by State Radio and “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin are my favorite two!!

  • Raquel Cortés

    I’ll say “Crucify my love” by X-Japan (a Japanese heavy metal band that not a lot of people would know about but amazing!)
    Here’s the song:

  • Katie Patton

    Thanks for sharing all your fave songs ladies!:) I “love” that you agree with some of my favorites and am even more excited to discover some new songs from your suggestions! Thank you all for reading and commenting!

  • Lisa Weston

    Aw none of my favourites are here! Mine are:

    Your Song-Elton John
    The Wonder of You- Elvis
    At Last-Etta James
    God Only Knows- The Beach Boys
    Never Tear Us Apart- INXS
    You Make My Dreams- Hall and Oates
    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face- Roberta Flack
    Something- The Beatles
    She- Elvis Costello
    Love Song- The Cure
    Songbird- Fleetwood Mac
    Into My Arms- Nick Cave
    I Was Made For You- She & Him
    Halo- Beyonce
    Both Sides, Now- Joni Mitchell

    • Lisa Weston

      Oh also:

      There Is A Light That Never Goes Out- The Smiths
      Lover, You Should Have Come Over- Jeff Buckley
      Flightless Bird, American Mouth- Iron & Wine
      Creep- Radiohead
      English Rose- The Jam
      Valentine- Richard Hawley

      Ok, I’ll stop now!

      • Katie Patton

        Lisa, you list as many as you want! A few personal faves of mine from your list: Your Song, At Last and obviously I Was Made For You. Thanks for reading and sharing!

  • Silvia Peguero

    When We Dance – Sting
    Something About The Way You Look Tonight – Elton John
    At Last – Etta James
    Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band
    Can’t Get Enough of Your Love – Barry White

    • Katie Patton

      Another good Elton pick Silvia! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Nicole Brant

    Great choices, all. I’m giddy you included Joshua Radin in the top 10. I love him. If you haven’t seen “Adam” or heard the theme “When I Find You”, you are missing out. Highly recommended!

    • Katie Patton

      I love him too, Nicole! His voice is amazing. I will definitely have to give “Adam” and “When I Find You” a listen. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Max Müller

    What about the love songs in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi, Greek, and so on? Why all these fucking lists just make mention to English language? Sorry, but this kind of thing sounds like a Yankee Imperialism.

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