Whether you’re looking for some cool suggestions for your first dance song or romantic tunes to add to your Valentine’s Day dinner playlist, in the spirit of love month, we put together a list of some of our favourite sappy jams.
We asked editors from our sister publication FASHION Magazine to join us in selecting the best love songs of all time. From soulful David Bowie, to retro Sade, Coldplay and some cool indie suggestions like Teenage Fanclub, this track list is super-sweet and offers something for everyone.
“First Day Of My Life” by Bright Eyes
“I’m a total music nerd so trying to choose just one favourite love song was almost impossible. I decided to go with ‘First Day Of My Life’ because it’s one of those songs that has always given me goosebumps. I love this simple acoustic tune because it so perfectly conveys the feeling of realizing that you’ve found your perfect person — it’s an awakening. The line ‘Yours was the first face that I saw, I think I was blind before I met you’ always gets me.”—Jen O’Brien, executive digital editor, Weddingbells
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
“My favourite movie is probably The Notebook and I’m a fan of just about any song or movie that tugs at my heart strings and can bring on the waterworks. I LOVE love and am a total sap. That being said, my favourite love song, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s ‘Ain’t No Mountain High’, is surprisingly something a little bit more upbeat. The famous duet is a classic and the best part about it is it can be lip-synched with any loved one.”—Eliza Grossman, fashion editor, FASHION Magazine
“Your Love Is King” by Sade
“There’s nobody smoother or more soulful than Sade and this single from her debut album in 1984 (!) is one of her very best. In addition to Sade’s velvety voice and the sexy sax work on this track, let’s for a moment consider these loved-up lyrics: ‘Your kisses ring, round and round and round my head/Touching the very part of me, it’s making my soul sing/Tearing the very heart of me, I’m crying out for more‘. Can you feel the heat? Enough said.”—Alison McGill, editor-in-chief, Weddingbells
“Maps” by the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs
“I’m not super into pop music where you find most great love songs. So ‘Maps’ was this rare female-fronted alternative song that was tortured and romantic. It reminds me of when I started dating the man I would eventually marry. I had no freaking idea what was going on, but I was smitten and vulnerable. This song leaves me a little anxious, which is a lot like new romance, right? I also have an honourable mention: “I Love You Always and Forever” by Donna Lewis. I first heard this song at a nightclub in Manila while backpacking in The Philippines. I wasn’t in love at the time but this song is pure happy times, adventure and the tropics all rolled into one. I challenge you not to smile hearing it. This is how the right person should make you feel.”—Jacqueline Francis, executive editor FASHION Magazine
“La Ritournelle” by Sébastien Tellier
“When I think of carefree, unabashed love, I immediately think ‘La Ritournelle’ by Sébastien Tellier—and I’m talking the full, seven-minute version. Tellier sings a total of eight lines in the song, but the highly-emotional instrumental, which features a symphony of strings, drums and piano is what makes this track absolutely glorious.”—D’Loraine Miranda, production editor, FASHION Magazine
“Soul Love” by David Bowie
“Since the very first time I heard the opening beats of ‘Soul Love’ by David Bowie from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spider From Mars as a teenager in the mid-2000s, I’ve envisioned myself walking down the aisle to it one day. I adore how the song starts out slowly, with maracas shaking out a funky rhythm, builds into a luxuriant rock anthem, and then descends back into simplicity. It contains just the right amount of romance without being too corny. And yet, my heart melts into liquid butter every time Bowie sings the line, ‘Love descends on those defenseless/ Idiot love will spark the fusion.'”—Isabel Sloane, fashion features editor, FASHION Magazine