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The Sounds of Love: Our Top Ten Most Romantic Songs

The Sounds of Love: Our Top Ten Most Romantic Songs

It’s February and love is definitely in the air.

One of the most powerful aspects of romance is the love song. Whether it’s wooing the object of your desire, or getting her or him in the mood, the love song has withstood the test of time, becoming a popular staple in Western music for over 1,000 years. It has thrived across most, if not all, genres of music. Whether it’s pop favorites, Broadway show-stoppers or passionate arias, love songs evoke powerful emotions when it comes to affairs of the heart. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d share some of our fave romantic songs which you might want to add to your own playlists of love!

1. Endless Love

(1981)

Ah, this song perfectly embodies the sweet rush of first love! So whether you’re wanting to win over someone new, or rekindling the passion in a long term relationship, this one definitely has endless possibilities!

My love, there's only you in my life, the only thing that's bright

2. LOVE STORY

(1970)

It doesn’t get more quintessential than the theme of one of the most romantic movies of all time! We suggest you keep your hankies ready while listening, just in case.

Where do I begin?, To tell the story of how great a love can be

3. ALL I ASK OF YOU

(1986)

There’s a reason Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera has resonated with international audiences for so many years. Songs like this one embody the spirit of Happily Ever After, and will surely ramp up the passion between you and your significant other!

Say you love me every waking moment, Turn my head with talk of summertime.

4. LA FLEUR QUE TU M'AVAIS JAT´EE

The Flower Song of the Opera Carmen (1875)

Considered a highlight of the opera Carmen, the English translation of the original French pretty much sums up how having the love of someone special can carry you through the most difficult of times. Catch us, we’re swooning!

For all you needed was to be there, to share one glance with you, To long for you with all my being

5. AT LAST

(1960)

Though this song was originally recorded in 1941 for the musical film Sun Valley Serenade and has been covered several times, Etta James’ passionate rendition is the most memorable. It tugs at the heartstrings with each romantic lyric. Sigh.

At last my love has come along, My lonely days are over and life is like a song

6. UNCHAINED MELODY

(1965)

Originally recorded in 1955 for the little-known prison film Unchained, this Righteous Brothers’ version is the epitome of timeless romance. When it was featured in the 1990 film Ghost, its popularity soared again, embedding its hauntingly romantic refrains deep in our hearts!

Oh, my love, my darling, I've hungered for your touch

7. CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE

(1961)

Oh, such fools! Add this gem to your playlist and you’re guaranteed to get chills (of the mushy love variety) listening to the King croon! 

Wise men say only fools rush in, But I can't help falling in love with you

8. MY HEART WILL GO ON

(1997)

When they say love hurts they aren’t kidding. Who can avoid getting teary-eyed when the Diva, herself, belts out this powerful ballad of love that endures, even after death? This song pierces the heart and never lets go!

Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on

9. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

(1992)

It’s no wonder this stirring ballad from The Bodyguard soundtrack is one of the top-selling singles of all time! With its bittersweet theme of love and loss, coupled with the legendary Whitney Houston’s passionate vocals, this selection is essential to any romance collection.

And I wish you joy and happiness, But above all this I wish you love

10. ALL OF ME

(2013)

Nothing says love like accepting someone totally, imperfections and all. That’s the theme of this song, and with John Legend’s dreamy voice serenading you, it’s absolute perfection! 

'Cause all of me, Loves all of you

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It’s only natural that romance and music, like smitten couples, go hand-in-hand. Love songs are the key to unlocking passion and desire, and these selections are just a sampling of the vast library of romantic melodies that transcend all genres and languages. So this Valentine’s Day, get your playlist ready and ramp up the mood. You’ll thank us in the morning! 

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