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    14
    Feb
    We have selected the fifty greatest loves songs of all time.

    Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, and though the days of making a “mixed tape” have gone the way of the cassette, we feel it is important for every man to know great love songs. We have compiled a list of the fifty greatest loves songs of all time. To make our list we set few rules for our selections, each song must be about undying love to, and about love lose, and there are millions of options we could select from each artist we are only allowing an artist to appear on our list once. (excluding an artist’s performance as a duet) As with all our lists our selections will surprise you while helping you expand your knowledge of the subject. So whether you are enjoying three fingers of scotch at a dinner party, or at home enjoying the day with your significant other, these songs will help you set the mood.

    50. You Really Got Me

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    Why It Is On The List:

    A simple song that shows that shows a heavy riff can still talk about love, and still rock. “You Really Got Me” says a lot more than it initially leads on, with its hard-hitting riff, while insinuating the feeling of being smitten, this song has not only lasted throwout the years but also made it on our list.

    Definitive Version:

    Kinks, 1964

    49. More Than A Woman

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    Why It Is On The List:

    The Bee Gee’s where the epitome of disco in the 1970’s ,but its this song that truly says how the love of a woman can make a man feel.

    Definitive Version: Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track, 1977

    48. We Belong Together

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Ritchie Valens at 17 had the whole world,and his life head of him. He was madly in love with a woman whom he wrote a few songs for the lesser known one is “We Belong Together.” This song says it all a man in love, at a time when young love was innocence he truly captured it in this song.

    Definitive Version: Ritchie Valens, 1959

    47. Why Do Fools Fall In Love

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    Why It Is On The List:

    One of the youngest groups to get famous, they sang a song that has stayed with hearts of lovers for years, by asking the simple question “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?”

    Definitive Version:

    The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon, 1956

    46. Love Will Keep Us Alive

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    Why It Is On The List:

    The Eagles where one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970’s turning out hit after hit, but it 1994 they wrote one of their most beautifully written songs to date “Love Will Keep Us Alive”. This song professes that no matter the obstacle faced their love for each other will keep them alive. A touching songs they speak to hearts of all in love.

    Definitive Version:

    Hell Freezes Over, 1994

    45. Wonderful Tonight

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Known the world over as one third of Cream ,and for his guitar prowess, Eric Clapton has had a string of hits over the years, but none made him a house hold name like his 1977 hit “Wonderful Tonight.” In this song just a simple answer to a question says it all to his significant other “…. You look wonderful tonight.”

    Definitive Version: Slow Hand, 1977

    44. I’ll Always Love You

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    Why It Is On The List:

    In 1967 The Spinners, sang a song were the title says it all, and no matter what happens they proclaim they will always love you.

    Definitive Version:

    The Original Spinners, 1967

    43. I’ll Be There

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    Why It Is On The List:

    The Jackson 5 had many things a string of hits throughout the 1970’s, a future star the likes the world had never seen before, and “I’ll Be There.” A simple song about the undying dying love that will never go away, and will always be there.

    Definitive Version:

    Third Album, 1970

    42. Unforgettable

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Nat King Cole, has by far one the most recognizable voices of his generation, and a string of hits to follow. Yet it is his song “Unforgettable ” that is his most endearing song, were he sings of how the love of his life is beautiful, and how glad he is that she is so unforgettable.

    Definitive Version: Unforgettable , 1952

    41.Can’t Take My Eyes off You

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    Why It Is On The List:

    This is a song many have heard for years on soundtracks of great films over the years, and speaks to feeling of love at first sight. When you feel that this songs speaks volumes.

    Definitive Version:

    The 4 Seasons Present Frankie Valli Solo, 1967

    40. Please Accept My Love

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    Why It Is On The List:

    The legendary,B.B. King, the last original blues root, has had numerous hits threw out the decades, but it is a song in 1958 that among his endless string of hits that touches on a man’s undying love for a woman he does not know that makes our list.

    Definitive Version:

    Please Accept My Love (Single), 1958

    39. The Way You Look Tonight

    Why It Is On The List:

    The chairman of the board, Frank Sinatra, was ,and still is one of the best singers of all time. In 1964, he sang “The Way You Look Tonight.” In this song he sings how he loves, the woman of his dreams, the ways she talks,the way she laughs,and the way she looks. Sinatra keeps any playlist classy.

    Definitive Version: Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award Winners, 1964

    38. Ring of Fire

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Johnny Cash was then, and always will be known for his rebellious sound, and style, yet it is a song co-written by his future wife, June, that put with his sound made a great love song. Ring of Fire is tell a tale of two lovers with a hot passion that feels like a “ring of fire”, and no matter how much they try to fight it the two lovers have to give in to the love for each other.

    Definitive Version:

    Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash, 1963

    37. Maybe

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Janis Joplin was, and still is one of the greatest singers of all time, she sang with passion that seemed to stem from a century of experience/pain. Though she was young you felt her pain with every word, and no song she recorded ever lacked that. Though this is a cover of “Maybe” she recorded that you hear Joplin’s broken heart as she pleads for the second chance with the love of her life. The hopeful love song has a blues yet soulful sound that only Joplin could bring it, and makes it firmly on our list.

    Definitive Version:

    I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, 1969

    36. Ain’t No Sunshine

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    Why It Is On The List:

    This song has been in pop culture for decades, everyone knows it, and everyone sings it. Few words can say the feeling of loss like Ain’t No Sunshine when she’s gone.

    Definitive Version:

    Just As I Am, 1971

    35. I Got Everything I Need

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Sam And Dave were the original soul duo, and have created hits throughout the years. Yet, it is “I Got Everything I Need” were the duo sing about having everything they need when they have the love of a good woman. This may not be a song that is popular as their other hits with their modern day fans, but it is worth including on any list.

    Definitive Version:

    Hold On, I’m Comin’, 1966

    34. Signed, Sealed & Delivered

     

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Stevie Wonder, sang several hits about love, but it is “Signed, Sealed & Delivered” that made our list. With his proclamation of giving his whole being to the woman he loves, make this a timeless classic.

    Definitive Version:

    Signed, Sealed & Delivered, 1970

    33. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)

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    Why It Is On The List:

    The Four Tops, had several hits throughout their career, but their most popular “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” speaks volumes of how love can make you feel. Weak in the knees, completely head over heels, and want the whole world to know.

    Definitive Version:

    Four Tops’ Second Album, 1965

    32. Crazy Love

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Singer-writer, Van Morrison, covered a song that would make an indelible mark on pop culture for years to come, when he recorded “Crazy Love.” In the song he talks of a woman giving him love , and when he says “crazy” he means love in its purest form.

    Definitive Version:

    Moondance, 1970

    31. Baby Love

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    Why It Is On The List:

    The Supremes, made a lot of hits ,but “Baby Love” is their most purest love song, in which they sing about longing for the one they love, and how much they need their love in their lives.

    Definitive Version:

    Where Did Our Love Go, 1965

    30. You’re So Fine

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Wilson Pickett, sang a great deal of hits threw out the years, but it’s “You’re So Fine” that makes our list. In this song Pickett talks how he loves the beautiful woman, constantly talks about her, and needs to be around her.

    Definitive Version:

    Land Of 1,000 Dances / You’re So Fine (Single) ,1966

    29. Be My Baby

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    Why It Is On The List:

    The Ronettes per-dated their more popular counter parts, but its their hit“Be My Baby” that made our list. In this song they sing of want a special someone to be their baby, and be the one that they can say is their one true love.

    Definitive Version:

    Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes, 1963

    28. Baby, I Love Your Way

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Peter Frampton, has recorded many hits , but none like “Baby, I Love Your Way.” In it he sings about loving the way the woman he loves is in every way, and how perfect she is.

    Definitive Version:

    Frampton Comes Alive!, 1976

    27. If

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Bread a little, known band to most modern listeners made a small splash with their song “If” in were they sing about if the world were to end they would want to send it with the person(s) they love.

    Definitive Version:

    Manna, 1971

    26. Baby, I Love You

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Aretha Franklin, one of the greatest singers of all time, have sang numerous love songs in the past, but none like “Baby, I Love You.” Few singers can ever put their whole being in a voice performance. This song proclaims a woman that loves her man unconditionally, and is happy to be in love with him. A power house performance like no other.

    Definitive Version:

    Aretha Arrives, 1967

    25. La-La Means I Love You

    Why It Is On The List:

    The Delfonics, had a string of hits,but none quite like this. A simple yet soothing song that simply states what love means to them.

    Definitive Version:

    La La Means I Love You, 1968

    24. Oh Girl

    Why It Is On The List:

    The Chi-Lites, had hits , but their most popular song to date is “Oh Girl” is about a man that wants to stay with his woman. Pleading how he would be in trouble if she left him now,and how her love completes him.

    Definitive Version:

    A Lonely Man, 1972

    23. (You Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Jackie Wilson was one of the top singers in his life time, and he had a list of charting songs, yet none more popular than, “(You Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher.” In this song Wilson proclaims how the love from the woman he loves lifts him higher than the clouds.

    Definitive Version:

    Higher And Higher , 1967

    22. When A Man Loves A Woman

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Percy Sledge, in 1966 sang one of the most recognizable songs of all time, “When A Man Loves A Woman.” Sledge speaks from the heart ,and tell the truth that when a man is in love nothing will stop a man from loving the woman he loves.

    Definitive Version:

    When a Man Loves a Woman, 1966

    21. Maybe I’m Amazed

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    Why It Is On The List:

    In 1970, 1/4 of The Beatles, Paul McCartney, wrote “Maybe I’m Amazed” in which he sings about being amazed at all the things about the woman he loves.

    Definitive Version:

    McCartney, 1970

    20. Always And Forever

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    Why It Is On The List:

    This song pledges an eternal love, with just a simple message,“Always And Forever” Heatwave created an endearing classic.

    Definitive Version:

    Too Hot To Handle, 1976

    19. Stand By Me

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” is a poignant song in where he speaks about standing by the person he loves, no matter what happens.

    Definitive Version:

    Don’t Play That Song!, 1962

    18. I Second That Emotion

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Smoke Robinson wrote many hits throughout the years, but few every made the statement like “I Second That Emotion.” In this song Smokey Robinson & the Miracles state that if you feel like loving me I second that emotion.

    Definitive Version:

    Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, 1968

    17. You Are So Beautiful

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Joe Cocker has for years sang covers, and originals with a unique twist, adding textures that may not have been there before. One of his greatest performances is “You Are So Beautiful.” In it he sings how the woman he loves is beautiful, and how he loves everything about her.

    Definitive Version:

    I Can Stand a Little Rain, 1974

    16. All I Have to Do Is Dream

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    Why It Is On The List:

    The Everly Brothers in 1958 recorded “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” In this the brothers sing about the love of a woman is like a dream.

    Definitive Version:

    All I Have to Do Is Dream, 1958

    15. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

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    Why It Is On The List:

    In the early 1960’s few duets had the stopping power of Marvin Gaye , and Tami Terrel. Accomplished singers in their own rights putting them together equaled Gold for a then,young label, Motown, and lead to the creation of one of a song that left an indelible mark with their ode to everlasting love. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

    Definitive Version:

    United ,1967

    14. I Can’t Stop Loving You

    Why It Is On The List:

    Ray Charles step in to country a genre he had always loved, lead him to sing a song that touches everyones heart strings,“I Can’t Stop Loving You.” In the song, Charles professes his undying love in which no matter how much he tries he is unable to stop loving the person.

    Definitive Version:

    Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, 1962

    13. Your Song

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    Why It Is On The List:

    A song wrote in its most simplest form but speaks volumes of how love can be just a few words, yet say so much.

    Definitive Version:

    Elton John, 1970

    12. In Your Eyes

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    Why It Is On The List:

    “In Your Eyes” is a song by former Genius front man ,Peter Gabriel, originally recorded in 1985 for album So with Youssou N’Dour singing some choruses. N’Dour parts are sung in his native Wolof which gives the song texture, and different from any other song on this list while keeping the listener enthralled with the subject matter. But it is a simple Boom Box held overhead, and a sunset in a scene from the now “cult” classic film,Say Anything,that has ingrained the song in the hearts and minds of film goers for years. The song is integral part of the film’s plot,and speaks volumes of the innocence of teenage love in the film. The basis of the song has stood the test of team as at its heart it is about a man who sees his whole world, past,present,and future in the eyes of the woman he loves. This song showed the world that Gabriel was a writing force to be reckoned with whether ,or not he was in or out of a group.

    Definitive Version:

    So, 1986

    11. Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Elvis had a number of hits in his long career, but it is a song from a film soundtrack that makes our list, “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.” Elvis in just a few words shows why he is the king, with his velvet smooth voice, he delivers the message of not be able to fall in love.

    Definitive Version:

    Blue Hawaii, 1961

    10. Unchained Melody

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    Why It Is On The List:

    The Righteous Brothers had many hits ,but none quite like this, Unchained Melody tells the tale of a man’s undying love for

    Definitive Version:

    Just Once in My Life, 1965

    9. At Last

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Etta James was always a force to be reckoned with, and her sultry voice always complemented any song she was singing. In 1960 she recorded the song that she has been known for “At Last“, a song in where she sings about a long time love that she has been looking for.

    Definitive Version:

    At Last, 1960

    8. Let’s Get It On

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Though this is Marvin’s second appearance on our list, it is his first as a solo act, and we picked one of the more famous songs he ever recorded. “Let’s Get It On” is a song were most think is about sex, its really about a more intimate approach. More about love than its title would suggest.

    Definitive Version:

    7. Lets Stay Together

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Over the years Al Green record numerous hits, and many from his 1972 album Lets Stay Together. It is this album’s title track Green shows how he loves the woman he is singing of, and how he feels they should stay together. This is were the average listener stops listening, but if you listen carefully he is quietly hinting about a proposal.

    Definitive Version:

    Lets Stay Together , 1972

    6. Always On My Mind

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Originally written by Wayne Carson ,Johnny Christopher, Mark James, and released in 1972, but the most widely know version is undeniably, Willie Nelson’s Grammy award winning version that has stood the testament of time. This song shows the grand cross-over appeal of country music with a great singer at the helm. The song makes our list as it is one of the few songs written about regret, and the lose of the one true love of his life. In looking back he realizes that he could have treated is significant other better, and though he is full over regret he can not forget her. A feeling someone has felt at one point in their life,and makes this one of the greatest love songs of all time.

    Definitive Version:

    Always On My Mind, 1982

    5. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Written by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler,”I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” is now as it was then a beautifully crafted love song about a man’s undying love. It appeared as the A-side of a 1965 “Just One More Day” single by Otis Redding , and subsequently appeared on his third album, Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul. It has went on to be covered by various artists from Ike & Tina Turner to The Rolling Stones.

    Definitive Version:

    Otis Redding Live In Europe, 1967

    4. My Girl

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    Why It Is On The List:

    The Temptations, are the quintessential R&B quartet, when they first released “My Girl” in December 21, 1964 its was an instant hit, reaching #1 on the charts in just a few days. What makes this song work is undoubtedly David Ruffin’s smooth delivery, the working harmony of the group, and the writing of Smokey Robinson crafts an amazingly written love song. Though the lyrical content is simple, it speaks true to everyone’s heart with the understanding that the one you love This soulful ballet has stood the testament of time, and is not only the biggest ,and best well known song of the group, it has become one of the most well known loves songs in history.

    Definitive Version:

    The Temptations Sing Smokey, 1965

    3. Mama, You Been On My Mind

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Bob Dylan is known for his style, influence on pop culture,and is song writing prowess, yet is often over looked as a man who has written one of the greatest love songs of all time. Mama, You Been On My Mind, is just such of a song, with the title that suggests a man longing for a woman he can not get off his mind. Dylan weaves a tale of just that with subtle metaphors as only he can do.

    Definitive Version: The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991, 1991

    2. Something

     

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Something, is a beautifully written song, by George Harrison, about a man feelings about the woman he loves. From the way, he feels, about here when he sees her, to the thoughts that run threw his mind. The song became one of the most recognizable songs from the Beatles, and many fans were surprised to know the Harrison to write it. John Lennon and Paul McCartney, both praised “Something” as one of the best songs Harrison had written, or that the group had to offer. The song has went on to be covered by over 150 artists, making it the second-most covered Beatles song in history.

    Definitive Version:

    Abbey Road, 1969

    1.Bring It On Home To Me

     

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    Why It Is On The List:

    Bring It On Home To Me, is a tale of a man who argues with the love of his life, when she parties a little to much. Seemingly happy to break it off with her, later he finds himself miserable ,and having second thoughts about ending it. Sam Cooke‘s powerful pleading in this song makes you feel his love, and the loss he feels.

    Definitive Version:

    Sam Cooke: Live In The Harlem Square Club, 1963

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