Love makes the world go around, and love songs are there to give it a little push. Love songs add enrichment to our ever expanding repertoire of music. They speak to our souls, cradle our emotions and desires, while reminding us of the beauty, that is love.
Below is our choice for the top ten best love songs that have stood the test of time, as they have endured in the hearts and souls of lovers everywhere for many years, and shall continue to do so for many years to come.
Here are the top ten best love songs to listen in 2018
10. “Unchained Melody” The Righteous Brothers
Written in 1955 by Alex North and Hy Zaret, Unchained Melody is a song of intense love and adoration. Unchained Melody is one of the most recorded songs of modern times, with more than 1500 recordings performed by over 670 artists across the globe. However, It was the cover by the Righteous Brothers in 1965 which made this song a hit, with vocals by Bobby Hatfield. In 1990 “Unchained Melody” hit the billboard charts again, in the film “Ghost”, and was certified Platinum on January 10, 1991.
9. “You are My First, My Last, My Everything” Barry White
First written by Peter Radcliffe as a country song, “You’re My First, You’re My Last, My In-Between”, this song did not see the light of day for 21 years, until Barry White decided to turn it into a Disco song, rewriting some of the lyrics, which made it a solid hit with disco goers across the country. On May 29, 2001 Pavarotti joined White in a rendition of the song for a benefit to raise money for Afghanistan refugees.
8. “Kiss From a Rose” Seal
Featured in the “Batman Forever” film soundtrack, and in 1996, “Kiss From a Rose” won 3 Grammy’s: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The song was composed in 1987 by Seal, who admittedly had no real confidence in the song. It was record producer Trevor Horn that took the song and turned it into a hit for Seal.
7. “Your Song” Elton John
Bernie Taupin and Elton John composed “Your Song” in 1967, which was released to the listening public in 1970. “Your Song” was Elton John’s first chart topper. Previously, Elton worked as a studio musician and song writer. The song was first recorded by the band, Three Dog Night. They held back releasing it as a single, so Elton John could, and the rest, as they say, is history.
6. “Just the Way You Are” Billy Joel
This song, from Billy Joel’s album, “The Stranger”, became his first top ten song to hit the U.S. charts. “Just the Way You Are” is about Joel’s first wife, Elizabeth which he wrote, and presented to her on her birthday. “Just the Way You Are” won a Grammy for Song of the Year and Record of the Year in 1979. Joel gives credit to Phil Ramone, his producer, for urging him to record this song for his album as he first considered it just a “chick song”.
5. “Endless Love” Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie composed “Endless Love” for the film of the same name, in 1981. Upon its release the song came in at number 2 for the best selling single of the year. It charted at number 1 on Billboards Hot 100, and remained there for 9 weeks. It was the biggest selling single for both Ross and Richie, and won the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single in 1982.
4. “My Love” Paul McCartney
“My Love” was one of the many romantic love songs he devoted to his wife, Linda. This ballad appeared on McCartney’s album, “Red Rose Speedway”, and was it’s number one single. It was released as a single in March of 1973, charting at number 1 and keeping position for 4 weeks, and is ranked by Billboard as the 5th hottest selling single of 1973.
3. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” Roberta Flack
Anyone who has seen Clint Eastwoods 1971 directorial debut, “Play Misty for Me”, is familiar with “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. It was composed in 1957 as a song for the folk genre, by Ewan MacCoil. The song was given life by various folk song performers, such as the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary, but it was in 1972 when Roberta Flack took the song and made it her own, which earned Roberta a Grammy Award for Record and Song of the Year for 1972, where it also reigned at number 1 on the Billboard Charts.
2. “At Last” Etta James
“At Last” is a song with a rich and varied history. It was written in 1941 by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the film “Sun Valley Serenade”. The song was then made popular by big band leader, Glenn Miller in 1942. However, it was when blues singer, Etta James handled the vocals that the song became ingrained in the hearts and souls of lovers everywhere as one of the greatest love songs of all time. In 1999, album of the same name by James, “At Last” was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
1. “Something” The Beatles
Written by George Harrison and released on the Beatles album, “Abby Road” in 1969, this iconic love song was called “…the greatest love song in the past 50 years”, by Frank Sinatra, who covered the song in 1970. It has been critically acclaimed by critics and performers alike as the greatest love song of all time and has been covered by hundreds of artists including Elvis Presley, James Brown, Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias, to name but a few, and is the second most covered Beatles song behind “Yesterday”, and the seventeenth most performed song in the world with over 5 million covers.
There you have it, the top ten list of some of the world’s greatest love songs ever recorded. Love songs touch us tenderly, with soft memories of loves long since past and those yet to be. We listen to them when we first fall in love, play them at our weddings, and send them to loved ones as signs of our unending devotion. Love songs are here to stay, and that’s a very good thing, indeed.