100 People Give the top forty-one love Songs of All Time

Rashard G. Goins

Art imitates life, and music is no exception. Some of the greatest songs ever written have been inspired by possibly the strongest human emotion; love. There is probably no better way to enhance a romantic evening. Whether you own all 98 volumes of Body & Soul or if you fire up the old 8 track, here are 41 of the greatest love songs, according to the 100 people we surveyed in 2009. With a couple of years passing, what do you think of the list now and what are we missing.

Sidenote: Reasons by Earth, Wind, and Fire, contrary to popular belief is not a love song. Ii’s a song about a one-night stand. But you could also say some other songs on this list aren’t love songs, most notably Fire and Desire by Rick James and Tina Marie, but I can’t take Rick James off the list somehow.

Debut Peak Weeks @ Peak WKS Song Artist
07/07/79 2 2 17 After The Love Has Gone Earth Wind & Fire
06/03/67 3 3 13 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
03/28/98 1 2 40 All My Life K-CI & JOJO
03/07/87 1 2 21 Always Atlantic Starr
12/24/77 2 2 17 Always and Forever Heatwave
11/14/60 1 6 6 Are You Lonesome To-Night? Elvis Presley
01/16/61 2 1 13 At Last Etta James
03/04/72 2 2 13 Betcha By Golly, Wow The Stylistics
07/11/81 1 7 24 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
06/04/83 1 8 8 Every Breath You Take The Police
03/10/84 1 3 21 Hello Lionel Richie
10/14/89 1 2 23 Here and Now Luther Vandross
02/09/99 1 1 13 I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing Mark Chesnutt
08/08/87 1 1 13 I Need Love LL Cool J
11/14/92 1 11 23 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston
09/26/70 1 11 23 I’ll Be There The Jackson 5
08/13/94 1 9 27 I’ll Make Love To You Boyz II Men
02/07/81 3 5 21 Just The Two Of Us Bill Withers
12/10/77 3 2 18 Just The Way You Are Billy Joel
07/14/73 1 6 17 Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye
10/20/56 3 3 13 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
06/14/69 4 13 My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder
01/09/65 1 6 16 My Girl The Temptations
1997 1 32 32 My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion (Titanic Soundtrack)
09/11/82 10 12 Ribbon In The Sky (For Our Love) Stevie Wonder
06/26/93 31 17 Run To You Whitney Houston
04/03/76 23 21 Sara Smile Hall & Oates
09/29/84 1 3 24 Solid  (As A Rock) Ashford & Simpson
01/02/99 5 24 These Are The Times DRU Hill
06/24/78 1 2 17 Three Times A Lady The Commodores
04/13/85 15 17 Through The Fire Chaka Kahn
08/14/65 6 12 Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers
06/29/91 10 16 Unforgettable Natalie Cole (With late dad Nat King Cole)
10/17/81 2 10 19 Waiting For A Girl Like You Foreigner
04/16/66 1 4 16 When A Man Loves A Woman Percy Sledge
06/16/72 1 1 13 Where Is The Love Roberta Flack (With late Donny Hathaway)
09/02/95 1 4 20 You Are Not Alone Michael Jackson
02/15/75 5 10 You Are So Beautiful Joe Cocker
09/29/73 4 15 You’re A Special Part Of Me Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
11/09/74 1 1 17 You’re The First, The Last, My Everything Barry White
12/19/70 8 11 Your Song Elton John