You know that exact moment when you realize you have fallen in reckless, palpable love? Events that have been leading up to this include dates, kisses, text messages, mid-day e-mails that have made you blush an inescapable fuchsia. That moment you fall in love, you’re one-hundred percent committed. You visualize the rest of your life with this person, and you don’t care how crazy that sounds. You can’t stop thinking about their hair, their laugh, the way they say your name. You miss them all the time, even though you saw them fifteen minutes ago.
So to cope and celebrate this wild, wild love, you listen to some of the cheesiest love songs in the world because right now? NOBODY gets how crazy in love you are. And these songs do. Even after you’ve been with your significant other for years, these songs bring back ALL those feelings.
1. Savage Garden – “I Knew I Loved You”
Can we just agree that Savage Garden encapsulated our vulnerable ‘90s hearts? Lyrics like, “I knew I loved you before I met you / I have been waiting all my life,” are SO perfect, because a part of you is that insane romantic who turns into this love wizard who KNOWS they’ve found the ONE. Even if you two haven’t even gone on a date yet.
2. Lifehouse – “Hanging by a Moment”
I used to sing this song in my car like there was no tomorrow! The whole “I’ll take your invitation / if you take all of me” is just so everything. I mean, you can *feel* every cell in your body become increasingly more and more in love. This song totally gets it.
3. Foreigner – “I Want to Know What Love Is”
You’ve never felt love like this before. In fact, every other boyfriend or girlfriend you’ve had in the past doesn’t even count until now. Real love HAS finally found you, and it’s here to stay.
4. Snow Patrol – “Chasing Cars”
I still don’t get what cars have to do with anything, but who cares? This song is all about just laying in bed with your lover and forgetting about things that aren’t your relationship. Which is pretty much what the first two weeks are like in every relationship.
5. The Archies – “Sugar, Sugar”
When you’re in love, “Sugar Sugar” is your soundtrack for life. Everything is just so great, even mundane tasks seem filled with hope and adventure. Waiting in line at the post office? Working overtime at work? No big deal! Life is so amazing, you just want to bust out your happy-girl dance moves.
6. Natasha Bedingfield – “These Words”
Okay, this song is supposedly about Bedingfield’s brother, but it so perfectly embodies all those lovey feels in a very concise way. “IloveyouIloveyouIloveyou!” is truly the only phrase you feel like uttering until the end of time.
7. Cars – “Just What I Needed”
Another perk of being in love is having boundless energy! It truly seems like you’re running on pure emotions, because you can get two hours of sleep and feel fresher than lemonade. If “Just What I Needed” doesn’t make you want to do the victory dance in your bedroom like a spaz, I don’t know what else will. 8. Ashanti – “Baby”
And then we start to feel sultry. We go to Victoria’s Secret and pick out lacy underwear. We make a “it’s sexy time” playlist on iTunes (right??), and we add songs like Ashanti’s “Baby” because it describes our infatuation so aptly in so few words: “Baby, baby, baby.”
9. Jewel – “You Were Meant For Me”
Oh Jewel, you talented, Alaskan folk princess. “You Were Meant For Me” describes the ugliness and mediocrity of everything that isn’t your love. Especially if feelings are unrequited, you hold on to this song and it swiftly becomes your mantra: “Soon you will see / you were meant for me, and I was meant for you.”
10. Cheap Trick – “I Want You to Want Me”
Because maybe if you just say it loud and clear, he’ll love you forever, too.
11. The Darkness – “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”
These alien feelings—the balloons in your chest cavity, the increase in body temperature whenever he sends you a text message—can be summed up by this song, which is about being wholly consumed by love: “Can’t explain all the feelings that you’re making me feel / my heart’s in overdrive and you’re behind the steering wheel.” Powerful stuff.
12. Eagle Eye Cherry – “Save Tonight”
Something about “Save Tonight” is just SO ROMANTIC. Like, your lover is leaving on some dangerous journey and you have this one last night with him/her, and you can best bet you two won’t be sleeping.
13. Hot Chocolate – “You Sexy Thing”
Even though “You Sexy Thing” will forever remind me of that one Pantene commercial, I still think this is one of the greatest songs ever. It makes you feel fun and sexy and loved, and that’s important in every relationship.
14. Michelle Branch – “Everywhere”
It DOES feel like your love interest is everywhere, doesn’t it? Like in a non-creepy, non-Edward Cullen way (I want this to be clear). You’ll be at Starbucks and feel like he’s standing in line behind you. Or you’ll be studying in the library and feel his presence even though he’s definitely out with his friends. Maybe it’s that connection, that bond you only have with someone whom you truly love (or maybe you’re just paranoid, I don’t know).
15. Peter Gabriel — “In Your Eyes”
The light. The heat. Lloyd Dobler. This one needs no explanation.
16. Modern English – “Melt With You”
Last but not least, this UK one-hit wonder (hey, VH1 said it, not me), made us want to make out with our crushes until the end of time. No matter how long you’ve been with your guy or girl, this song will make you feel those cheesy, ooey-gooey feelings all over again.