Our Picks for the Most Romantic Songs of All Time
Dust off the record player or plug in your headphones. We’ve got your playlist sorted this Valentine’s Day.
There is no denying that nearly every great artist has written about love at some point in their career. While styles of music have varied over the years, artists are continuing to produce music inspired by love. That’s why, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’ve decided to share our picks for the most romantic songs of all time. In classic Valentine’s Day fashion, maybe you’re in need of some background music to romance that special someone, or perhaps you’re just a hopeless romantic who can’t resist a good love song. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered starting with the dulcet tones of Frank Sinatra, finishing with Michael Bublé’s swooning cover of ‘To Love Somebody’. So enjoy, as we countdown ten of the Most Romantic Songs from the past seven decades.
‘My Funny Valentine’ – Chet Baker
Released November 1954.
In the days when Frank Sinatra was laying down his best cuts with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra, Chet Baker released his own, more refined record Chet Baker Sings with the track ‘My Funny Valentine’. Originally a show tune from the 1937 musical Babes in Arms, Chet Baker recorded this song with the Gerry Mulligan quartet as a dedication to young lovers.
Most Romantic Lyric: “But don’t change a hair for me, not if you care for me. Stay little Valentine, stay.”
‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ – Elvis Presley
Released October 1961.
Featured in Elvis Presley’s 1961 film, Blue Hawaii, this pop song topped the British music charts within months of its release. More than fifty years later it still remains one of the greatest romantic songs of all times and continues to be covered by countless artists, from Michael Bublé and Celine Dion, to contemporary artists like Twenty One Pilots.
Most Romantic Lyric:“Take my hand, and take my whole life too, ‘cause I can’t help falling in love with you.”
‘Your Song’ – Elton John
Released October 1970.
Composed and performed by the legendary English musician, Sir Elton John, ‘Your Song’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. While writing the lyrics for this song, lyricist Bernie Taupin admits to being inspired by the romantic thoughts of young and innocent lovers.
Most Romantic Lyric: “I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is while you’re in the world.”
‘How Deep is Your Love’ – Bee Gees
Released September 1977.
Written and recorded by the Bee Gees, this romantic song was used as part of the soundtrack to the popular film Saturday Night Fever. Within weeks of its release it was ranked as the number three song in Australia.
Most Romantic Lyric: “And you come to me on a summer breeze, keep me warm in your love then you softly leave.”
‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ – Foreigner
Released November 1984.
Written by British-American band Foreigner, this soft rock classic almost didn’t get released due to the band’s fears that it would ruin their ‘rock reputation’. Today, it remains the band’s biggest international hit and one of the most well-known romance songs of all time.
Most Romantic Lyric: “Through the clouds I see love shine, it keeps me warm as life grows colder.”
‘(Everything I do) I Do It For You’ – Bryan Adams
Released June 1991.
Appearing consecutively on singer-songwriter Bryan Adams’ sixth album, Waking Up the Neighbours, as well as on the 1991 soundtrack for the film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, this song was an instant global success. It spent sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK’s Singles Chart as well as being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1992.
Most Romantic Lyric: “I can’t help it, there’s nothing I want more. You know it’s true, everything I do, I do it for you.”
‘I Will Always Love You’ – Whitney Houston
Released November 1992.
Originally written by country-music singer Dolly Parton in 1973, Whitney Houston made her claim to fame with this powerful romantic ballad when she recorded it in 1992 for the soundtrack to the film The Bodyguard. Houston’s version was an instant success and appears on Billboard’s Top 50 ‘Love’ Songs of All Time 2014 list at number six.
Most Romantic Lyric: “I hope you have all you’ve dreamed of and I wish you joy and happiness, but above all this I wish you love, and I will always love you.”
‘My Heart Will Go On’ – Celine Dion
Released in December, 1997.
Written by James Horner and Will Jenning, this ever-popular romantic ballad was performed by Celine Dion for the blockbuster romantic-tragedy, Titanic. It became Celine Dion’s biggest recorded hit and remains one of the best-selling singles of all time, having sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.
Most Romantic Lyric:“Once more you open the door and you’re here in my heart, and my heart will go on and on.”
‘Someone Like You’ – Adele
Released January 2011.
Written collaboration between British singer and songwriter Adele, and American songwriter and producer Dan Wilson, ‘Someone Like You’ was acclaimed as the highlight of Adele’s second album 21. Adele admits that the inspiration for this love song came after a particularly emotional break-up and hopes that it serves as a reminder to hold on to true love.
Most Romantic Lyric:“Don’t forget me, I beg, I remember you said ‘sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.”
‘To Love Somebody’ – Michael Bublé
Released April, 2013.
Originally written and performed by the Bee Gees on their 1967 album Bee Gees 1st, self-proclaimed romance enthusiast Michael Bublé reinvented this passionate hit on his 2013 album To Be Loved, which has sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide.
Most Romantic Lyric: ‘You don’t know what it’s like, to love somebody, the way I love you’.