Looking for a Valentine’s Day playlist of love songs? From Adele to Sam Smith, here’s our list of the top modern romantic songs to make your heart melt.
Best love songs
When it comes to a great love song, lyrics that you can connect with are key. They need to capture the feeling of what it is to be in love, and we’ve highlighted our favourites below:
- Perfect by Ed Sheeran
- How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding
- Make You Feel My Love by Adele
- Me & Mr Jones by Amy Winehouse
- All of Me by John Legend
- Love by Lana Del Rey
- Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars
- Everywhere You Go by London Grammar
- Latch (acoustic) by Sam Smith
- May I Have This Dance by Francis and the Lights: feat. Chance The Rapper
Top 10 love songs
#1 Perfect by Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran wrote this lovely ballad about his then-girlfriend (now fiance), Cherry Seaborn. It reached number one in the UK Singles Charts in December 2017, with the lyrics:
“Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favourite song”
Inspired by a moment he shared with Cherry in Ibiza.
#2 How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding
This sultry cover from Ellie Goulding’s 2013 album Halcyon Days features some of the most romantic lyrics:
“How long will I love you / As long as stars are above you / And longer if I may”
#3 Make You Feel My Love by Adele
Another excellent cover (the original by Bob Dylan will also make you cry) this is now considered an Adele classic and not many people even know that it’s not written by her. Favourite lyrics include:
“I could hold you / For a million years / To make you feel my love”
#4 Me & Mr Jones by Amy Winehouse
Not suitable for work, maybe, but Amy Winehouse sure can write a love song. The song is likely inspired by the Billy Paul classic Me And Mrs. Jones.
“But I could swear that we were through (we were through) / I still want to wonder ’bout the things you do”
#5 All of Me by John Legend
Soft and romantic, John Legend wrote this beautiful piano ballad for his future wife Chrissy Teigen. With these lyrics guaranteed to make you swoon:
“Love your curves and all your edges / All your perfect imperfections”
Best modern love songs
#6 Love by Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey has a way of capturing the feelings of youth and first love like nobody else:
“It doesn’t matter if I’m not enough / For the future or the things to come / ‘Cause I’m young and in love/ I’m young and in love”
#7 Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Massively popular at weddings, this Bruno Mars classic is so relatable because we all just want to be loved for who we are!
“And when you smile / The whole world stops and stares for awhile / Cause you’re amazing / Just the way you are”
#8 Everywhere You Go by London Grammer
Such a simple, perfect song. A laid-back acoustic accompaniment (including unplugged bongo drums) really elevates the dreamy, rich vocals from Hannah Reid.
“Everywhere you go, oh / Is everywhere I go”
#9 Latch (Acoustic) Sam Smith
The original is more well-known, but the acoustic version makes you appreciate the beautiful lyrics:
“If there are boundaries, I will try to knock them down / I’m latching on babe / Now I know what I have found”
#10 Francis and the Lights: May I Have This Dance feat. Chance The Rapper
Songwriter Aaron says that the week the song was written, was the week he proposed to his now-wife.
“May I have this dance? To make it up to you / Can I say something crazy? I love you”
These are the songs that will have our eyes welling up and our heart skipping a beat, but what do you think?
Do you have a favourite love song? Have you written one yourself? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.