There are some songs that get you … right there. Even if you’re not in love yourself, there’s no denying the emotion and feelings expressed in some lyrics. It doesn’t matter if the singer is not your favorite or the genre is not your norm, an outpouring of musical love is moving. There are so many fabtastic romantic songs. I wonder if any of these are your favorite?
1. Your Song – Elton John
Definitely one of Elton’s best, "Your Song" is also one of the greatest romantic songs of all time. The message of being so in love with someone that you have no other choice than to put it into lyrics and a melody is one of the most romantic gestures a man can do for a woman. The song was rediscovered by an entire generation when Ewan McGregor song it lovingly to Nicole Kidman in the smash hit musical Moulin Rouge.
2. Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
Billy Joel hits the romantic nail right on the head with this love song, imploring his lover not to change a single thing to try to please him. The message of the song is that if your man loves you, there is nothing you can do to change yourself that would make him love you more than he already does, something every woman wants to hear!
3. Endless Love – Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey
Some people might prefer the original version by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross, but personally I don’t think you can beat the vocals of Mariah Carey in this love anthem recorded in 1994. Her powerhouse singing mixed with the smooth sultry tones of the late Luther Vandross make for a timeless classic that is the perfect tune for a slow dance with the person you love.
4. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Arguably the most well known love song of all time, it sometimes seems as though every person in the world knows every single lyric to this Whitney Houston classic! Part of the soundtrack to the hit '90s movie The Bodyguard that spawned several other amazing love songs like "I Have Nothing" and "Run to You," "I Will Always Love You" was originally written and performed by Dolly Parton, and it sounds just as romantic in a country style as it does pop.
5. Thinking out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran’s beautiful recent hit has proved to the world that soppy love songs still have a place in modern music; after all, there will always be people in love! It’s the perfect song for somebody who wants to express to their partner that they want to be with them forever, with the lyric “darling I will be loving you, till we’re 70” really striking a chord with listeners.
6. Everything I do, I do It for You – Bryan Adams
The voice of Bryan Adams became one of the most recognizable in the world in the early '90s when his love song, the theme for Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, hit the top spot and stayed there for what felt like five years! Though it has been outrageously overplayed in the last 25 years, the romance of the song is still strong and it packs a really sweet, romantic message.
7. Something – the Beatles
Written and performed by George Harrison, "Something" is one of the sweetest and most heartfelt songs in the Beatles back catalogue. It spent four weeks at number one and remains one the best love songs of all time, by one of the best bands of all time!
8. The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Who doesn’t love a soaring power ballad? And this '80s anthem certainly soars. The Brits who had set the world’s ears searing with “Relax” found their sensitive side and truly got in touch with it. The Power of Love crashes and whooshes and flies with earth-shattering might. If you want a romantic song infused with the passion and spirituality of love, this is surely it.
9. God Only Knows – the Beach Boys
You know this song, right? You won’t shake your head when I tell you it’s playing during the final montage of people meeting at the airport at the end of Love, Actually. When it starts you’re thrown a curveball and you wonder where “I may not always love you” is going. But where it goes is a heartbreaking, tender journey of yearning, devotion and loyalty. It’s love and God only knows what we’d be without it.
I’m not sure I could pick a favorite … different days, different moods and all that. Do you have a favorite?