Love is a recurring theme in music and has given us some of the most beautiful songs of all time. Love songs, regardless of the language they’re in, can make us feel a whole gamut of emotions. There are beautiful lyrics that remind us of the beauty of love, the tragic of heartbreak, or wistful nostalgia of past loves.
Arguably, love songs are ten a penny and that's because most of us know what romantic feelings feel like and can easily understand the lyrics of a love song. Similarly, a love song in a catchy pop format or a powerful ballad is likely to be a hit, too.
Cynicism aside, you know a classic when you hear it and there are love songs that are a cut above the rest. In this article, Superprof will be looking at some of the best love songs ever written. Each love song in this list has a special place in our hearts and we hope they do for you, too.
Jacques Brel - Ne Me Quitte Pas
Let’s start with Jacques Brel who brought us so much beautiful music. The Belgian singer paints love as a reason to live and this song always gives us chills.
Ne Me Quitte Pas (“Don’t Leave Me”), from the 1959 album La Valse à Mille Temps is sad and longing and while not the uplifting side of romantic music is a powerful tribute to a life without love or, more accurately, being left by the one you love. The song was composed by Jacques Brel himself.
This beautiful song tells the story of a man who’s begging his love not to leave him. It’s one of the most beautiful songs on the subject and is still powerful even 60 years after it was first performed.
There are few singers whose music can transcend the decades as well as Brel’s this ode to a lover’s fruitless efforts to save his relationship still resonates with listeners today. The metaphors are sublime and it’s one of the most lyrically beautiful songs, too.
It’s hard to talk about romantic songs without featuring this tribute to a romance that one person would believe was too short!
There are a few subtitled versions of the song on YouTube if you don't speak French and want to be able to understand the lyrics.
Scorpions - Still Loving You
“If we'd go again all the way from the start,
I would try to change the things that killed our love,
Your pride has built a wall,
So strong that I can't get through,
Is there really no chance,
To start once again?
I'm loving you”
It’s almost impossible not to succumb to the beauty of 1983’s Still Loving You from the German heavy metal band Scorpions. The song talks about a man who's ready to completely change to win back his love. It’s an unashamed power ballad!
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Hallelujah is a 1984 song by Leonard Cohen and probably one of the most covered songs of all time. One of the most famous covers is Jeff Buckley’s from 1994. There was also a cover by John Cale that appeared in the film Shrek.
The Jeff Buckley version was arguably based on John Cale’s 1991 version. In any case, the song draws upon religious and sexual imagery to convey the idea of love. It’s powerful stuff.
If you haven’t heard a version of Hallelujah, where have you been?
Even if you're not a fan of this version, there have been so many covers that you're bound to find one that makes you feel the way Jeff Buckley's makes us feel!
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
I Will Always Love You is probably one of the most famous love songs of all time. It appeared on the soundtrack for the film The Bodyguard and was originally performed in 1974 by Dolly Parton but it’s the 1992 version that we prefer.
Let’s not forget that the song also won 2 Grammy Awards and Whitney Houston was almost always expected to sing it in every concert. It’s an anthem to lost love or impossible love.
There’s a feeling of soul that’s further amplified by Whitney Houston’s incredible voice.
Elton John - Your Song
You’ve probably heard this one before:
“And you can tell everybody this is your song,
It may be quite simple but now that it's done,
I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind,
That I put down in words,
How wonderful life is while you're in the world.”
The chorus from Elton John’s 1970 hit Your Song is a declaration of love and the song itself is the present. Elton breaks the fourth wall as he professes his love for someone through song. It’s been covered many times but none are like the original.
It's such a romantic song that you could easily listen to it to your heart's content.
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
You’ve heard this one before. The song was on the soundtrack for the film Ghost but it was originally a 1965 Righteous Brothers’ song first.
It’s comparable to the most beautiful songs from Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, or even Elvis Presley. This sweet music has someone asking their lover if they still love them. From the music to the lyrics, this song is wonderful.
If you’re looking for a romantic song for a slow dance at a wedding, this is the one!
Of course, it'd be impossible to fit all the best romantic songs into one article as we could have even done the best love songs in different genres like pop, country, rock, hip-hop, and music from around the world. If there's a classic love song that has a special place in your heart, let us know about it in the comments.
Now you should have a few songs to add to your playlist! To learn more about songs for all moods, check out our other articles.
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There are three main ways to get private tutorials: face-to-face, online, or in a group. Each type of tutorial comes with advantages and disadvantages in terms of teaching approach and budget so you'll need to carefully consider which is right for you and what you want to learn.
Face-to-face tutorials are usually the most costly as they're a tailored and bespoke service offered by a tutor who will usually travel to you. Due to the extra time the tutor dedicates to creating bespoke lesson plans for you, you can expect to pay more per hour than the other types of tutorials. However, by having the lessons adapted to the learner, they're far more cost-effective as every minute will be dedicated to teaching you in a way that's right for you.
For those on a tight budget, group tutorials can be incredibly useful as you can share the cost of the tutor's time and expertise with the other students in the class. While these classes won't be tailored to just you, you can take advantage of peer learning and also be guaranteed you'll always have a singing partner or ensemble to work with!
If you can't find any suitable tutors in the area, you can always broaden your search. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can now enjoy tutorials from tutors all over the world. As long as you have a decent webcam, microphone, and internet connection, you can look for online tutors to help you with your singing.
Don't forget that many of the tutors on Superprof offer the first lesson for free. This is a great opportunity to try out potential tutors and types of tutorials to see which is right for you. It's also important that you get on well with your tutor as we learn more effectively when we're in a good mood and if you're planning on spending a lot of time learning from your tutor, you must have a good working relationship.