Top 40 Romantic Songs Of All Time
Music is one of the most influential pieces of artwork that any person can have. It’s severely powerful as it has the ability to change moods in a brief amount of time. An upbeat song can lift someone’s spirit enough for that person to brighten other people’s lives. An energetic song can motivate a person.
Love songs are essential for setting the mood right before a date or an evening out with the wife or special woman. You can even use romantic songs to diffuse an argument or put your spouse in the mood after a long day’s work.
As a male, you cannot be caught without some songs to set the mood. You will want to prepare a disk ahead of time of the songs that you will need during that special moment.
We conducted a study of the top romantic songs of all time. We found hundreds of songs from all eras and genres that could make the cut on a special love list. The songs are not in a particular order. We listed them in the order that we found them.
You can start with this list of top romantic songs of all times and create your personalized playlist:
Shania Twain: You’re Still the One
Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” is a song of encouragement for all couples who have withstood the test of time. Everyone feels the magic during the first few months, or the honeymoon phase, but not all couples are strong enough to survive through the years. This song honors the people who are. It is a perfect love song for contemporary Country Western fans to play on an anniversary date or a wedding night after a long engagement.
The song came out in 1998, and it was in the top 10 songs on the Billboard Charts. The iTunes store carries the song.
Eric Clapton: Wonderful Tonight
The “Wonderful Tonight” song is a beautiful ballad that was released on Eric Clapton’s “Slowhand” album in 1977. The song is a gorgeous piece for a man who is madly in love with his woman and is taking the time to admire all of her positive qualities.
The song continues to compliment the woman for the entire three minutes. “Wonderful Tonight” is a tune that can go well with any occasion. You can play it while your special woman is coming out of the shower, or you can play it in the car while the two of you go for a long, romantic ride.
Marvin Gaye: Sexual Healing
“Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye is more of a go-in-for-the-kill tune. It sends clear-cut subliminal messages to the woman that you are with of what you intend to do with her. There is no shame in Marvin’s game in this song. You can only use this bold tune if you are certain that the woman you are playing it for will not take offense.
Marvin Gaye clearly states that he is in the mood for love in the song. It’s boldness made it one of the most popular songs of all times. “Sexual Healing” was released in 1982, and it made it to number one on several charts.
LL Cool J: I Need Love
Romance comes in all forms, including rap. LL Cool J was one of the few rap artists who was able to pull off making the spoken rap word sound romantic. “I Need Love” is a simple but sweet song in which he expresses to the woman in his life that she is special to him.
The song would be perfect for a nighttime ride or a calm night on the beach. The song came out it 1987 and went all the way to number one on the Hot R&B charts, as many R&B fans found it refreshing.
Billy Paul: Me and Mrs. Jones
“Me and Mrs. Jones” is an old classic that came on the music scene in 1972, and it reigned at number one on the R&B charts for about a month. The song is about a love affair that two people are having, and it is a bit on the taboo side of romantic music. It openly states that the male is having an affair with someone who has an Mrs. in front of her name, which usually indicates a marriage.
You can play this song if you are feeling a little frisky and sneaky. Other artists performed some interesting remakes of the song over the years. Michael Buble was one of those artists.
Toni Braxton: Un-Break My Heart
“Un-break My Heart” made it onto the top romantic songs of all times even though it is extremely sad. Mrs. Braxton gave the world a soulful look at a woman’s heart following a difficult breakup. She shows us how a woman obsesses and wishes that her man would say he loved her just one more time.
You would not want to play this song on a date night, but you could use it as a weapon as you are trying to woo a woman back. The song came out in 1996 as a part of the “Secrets” album. Mrs. Braxton received a Grammy Award in 1997 for it.
Berlin: Take My Breath Away
Berlin’s slow song, “Take My Breath Away,” was extremely popular because of its placement on the “Top Gun” movie soundtrack. The song showcases Terri Nunn’s beautiful voice as it takes the listeners into the mind of a woman in love. It’s an excellent song for you to play as a part of your personal collection.
It has calming qualities about it that could help you and your female friend to get in the mood. “Take My Breath Away” was released in 1986, and it made it to number one the US Billboard Hot 100 charts as well as the Belgium, Ireland and UK charts.
Alicia Keys: Fallin’
Fallin’ by Alecia Keys is a highly soulful song that comes from deep within her heart. The song expresses that emotions may change during the course of a love relationship, but a woman will keep falling in love with her man over and over again.
It is a true-to-life depiction of the ups and downs of a relationship. Fallin’ was one of the songs on the “Songs in A Minor” album that came out in 2001. The song made it to the Billboard Hot 100 list and numerous other lists.
Bon Jovi: I’d Die for You
The “I’d Die for You” song by Bon Jovi is a mainstream rock hit that may tickle your fancy if you like old-school rock. The song came out in 1986 as the second single on the “Slippery When Wet” album. “I’d Die for You” is an upbeat song that you could play before a first date just to get your juices flowing. The theme of it may be romantic, but it still rocks.
“Amazed” by Lonestar is a mesmerisingly sweet country western song that comes from the heart of a man to his woman. The lead singer tells the woman in his life that she is the closest person that he has ever been with in his entire life. This song fits into the “heavy artillery” category because you will want to play during an emergency.
It would be an awesome wedding proposal song. You could catch your lady off guard by singing it to her while you are bending down on one knee. The Lonestar release of “Amazed” came out in 1999, and received multiple levels of recognition. The song took the number one Billboard Hot 100 spot and the number two spot on the Hot Contemporary Adult Tracks list.
Stevie Wonder: You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Valentine’s Day would be an excellent time for you to play—and sing—“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder. Stevie expresses the effect that his woman has for him in this soulful slow song. He expresses that his woman provides him with sunshine.
Every man wishes that he had a woman that could provide him with sunshine. If your woman is such a person, then you will want to add this song to your collection. The song came out in 1973, and it burned up the charts as number one on the singles charts.
Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender
The king of rock showed that he had a soft heart when he sang the lyrics to “Love Me Tender” in 1956, and it won recognition even back in those days. “Love Me Tender” made it to number one on the Billboard list and the Cashbox list the same year it came out.
Elvis is an acquired taste. If you enjoy listening to him as a snack, you can obtain a copy of the song and put it on during a lunch break with your love.
Chirs Isaac: Wicked Game
“Wicked Game” is the kind of song that you would want to play as you are lying in a beach chair pondering a new relationship. “Wicked Game” is about the way a man feels about a new woman he just met. He states that he does not want to fall in love because he has been hurt before.
However, when the love bus comes, people just can’t avoid jumping on. It’s difficult to fight the pull of true love. “Wicked Game” has a laid back feel to it. It was released in 1989 as part of the “Heart Shaped World” album.
Dido: Thank You
Nothing is quite as romantic as telling the one you love “Thank You.” Dido makes her appreciation perfectly clear in the 1999 song that she sang on her Debut album. The music has a unique folkish feel to it, and Dido’s voice is so unique that this song skyrocketed into a hit and made it to number one in the United States and several other countries.
Furthermore, other artists such as Eminem used bits and pieces of “Thank You” for their songs. It’s a perfect song to play during a picnic, cook-out, or private moment with the girl of your dreams.
Sinead O’Connor: Nothing Compares to You
Sinead O’Conner counts down the days that she has not seen her lost love in the 1980 hit “Nothing Compares to You.” The Irish singer became an overnight hit in the 80s for her powerful voice and her eccentric style of dress.
“Nothing Compares to You” is a deep love song that shows a woman’s vulnerability and the borderline idolatry that women sometimes express for their male counterparts. It expresses the human need for love and the difficulty that they have when human love is no longer available.
The song made it to the top 10 lists on more than 10 charts across the globe. It could work well in your personal library of love songs.
Foreigner: I Want to Know What Love Is
“I Want to Know What Love Is” is an honest song that discusses something that all people have trouble understanding: love. No one knows exactly what love is or how to define it, but everyone seeks to have love in their lives. In the song, the lead singer reviews his past relationships and makes a decision about whether he would like to fall in love again.
He is having some difficulty with the decision as he is unsure if he can face it again. The catchy tune debuted in November of 1984, and it advanced to the top of the Australian, Canadian and American mainstream charts.
Sade: No Ordinary Love
Sade is an English artist who took the world by storm with her song “Sweetest Taboo.” The “No Ordinary Love” song is a song about giving your loved one all of your heart. She sings about how much she dedicated herself to the man in her life and how they had a love like no other.
“No Ordinary Love” is a spectacular song that made it to number nine on the Hot R&B chart. It’s a great song that you can play for your loved one to express the amount of dedication you have for her.
Beyonce: Crazy In Love
Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” is the perfect example of what happens to people when they fall in love. Crazy is an excellent word for the changes that occur in the brain during the love phase. Beyonce mixes her angelic voice with heartfelt lyrics in this 2003 hit.
The song made to the top romantic songs list because of it’s catchy sound. It reached number one on the charts in the United States and Ireland in 2004.
Elton John: Your Song
Nothing can express the love that one person has for another like writing a song for that person can. Elton John’s slow “Your Song” was one of the most memorable songs of his myriad of tunes. Elton John’s music is legendary, and several of his songs could have made it onto the list.
“Your Song” is a ballad that discusses a love-sick man who is giving the gift of song to the person he loves. The song was released in 1970 as a part of the “Elton John” album. It made its way to the top 10 US Billboard Charts. The song would make a great wedding proposal song or an anniversary song.
Frankie Valli: Cant Take My Eyes Off Of You
Love sometimes smacks people in the face when they least expect it. People find that one person in the grocery store, library or gas station that they just can’t take their eyes off of. Franki Valli sang about such an occurrence in the 1967 single “Can’t Take My Eyes of You.”
You could use this song for that special girl that catches your eye when you least expect it. Women respond well to men who sing old tunes. You may want to take that into consideration. “Cant Take My Eyes off You” reached gold record status for selling more than 1 million copies.
Debbie Boone: You Light up My Life
“You Light up My Life” by Debbie Boone is a slow song that speaks frankly about how one person feels about her mate. True love often lights up people’s lives as Mrs. Boone depicted in the song. “You Light up My Life” was released in 1977.
It is a pop song that climbed the charts and made it all the way to number one in Canada and the United States. The song is a perfect song for telling your loved one that you love her first thing in the morning.
Aerosmith: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” is a great song to sing by your loved one’s bedside to let her know that you don’t even want to close your eyes for a moment and miss seeing her face. Steven Tyler really showcases his beautiful singing voice in the songs while he belts out some highly romantic lyrics.
The song came out in 1998 and was part of the “Armageddon” movie soundtrack. You could have your own personal Armageddon with the one you love with song in your inventory.
Celine Dion: My Heart Will Go On
“My Heart Will Go On” is such a popular song because it gives people hope that they will move on after a heartache or the loss of a loved one. Celine Dion’s beautiful voice is an excellent one to hear when your relationship is on the rocks. You can use it as a romantic medication for slight issues and challenges.
Coldplay: Fix You
If you are a rock fan, then you will appreciate “Fix You” by Coldplay. The “Fix You” song is on the light side of the rock genre. The singer’s tone is light and slow as he brings you into the subject of lost love and wasted time. “Fix You” is a good song for the end of a relationship.
The song was released in 2005, and it made it to the top of the charts in Belgium and Canada.
Neil Young: Lotta Love
Everyone needs large amounts of love, which is why “Lotta Love” is on the list for the most romantic songs of all times. The song is a lighthearted, soulful song about relationships that need love for reparation to occur. The tune came out in 1978, and it made to the eight spot on the Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 list of songs.
The Beach Boys: God Only Knows
The Beach Boys spoke some words of truth when they sang the song “God Only Knows” in 1966. The song takes a look at a woman’s importance in a man’s life. You could play this song for the woman in your life and express to her how much she means to you by singing it to her.
Etta James: At Last
Finding a new love relationship is one of the most enjoyable feelings in the world. Etta James knew that secret and she expressed it in her deep and powerful song “At Last.” This song would be good for a time when your love relationship is getting deep. It isn’t appropriate for a first date, but it is appropriate for a several-month anniversary of some sort.
Trish Yearwood: How Do I Live?
Trish Yearwood asks the question that most people ask themselves when they value their relationship highly. How do I live? The song is about the pain that a woman feels when she is away from her love life, which is her drug.
The song is slow and heartfelt. It was released in 1997, and it made its way to number one on the contemporary charts in the United States. The song almost has a country twang to it. Your lady will enjoy it if she appreciates country music.
The Cure: Lovesong
The cure is an English alternative rock band that released the song “Lovesong” in 1989. The song stole the hearts of many people across the globe because it discussed the wholeness that the gift of love brings.
Lovesong was a hit in several countries. It took first place in US alternative songs, and it took seventh place in adult pop songs. It would be a great song to have in your collection if you want to mix up the genres.
Percy Sledge: When a Man Loves a Woman
“When a Man Loves a Woman” is an amazing song that tells the world a man’s telltale “in love” signs. You can use this song to sway a woman your way if she seems to be slipping out of your fingertips. Its an excellent song for expressing that you are totally sold out to her.
Mazzy Star: Fade Into You
Mazzy Star produced a somewhat mesmerizing song when she created “Fade Into You.” The song talks about what it’s like to melt into or fade into another person. It’s a song for when you are out on your porch with the one you love having some cocktaisl and enjoying the sun.
Dolly Parton: I will Always Love You
The multitalented Dolly Parton took the world by storm when she sang “I Will Always Love You”. The song sends a message about the everlasting love that she will have for her mate.
Spandua Ballet: True
“True” by Spandua Ballet is a magnificent song that business owners still play inside of their establishments. It not only makes good elevator music, but it also makes a proper proposal. The song encourages a man not to back down when he is in love. It tells him to always be honest about his heart.
“True” can motivate you to let the woman in you life know exactly how special she is. The song came out in April of 1983, and it topped the UK charts.
Zero 7: Destiny
“Destiny” is not really a song that one would call romantic, but it made the list anyway. The beginning of the song discusses a man’s actions when he is bored and without his woman. The rest of the song discusses how he feels about his woman.
It’s heavy on the deep connection that two people can have from many miles away. The song was released on the “Chillout” Album in 2002. It made it to number 30 on the UK Singles chart and stayed on the charts for several weeks.
There are literally hundreds of top romantic songs of all time. “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker, “You’re The One I Need” by Barry White, “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey, and “More Than Words” by Extreme are just four examples of songs that can make the cut.
Three more examples of notable tunes are “Always and Forever” by Heatwave, “Fire and Desire” by Tina Marie and “Tender Love” by the Force MDs.
Romantic music is always available for you to use on the one you love. Your best bet would be to create a disk that has an hour’s worth of music on it so that it can change your loved one’s mood. Start with these top romantic songs of all time.