Top 10 Love Songs for Romantics

Romantic songs transport us through time.

They carry us back to our youth when we (who are over 30) listened to the radio. They carry us on a breeze to our first crush.

They take us to that nervous excitement before our first date.

A love song can make us remember our first love with fondness, the feeling of new love washing over us.

A song can make our heart melt remembering an unrequited or lost love.

A favorite melody can transport us in time to the beginning of a relationship that is still growing.

There is always that one song that still makes our heart skip a beat, no matter what or whom it connects us to in our reminiscence.

Below is must have music for your love song playlist.

"If" by Bread

Having older brothers and sisters, I was always in tune to the pop music of the day. When I was a little girl in the early 70's, I listened to Bread and their many hits. "If" was the most romantic song. One could only dream of having someone love you so much.

"I Need You" by Lynyrd Skynrd

When we think of Lynyrd Skynyrd, we typically think good ole boy Southern Rock. We don't think of love songs. When my husband and I were dating in the early 80's, Skynyrd was a favorite among our group of friends and still is a favorite to many of today's teens. They are timeless. "I Need You" on their most famous Second Helping album became a favorite for me and my husband in those early years and still elicits a kiss when we hear it today.

"Open Arms" by Journey

Little did I know when we chose Journey's "Open Arms" to be our song those many years ago that its words would ring true to my life with my husband 30 years later. We chose it when he went through basic training in '82, and the romantic notion was that I would wait for him with "Open Arms" to return to me. Through the years and his military career, the song tells the story of him leaving and returning and of me waiting and welcoming him with "Open Arms." It was one of our wedding songs and still moves us when we hear it.

"Truly" by Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie was the king of romantic songs in the 80's. "Truly" was another of our wedding songs. What girl does not want to hear from her guy that he is "Truly in love with you, girl... I need you, and with your love I'm free..."? Makes my heart skip a beat to this day.

"I Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon

As far as I am concerned, REO Speedwagon was the bomb during my teen years. They were my first concert, and I have seen them 8 more times and will again if presented the opportunity. Kevin Cronin singing "I can't this feeling any longer, and yet I'm still afraid to let it show. What started out as friendship has grown stronger..." is the essence of many couples' beginnings.

"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" expresses a mature love. The couple knows and deeply understands each other. They are getting ready for an evening out, and he tells her that she looks "Wonderful Tonight." Exactly what a woman needs to hear in order to know she still attracts his emotional and physical love. He says, "I feel wonderful/Because I see the love light in your eyes..." showing that the love is mutual. He has too many drinks, and she gets him home, puts him to bed, and he turns to her and says, "I say my darling, you were wonderful tonight." The song shows how love grows and comprehends the challenges but embraces them.

"The Song Remembers When" by Trisha Yearwood

After many years in a relationship, sometimes a song is needed to take us back to special feelings we had in a new love. We can transfer those feelings to the love in our life or cherish a memory of a love in the past. In Trisha Yearwood's "The Song Remembers When," she draws these feeling out when she sing "... standing at the counter/I was waiting for the change/ When I hear that old familiar music start..." Even though it was long ago and knowing she can't go back, she cannot stop the memories flooding into her heart and mind.

"One More Day" by Diamond Rio

Diamond Rio's "One More Day" expresses loss. It may have been a love loss due to going separate ways or a love loss due to death. I chose this love song because there are many people who have lost loved ones in Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other war zones that the average person may not know about. Being a military wife and my husband having served two tours in Iraq's most dangerous areas, I thought of the "what ifs" when he was gone. It is not something you can stop by being positive. It is with you every second of every day when you have a loved one in a war zone. I was fortunate, and this song is for those who lost a loved one and to the soldier, sailor, or Marine who sacrificed all for our freedoms. Thank you.

"I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith

I admit it, I am in love with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler. My husband knows and understands - he's a swell guy. One of our favorite movies is Armageddon. Actually, it was one of my favorite movies until we had to watch it at least once a month. I figured out that my husband has an unrequited love for Liv Tyler... Hmmm... I guess I am big enough to understand. Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" was also a song I listened to many times when my husband was in Iraq. It expresses a deep love that does not want to miss a moment. I am still waiting for my call from Steven Tyler to ask me to sing "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" in a duet with him (while he looks at me longingly, of course...). It could happen!

"Still the One" by The Orleans

After being married for a long time, "Still the One" by the Orleans expresses the roller coaster of emotions that go along with a long term relationship. "Sometimes I never wanna see you again/But I want you to know/After all these years/You're still the one/I want whisperin' in my ear..." That about sums it up. My husband and I smile every time we hear this song, and sometimes he grabs me and swirls me around in a little dance in the the kitchen. He's "Still the One."

© 2012 Susan Holland

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This is a great hub. I'm not familiar with all of the songs but my two favorites have to be Open Arms and Can't Fight this Feeling. I especially love how Steve Perry belts it out. Awesome job!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Alecia! I am probably quite a bit older than you. LOL The music is moving if you get a chance to listen to the lyrics.

Thanks so much for dropping by and reading!! :-)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I truly love these love songs! One More Day is my favorite followed by I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing and Wonderful Tonight! Nice work Susan!:)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton is my best love song in your list. By the way Eric Clapton also happens to be one of my favorite singers.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I gave you all the votes on this one. Love the songs from the 80's! And "If" by Bread is awesome. I actually played that on the piano at age 15 for my mom's wedding. :-) I love Steven Tyler; I hope you get that call to sing with him. And I also love the image of your husband grabbing you in the kitchen and swirling you around the room. Well done!


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lukeuk 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What about "if your not the one" by Daniel bedingfield, I love that one.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Excellent selection Susan! You took us back to our early 80's. You are getting some people on the mood! Thanks for taking your time in putting together this hub!

LORD


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great list of songs. I love em all. I do prefer to hear Stan Fletcher sing One More Day however :)but that's only because I'm a big fan of his.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Linda! Each song brings back a specific set of wonderful memories for me. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and reading!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Vinaya, Clapton is awesome!! He will always be one of the best loved and remembered artists. "Wonderful Tonight" is my personal Clapton favorite. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and reading!! :-)


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mjfarns 4 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois USA

i think you really hit the mark with "Still the One" and "Wonderful Tonight". It's impossible to argue those choices, but did you consider "Love Song" by The Cure? That one, to me, is crucial for this kind of list


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Lukeuk, I am not familiar with Daniel Bedingfield song. His name sounds familiar, so I may have heard it. I will have to look it up.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks Lord de Cross! I noticed that you like listening to 80s music in the background as you write, too. I love it because that's my time. :-) It was a lot of fun thinking about and putting in the songs I thought would fit with the theme of most relationships. I am glad you liked it.

Thanks for dropping by and reading!! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Susan, I haven't heard the Stan Fletcher version of "One More Day." I will have to check it out. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and reading! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hey MJFarns, I didn't consider "Love Song" by the Cure. It is a great one, though. These are songs specific to my relationship and life. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and reading! :-)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love them all...Two of my favorites, Skynrd and REO..You did a fantastic job putting this together..Thank you..


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank you, Always Exploring! Skynyrd and REO... You and I would have a great time at a concert. :D

Thanks for dropping by and reading!! :-)


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

I totally agree with you, those songs are great, specially Wonderful tonight from Erick Clapton, that brings me back to wonderful memories I had. Thank you for sharing.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Agufanani! It was a lot of fun to put together. Music moves me and I love sharing it!

Thanks for dropping by and reading! :-)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hey these are some great ones sholland. How about 'I'm in You' by Peter Frampton, 'Lady Blue' by Leon Russell, and 'Forever and for Always' by Shania Twain.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Alastar! Those songs would be great additions!! You should put them in a hub for Valentine's Day! :-)

Thanks for dropping by and reading/listening! :-)


Jeff 4 years ago

Great hubs and songs friend. One more day is the best to me though..but ALL great songs....when music was good. I may have to do some slow dancing with my baby tonight after I make dinner for us....Thanks!!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Jeff, turn the lights down, put on these great hits, and you are going to be the hero dancing with your baby tonight! Be sure you look her in the eye and sing the really romantic lines to her - even if you can't sing, her heart will melt - if you can sing, even better!!

Thanks for dropping by and reading!! :-)


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gryphin423 4 years ago from Florida

Great list of love songs! Open Arms has to be my favorite though. Great hub, voted up!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub Sholland! I love all of Lionel Ritchey's (and the Commodores)songs. Truly is great. This is such a lovely and beautiful hub!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Gryphin, I have to agree with you since "Open Arms" has basically been my life... LOL

Thanks for dropping by and voting! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Tammy! You are awesome! I "truly" enjoyed putting it together. Brought back high school, young love, and life memories. Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Great hub Sholland! I love all these, there was one or two I hadn't heard. My favourite is I Need You" by Lynyrd Skynrd

This is such a lovely hub thank you for sharing


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank you, Rosemay! I am surprised to see that someone else knows Skynyrd's "I Need You." It is kind of obscure but is such a poignant song. So glad you dropped by and checked out the music. :-) (I love your profile picture!)


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Ironically, I love music and some of the songs on your list here don't even ring a bell in my head. LOL! Don't worry, I'm not surprised, my love of music is somewhat limited. However, even with that said, I listen to anything except three types- classical, country and opera. Otherwise, my music taste is wide open. And before you even say anything about me not liking "Country", there are some artists I don't mind listening to, but have to be in the mood. Good hub. :) Voted up! :)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Ray, why on earth would I say anything about you not liking Country? LOL I like a wide variety of music, but I pick and choose, too. I am not too big on much rap, but I am sure there is a rap song or two that I would probably like. You are probably too young to know most of these songs. ;-) Thanks so much for commenting and voting! :-)


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Okay, now you're calling me too young for some of these songs? LOL! LOL! LOL! How old do you think I am? Never mind, don't answer that. I am presently 43, born in 68 and am familiar with most of the songs, there's just a couple that I've not heard of. :P Like I said, "some" just don't ring a bell in my head. I could probably listen to them and then recall them. :P And, you're welcome. :)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

You have an old soul... LOL (That truly is meant to be a compliment.) I did think you were younger - THAT'S A GOOD THING!! :-) The Skynyrd song is pretty obscure. I don't think it was ever on the radio. If you don't like Country, you probably don't know the Trisha Yearwood song and possibly the Diamond Rio song. I am glad you came back!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Great Choices! I linked this to my page - all things Valentine:) Thanks - I loved the little trip down memory lane - I used to love Lionel Ritchie!! Oh and what about Billy Joel? He had some really smooth ones too:) Bet it was hard for you to pick!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Awesome, Kelly!! I will link your hub to this, too. Ashamed I didn't think about it before. You are right, Billy Joel would be a great one: ?I love you just the way you are...? Most of these are personal favorites that go along with my life, but there were some I left out and the "leaving out process" was hard.

Thanks for dropping by!!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hello, I didn't know the name of some of these songs that I enjoyed. Thanks for putting this together and adding the videos. Well done.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank you, Cyndi! I am glad you liked the songs. I really enjoyed putting it together. :-)

Thanks for dropping by!!


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jenniferg78 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Thanks for adding all the links! Made for a great playlist :)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Jennifer! I hope you liked it. I love these artists and songs. I wish I had added Rod Stewart's "You're in My Heart." It is getting closer to Valentine's Day and I am getting all mushy. LOL

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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jenniferg78 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

lol, you should do a new post on Valentine's Day songs!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

These pretty much are my Valentine songs.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Vikashkumar, that is a good song! :-)

Thanks for commenting!


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winbo 4 years ago

i like ur hubs. Well written and ur article presentation .... Simply wow!! Voted up and share also.. Waiting 4 ur next one


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank you, Winbo! I am glad you enjoyed it. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and the votes and shares!


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vparker 4 years ago from From Mars

My favorite song on this list is "Open Arms," but I think that's mainly because I know the Mariah Carey cover. The next best would be Clapton.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

The Mariah Carey cover? I am not sure what you mean. This version of "Open Arms" is by Journey. :-) Gotta love Clapton. Thanks for dropping by!


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vparker 4 years ago from From Mars

What I meant was that I am more familiar with Mariah Carey's cover of the song, and I prefer it to then the original. However, whoever in the band wrote the lyrics is an amazing song writer.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

VParker, thank you for explaining that to me. I must be too old to know about the Mariah Carey version. LOL I will look it up. The Journey version was our wedding song. :-) The lyrics are amazing. As a military wife, I had no idea how they would ring true to my life with my husband for years to come. We still stop to listen... Maybe we aren't THAT old. LOL Thanks so much! :-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

OMG - I can't chose between Open Arms, REO Speedwagon (one of my mom's favorites) Wonderful tonight or I don't wanna miss a thing. I obviously know these songs... but for me they don't particularly remind me of a time... however I have a few that do and it is always fun to take a trip down memory lane when they come on. The first one that comes to mind - Lady in Red and Take my Breath Away... thanks for the trip!


Andrej 4 years ago

The only good one is Wonderful Tonight. It's really hard to find songs good enough for my baby.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Andrej, Wonderful Tonight is a great song. What a sweet thing to say about your baby. :-)


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Margaret Scarboro 4 years ago

Beautiful selection!


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denisevirostek 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

^^agreed!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks Margaret and Denise! :-)


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denisevirostek 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

welcome :)

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