Of course, number one has to be an old school tune. They knew romance back in the day, didn’t they? And the 50s? Oh, that era was romantic. And this absolute tune by The Drifters, with the sweet sounds of Ben. E King on lead vocals, is a seriously romantic song. Gentle swirling strings carry you through the lyrics, ‘Sweeter than wine / Softer than the summer night / Everything I want I have / Whenever I hold you tight.’ We’re not crying, you’re crying. Unashamedly soppy, this is a masterpiece of the lurrrve genre.
Whether you're a keen singer, newly in lurrve or totally heartbroken, there’s nothing like a good love song (though if it’s the latter, our list of the best breakup songs might be a better antidote for your heartache). True love songs are the kinds of bangers that have you belting falsetto in the shower, dancing in the kitchen, and accidentally singing out loud in public. The kind of song that has you missing an ex you don’t even have.
But the love song genre is, as we all know, an incredibly saturated market. People have been writing those things since the Dark Ages, and they’re still releasing them every damn day in 2023. So we thought we’d do you a favour and cut through the noise, and round up the very best love songs of all time, from old school classics to Beyoncé belters. Whatever the occasion, there’s a love song out there for you. Lovers near and far, here is our definitive ranking of the greatest love songs of all time.