The lyrics of a good
love song usually tell a story of love, lust, and happiness.Many recording artists have made
a small fortune creating love ballads.I have collected a list of 20 of the most famous love songs.Most of the songs on this list reached the #1 spot on international charts.
Bolton - How Am I Supposed to Live Without You
began his career as the front man of the hard rock group Blackjack, who once toured with heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne.Bolton would later become known for his soft rock ballads and tenor vocals.In his solo career
Bolton has had eight top ten albums and two #1 singles on the Billboard charts, including How Am I Supposed to Live
Without You.The song was originally recorded by Laura Branigan in 1983 and Bolton covered it in 1989,
although he co-wrote the tune.It is Michael Bolton’s biggest hit to date.
- I Swear
is a Grammy Award winning male R&B group best known for their hit single I Swear, which was released on their 1994
self-titled debut album.I Swear was initially a hit single for country artist John Michael Montgomery
and was covered by All-4-One. All-4-One's version hit number one in numerous countries, including the Billboard
Hot 100 in the U.S., where it remained for eleven consecutive weeks.It peaked at number two
on the UK Singles Chart.The song was the 12th biggest selling boy-band single of the 1990s in the
UK.It saw a lot of success in Germany.
Supply - All Out of Love
is a soft rock duo who had a succession of worldwide hits through the late 1970s and early 1980s. The band consists of
British guitarist and vocalist Graham Russell and Australian lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock.Their
1980 album, Lost in Love, contained three U.S. Top Five singles, including All Out of Love.All Out of Love reached #2 in the US and # 11 on the UK Singles Chart.Over the years Air Supply has taken a lot of abuse in the U.S. mainstream media for their style of music, maybe because one of the members of
the band really sounds like a female.Before writing this article I have always thought that Air Supply
consisted of one man and one woman.
17. Patrick Swayze - She’s Like the Wind
was an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter.He was best known for his roles as romantic
leading men in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost. Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
in early 2008 and passed away on September 14, 2009.She’s Like the Wind is a 1987 hit pop song
performed by Patrick Swayze.It was featured on the hugely successful Dirty Dancing Soundtrack.The song was an international hit and reached #3 on the U.S. Billboard chart and entered the Top 25 in Australia,
Germany, Ireland, Sweden, and the UK.The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack was at the #1 spot for 19 consecutive
weeks.The music video is in black and white and features clips from the movie and overlaid images
- Crazy for You
Crazy for You
is a single by American singer-songwriter Madonna that was released for the 1985 film Vision Quest.It was the first of Madonna's UK singles to be released as a shaped picture disc featuring her in a white
lace bustier.She performed the song on her Virgin Tour.Crazy for You became Madonna's
second number-one hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.It was certified Gold by the RIAA
on July 16th, 1985. The song was also a huge hit in many European countries and reached number one in Australia
and Japan.It was the 15th best-selling single of 1985 in the UK.
and Peter Cetera - After All
is a love ballad performed by Cher and Peter Cetera.Cetera is the former lead vocalist of Chicago.The song was released on February 21, 1989, and was used as the love theme
for the movie Chances Are.It was also the first North American single released from
Cher's 20th album Heart of Stone.The single peaked at #6 in the United States and
Canada, the only two countries where the song was officially released. However, it did manage to enter some European
charts due to airplay, including Ireland, where it peaked at #24, and the United Kingdom, where it reached #84.
Marx - Right Here Waiting
is an American musician that had a string of hit singles in the late 1980s and 1990s.Right
Here Waiting is a love ballad released on Marx second album, Repeat Offender.On
August 12, 1989, the song became Richard’s third consecutive #1 single in the U.S.It peaked
at #2 in the UK.Right Here Waiting is Marx's best selling single.
Lionel Richie - Hello
is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, who is known for his love ballads.Richie has
sold over 100 million records worldwide.Hello was released as the third single from Richie's
multi-platinum album Can't Slow Down.The song reached #1 on three U.S. charts.It also went to #1 on the UK Singles Chart.It is considered by many as Richie's signature
song. The music video for Hello attracted a lot of attention. The storyline follows Richie's
character, who is a music teacher that has an unrequited love for one of his high school students, who happens to be
blind. It is a strange video, as Richie comes across as a stalker.Check it out for yourself.
12. America - I Need You
is an English-American folk rock band, composed originally of members Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek.The three members of the group were barely past their teenage years when they became a musical sensation during
1972.I Need You was the 7th track on the band’s debut 1971 self titled album.The
song reached #9 on the Billboard singles chart. America has been touring for almost four decades. They perform over 100 shows per year.
Garden - Truly Madly Deeply
was an Australian pop duo that received major international success between 1997 and 2001.The band
consisted of Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones. Truly Madly Deeply is a single released by the band in 1997.It became their signature song and was a worldwide success.In the U.S. it peaked at #1 for
two weeks in January 1998.The song set a record for the most weeks of any single on the U.S. Hot
Adult Contemporary chart, which was 123 weeks.It also reached #1 in Australia and in Canada.Truly Madly Deeply hit #2 in Norway, Sweden, Austria and Ireland and reached the Top 10 in France, Switzerland,
the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, where it peaked at #4.I have also included Savage Garden’s
#1 hit single Crash and Burn.
Collins - Against All Odds
Phil Collins is
an English singer-songwriter, drummer, and keyboardist best known as vocalist for the progressive rock group
Genesis.He also has had a successful solo career.Collins sang the lead vocals
on 8 American chart-toppers between 1984 and 1989.He is the 48th most successful songwriter in U.K.
singles chart history.Against All Odds is a song that was written and performed by Collins.It was used in the 1984 film of the same name.The song peaked at #2 on the UK charts and eventually
hit the #1 spot in the U.S.The song won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
- Glory of Love
Glory of Love
is a popular song written by Peter Cetera and David Foster.It was recorded by Cetera shortly after
he left the band Chicago to pursue a solo career.The track was featured on the soundtrack for the
film The Karate Kid, Part II.It reached the #1 spot on the U.S. Billboard chart and
peaked at #3 in the UK.The song was the 26th best selling single of 1986.I have
also included Chicago’s song If You Leave Me Now.It was the bands first #1 single.If You Leave Me Now was Chicago's biggest hit, topping the charts in the U.S., Britain and Australia.
8. Elton John - Your Song
is a ballad composed and performed by musician Elton John.The songs lyrics were written by Bernie
Taupin.It appeared on John's self-titled second album in 1970.The tune was
praised by critics upon release.John Lennon commented that the song was “the first new thing
that's happened since we happened."The song was Elton John’s first pop hit. It
rose to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and in the UK peaked at #7.In 2002, John rerecorded the song
as a duet with opera singer Alessandro Safina for the first Sport Relief charity telethon, and it reached #4 in the UK.
7. The Beatles - Yesterday
Yesterday is a
song recorded by The Beatles for their 1965 album Help!According to the Guinness
Book of Records, the song is the most covered in history.Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI)
asserts that it was performed over seven million times in the 20th century alone.Yesterday takes
the form of a melancholic acoustic ballad about a break-up. It was the first official recording by
The Beatles that relied upon a performance by a single member of the band: Paul McCartney was accompanied solely by
a string quartet.The song was the third of six number one singles in a row on the American charts.Originally, Lennon, Harrison and Ringo refused to permit the release of the single in the United Kingdom.However by March 1966, Yesterday was released as an EP in the UK, joined by Act Naturally on the A-side with You
Like Me Too Much and It's Only Love on the B-side.The EP went to number one, a position it held
for two months.
Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
is a song written by Eric Clapton.It was included on Clapton's 1977 album Slowhand
and released as a single the following year.Clapton wrote the song about Pattie Boyd.Boyd was married to Beatle George Harrison at the time the song was released, but would later marry Clapton.Wonderful Tonight did not perform well on international charts, but has become an iconic love song over the years.
- Can’t Help Falling in Love
is a British reggae band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, UK.The band has placed more than 50 singles
on the UK charts, and has also achieved considerable international success.UB40 has sold over 70
million records worldwide.Can’t Help Falling in Love is a song that was originally used by
Elvis Presley for the film Blue Hawaii in 1961.UB40 covered the song on their 1993 album Promises
and Lies.It reached #1 in Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, UK, the US, Australia, and New Zealand.UB40’s version of the song also appears on the soundtrack to the movie Sliver.
- Listen to Your Heart
is a Swedish pop music duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. They enjoyed worldwide success, from the
late 1980s until the mid 1990s.The group has had 19 UK Top 40 hits and four US #1 singles.Listen to Your Heart was the third single released from the bands 1988 album Look Sharp!The
song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on November 4, 1989, their second chart-topper of the year.It peaked at #6 in the UK.
Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield.They recorded from 1963
through 1975, and continued to perform until Hatfield's death in 2003.Medley sang the low notes
with his deep, soulful bass-baritone, while Hatfield tackled the higher register vocals with his soaring tenor.Bill Medley has one of the most recognizable voices in music history.You’ve Lost That
Lovin’ Feelin’ was released in 1965 and reached #1 on both the U.S. and UK single charts.It
was the most played song of the 20th century.It may be a lyric of heartache, but is a love song.
- Only Time
is an Irish vocalist, instrumentalist, and composer.She is one of the best selling artists recording
today.Enya is Ireland's best-selling solo artist and is officially the country's second-largest
musical export after the band U2.Her album sales stand at 80 million as of 2009.She
is known to have performed in 10 different languages during her career thus far.Enya is the 9th best
selling female artist in America with combined sales of over 30 million records.Only Time is a song
released by Enya in 2000.The song reached the top 10 in Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and
the U.S.It peaked at #32 in the UK.
de Burgh - The Lady in Red
Chris de Burgh
is an Argentinian-born Irish singer-songwriter.The Lady in Red might be the best love song ever written.In 1986, the song was an international sensation and reached #1 in 25 separate countries.Chris
has stated that the lyrics were inspired by the memory of when he first saw his wife Diane.The visual
imagery that this song radiates is remarkable.You can’t help but picture yourself dancing with
your lady in red.
K-Ci and JoJo - All My Life
All My Life
is a R&B love ballad recorded by Jodeci members (and brothers) K-Ci and JoJo.It was released
as a single from the duo's album Love Always.In 1998, the song reached #1 on the
Billboard singles chart for 3 weeks.It was K-Ci and JoJo's second number-one song, following
2Pac's How Do U Want It (on which they were credited as featured vocalists).The opening violin
of the song is sampled from P.S. I Love You by Frank Sinatra, while the piano part interpolates Cliffs of Dover by Eric
Day - Collide
Day is an American singer-songwriter who began his career as a solo artist in the late 1990s.He self-financed and self-released his first album, Australia, in 2000.Day eventually
signed a recording contract with major label Epic Records in 2002 and released his follow up album titled Stop
All the World Now.The album has produced a number of singles, with the most successful being Collide.The popularity of Collide built slowly on U.S. radio.In 2005, Collide became
Epic Records’ first platinum single, eventually selling 1.5 million downloads. It has
also been featured on episodes of Ghost Whisperer, Scrubs, ER, Bones,
Third Watch, Cold Case, One Tree Hill, Smallville, Lost,
Grey's Anatomy and Joan of Arcadia.
G - Forever in Love
is a Grammy winning American saxophonist.He signed with Arista Records as a solo artist in 1982,
after label president Clive Davis heard his rendition of ABBA's Dancing Queen.Kenny G’s
sixth studio album, Breathless, became the number one best selling instrumental album ever, with over 15
million copies sold, of which 12 million were in the U.S.He broke another record when his first holiday
album, Miracles, sold over 13 million copies, making it the most successful Christmas album to date.
In 1997, Kenny G earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the longest
note ever recorded on a saxophone. He was named the 25th-highest selling artist in America by the RIAA, with 48
million albums sold in the USA as of July 31, 2006.In 1994, Kenny G won the Grammy Award for Best
Instrumental Composition for Forever in Love.Forever in Love appeared on Kenny G's
album Breathless.The song peaked at #18 in the U.S. and #47 in the UK.I
have also included Kenny’s rendition of the theme to the movie Titanic.
Neville & Linda Ronstadt - Don’t Know Much
Know Muchis a song written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Tom Snow.It was made famous by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville and released on Ronstadt's 1989 album Cry Like a Rainstorm,
Howl Like the Wind.The song reached #2 on the pop chart and #1 on both the adult contemporary
chart and pop sales charts. The single was certified gold.In the UK, the song peaked at #2 on the
British pop chart.Don't Know Much won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo
Mike Reno and Ann Wilson - Almost Paradise
is the love theme from the movie Footloose.The song is performed by singers Mike Reno and Ann Wilson,
and was written by pop music singer-songwriter Eric Carmen.Reno is best known as the lead singer
of the rock group Loverboy, while Wilson is a member of the band Heart.Almost Paradise was one of
three Top 10 hits from the Footloose soundtrack.The song peaked at #7 on the U.S. singles chart.