- “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
If you didn’t think Whitney was going to garner the number one spot on this list I am not sure you and I would ever get on well in real life. Girl was the queen of the love song, forever may she reign. There were so many ballads to choose from (‘And I Am Telling You’, ‘How Will I Know’, ‘Greatest Love of All’, and ‘I Believe In You And Me’ to name a few) but ‘I Will Always Love You’ is obviously the love song to which all others are measured against. Don’t even get me started on The Bodyguard.
- “Something” by The Beatles
“Something” was the first George Harrison-written song to occupy the A-side of a Beatles single (though it did share the accolade, appearing as a double A-side with unifying call “Come Together” in 1969). Capturing the swirling triumph of infatuation, the tune would become the second-most-covered song of the Beatles’ canon (“Yesterday” is the first)—more than 150 artists have tried the dreamy, swooning ode on for size, including James Brown, Elvis Presley, Phish, Isaac Hayes and Frank Sinatra, who famously christened it the “greatest love song ever written.”—Kristen Zwicker
- ‘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.
- ‘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.
- ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing‘ by Aerosmith Truly,
Steven Tyler probably screams more sex, drugs and rock n’ roll than love, but this song changed the game. Not to mention, it’s pretty much the theme song to Armageddon, which is obviously a movie about extreme love, not space excursion. I cry just thinking about it.
- ‘You Got What I Need‘ by Joshua Radin
If there were ever a song that sucked you into the feeling of being madly in love it was ‘You Got What I Need.’ With lyrics along the lines of “Baby, you. You got what I need. Baby, you. You got my sunshine.” and a voice like Joshua Radin, you definitely got the number nine spot on the list.
- 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.