It’s that special song that marks that special time in your life when you had fallen in love, or perhaps dreamed of falling in love one day. It was the song that wrapped its lilting sounds and warm lyrics around your heart with musical ribbons, making the air around you sweeter, and life wonderful.
Nothing captures such feelings like the perfect love song. Some couples have their own special song, and anytime they hear it, they’re transported back in time to that first kiss, or the first date when they first held hands.
There’s a lot of such songs out there, but here are our favorites,
Table of Contents
- The Top Ten Best Feel Good Love Songs Of All Time to listen in 2018.
- 10. TRULY – Lionel Richie
- 9. HERE AND NOW – Luther Vandross
- 8. THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack
- 7. MY HEART WILL GO ON – Celine Dion
- 6. I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU – Boyz II Men
- 5. UNCHAINED MELODY – The Righteous Brothers
- 4. ENDLESS LOVE – Lionel Richie And Diana Ross
- 3. WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN – Percy Sledge
- 2. LOVE ME TENDER – Elvis Presley
- 1. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU – Whitney Houston
The Top Ten Best Feel Good Love Songs Of All Time to listen in 2018.
10. TRULY – Lionel Richie
The former lead singer for the Commodores, Richie left the group to pursue his solo career. His first single was this hit love song, which he wrote and released in 1982. Truly rose to the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on November 27, stayed at number one on the adult contemporary chart, spent nine weeks at number two on the R&B charts and made the top ten charts in the U.K., ultimately winning Richie a Grammy Award for Best Pop Male Performance.
9. HERE AND NOW – Luther Vandross
Becoming the fifth song to hit number one on the Hot Black Singles list, Here And Now hit the charts in 1989, sung by the smooth, sexy voice of Luther Vandross. From the compilation album “The Best Of Luther Vandross…The Best Of Love,” the hit charted at number six on US Billboard Hot 100 and scored on the U.K. charts. Vandross sang the hit on the Oprah Winfrey Show and won him his first Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1991.
8. THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack
Penned in 1957 by Ewan McColl, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face saw its greatest success with Roberta Flack’s 1972 recording. Flack slowed the song’s tempo considerably, making it sensual and sexy. The song was used for a lovemaking scene in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 film Play Misty For Me. Edited for radio play and re-released, the song soared to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for six weeks. A landmark hit for Flack, the song won the Grammy Awards for Record and Song of the Year.
7. MY HEART WILL GO ON – Celine Dion
James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film “Titanic” produced the massive, worldwide hit My Heart Will Go On. The hit shot to number one in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Ireland, became one of the best-selling singles of all time and was Dion’s biggest hit. Hailed with worldwide acclaim, the song won many awards, including the 1997 Academy Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Awards Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song – Motion Picture.
6. I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU – Boyz II Men
I’ll Make Love To You came from the second album released by Motown hitmakers BoyzIIMen and was a huge success, spending a whopping 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1994. Scoring on other charts, the hit rose to number five in the U.K., went platinum for sales in excess of one million, and won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
5. UNCHAINED MELODY – The Righteous Brothers
It’s unlikely writers Alex Noth and Hy Zaret knew that their song would become the standard that it is when they first penned it in 1955. Unchained Melody went on to become of the most recorded songs ever, being performed by almost 700 artists. Already recorded several times, it is best known for the version recorded in 1965 by The Righteous Brothers. Intended as a “throwaway song,” and placed on the “B” side of the record by producer Phil Spector, radio deejays began playing Unchained Melody to great response. Successful on U.S. and U.K. charts, the song has been immortalized by other artists such as Elvis Presley, and in films, television shows and musicals.
4. ENDLESS LOVE – Lionel Richie And Diana Ross
Written by Lionel Richie, Endless Love was a ballad called “the greatest song duet of all-time” by Billboard.
Used as the theme song for the film of the same name, the song reached number one on the Hot 100, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts in 1981, and number seven in the U.K. Winning multiple awards, Endless Love was Richie’s biggest single, and biggest selling single of Ross’ impressive career.
3. WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN – Percy Sledge
Another product of the Muscle Shoals Sound in northwest Alabama, When A Man Loves A Woman rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts for soulful crooner Percy Sledge in 1966. Featured in Rolling Stone magazine as number 53 in the “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time” list, the hit was repopularized by Michael Bolton in 1991, where it again scored at number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart.
2. LOVE ME TENDER – Elvis Presley
Adapted from the Civil War tune Aura Lee, Love Me Tender was recorded in 1956 by the king of rock and roll, and included in his smash film of the same title. The hit rocketed to the top of the Billboard and Cash Box charts that year, and thanks to Presley’s singing of it on the Ed Sullivan Show, went gold, selling one million advance copies before RCA could even release it. The hit has been covered by countless performers, and heard in many films.
1. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU – Whitney Houston
Written by Dolly Parton in 1973, the song was a tearful farewell from Parton to former singing partner Porter Wagoner. The song achieved number one status in 1974 and 1982 (upon its re-release) on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, but it was the next version by Whitney Houston in 1992 that became one of the world’s best-selling singles, spending an incredible 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the biggest selling single by a woman in the history of music. The song charted again in 2012 after Houston’s untimely death, reaching the top three.
Special love songs mark our lives in a unique way. We remember where we were, who we were with, or who we longed to be with when we hear them, and they become our own. For the rest of our lives, they help us recall fond memories, and make us feel good.