Songs are written about every imaginable theme. But one of the greatest themes of all is love. Romantic songs accompany you through the good times with your partner, but also through the dark hours of a breaking relationship.
A romantic evening with delicious food, good wine, and candlelight provides the perfect ambiance for couples in love. Of course, the right music must not be missing. There is no lack of choice. There is hardly any other subject for which there are so many songs as for love.
When asked which are the best love songs of all time, the answers would certainly vary. But the following 108 songs definitely have great potential to be among the most romantic songs ever recorded.
(At the end of the article, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)
The most beautiful love songs:
01. Take My Breath Away by Berlin
The Californian band “Berlin” sings about a love that should literally take your breath away in their Oscar-winning song. The big goosebumps this love song gives off come in no small part from the movie “Top Gun,” with which it is irrevocably linked. In the music video, you can see the scenes from the first date of the main actor’s Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis.
02. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
This great love ballad was originally a country song by Dolly Parton. For the movie “Bodyguard”, Houston Performered the song in a completely new style and made it a worldwide success.
The song is about reason versus love. Knowing that it’s actually better to go, even though you’ll love the other person forever. The combination of a touching lyric and the powerful voice of the unforgotten Whitney Houston leaves no lovers cold.
03. I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher
It was the song that hippie couples in love used to play in the 1960s when they wanted to get romantic. The content is especially moving to young lovers because it’s about the prejudices adults harbor that teens simply defy when it comes to their first big love. Sonny and Cher, then a married couple, convey in the song that none of that matters when you love each other and are meant for each other.
A wonderful message that still holds true today.
04. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
Jack freezes to death in freezing water during Titanic sinking. But in the heart of his great love Rose, he lives on for the rest of her life. What Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet brought to the screen, Celine Dion accompanied musically with her world hit to the film.
It sings about the love that touches you once, stays with you forever, and makes you feel secure. Even when the beloved partner dies. With this beautiful declaration of love, “My Heart Will Go On” won the Oscar for best film song.
05. Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht by Drafi Deutscher And His Magics
The message of the song’s lyrics is clear: true love is tougher than the toughest building materials. However, the song, which is still a perennial favorite at wedding celebrations today, was not so well received everywhere.
Bavarian radio refused to play the song for a long time. The reason: wrong grammar. The correct title should have been “Marmor, Stein und Eisen brechen” (“Marble, stone and iron break”).
Whether this would have sounded so good musically, however, we leave undecided. However, this fact did not stand in the way of success. The song was number one in the German hit parade for five weeks.
Through an English-language version, the single sold over a million copies worldwide.
06. You’re Still The One by Shania Twain
A love that overcomes all obstacles and still endures after many years. Such a tape wishes itself everyone, which falls in love. Twain’s husband co-wrote the song lyrics at the time.
He is not “The One” anymore, they are divorced. Still, their joint song project remains one of the best love songs of all time.
07. Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Love causes a lot of emotional chaos and is truly a crazy thing. Beautiful, but just crazy.
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury summarized this theme within ten minutes during a break in a recording session. According to his own statements, this is how long he needed for the composition. By the way, the hit that reached number one in the USA was written in Germany.
The band was in a hotel in Munich during the said break.
08. All in white by Roy Black
The classic hit should not be on any Wedding missing. Roy Black’s performance of the sweetheart in the white wedding dress with flowers and the happy smile sold 2.5 million copies.
The success was rewarded with the Golden Record and first place in the German hit parade.
09. No Ordinary Love by Sade
If you think love is extraordinary, it’s all the harder when it fails. The band Sade sings about the struggle of a love that is not ordinary.
Even if the chart positions were rather mediocre, the song already belongs to the best love songs because of its poignant lyrics.
10. Make You Feel My Love by Adele
In 2008 Adele covered the blues-rock song by Bob Dylan and was awarded gold in the UK for it. The song’s lyrics convey what someone is willing to give to make a loved one feel love.
It is an offer and certainly a beautiful message song when you are in love one-sidedly and the beloved still needs to be convinced.
11. We Found Love by Rihanna
Already the video shows the content of the song. It’s about love that was found in a “hopeless place”, but eventually breaks because it doesn’t survive in the hard everyday life of drugs.
No song with a happy ending, but criticism from church organizations for the video. Rihanna won’t care, because he brought her, among other things, the fifth number-one success in Germany.
12. (Simply) The Best by Tina Turner
What partner does not want to hear that he is the best. Better than all the others, better than the rest.
With the cult song by Tina Turner, you can convey exactly that to your partner. By the way, the first person to express this declaration of love musically was not Tina Turner, but Bonnie Tyler. But the big success came with the Turner version.
Today, the song is considered a perennial favorite and is also often used in connection with great athletes.
13. Cherish by Madonna
Madonna sings about wanting more than a little romance or fleeting encounters. Cherishing a person who is always by your side. A song that values love.
The song landed in the top 20 in many countries.
14. The best of Silbermond
A similar compliment to Tina Turner is paid by the band “Silbermond” with their chart success. Being loved is the best thing that can happen to you.
In the press release, singer Stefanie Kloß lets it be known that her thoughts in the song are not about her partner, but about her deceased father. The message behind it: Enjoy every minute when someone is there for you and loves you. It can happen so fast that an important person is no longer by your side.
15. The Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh
A song about first meeting his wife gives Chris de Burgh his best-selling single. Many men don’t remember what their sweetheart wore on the first date or what hairstyle she had.
The song takes up memories of his first encounter and encourages men to take a closer look at their wives.
16. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams
The rock ballad for the movie “Robin Hood” should actually be accompanied by medieval instruments. Not for singer Bryan Adams, who did his own thing.
For this reason, the song did not come at the beginning of the film as planned, but at the end. Nevertheless, it became a world success, which was awarded 14 times with platinum. No wonder: Which woman doesn’t melt when the smart singer says that he does everything just for her?.
In doubt, he would even die for his sweetheart.
17. 1000 and 1 Night (Zoom) by Klaus Lage Band
When from many years of friendship suddenly becomes love, everything is new. There is uncertainty about how to deal with this realization.
Risking friendship for a love affair? A situation that happens more often than one would suspect. Klaus Lage took on this theme in his song and has perhaps already turned one or the other pair of friends into lovers.
18. Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers
A song is full of Longing, which became a million-seller in four versions. In 1990 it was the theme song of the movie “Ghost – Message from Sam”.
Originally, the song was written for a movie called “Unchained”. The story tells about a man who was in prison. He was faced with the decision to serve his sentence or to flee to see his beloved wife again.
19. Love is everything by Rosenstolz
With love, you overcome everything, defeat evil, and experience closeness. Rosenstolz draws attention to the importance of this feeling with their song.
The duo exudes hope with the lyrics associated with the feeling of love. “Love is everything” was on the charts for 18 weeks.
20. I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
Just call once and say: “I love you, you are important to me.” Without special occasions or gifts to send this important message. This is exactly the gesture Stevie Wonder calls for in his number one hit song. In our hectic everyday life, the small tokens of love often get lost.
With this love song, the little token of love won’t be forgotten.
Places 21-108 of the most romantic love songs of all time:
Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.
108 Songs mit den unterschiedlichsten Botschaften zum Thema Liebe. All of them are perfect to wrap a declaration of love romantically and spend beautiful hours together as a couple.