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Love Songs Throughout the Decades

Music can be a love language, a way to share your heart with others. An even better way to do that is through love songs. Songs about romance and heartbreak have been around for generations, giving people an outlet to cling to, to feel understood. We put together some of the biggest love songs of the decades to jam. Even if you’re single, this list has some feel-good songs to lift your spirits. While there are thousands of love songs to choose from, we narrowed it down to five per decade. You can listen to the whole playlist on Spotify.

1930s Love Songs

  • Cheek to Cheek – Irving Berlin

  • Isn’t It Romantic – Richard Rodgers

  • Night and Day – Cole Porter

  • Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller

  • I’m in the Mood for Love – Louis Armstrong

1940s Love Songs

  • Day by Day – Frank Sinatra

  • Dearly Beloved – Rita Hayworth

  • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - Gene Autry

  • I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do) - Nat King Cole Trio

  • The Things We Did Last Summer – Dean Martin

1950s Love Songs

  • All Shook Up – Elvis Presley

  • That’s Amore – Dean Martin

  • One in a Million – The Platters

  • I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingos

  • To Know Him is to Love Him – The Teddy Bears

1960s Love Songs

  • Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

  • The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

  • (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin

  • My Girl – The Temptations

1970s Love Songs

  • Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel

  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

  • How Deep is Your Love – The Bee Gees

  • When I Need You – Leo Sayer

  • Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

1980s Love Songs

  • I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner

  • Can’t Fight This Feeling – REO Speedwagon

  • (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes

  • Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

  • Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

1990s Love Songs

  • I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight? - Elton John

  • As Long as You Love Me – Backstreet Boys

  • Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer

  • I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

2000s Love Songs

  • You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

  • Love Story – Taylor Swift

  • I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden

  • Let Me Love You – Mario

  • Fallin’ - Alicia Keys

2010s Love Songs

  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran

  • All of Me – John Legend

  • Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

  • I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

While 2020s have just begun, there were still a couple love songs we wanted to shout out that have been released in 2020!

  • Bigger Love – John Legend. The music video is so uplifting and tries to put a positive spin on the isolation people faced in 2020.

  • Stuck with U – Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. Much like the John Legend song, it includes clips of fans in quarantine. It’s a sweet love song about being stuck in lockdown together.

Whether you’re celebrating with a partner or celebrating on your own, we hope these love songs put you in the Valentine’s Day mood. Check out all these songs on our Spotify playlist!


Written by Kristen Petronio


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