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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 (243)
  1. Mr. Romance  |   Posted on Nov 8th, 2007 0

    A great deal of the list is indeed very great. But forgotten is:

    José Gonzales – Heartbeats (originally by the knife)
    Sort Sol – Let your fingers do the walking
    Bonnie Tyler – Total eclipse of the heart
    Art Garfunkel – I Believe (When I fall in love it will be forever)
    Alphaville – Forever young
    The Drifters – Kissing in the back row
    (Whitney Housten – I will allways love you)

  2. bosoxdogg  |   Posted on Nov 28th, 2007 0

    A few of my personal favs that weren’t on the list:

    ~Eagles, “Love Will Keep Us Alive”
    ~Bruce Springsteen, “If I Should Fall Behind”
    ~Bon Jovi, “I’ll Be There for You”
    ~Bon Jovi, “Always”
    ~Poison, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
    ~Don Henley (Eagles), “Heart of the Matter”
    ~Alan Jackson, “Remember When”
    ~Bob Seger, “Night Moves”
    ~Boston, “Amanda”
    ~Brad Paisley feat. Alison Krauss, “Whiskey Lullaby”
    ~Brooks & Dunn, “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
    ~Zakk Wylde, “Sweet Jesus”
    ~Cranberries, “Linger”

    This could take all night, I better stop.

  3. ben  |   Posted on Nov 28th, 2007 0

    these are the days of our lives – queen
    im already there – lonestar

  4. what about “More Than Words” (Extreme)??

    “Love of my Life” (Queen)

    “God Only Knows” (Beach Boys)

    There are many Beatles songs missing too

    who in the hell wrote this list??

  5. David  |   Posted on Dec 16th, 2007 +1

    First of all, this list is absurd, simply because in the rock-n-roll era (50′s to the present), a love song is generally a sweet, smooth, timeless ballad; it is a slow, romantic song. Whose idea was it to include several uptempo songs on this list? “You Make Loving Fun,” “Take On Me” and “Last Dance,” for example, are songs which reference love is some way; however, they are not tender and romantic; therefore, they are not quintessential, classic love songs. This list is bizarre; it makes no sense whatsoever. Just off the top of my head, I can come up with several timeless ballads which would easily fall into the greatest love song category:

    God Only Knows (Beach Boys)
    And I Love Her (Beatles)
    Never My Love (The Association)
    We’ve Only Just Begun (Carpenters)
    Longer (Dan Fogelberg)
    Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Shirelles)
    Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley)
    Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
    Your Song (Elton John)
    All I Have to Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers)
    You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
    Here, There & Everywhere (Beatles)

    …to name a few obvious choices.

  6. iya  |   Posted on Dec 28th, 2007 0

    This list so stupid… Is this all youve got??? come on…

  7. Carrie  |   Posted on Dec 30th, 2007 0

    Just Like A Woman by Bob Dylan should not be on that list, it’s not a love song.

  8. Bonezo  |   Posted on Dec 30th, 2007 0

    “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin, could not believe it wasn’t on the list.

  9. Freddy Jack Sun  |   Posted on Jan 17th, 2008 +1

    WTF? Shining Star by Earth Wind and Fire? Good song but not a love song. Shining Star by Manhattans on the other hand, should be on here.

  10. carolyn  |   Posted on Feb 25th, 2008 0

    I am looking for a song title that I heard just before Valentine’s Day on a station that was playing the 50 greatest love songs. I only heard the end of the song, but it was by a man, and it is an older song, I thought Percy Sledge, but haven’t been able to find it.

    The words I remember are, “just when you think I or (he) don’t understand you, just turn around and you will see, I’ll be there or (he) before you can count, one, two, three, yes I (he) will, yes I will.

    I would love to know the title and singer if you can help.

    Thanks

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  12. Sean  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    well Im surprise Lovesong by The Cure was not on here, and there definitly should have been some Journey. well If I was to make this list I probably couldn’t list a hundred songs…im pretty picky, but I know My Girl would not be #1, and Unchained Melody would probably be higher cause I love to karaoke to it lol.

  13. marianne macaranas  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2008 0

    i love lovesong so much…….

  14. milo  |   Posted on Apr 10th, 2008 0

    Seems Like The greatest love song “Linger” with the Cranberries is missing

  15. abhilasha  |   Posted on Apr 26th, 2008 0

    i love love songs

  16. dave keretski  |   Posted on Apr 29th, 2008 0

    this list is terrible! no bryan adams??? no journey??? no led zepplin??? no r kelly??? no firehouse??? no lonestar??? no air supply??? no bon jovi??? no bryan adams??? who ever came up with this list must really no know too much about music.

  17. Michelle  |   Posted on Apr 29th, 2008 0

    Where’s Chicago, Billy Joel, where’s Wildflower by Skylark…and if you are going to put Dexie’s Midnight Runners on the List how about Boys to Men or Insync..they had better songs than this. Along with all the other great advice…

  18. Rosa Meusette  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2008 0

    No
    _tim mcgraw
    -keith urban
    - rascal flatts

    SO TOTALLY INEXCUSABLE

  19. SeaSideSammy  |   Posted on Jun 4th, 2008 0

    Ten overlooked

    Miracles (if only you believe)-Jefferson Starship/martin balin
    Everlasting Love- Carl Carlton
    Bring it on home to me-Sam Cooke
    More than This-Roxy Music,( I prefer 10000 maniacs version,) but both are great.
    Baby I need your lovin-Four Tops
    You’ve got to hide your love away-Beatles
    For your Precious Love-Jerry Butler
    Memphis Tennessee-Chuck Berry. Also, Johnny Rivers is Good. (No one said this list coulldn’t include a fathers love for his daughter.
    Come Monday-Jimmy Buffet
    Wev’e got tonight-Bob Seger

  20. david  |   Posted on Jun 7th, 2008 0

    Johnny Mathis.- It’s not for me to say These should have been considered in
    The Beatles.- Something the top 20. Some not All of the songs are
    Frank Sinatra.- Strangers in the Night way retarded for my taste.
    Abba.- The winner takes it alll i Stevie Wonder.- Golden Lady

  21. trudy  |   Posted on Jun 11th, 2008 0

    Oh.. you guys come on, why read the list if you have no good comments. Luck for most of us we have different tast. Nobody can force you to listen to the songs. There are good songs among them, and if you are realy in love with somebody you will enjoy all love songs.

  22. cire  |   Posted on Jun 14th, 2008 0

    to all!!!!!!!!
    make your own list..stupid..

  23. Pete  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2008 0

    How about “In The Still of The Night”
    The Five Satins?????????????

  24. marley  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2008 0

    Whitesnake’s Is This Love and Chilliwack’s I Believe are great love songs. So is Gino Vinelli’s I Just Wanna Stop. These stood the test of time.

  25. Alexis  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2008 0

    RIGHT??????? That was the number one love song for a LONg time!! Considered the best love song n the 20th century!!!!!

  26. Jim  |   Posted on Aug 9th, 2008 0

    Songs like Faithfully from Journey are great for those who have that perfect love story in their lives… who have that person they always wanted.. who were absolutely in love and were lucky enough to marry that person… but what about all the people out there who lost that soulmate.. that first crush they never got over.. that girl you realize you walked away from when you were a kid, only to discover in mid-life that she is in fact everything you’ve ever wanted in a woman.. and you love her more than you could possibly say in mere words? Say.. you found her again.. and this time she rejects your many attempts and rekindling that long lost love.. that first, true love that you’d now give anything for… you’d trade anything and everything for another chance with her.. but so far it doesn’t look like she’ll ever feel the same way about you? What about that type of love song? Where you’d cross the world a million times just to spend one day with her? This is my reality now.. the pain just wont’ subside.. and I cry my guts out for this perfectly beautiful unique lovely woman.. her face is a vision of loveliness… I think I’m going to cry my guts out forever at this point.. What about that kind of love song?

    • Brian  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2009 0

      Hey Jim (08/09/08). I know I’m about a year late, but try listening to “Standing at the Edge of the Earth” by Blessid Union of Souls. I think that might be about what you’re looking for.

  27. Kevin  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2008 0

    what about Coldplay? The Scientist !!! and Damien Rice?!!

  28. Nick Navaro  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2008 0

    No “Something” by ‘The Beatles” -???

    “The Greatest Love Song of All-Time” – Frank Sinatra

  29. April  |   Posted on Aug 25th, 2008 0

    Wow, complainers, so it isn’t the best list?
    make your own damn list then and shut up.
    Geeze.

  30. Betterthanyou  |   Posted on Aug 31st, 2008 0

    LAWL, most of the songs by the comenters r worse than the list. First of all no country fans need apply there posts because country sucks and even among them rascal flatts…come on. Second someone mentioned weezer …omg ur a joke, and classic would pretell to older love songs…thus CLASSIC s those of u complaining that your favourite shitty bands song is not on here go QQ else where .. ty

  31. not telling real name  |   Posted on Sep 3rd, 2008 0

    Sorry i am not happy with this selection…. there are so many song that should be on here that are not

  32. Meredith  |   Posted on Sep 23rd, 2008 0

    Hear Me Now by Saint John and the Revelations is on my list at the moment. So simple and true.

  33. Ok, a Clapton song should have been 3, but it should have been Layla, why is Layla not on this list, its the perfect love song!

  34. Jeff  |   Posted on Oct 17th, 2008 0

    The number 1 song in my book didn’t make the top 100??? How about Elton John’s “Your Song”, which might just be the best love song of all time, not even in the top 100??? Now I know why this is call the ‘shit list’

  35. Alex  |   Posted on Oct 21st, 2008 0

    Wheres PLAIN WHITE T’S HEY THERE DELILAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS THE BEST LUV SONG I EVEA HERD

  36. Elizabeth  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    When you look me in the eyes by the jonas brothers and Love story by taylor swift are love songs

  37. mrsbarker  |   Posted on Nov 6th, 2008 0

    “I’ll Stand By You” – The Pretenders
    “The Luckiest” – Ben Folds
    “Someone Like You” – Van Morrison

    So many more…

  38. daithi  |   Posted on Nov 8th, 2008 0

    where are the love songs? whats this crap doing on the list, wheres the ones with the meaning and the heart driven lyrics and emotions…this stuff is all glamourized pop love…and it sucks…

  39. nelson  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2008 0

    i luv this web

  40. Burt  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2008 0

    In My Life and When I Fall in Love should haven been on this list, along with MANY OTHER SONGS BY THe Beatles!

  41. Laura  |   Posted on Nov 26th, 2008 0

    Pretty shit countdown matey sorry .

  42. Great list! I’d just put “I just called to say I love you” on the top.

  43. jay  |   Posted on Nov 29th, 2008 0

    This list isn’t the top 100 “love songs” its just a few love songs from some of the best artists in the world. Just because their name is legendary in the music business with a amazing voice doesn’t make your love songs hit the top 100, “a moment like this” by kelly clarkson tells a beautiful story with amazing rhythm which makes your heart beat a little slower and you really listen to the words “Last night on earth by Delta Goodrem” . These songs needs to be on this list , if you have never heard these songs I highly think you should check them out. Thank for reading this

  44. Peanut  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

    The List sucks!

  45. Noé  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

    That should explain why it’s called “Shit List”..

  46. Reb  |   Posted on Dec 7th, 2008 0

    Doesn’t anyone care about poor Jim up there 08/09/08? Surely there’s a song for him. He’s soooo sad. Give him a song – please!

  47. Patrick  |   Posted on Dec 12th, 2008 0

    Yeah, give Jim a SONG!!!

  48. Hannah  |   Posted on Dec 22nd, 2008 0

    shut up ur all a bunch of prats!

    Doubt your list of love songs would be any better

    Get a fucking life instead of critasising other peoples..

  49. Hannah  |   Posted on Dec 22nd, 2008 -1

    shut up ur all a bunch of prats!

    Doubt your list of love songs would be any better

    Get a fucking life instead of critasising other peoples..

  50. Hannibal King  |   Posted on Dec 27th, 2008 0

    Better do what Hannah says… Us “prats” don’t want to be “critasisng” anybody…

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