If you're looking for a list of the best love songs of all time to play at your wedding or another love-filled event, look no further. LoveToKnow's writers and editors have studied rankings of love songs from music critics, wedding websites and other sources to come up with this list of the best of the best. Choose the song that best describes the unique nature of your relationship to create memories that will last a lifetime.
1. "God Only Knows"
-The Beach Boys
While this one isn't a traditional love song, it was named the best love song ever by Entertainment Weekly and was ranked number 25 on the Rolling Stone list of greatest songs of all time. The song has been praised by Paul McCartney, who listed it among his favorites. It's also one of the best love songs of all time because it starts with the line "I may not always love you," but then completely refutes it and becomes a painfully sweet song.
Website: "God Only Knows"
2. "Love Me Tender"
"Love Me Tender" is a perennial favorite that regularly ranks high in lists of favorite love songs. It's a simple song with a lot of meaning, sharing the sentiment we all want to hear from our loved ones: "I love you and I always will." Another great pick from the King is "Can't Help Falling in Love."
Website: "Love Me Tender"
3. "Let's Stay Together"
It's hard to hear "Let's Stay Together" and not want to dance. Although the song acknowledges the hard times that come with love, it's a realistic take on romance, so this song is still appropriate for weddings, anniversaries and informal celebrations of love, such as a slow dance in the living room.
Website: "Let's Stay Together"
4. "Natural Woman"
While this song has a bit of sadness to it, it's ultimately about the power of love to lift you up and make you feel good and natural - exactly like you were meant to be. It's highly appropriate for women who want to serenade their men.
Website: "Natural Woman"
There are many potential entries for The Beatles on a best love songs list, but "Something" is a top pick. It describes understanding that you can't live without someone even if you can't put into words the reasons for your love. Other great Beatles love songs include "In My Life," "The Long and Winding Road" and "I Will."
6. "In Your Eyes"
If you've seen Say Anything, you know why this song has to crack the list of the best love songs of all time. In the movie, John Cusack's character serenades his ex-girlfriend with the song by holding a boombox up over his head at her bedroom window. This song speaks of what it is like to be away from the person you love.
Website: "In Your Eyes"
7. "All I Want is You"
This one isn't your typical love song, and it's kind of sad. However, the ultimate message of simply wanting the person you want and not caring about any of the promises we make in life is important.
Website: "All I Want is You"
8. "Unchained Melody"
-The Righteous Brothers
Some may find this song a little sappy and old-fashioned, but it still melts hearts whenever it is heard. It's one of the best slow-dance songs ever, and speaks of the perfect longing of love.
Website: "Unchained Melody"
9. "I Will Always Love You"
-Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton
Even though "I Will Always Love You" is really about saying goodbye to someone, it's still a popular love song because it talks about the things that we wish for the people we love, even if they can't return your love.
Website: "I Will Always Love You"
10. "You're the First, the Last, My Everything"
No list of the best love songs would be complete without a little Barry White. This song is so cheerful and also so powerful. It would be a great way to end a wedding reception, engagement party or any other celebration of love's possibilities.
Website: "You're the First, the Last, My Everything"