Love, that strong feeling, is both a universal language and an inexhaustible source of inspiration. In music, too, love is one of the most popular themes. From here, many beautiful love songs have been created.
Many listeners identify with the sometimes heartbreaking lyrics of “Blue Heart” songs, find themselves in them and can sympathize with them. Of course, there is a huge list of love songs, but below we have selected what we think are the most beautiful and award-winning love songs in music history.
“Your Song” – Elton John (1970).
Elton John’s first American hit catapulted him to international fame. The iconic song was written by Bernie Taupin, Elton’s loyal lyricist with whom he had a more than friendly but never romantic relationship for over 50 years.
“Islands in the Stream” – Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers (1983).
Although they often collaborated over the course of their decades-long friendship, Dolly and Kenny never harbored romantic feelings for each other, no matter how many songs they sang with a deep look in each other’s eyes.
“I’ll Always Love You” – Whitney Houston (1992).
The song was first written and recorded in 1973 by Dolly Parton, who made a splash with her country version. The song got a “second life” after singer Whitney Houston contributed a soulful rendition for the soundtrack of the 1992 film “The Bodyguard”. In fact, the contemporary version had an even greater impact.
“L’hymne à l’amour” – Édith Piaf (1950).
It is undoubtedly one of the most romantic and tragic songs in the French repertoire. La Môme wrote these lyrics for her lover Marcel Cerdan, who died in a plane crash in 1949, before she had time to make a studio recording of this piece. Édith Piaf decided to keep the original lyrics.
“Stand by Me” – Ben E. King (1961).
“Stand by Me” has been covered over four hundred times and is one of the five most performed songs on stage (with about 11.6 million performances). Inspired by the religious hymn “Oh Lord, Stand by Me,” this song remains a timeless classic.
“Every Breath You Take” – The Police (1983).
In 2019, Sting received a BMI Award for “Every Breath You Take” after it became the most played song in radio history. The artist expressed surprise at the positive perception of the track by the public. For him, the song is about obsession with a lost love and the jealousy that follows.
“Still Loving You” – Scorpions (1984).
I do not think there is a single person who has not hummed this song. Or not cried with it. This passionate love song had a great impact in several countries, but especially in France, where the number of births “exploded”.
“Wicked Game” – Chris Isaak (1989).
“Wicked Game” is one of the most iconic love songs of all time, and although it is often considered a ballad about unrequited desire, the singer-songwriter sees it more as a story about physical attraction to a toxic person.
“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” – Bryan Adams (1991).
This Grammy-winning song, which reached #1 in 30 countries, was written specifically for the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner, and was included on the Canadian artist’s sixth album, Waking Up the Neighbors.
“I Do not Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith (1998).
The lyrics of this legendary song (written by Diane Warren) were inspired by James Brolin, who confessed in an interview that he never wanted to fall asleep because he missed Barbra Streisand too much.