OK, so deciding upon the best love songs of all time is a rather daunting project, as everyone’s idea of a great love song is likely slightly different from the next. But there are a few famous love songs that we think most everyone can agree make the Love Song Hall of Fame for a number of reasons. If you are looking for love songs for weddings, anniversary love songs, or love song lyrics, these songs should definitely be on the top of your list.
Here are the top 5 best love songs of all time (according to us):
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley, 1961
Was it his dreamy eyes or his equally dreamy voice that absolutely caught audiences’ attention back in 1961 with this lovely romantic song? But you have to admit the lyrics are equally as dreamy:
Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can't help falling in love with you
It’s those simple lyrics with that irresistibly romantic melody that has captured the hearts of listeners for 50 years.
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel, 1986
This custom love song has to take the top prize as the most romantic lyrics of all time:
In your eyes, the light the heat
In your eyes, I am complete
In your eyes, I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes, the resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes, I see the light and the heat
In your eyes, Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light, the heat I see in your eyes
This ballad of love is simply beautiful, and Peter Gabriel’s voice brings home the tone of this impossibly beautiful song. Many of us remember this ballad from the movie “Say Anything” (remember John Cusack with the boom box?), although its timeless sound still makes it a fantastic love song for today’s audiences.
Your Song – Elton John, 1970
Ah, we can feel the romantic mood taking over already! Viewed by many as one of the best custom love songs ever written, Elton John’s masterpiece, “Your Song,” should be on the top of any romantic song list. We think that one of the biggest indicators of a song’s success is the number of times it has been covered by other artists, and Your Song has been covered by everyone from Rod Stewart to Harry Connick, Jr.
Lovesong – The Cure, 1989
Although The Cure’s music was always rather polarizing (You likely either loved them or hated them.), Lovesong has gone down as one of the finest custom love songs ever written. The band’s lead singer, Robert Smith, even originally wrote the song as a wedding present for his bride. It peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989 at #2. It was then covered by 311 in 2004, thereby introducing this beautifully haunting love song to a new generation of listeners.
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge, 1966
Although this 1966 classic has been covered by many artists in the decades following its release, no can compare to the sound of Percy Sledge and the heart and soul he put into those beautiful, memorable words.