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20 World Famous Love Songs


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. 

20. Michael Bolton - How Am I Supposed to Live Without You

Michael Bolton 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. 

19. All-4-One - I Swear

All-4-One 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.

18. Air Supply - All Out of Love

Air Supply 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
, 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

Patrick Swayze 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 of Swayze. 

16. Madonna - 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.  

15. Cher and Peter Cetera - After All

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. 

14. Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting

Richard Marx 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
.  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. 

13. Lionel Richie - Hello

Lionel Richie 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

America 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.

11. Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply

Savage Garden 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.

10. Phil 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 in 1985.

9. Chicago - 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

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

6. Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight

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.    

5. UB40 - Can’t Help Falling in Love

UB40 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. 

4. Roxette - Listen to Your Heart

Roxette 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.    

3. The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

The Righteous 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. 

2. Enya - Only Time

Enya 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. 

1. Chris 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. 

Honorable Mentions

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 Johnson. 

Howie Day - Collide

Howard "Howie" 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
, Smallville, Lost, Grey's Anatomy and Joan of Arcadia. 

Kenny G - Forever in Love

Kenny G 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
.  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.

Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt - Don’t Know Much

Don't Know Much is 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 or

Mike Reno and Ann Wilson - Almost Paradise  

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.

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