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The Top Ten Cheesiest Love Songs Of All Time

Updated on February 7, 2014

There are many things in life that could be called “cheesy”. That amazing pizza down the street that just meets the appetite for dairy and marinara sauce, or other kinds of foods. But the cheesy that is used to describe this list of songs is a different kind of “cheesy”. The slang word used in this context simply means being corny, sentimental, melodramatic. This is not to say that some of these songs on the list are all bad, but you are probably not comfortable going around telling people you were belting out the chorus in your car either.

To make a perfect top ten list of “Cheesiest Love Songs”, a group of experts were locked in a room with little or no contact to the outside world for more than six months. During this time, they were mercilessly given songs to listen to nonstop until they came to the conclusion of which ten songs could not be played any more than others. Also taken into consideration were how much the song itself has been mocked by the public in being so cheesy. Therefore if you’ve always wondered what could be the cheesiest love songs of all time, look no further. This list no doubt contains some of the most downright silly and corny songs to ever be heard. Let’s start with number 10…

10. Backstreet Boys- I Want It That Way

This song was one the cheesiest back in the 90’s. When it came on the radio people would run in terror, riots were started in streets, animals began attacking retirement homes. Yes it was bad, but thankfully most people have been able to recover from the tragedies it caused. The song is only played on certain stations now but it deserves it’s place on this list.

9. Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On

Honestly any song by Celine Dion could make this list, but this one puts them above the rest. On the soundtrack of the Blockbuster “Titanic”, this screams cheesy. Lyrics such as “Love can touch us one time and last for a lifetime. And never let go till they’re gone.” Really? Was this written by John Madden? In fact the video might even be more entertaining if he did commentary of the movie scenes while she sang this lame song. That might be wrong though.

8. MeatLoaf- I Would Do Anything For Love

What exactly does he mean by this song title? If you’d do ANYTHING for love then there is no restriction. Not only is this song incredibly cheesy, but it makes no sense. I don't even have to say why the music video itself is cheesy either (watch the video below at your own risk).

7. Michael Jackson-You Are Not Alone

Known as the “King of Pop” doesn’t keep you from having one of the cheesiest songs ever. He even tried to show how this song has “true love” in it by getting Elvis Presley’s daughter (Lisa Marie) whom he was married to for 5 minutes. Sorry MJ, that just doesn’t keep your lame lyrics and big choir at the end from being on this list.

6. Foreigner- I Want To Know What Love Is

This could be the cheesiest song of all time. However, who hasn’t been caught singing along to the epic chorus at one time or another? It is a moving song that could be argued to not make the list. Still all the ingredients for a cheesy song are there.

5. Brian McKnight- Back At One

1. This song is super cheesy from the singing, the beat you name it.

2. The lyrics were written by a love struck 15 year old.

3. Only women love this song

*NOTE* If ever you believe this song isn’t dumb, then start back at 1.

4. Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt- Don't Know Much

Coming from a guy of Neville's size it's hard to believe a voice like that can be heard. Still, even if he could kick the crap out of me, it still belongs on this list.

3. Michael Bolton- When A Man Loves A Woman

Two words: Michael Bolton

2. James Blunt- You're Beautiful

Not only can this guy not sing or write decent lyrics but it’s beyond cheesy. Every time this song starts it sounds like a million nails scraping down a dead skinned 450lb man’s back, all while he’s chomping on fried chicken and slobbering over himself. Yeah I couldn’t describe the feeling any better.

1. Billy Ray Cyrus- Achy Breaky Heart

Yes this has to be the cheesiest song ever. It's unlike every "love song" ever written and deserves to be #1 on this list. You can't deny how cheesy and horrid the lyrics to this song are. Even country fans have to agree of how cheesy it is. It inspired the horrible mullet phase in people for crying out loud! Ugh.

So what do you think? What could possibly be your top ten cheesiest songs ever or just the cheesiest song ever?


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    • BeyondGS profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Ohio

      @PaigSr: I will admit, I enjoy some Foreigner. However as was mentioned, the song has all the makings of a "cheesy" song. Doesn't mean no one can like it, but you shouldn't be surprised if you are teased for blasting it in your car too. :)

    • PaigSr profile image


      3 years ago from State of Confusion

      I listed this as interesting as there are some that I agree with and others that I don't. OK 6. Foreigner- I Want To Know What Love Is - I don't agree with. But 3. Michael Bolton- When A Man Loves A Woman is defiantly on the cheesy meter.

    • BeyondGS profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Ohio

      @Darren: Thanks for the read Darren! Everyone has their opinion which is why lists can be fun to debate. However by looking at the media and popularity of what would make a song "cheesy", we notice the main reasons why most would agree these particular songs made the list.

    • BeyondGS profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Ohio

      @Tom: I do think both of them are good singers and songwriters, but the style of songs they choose to make can be mostly cheesy. Nothing wrong with that, everyone has their own tastes in music but it is just an observation.

    • BeyondGS profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Ohio

      @Jaim: Excellent choice too. That would easily make the list of at least top 15, if not top ten. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • BeyondGS profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Ohio

      @Eiddwen: Thank you for the read! I am glad you enjoyed it and found it interesting.

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      4 years ago

      Only song I agree with on this list is Billy Ray Cyrus'.

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      5 years ago

      Celine Dion and Michael Bolton are both incredible singers and songwriters

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      5 years ago

      How about Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler. It definitely deserves a place in that list.......

    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting and thanks for sharing.


    • BeyondGS profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ohio

      I still have nightmares of when I was growing up and seeing people with mullets. *shutter* Everyone has their own list such as this but it's hard to argue that not being the "cheesiest". Thanks for the nice comments Alecia and drbj.

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      There is no question that Billy Ray Cyrus and Achy Breaky Heart earned that Cheesy #1 Accolade. The others don't even come close in cheesy-ness.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Love songs are nice but some of them are bad. I don't agree with all of your list but when "You're Beautiful" was out I wanted to punch someone. James Blunt's voice was so irritating I wanted to scream. Thankfully we haven't heard from him since here in the states. And yes nothing will ever top the ridiculousness of Billy Ray Cyrus. Great hub!

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      Matt Fenner 

      5 years ago

      Meagan Helton and Matt Fenner's top 10 cheesiest love songs of all time: GO!

      10) All for Love ( Brian Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting)

      9) I'll Make Love to You (Boyz II Men)

      8) Hello (Lionel Richie)

      7) Up Where We Belong (Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes)

      6) My Valentine (Martina McBride)

      5) Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Mitler)

      4) Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)

      3) I Don't Know Much (Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt)

      2) Endless Love (Lionel Richie and Diana Ross)

      1) I Can be Your Hero ( Enrique Iglesias)



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