Ready to let love in? From tracks that capture everyday moments to proud declarations, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best love songs that really get relationships right
Ah, the classic love song. There’s something irresistible about cranking up the volume on a track that tells the story of one the most intense feelings we can have. From belters to laments, these tunes have the ability to tap into the highs and lows of our love lives – being there for us when we need them the most.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being seen by a song – or of sitting back and taking in the lyrics as each one hits the nail on the head. It’s a cathartic experience, reminding us that we’re not alone, whether that be in our happiest moments or through challenging times. So, here, we’re giving you a leg-up for finding your perfect match, with 10 songs that get relationships right.
1. ‘All I Want is You’, Barry Louis Polisar
Sometimes, love and relationships can feel vast and complex – and, sometimes, they're simple. A foot-tapping track that had its time to shine in the iconic opening of the film Juno, ‘All I Want is You’ breaks those big feelings down to celebrate the simplicity of love, and the ways that we go together with our perfect match.
2. ‘Bless the Telephone’, Labi Siffre
This one is for all the long-distance lovers out there. With its simple, yet passionate, guitar lines, ‘Bless the Telephone’ traces a phone conversation between two people, thankful for these small moments of connection that can mean so much.
3. ‘You’ve Got the Love’, Florence + The Machine
A song that has become iconic since its release (no doubt helped by the fact that President Obama included it on his 2012 official Spotify campaign playlist), ‘You’ve Got the Love’ channels the euphoria that can come with good love. So, put your hands in the air, because this love will see you through!
4. ‘When We Were Young’, Adele
What list of love songs would be complete without an entry from Adele? ‘When We Were Young’ has that classic yearning feeling that we’ve come to know and love from Adele, exploring the things that past holds for us, and the ways that old flames can still ignite such strong feelings, many years down the line.
5. ‘In My Life’, The Beatles
It’s not often that we reflect on past relationships and experiences in a good light, but this is exactly what The Beatles do in ‘In My Life’. With the lines, ‘Though I know I'll never lose affection/ For people and things that went before/ I know I'll often stop and think about them/ In my life, I love you more’, they allow space for happy nostalgia alongside a new relationship.
6. ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’, ABBA
A break-up song you can dance to? It has to be ABBA. But this track is more than just a great one to belt out, it really taps into the experience of something not quite clicking in a relationship and reaching the point when, for all its good times and memories, it’s time to go.
7. ‘Keeping Your Head Up’, Birdy
Relationships aren’t just about the good times, they’re also about being there for each other when things get tough, and ‘Keeping Your Head Up’ is a song about pledging to be there for the one you love when they need it the most.
8. ‘Flowers’, Miley Cyrus
An anthem for embracing self-love after a relationship has come to an end, ‘Flowers’ is one to sing along to over, and over, again. A reminder of all the things that you can do to treat yourself well, this track is the perfect one to press play on when you are in need of a boost.
9. ‘Stay’, Rihanna (feat. Mikky Ekko)
This deeply vulnerable piano ballad lays bare the struggles of a complicated relationship, the pull and push of love, and the foundational desire to be together despite it all. Melancholy, honest, and exceptionally moving, this is the song for anyone going through a complex experience.
10. ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, Elvis Presley
This is, dare we say, one of the most romantic songs ever written, and it’s stood the test of time for good reason. For anyone who has fallen head over heels for someone, this song, in all its perfect simplicity, tells the story of embracing what feels right. Some things are meant to be.
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