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Have you compiled that perfect love songs playlist for your Valentine’s night? If you haven’t, then don’t expect any help from this list by The NY Daily News. Okay, that’s unfair; don’t expect any help here unless the only love songs you’ve enjoyed since 1990 are Mariah Carey’s “Vision Of Love” and Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose.” But you should forward it to your parents! (Just delete the bit about forwarding it to your parents.)

100. “Oh Girl” – The Chi-Lites
99. “When I Fall In Love” Nat King Cole
98. “Have I Told You Lately” – Van Morrison
97. “How Can I Tell You” – Cat Stevens
96. “Alison” – Elvis Costello
95. “Do You Love Me?” From Fiddler on the Roof
94. “Some Enchanted Evening” From South Pacific
93. “Someone to Watch Over Me” – Linda Ronstadt
92. “A Man and a Woman” – Anita Kerr Singers
91. “Natural Woman” – Aretha Franklin
90. “All I Want” – Joni Mitchell
89. “At Last” – Etta James
88. “You Make Loving Fun” – Fleetwood Mac
87. “Songbird” – Fleetwood Mac
86. “Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel
85. “Last Dance” – Donna Summer
84. “Fever” – Peggy Lee
83. “Do You Want to Dance?” – Bette Midler
82. “Sexual Healing” – Marvin Gaye
81. “Crazy” – Patsy Cline
80. “Always on My Mind” – Willie Nelson
79. “Saving All My Love for You” – Whitney Houston
78. “On the Street Where You Live” – From My Fair Lady
77. “Somewhere” – Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein
76. “Still in Love With You” – Al Green
75. “Do You Believe in Magic?” – The Lovin’ Spoonful
74. “Just Like a Woman” – Bob Dylan
73. “P.S. I Love You” – The Beatles
72. “Chelsea Morning” – Joni Mitchell
71. “Girl” – The Beatles
70. “Kiss From a Rose” – Seal
69. “Vision of Love” – Mariah Carey
68. “With or Without You” – U2
67. “Moon River” – Henry Mancini
66. “Take on Me” – a-ha
65. “Crazy for You” – Madonna
64. “Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper
63. “Come On Eileen” – Dexys Midnight Runners
62. “Love You Inside Out” – Bee Gees
61. “You’re the One That I Want” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
60. “How Deep Is Your Love” – The Bee Gees
59. “You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)” – Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
58. “Shining Star” – Earth Wind & Fire
57. “Lovin’ You” – Minnie Ripperton
56. “Then Came You” – Dionne Warwick and the Spinners
55. “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe” – Barry White
54. “Feel Like Makin’ Love” – Roberta Flack
53. “Love’s Theme” – The Love Unlimited Orchestra
52. “The Way We Were” – Barbra Streisand
51. “Midnight Train To Georgia” – Gladys Knight
50. “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
49. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” – Stevie Wonder
48. “Lean on Me” – Bill Withers
47. “Here, There and Everywhere” – The Beatles
46. “Heart of Gold” – Neil Young
45. “Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green
44. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Diana Ross
43. “Close to You” – The Carpenters
42. “The Long and Winding Road” – The Beatles
41. “Sugar Sugar” – The Archies
40. “Higher Love” – Steve Winwood
39. “Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet” – Henry Mancini
38. “This Guy’s in Love With You” – Herb Alpert
37. “Baby Love” – The Supremes
36. “Strangers in the Night” – Frank Sinatra
35. “Reach Out I’ll Be There” – The Four Tops
34. “When a Man Loves a Woman” – Percy Sledge
33. “I Will Always Love You” – Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston
32. “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration” – The Righteous Brothers
31. “My Love” – Petula Clark
30. “I Got You Babe” – Sonny and Cher
29. “Back in My Arms Again” – The Supremes
28. “Happy Together” – The Turtles
27. “My Guy” – Mary Wells
26. “Chapel of Love” – The Dixie Cups
25. “I Will Follow Him” – Little Peggy March
24. “He’s So Fine” – The Chiffons
23. “Up on the Roof” – The Drifters
22. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” – Carole King
21. “Stay” – Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
20. “Save the Last Dance for Me” – The Drifters
19. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers
18. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen
17. “Sherry” – The Four Seasons
16. “To Sir With Love” – Lulu
15. “Killing Me Softly With His Song” – Roberta Flack
14. “You’ve Got a Friend” – Carole King
13. “All I Have to Do Is Dream” – The Everly Brothers
12. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon & Garfunkel
11. “Best of My Love” – The Emotions
10. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Ray Charles
09. “Michelle” – The Beatles
08. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” – Elvis Presley
07. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Roberta Flack
06. “In My Life” – The Beatles
05. “You Are So Beautiful” – Joe Cocker
04. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” – Stevie Wonder
03. “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton
02. “I’ll Be There” – The Jackson 5
01. “My Girl” – The Temptations

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Comments (244)
  1. Skatelip  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 +3


    • richard  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2008 +1

      I total crackhead made this list.. WTF happen to Heatwave – Always and Forever???

    • james heaton  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2009 0

      That list is absolutly ridiculos! who ever made this top 100 has not got a clue about real love songs. Beautiful Soul and Evergreen are classics. Listen to modern day love songs for once!

    • what does ” A Man Named Sue” have to do with a love song?????????? What happened to “Sacred”
      Been looking for that song for years, can anyone help PLEASE ASAP from the 60′s Going to 50th high school reunion next weekend the 18 of May 2013 need it for that. If anyone knows where I can find it I would sure be happy!!!!!!!

  2. Ari  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 +3

    No “Something” with the Beatles??

  3. ROBERT  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 +1

    What a terrible list. god

  4. whaaat! no pretty ricky rickay!

  5. Silvio  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 0

    Let’s Stay Together at 45? That list has lost all credibility for me.

  6. fletcher  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 0

    Hell yeah, SO glad to see “Alison” on there. I’d put in top 10, though. But this is a pretty good list.

  7. Dave  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 0

    “Let’s get it on” at 50?

    No “stand by me”?

    Eric Clapton at 3????!!!

    Good number 1 though…

  8. No Leonard Cohen.
    No Roy Orbison.
    Void list.

  9. startled fish  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 0

    bob marley is this love is the epitome

  10. Doug  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 +2

    jesus…”I Just Called To Say I Love You”?? Tacky, sentimental crap.

  11. Scott W.  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 +1

    “I don’t want clever conversation/I never want to work that hard … I love you just the way you are.” Yeah, don’t go changing, you simple-minded bitch.

  12. How is Wonderful Tonight even on this list! It’s an anger song!! Meant in a total ironic sense!!

    • ThisOneGuy  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2009 -2

      Sheesh! People, chill! I agree, it isn’t the best list ever (verrrry far from it), in fact I think it’s….well, frankly, not good (except for some songs and their placement…God bless the author), but it’s the author’s opinion. I’m sure the author thinks it’s good. Some of you people are acting like children. Grow up.

      Those of you saying “Wonderful Tonight” isn’t a good love song- IT IS. It ABSOLUTELY is, methinks. One of my all-time personal favorites, in fact (up there with a lot more, but I digress).
      To Lowden: It wasn’t out of anger at all! You need to do your research. You were probably thinking of “Bell Bottom Blues”, perhaps? Even that wasn’t written out anger…yeah, it’s a blues rock song and all, but wasn’t written out of anger…but, again, I digress.

      Peace everyone. God bless.

  13. I can’t help but notice how much this list sucks.

    -No ‘Julia’ by The Beatles
    -No Weezer

    • krystal  |   Posted on Sep 15th, 2008 -1

      god only knows is about racing cars, not love. listen to the actual words sometime and it will lose all meaning to you.

      • “Don’t worry baby” is actually the song about racing cars from the beach boys not “God only knows”, i think if you actually listening to the lyrics sometime you’d find that it is a beautiful love song and definitly deserving of a place in the top 20 at least

      • yeah, you’re thinking about “don’t worry baby” and i’m not seeing how its “about racing cars” *instead* of love. looks to me like its about being in love and regretting getting into a race:

        I guess I should’ve kept my mouth shut
        When I started to brag about my car
        But I can’t back down now because
        I pushed the other guys too far

        She makes me come alive
        And makes me wanna drive
        When she says “Don’t worry baby”
        Everything will turn out alright

        She told me “Baby, when you race today
        Just take along my love with you
        And if you knew how much I loved you
        Baby nothing could go wrong with you”

    • Lee  |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2008 +2

      Um…Julia is about John Lennon’s mother…idk about you, but i don’t want to be thinking about my mother when i’m with my girlfriend

  14. Jeff  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 +1

    I thought the public had finally figured out that “With or With Out You” isn’t really a love song.

  15. Sully  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 0

    Barry White at #55?! They’re on crack.

  16. No Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes For You”?!?!?

    Still sounds amazing nearly 50 years later!

    The Love Unlimited Orchestra?!?!


  17. Finchmeister  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 +2

    ‘Take On Me’? Seriously?


  18. Michael Houghton  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 0

    OK, so I’m a proper clapton fan, but #3?? really??

    Where is Misty Blue by Dorothy Moore, or P.P.Arnold’s version of “The First Cut Is The Deepest”, or “Jersey Girl” by Tom Waits?

    (OK, forget the last one, it is the NY Daily News after all)

  19. John  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2007 +1

    No Otis Redding?


  20. WTF? Numbers 87 and 88 should totally be switched. I mean really, what gives?

    And I feel you Sully. Barry White should easily place in the high 40s.

  21. Jon Voight as Gene Hackman  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2007 0

    Come on Eileen? No Wings songs?? Are you fucking serious????

  22. rupe  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2007 0

    No “i love how you love me” in any form? that song takes the damn cake, and its not even here.

    no “suzie q”?

    and i agree, no beach boys is ridiculous.

    what the hell.

  23. Bender Bending Rodriguez  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2007 +2

    No “God Only Knows” in the Top 5, much less Top 100, invalidates this list.

  24. John L  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2007 0

    I was pleasantly surprised to see “Here, There and Everywhere” on the list.

    “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds should be on here. But, as noted, they kind of neglected the fact that the 90′s and 2000′s ever existed.

  25. holiday  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2007 0

    “I Never”, Rilo Kiley (Jenny Lewis), my favorite of all time

  26. Greg  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2007 +1

    “Maybe I’m Amazed” and I second, where is, “God only knows”, WTF

  27. jed2  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2007 +1

    Yeah, no Roy Orbison? Man.

    Then, think about the general readership of the Daily News. Not necessarily very adventurous types, probably. Still probably better than the Post’s list.

  28. what  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2007 0

    where in the fuck is sam cooke? the top should’ve just been nineteen sam cooke songs and the way you look tonight.

  29. Dan McDonald  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2007 0

    LAME!!!!!! No Bonnie Raitt, Marty Robbins, Roy Orbison, Beach Boys (hell – even the Back Street Boys beat out some of the lame selections on this list….) Sam Cooke; what about The Moody Blues? “Once, Twice, Three Times A Lady” by The Commodores? There are a handful of good ones here, but c’mon….

  30. dave  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2007 +1

    I want you to want me.
    I need you to need me.
    Id love you to love me.
    Im beggin you to beg me.

    I want you to want me.
    I need you to need me.
    Id love you to love me.
    Ill shine up the old brown shoes, put on a brand-new shirt.
    Ill get home early from work if you say that you love me.

    Didnt i, didnt i, didnt I see you cryin?
    Oh, didnt i, didnt i, didnt I see you cryin?
    Feelin all alone without a friend, you know you feel like dyin.
    Oh, didnt i, didnt i, didnt I see you cryin?

    I want you to want me.
    I need you to need me.
    Id love you to love me.
    Im beggin you to beg me.
    Ill shine up the old brown shoes, put on a brand-new shirt.
    Ill get home early from work if you say that you love me.

    Didnt i, didnt i, didnt I see you cryin?
    Oh, didnt i, didnt i, didnt I see you cryin?
    Feelin all alone without a friend, you know you feel like dyin.
    Oh, didnt i, didnt i, didnt I see you cryin?
    Feelin all alone without a friend, you know you feel like dyin.
    Oh, didnt i, didnt i, didnt I see you cryin?

    I want you to want me.
    I need you to need me.
    Id love you to love me.
    Im beggin you to beg me.
    I want you to want me.
    I want you to want me.
    I want you to want me.
    I want you to want me.

  31. Amy  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2007 +2

    This is an indie-cliche,and a relativly new song, but I’m still suprised Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs wasn’t included on there.

  32. dick h  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2007 0

    where is Ace, Ambrosia, or Player?

  33. terry  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2007 0

    You have to get away from the mainstream junk to find the greats; here’s two:
    Roger Whitaker, “The Last Farewell” (1950s)
    Irish music great Tommy Makem, “Gentle Annie” — which is the best I ever heard, and is actaully a tribute to his wife. Gorgeous poetry set to a gentle tune.

  34. Carly  |   Posted on Apr 4th, 2007 +1

    Ok…so this list isn’t stellar. But the funniest thing so far have been some of the suggestions coming from these posts…weezer? Really? Come on Eileen. And I think I saw some one dissing Billy Joel. You guys are on something.

    One suggestion from me is switch your clapton song at #3 to “Bell-bottom blues”

    And I agree with the suggestion of “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.

    PS “My girl” being #1 makes me want to barf. Can we get any cornier here, children?

  35. This list is gayer than the guy above me.=]

  36. jayson  |   Posted on May 28th, 2007 0

    uhmmm… was this list compiled before the release of I don’t wanna miss a thing by aerosmith… it was my bet and i rarely make mistakes….

  37. ken stewart  |   Posted on May 29th, 2007 0

    No Rod Stewart? (Tonight’s the Night is a song that really gets a woman in the mood if she’s even halfway thinking about wanting it! His version of Have I Told You Lately is better than Van Morrison’s, too!) Also, no Flamingoes (I Only Have Eyes For You which is one of the greatest love songs ever! And did I miss Percy Sledge When A Man Loves A Woman? It’s generally recognized as the #1 love song of all time! Ambrosia’s You’re The Only Woman, Little River Band Reminiscing, man they left some plums off this list!

  38. where is sam cooke, where is smokey robinson, i mean if i saw any less motown on this list id be crying right now, speaking of which i don’t even see crying on this list

    • Oh man…agree agree agree. Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson have been on my regular rotation for my sweety’s ringbacks for a long time. Hey? When the hell is Prince gonna release the rights for “Kiss”? Fuckin… *bin-a-nin-a-nin-a-nin-a-nin-’UNgh’*

  39. Musiclover35  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2007 0

    The comments are far more interesting than the list. Obviously, there are some poor sad souls out there who aren’t intelligent enough to realize that music is a substance much like food or dress style….it’s based on ‘taste’ !
    This list uses the popularity, the number of cd/record sales, weeks spent in the top of the charts, uses in other media, etc.
    While we may not ‘LIKE’ a particular song and ‘LIKE’ some more than others….this list is A VERY ACCURATE LISTING of best all time love songs.
    The fact you may disagree with it, does NOT make you a music expert.

  40. christine mcconnan  |   Posted on Jun 11th, 2007 +2

    no journey!!!! WTF

    open arms and faithfully totally should have been on here

  41. Stevo  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2007 0

    No Luther Vandross?! LOL come on man, what is this list writer thinking?
    His songs “Hear and Now” and “Never Too Much” tops most of the songs on the list.
    Hear his other songs they’ll top the list as well
    especially if you really need some love songs to listen to and you like R&B of course…I do
    like some songs on this list though but you can’t forget Luther.

  42. Terry Maloney  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2007 0

    What? wheres god only knows by the beach boys? and Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls? this is bogus, both of those are better than alot of these songs

  43. Seth Van Wie  |   Posted on Aug 30th, 2007 0

    Day After Day – Badfinger
    Traces Of Love – ???
    Black – Pearl Jam
    Nights In White Satin – Moody Blues
    If Lovin’ You Is Wrong (I don’t wanna be right)

    But definite, some good songs on the list.

  44. Brett  |   Posted on Sep 4th, 2007 0

    I thought love is all around, wet wet wet and shania twain, from this moment would rate a mention…

  45. Benny Boyas  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2007 0

    Wow! I don’t even want to know the methodology they used to create this stupid list. While even the most ardent critic can agree that there are certainly some great songs on here, the absence of even the overly-commercialized “Always and Forever” by Heatwave, the lesser know “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,” covered by Gladys Knight was disgustingly surprising.

    “Ribbon in the Sky” should replace “I Just Called,” though not as high on the list. How about adding “I Thought About You” by Luther Vandross, or anything by him, period? Heck, MJ’s “PYT,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” or even “The Lady in My Life” are all better than 1/3 of this crap. I could right all night on this, so needless to say this list is a waste of time.

  46. Uk Lad  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2007 0

    How come Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting Aint on here?

  47. rick james  |   Posted on Oct 21st, 2007 0

    Kisten to HIM if you want a love song. End of Discussion

  48. rick james  |   Posted on Oct 21st, 2007 +2

    or The Cure WTF!

  49. rick james  |   Posted on Oct 21st, 2007 +1

    or The Cure WTF!

  50. Two songs that should have been here –
    1. Bryan Adams, “Everything I Do (I do if for you)

    2. The Moody Blues, “Knights in White Satin”

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