What makes a song one of the most romantic songs ever? Is it a love declaration or the struggles of a one way love? Love isn’t though only butterflies in your stomach or hearts skipping a heartbeat: there’s fire, jealousy, betray, obsession and of course rivers of tears and tones of broke hearts. Is all this still part of a romance? Maybe a ‘Bad Romance’, but we really think a proper list of the most romantic songs of all time should include the highs as well as the lows of any real love story.
Check out the most romantic love songs!
At Last, Etta James
In the 1960 there was Etta James who with her romantic song lyrics was able to define what love should really be, regardless of what era you live in:
My lonely days are over and life is like a song
Written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren 20 years earlier, At Last was later inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
Love Me Do, The Beatles
Uncomplicated and genuine love, this is what The Fab 4 were able to say about love in one of their many romantic love songs, but considering Love Me Do was their debut single back in 1962 and basically led their way to becoming the most famous band in the world of all time, it definitely had to appear amongst the most romantic songs ever made.
Love, love me do
You know I love you
I’ll always be true
Candle in the Wind, Elton John
Probably his most famous song, Candle in the Wind is available to listen on Sir Elton John’s Love Songs compilation, which of course features other tremendous successes such as ‘Blue Eyes’, ‘The One’ and Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [Live with George Michael].
She’s The One, Robbie Williams
The figure skating video Robbie Williams released back in 2011 perfectly supports his most romantic song lyrics and represents one of the most significant moments in his career as a singer. The hit is actually a cover of a song by World Party.
Fallin’, Alicia Keys
Her soulful voice and talent at the piano have made of Fallin’ one of the most romantic songs of all time: Alicia Keys came out with her debut studio album which included the song back in 2001 and with that she won 3 Grammy Awards as well as being nominated Record Song of the Year in 2002.
Sometimes you make me blue
Sometimes I feel good
At times I feel used
Lovin’ you darlin’
Makes me so confused
This Love, Maroon 5
We all fell for Adam Levin’s romantic song lyrics:
I tried my best to feed her appetite
Keep her coming every night
So hard to keep her satisfied
He once said about the lyrics as being erotic as well as romantic, and we all see why. This Love was released in 2002 with their debut album and it is based on the actual break-up between him and an ex-girlfriend.
Crazy in Love, Beyonce and Jay Z
This dance love song has been named as one of the best songs of the 21st century: it doesn’t matter where, when or who you are with, just the thought of Beyonce’s choreography makes you want to jump out of your chair. Built in a hip hop beat, it is everything and everything you’ll ever want love to be like.
A ballad written by one of the best British voices back in 2015, Hello is an international romantic song, one of those tormented love songs to fall in love with. Not just that, when it was released on Vevo it basically broke it, reaching 27.7 million views in only 24 hours.
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry
For breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly
Doesn’t tear you apart anymore
Always, Bon Jovi
One of the most romantic songs coming out of the 90s has been signed by the beautiful and talented lead singer of Bon Jovi. Always reached Gold in many countries, including Italy and the Netherlands and sold more than 3 million copies all over the world.
All of Me, John Legend
When a husband declares the love for his wife to the whole world in such a romantic yet sexy way it definitely becomes one of the most romantic songs of all time: this is how John Legend plays romantic with his wife Chrissy Teigen and the two keeps posting to date some ‘couple goals’ we all have been looking at with a pinch of jealousy, haven’t we?
Thinking out loud, Ed Sheeran
A romantic song that quickly became one of the most played songs at wedding ceremonies, a ballad released in 2014, the first single in the UK to stay amongst the top 40 for a whole year. In 2015 it was also streamed more than 550 million times on Spotify.
Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol
A rock song that reached quickly the title of one the top best-selling rock songs of the digital era. The romantic ballad by Northern Irish band and voted by a Channel 4 poll as one of the best songs of the noughties.
November Rain, Guns N' Roses
Nothin’ lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it’s hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain
One of the best guitar solos of all time is actually the romantic side of a rock song that made history: written by lead singer Axl Rose, November Rain is also one of the longest songs by the band with its 8.57 and in 2018 its video was the first video from the 20th century to reach 1 million views.
Bad Romance, Lady Gaga
Sometimes love doesn’t work out and Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance is an ode to all of those times she fell for someone and it turned out to be the opposite of a love romance. The song was officially released at Alexander McQueen’s fashion show in Paris in 2009.
I want your drama
The touch of your hand
I want your leather studded kiss in the sand
We Found Love, Rihanna ft Calvin Harris
Whenever she features with a male singer, see Eminem and Kanye West amongst the names, Rihanna can really pull out of the bag some of the best romantic dance and r’n’b ballads seen in the 21st century. The couple (or she?) who ‘find love in a hopeless place’ entered the charts in 2011.