50 Love Songs of All Time
Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones — from swooning ’50s ballads to contemporary club bangers — have been penned about the ups and downs of being in love. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we are counting down the top 50 Hot 100 hits with a form of the word “love” in the title. The romantic tunes cover all seven decades of the Hot 100’s history, ranging from 1958’s “To Know Him Is to Love Him” by the Teddy Bears to 2011’s “We Found Love” by Rihanna. It’s sonic proof that while musical fads and fashions will change with every generation, love — and the songs inspired by it — will never go out of style. So Read 50 Love Songs of All Time
“Love Song” – Sara Bareilles
Hot 100 Peak: No. 4 (2008)
The singer from Eureka, Calif. made her chart debut with this song. Although it didn’t reach No. 1 on the Hot 100, it topped the Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop Songs charts and was the No. 1 song of the year on the annual recaps of those two lists.
“Baby Love” – The Supremes
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for four weeks (1964)
When this song reached the top of the Hot 100, the Supremes became the first Motown act to have two No. 1s. Just a few months earlier, they were known around Berry Gordy’s company as “the no-hit Supremes,” but that changed when their previous single, “Where Did Our Love Go,” achieved pole position.
“Love Story” – Taylor Swift
Hot 100 Peak: No. 4 (2009)
It’s not a surprise that Swift wrote this song based on a real guy she was dating. Her family disapproved, inspiring her to base the song on the most famous “Love Story” of all, “Romeo and Juliet,” but this time with a happy ending.
“Part-Time Lover” – Stevie Wonder
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 (1985)
Wonder admitted that this song was heavily inspired by two previous Motown hits – “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “My World Is Empty Without You,” both by the Supremes. It was his ninth No. 1 and the first single to top five different Billboard charts