If you're in the mood for romance and your boyfriend/girlfriend/Tinder/chocolate isn't doing it for you, please enjoy this handy list of songs that will make you turn into a literal puddle. And we're not talking basics. This is a highly-curated group honed from the top minds in romance (read: the MarieClaire.com staff). We've got you covered with the best of the best love songs, below.
"Lover" - Taylor Swift
Most romantic line: "My heart's been borrowed and yours has been blue / All's well that ends well to end up with you."
Vibe: Do we have to leave our Christmas lights up through January?
"Skinny Love" - Bon Iver
Most romantic line: "Come on skinny love, what happened here? / Suckle on the hope in light brassieres."
Vibe: 'Tis was a journey.
"No One" - Alicia Keys
Most romantic line: "You and me together / Through the days and nights / I don't worry 'cause / Everything's gonna be alright."
Vibe: Who was I crying about at 14?
"Ocean" - Lady Antebellum
Most romantic line: "Here you are, next to me / So much beauty at my feet / All I wanna do is swim / But the waves keep crashin' in."
Vibe: "I Need You Now" circa 2020.
"Wife You Up" - Russ
Most romantic line: "I'm turning down the rest for you / If they call us foul I'm fighting all the refs for you / You make me a better me / I make you a better you."
Vibe: A sext.
"The Bones" - Maren Morris
Most romantic line: "Call it dumb luck, but baby, you and I / Can't even mess it up, although we both try / No, it don't always go the way we planned it / But the wolves came and went and we're still standing."
Vibe: The definition of a healthy relationship.
"Electricity" - Dua Lipa
Most romantic line: "Falling into you, baby / Even electricity can't compare to / What I feel when I'm with you."
Vibe: The love feels like a dance party.
"Mariners Apartment Complex" - Lana Del Rey
Most romantic line: "You lose your way, just take my hand / You're lost at sea, then I'll command your boat to me again / Don't look too far, right where you are, that's where I am."
Vibe: I'm your man.
"Love Song" - Lana Del Rey
Most romantic line: "Oh, be my once in a lifetime / Lyin' on your chest in my party dress / I'm a fuckin' mess, but I / Oh, thanks for the high life."
Vibe: I know you can't fix me, but please try anyway.
"You and I Both" - Jason Mraz
Most romantic line: "And it's okay if you have to go away / Oh just remember the telephones, well they work in both ways / But if I never ever hear them ring / If nothing else I'll think the bells inside / Have finally found you someone else and that's okay / 'Cause I'll remember everything you sang."
Vibe: Why am I crying in the club?
"Butterflies" - Kacey Musgraves
Most romantic line: "Now you're lifting me up, instead of holding me down / Stealing my heart instead of stealing my crown."
Vibe: Emotions are good.
"Shallow" - Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Most romantic line: "Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us / We're far from the shallow now."
Vibe: As the great Noah Calhoun once said, “I want all of you, forever, you and me, everyday.”
"Ride" - Somo
Most romantic line: "I'll be gentle, don't you scream / It's getting hotter, make it softer / Feel your chest on top of me."
"River" - Leon Bridges
Most romantic line: "Tip me in your smooth waters / I go in / As a man with many crimes / Come up for air / As my sins flow down the Jordan."
Vibe: I need to do me before I can do you.
"My Heart Will Go On" - Celine Dion
Most romantic line: "Love was when I loved you / One true time I hold to / In my life we'll always go on."
Vibe: Utter despair.
"Consequences" - Camila Cabello
Most romantic line: "Loving you was young, and wild, and free / Loving you was cool, and hot, and sweet / Loving you was sunshine, safe and sound / A steady place to let down my defenses / But loving you had consequences."
Vibe: A healthy reflection on that toxic relationship.
"Heaven" - Bryan Adams
Most romantic line: "Baby, you're all that I want / When you're lyin' here in my arms / I'm findin' it hard to believe / We're in heaven."
Vibe: Your parents' wedding song.
"Edge of Desire" - John Mayer
Most romantic line: "Don't say a word, just come over and lie here with me / 'Cause I'm just about to set fire to everything I see / I want you so bad I'll go back on the things I believe / There I just said it, I'm scared you'll forget about me."
Vibe: When the loneliness takes over and deep down you know they're not good for you.
"Take Me Away" - Daniel Caesar ft. Syd
Most romantic line: "She's cut from the finest cloth, my love / Plus, we like to take it easy / All she wants to do is please me."
Vibe: I'm the captain now.
"Crash Into Me" - Dave Matthews
Most romantic line: "Touch your lips just so I know / In your eyes, love, it glows so / I'm bare-boned and crazy for you."
Vibe: Crash into me...softly.
"Why Can't I?" - Liz Phair
Most romantic line: "Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you? / Why can't I speak whenever I talk about you? / It's inevitable, it's a fact that we're gonna get down to it / So tell me / Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you?"
Vibe: Definitely meant to be, despite the unfortunate circumstance that you're both in separate relationships.
"When I Look At You" - Miley Cyrus
Most romantic line: "When I look at you, I see forgiveness / I see the truth / You love me for who I am / Like the stars hold the moon / Right there where they belong / And I know I'm not alone."
Vibe: Planning to meet my future husband on the set of a movie.
"No Air" - Jordin Sparks ft. Chris Brown
Most romantic line: "If I should die before I wake / It's 'cause you took my breath away / Losing you is like living in a world with no air."
Vibe: The honeymoon phase.
"The Reason" - Hoobastank
Most romantic line: "I've found a reason for me / To change who I used to be / A reason to start over new / And the reason is you."
Vibe: A 2003 fuckboy who finally realizes what's important.
"She Will Be Loved" - Maroon 5
Most romantic line: "I don't mind spendin' everyday / Out on your corner in the pourin' rain / Look for the girl with the broken smile / Ask her if she wants to stay awhile / And she will be loved, and she will be loved."
Vibe: For the girl next door.
"See You Again" - Tyler the Creator ft. Kali Uchis
Most romantic line: "20/20, 20/20 vision / Cupid hit me, cupid hit me with precision / I wonder if you look both ways / When you cross my mind."
Vibe: Why you so obsessed with me? But also I love it.
"Kiss Me Slowly" - Parachute
Most romantic line: "She shows me everything she used to know / Picture frames and country roads / When the days were long and the world was small / She stood by as it fell apart / Separate rooms and broken hearts / But I won't be the one to let you go."
Vibe: "Hey There Delilah," but make it adult.
"Mine" - Bazzi
Most romantic line: "I'm so fucking happy you're alive / Swear to God I'm down if you're down all you gotta say is right / Girl anything I can do just to make you feel alright."
Vibe: *Extreme T.I. voice:* You can have whatever you like.
"Fall for You" - Secondhand Serenade
Most romantic line: "Because tonight will be the night / That I will fall for you over again / Don't make me change my mind / Or I won't live to see another day / I swear it's true / Because a girl like you is impossible to find / You're impossible to find."
Vibe: An instant classic in the age of angsty teenage love.
"Sure Thing" - Miguel
Most romantic line: "Even when the sky comes falling / Even when the sun don't shine / I got faith in you and I / So put your pretty little hand in mine / Even when we're down to the wire baby / Even when it's do or die / We could do it baby, simple and plain / 'Cause this love is a sure thing."
Vibe: It's called making love, not sex.
"Kiss Me" - Ed Sheeran
Most romantic line: "And your heart's against my chest / Your lips pressed in my neck / I'm falling for your eyes, but they don't know me yet / And with a feeling I'll forget, I'm in love now."
Vibe: Butterflies. So many butterflies.
"Be Be Your Love" - Rachael Yamagata
Most romantic line: "Everybody's talking how I can't be your love / But I want want wanna be your love / Want to be your love, for real."
Vibe: That person you know you can't have, but you're not giving up.
"This Town" - Niall Horan
Most romantic line: "If the whole world was watching I'd still dance with you / Drive highways and byways to be there with you / Over and over the only truth / Everything comes back to you."
Vibe: Driving around your hometown with the windows down feeling extra nostalgic about your high school ex.
"Thinkin' Bout You" - Frank Ocean
Most romantic line: "Yes, of course / I remember, how could I forget? / How you feel / And though you were my first time / A new feel / It won't ever get old, not in my soul / Not in my spirit, keep it alive / We'll go down this road / 'Til it turns from color to black and white."
Vibe: You never forget your first time.
"Something" - The Beatles
Most romantic line: "Something in the way she moves / Attracts me like no other lover / Something in the way she woos me / I don't want to leave her now."
Vibe: It's complicated.
"All of Me" - John Legend
Most romantic line: "'Cause all of me / Loves all of you / Love your curves and all your edges / All your perfect imperfections."
Vibe: Picturing your 50th wedding anniversary.
"Drops of Jupiter" - Train
Most romantic line: "But tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet / Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day / And head back to the milky way / And tell me, did Venus blow your mind / Was it everything you wanted to find / And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?"
Vibe: Being very into metaphors and not feeling bad about it.
"How Sweet It Is" - James Taylor
Most romantic line: "I needed the shelter of someone's arms / And there you were / I needed someone to understand my ups and downs / And there you were."
Vibe: Grateful for your S.O.
"I Really Like You" - Carly Rae Jepsen
Most romantic line: "Late night watching television / But how'd we get in this position? / It's way too soon, I know this isn't love."
Vibe: A really (really, really, really, really, really) good Tinder date.
"Your Song" - Elton John
Most romantic line: "I hope you don't mind / That I put down in words / How wonderful life is while you're in the world."
"Let's Stay Together" - Al Green
Most romantic line: "I'm so in love with you / Whatever you want to do / Is all right with me / Cause you make me feel so brand new / And I want to spend my life with you."
Vibe: First love.
"The Way You Make Me Feel" - Michael Jackson
Most romantic line: "I like the feelin' you're givin' me / Just hold me baby and I'm in ecstasy."
Vibe: That sexy dance class scene from Center Stage.
"Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis
Most romantic line: "But I don't care what they say, I'm in love with you / They try to pull me away, but they don't know the truth."
Vibe: Getting dramatic about your "haters."
"Wildest Dreams" - Taylor Swift
Most romantic line: "You see me in hindsight / Tangled up with you all night / Burn it down / Some day when you leave me / I bet these memories hunt you around."
Vibe: Looking for a sexy fling.
"At Last" - Etta James
Mostromantic line: "At last my love has come along / My lonely days are over / And life is like a song."
Vibe: A wedding that you actually want to be at.
"A Thousand Miles" - Vanessa Carlton
Most romantic line: "If I could fall into the sky / Do you think time would pass me by? / 'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles / If I could just see you tonight."
Vibe: The year 2000.
"Fidelity" - Regina Spektor
Most romantic line: "Suppose I never ever met you / Suppose we never fell in love / Suppose I never ever let you / Kiss me so sweet and so soft."
Vibe: Indie cool.
"Just the Way You Are" - Bruno Mars
Most romantic line: "Oh, you know, you know, you know I'd never ask you to change / If perfect's what you're searching for, then just stay the same."
Vibe: Everything you wrote about wanting in your middle school diary.
"Wouldn't It Be Nice?" - The Beach Boys
Most romantic line: "You know it seems the more we talk about it / It only makes it worse to live without it / But let's talk about it / Wouldn't it be nice?"
Vibe: Crushing on John Stamos as Uncle Jesse.
"You and I Both" - Jason Mraz
Most romantic line: "'Cause you and I both loved / What you and I spoke of / And others just read of / Others only read of the love, the love that I love."
Vibe: Feeling very superior about your relationship.
"You Make My Dreams" - Hall & Oates
Most romantic line: "And wrap yourself around me / 'Cause I ain't the way you found me / And I'll never be the same, oh yeah."
Vibe: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in (500) Days of Summer.
"Young and Beautiful" - Lana Del Rey
Most romantic line: "Will you still love me / When I'm no longer young and beautiful? / Will you still love me / When I've got nothing but my aching soul? / I know you will, I know you will."
Vibe: Long sighs that borderline annoy everyone else, but feel right to you.
"Perfect" - Ed Sheeran ft. Beyoncé
Most romantic line: "I'm dancing in the dark / With you between my arms / Barefoot on the grass / While listening to our favorite song."
Vibe: Cheesy on purpose.
"Friday I'm in Love" - The Cure
Most romantic line: "I don't care if Monday's black / Tuesday, Wednesday heart attack / Thursday never looking back / It's Friday I'm in love."
Vibe: Watching any given Sofia Coppola movie.
"Love on the Brain" - Rihanna
Most Romantic line: "Must be love on the brain / That's got me feeling this way / It beats me black and blue but it fucks me so good / And I can't get enough."
"Sea of Love" - Cat Power
Most romantic line: "Do you remember when we met? / That's the day I knew you were my pet."
Vibe: Creating a mix and feeling smug about your taste.
"Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen
Most romantic line: "Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river / You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever / And you know that she's half-crazy but that's why you want to be there."
Vibe: Realizing your parents don't have terrible taste in music after all.
"Can't Help Falling in Love" - Elvis
Most romantic line: "Take my hand, take my whole life too / For I can't help falling in love with you."
Vibe: Sobbing at a wedding.
"Maps" - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Most romantic line: "Wait, they don't love you like I love you."
Vibe: When you were a hipster and refused to admit it.
"Halo" - Beyoncé
Most romantic line: "Hit me like a ray of sun / Burning through my darkest night / You're the only one that I want / Think I'm addicted to your light."
Vibe: The person you love doesn't love you back so you listen to this 12 times a day.
"Wonderwall" - Oasis
Most romantic line: "I don't believe that anybody / Feels the way I do about you now."
Vibe: Not ashamed.
"You Send Me" - Sam Cooke
Most romantic line: "At first I thought it was infatuation / But, wooh, it's lasted so long / Now I find myself wanting / To marry you and take you home."
Vibe: Planning a wedding even though you're not engaged yet.
"Playground Love" - Air
Most romantic line: "I'm a high school lover / And you're my favorite flavor / Love is all, all my soul / You're my playground love."
Vibe: Watching some more Sofia Coppola movies.
"I Found a Reason" - The Velvet Underground
Most romantic line: "I found a reason to keep livin' / Oh, and the reason dear is you."
Vibe: Wes Anderson.
"Nothing Compares 2U" - Sinéad O'Connor
Most romantic line: "I went to the doctor and guess what he told me? Guess what he told me? / He said girl you better try to have fun / No matter what you do, but he's a fool / 'Cause nothing compares / Nothing compares to you."
Vibe: Crying hysterically after two glasses of wine.
"In Love with You" - Erykah Badu
Most romantic line: "I remember the first time that we met yo / How could I forget? / When you smiled and I turned and said to you / Yo, you're pure and true."
Vibe: Finding your soul mate.
"Wonderful Tonight" - Eric Clapton
Most romantic line: "It's time to go home now and I've got an aching head / So I give her the car keys and she helps me to bed / And then I tell her, as I turn out the light / I say, 'My darling, you were wonderful tonight.'"
Vibe: Your mom's record collection.
"Made for You" - Alexander Cardinale
Most romantic lyrics: "Any other guy / That made you say goodbye / Must've been a fool / But darling I was made for you."
Vibe: You in high school, feeling all the feelings.
"The Way You Look Tonight" - Frank Sinatra
Most romantic line: "Some day, when I'm awfully low / When the world is cold / I will feel a glow just thinking of you."
Vibe: Any movie starring Julia Roberts.
"I Could Fall in Love" - Selena
Most romantic line: "'Cause I could take in my arms / And never let go / I could fall in love with you."
Vibe: Feeling a little cheesy and very here for it.
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