The 20 greatest movie love songs of all time, ranked in order of pure romance (2023)

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Harry Connick Jr - 'It Had To Be You' (When Harry Met Sally) Elvis Costello - 'She' (Notting Hill) Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová - 'Falling Slowly' (Once) Celine Dion - 'My Heart Will Go On' (Titanic) Des'ree - Kissing You (Romeo and Juliet) Sixpence None the Richer - 'Kiss Me' (She's All That) Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes - 'Up Where We Belong' (An Officer and a Gentleman) Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper - 'Shallow' (A Star is Born) Read more: The Story of... 'Shallow' Roxette - 'It Must Have Been Love' (Pretty Woman) Goo Goo Dolls - 'Iris' (City of Angels) Phil Collins - 'Against All Odds' (Against All Odds) Read more: The Story of... 'Against All Odds' Berlin - 'Take My Breath Away' (Top Gun) Read more: The Story of... 'Take My Breath Away' Wet Wet Wet - 'Love is All Around' (Four Weddings and a Funeral) Read more: The Story of... 'Love is All Around' The Righteous Brothers - 'Unchained Melody (Ghost) Read more: The Story of... 'Unchained Melody' Olivia Newton-John - 'Hopelessly Devoted to You' (Grease) Bryan Adams - 'Everything I Do (I Do It For You)' (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) Read more: The Story of... 'Everything I Do' Patrick Swayze - 'She's Like the Wind' (Dirty Dancing) Read more: The Story of... 'She's Like the Wind' Seal - 'Kiss From a Rose' (Batman Forever) Read more: The Story of... 'Kiss From a Rose' Whitney Houston - 'I Will Always Love You' (The Bodyguard) Read more: The Story of... 'I Will Always Love You' Aerosmith - 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' (Armageddon) Read more: The Story of... 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' FAQs Videos

It's Valentine's Day season, and so we're already in the mood for lurve.

We love a good romcom on a relaxing night in, and they usually come hand in hand with a brilliant love song or two.

We've collected the very best romantic movie songs of all time to make for a perfect playlist to snuggle up to:

  • Harry Connick Jr - 'It Had To Be You' (When Harry Met Sally)

    The soundtrack to this 1988 romcom staple featured many easy listening and jazz icons from Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald.

    A young Harry Connick Jr also provided covers of various standards, including this brilliant version of a classic.

  • Elvis Costello - 'She' (Notting Hill)

    Elvis Costello recorded a cover of Charles Aznavour's classic ballad for the 1999 Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts romcom.

    The song was featured in both the opening and closing credits, and perfectly summed up the mood of the film. Surreal, but nice.

  • Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová - 'Falling Slowly' (Once)

    First appearing on The Swell Season’s self-titled album, it was later used by the duo in their musical movie Once in 2007.

    The song won the Oscar for Best Original Song, and was later used in the Broadway and West End stage adaptations. In the movie, the duo play the song in Walton’s music shop in Dublin, with Hansard on guitar and Irglová on piano.

  • Celine Dion - 'My Heart Will Go On' (Titanic)

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    Taken from the soundtrack to Titanic, this is Celine's most successful of all time, largely thanks to its use in the humongous romantic drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

    Dion saidretrospectively: "'My Heart Will Go On' gave me the opportunity to be associated with a classic that will live forever".

  • Des'ree - Kissing You (Romeo and Juliet)

    This song was famously featured in Romeo and Juliet when Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes's title characters first meet at a ball.

    Des'ree herself featured in the scene performing the song, and it gave her one of her biggest ever hits. May we say, underrated?

  • Sixpence None the Richer - 'Kiss Me' (She's All That)

    This song was originally released in 1998, but received bigger attention after being used as the main them of teen comedy She's All That a year later.

    This helped the song become one of the ultimate love songs of the 1990s, and takes us back to our imaginary American high school days.

  • Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes - 'Up Where We Belong' (An Officer and a Gentleman)

    It's impossible to hear this song and not think of Richard Gere in his navy whites in An Officer and a Gentleman.

    This duet topped the US charts and won an Oscar, though producer Don Simpson was apparently convinced it would be a flop. Hindsight, eh?

  • Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper - 'Shallow' (A Star is Born)

    Barbra Streisand already had huge success with her '70s version of A Star is Born, including the song 'Evergreen'. But Gaga and Cooper had their own triumph with their 2018 remake.

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    Read more: The Story of... 'Shallow'

    'Shallow' was one of many hugely popular songs from the soundtrack, and the heartbreaking ballad reached number one in the UK.

  • Roxette - 'It Must Have Been Love' (Pretty Woman)

    It's easy to forget that this song first found fame after its use in the classic Julia Roberts and Richard Gere romcom.

    It helped give Roxette their biggest ever hit and brought them international fame.

  • Goo Goo Dolls - 'Iris' (City of Angels)

    • The Story of... 'Iris'

    One of the greatest '90s power ballads, this track was used in the Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan drama City of Angels in 1998.

    Songwriter John Rzeznik said: "I was thinking about the situation of the Nicolas Cage character in the movie. This guy is completely willing to give up his own immortality, just to be able to feel something very human.

    "And I think, 'Wow! What an amazing thing it must be like to love someone so much that you give up everything to be with them.' That's a pretty heavy thought."

  • Phil Collins - 'Against All Odds' (Against All Odds)

    Phil Collins wrote this song for the 1984 romance movie of the same name.

    Read more: The Story of... 'Against All Odds'

    Collins watched the movie on a videocassette recorder in his hotel room and agreed to appear on the soundtrack, and the song has arguably had more of a legacy than the film itself.

  • Berlin - 'Take My Breath Away' (Top Gun)

    The ultimate '80s movie power ballad, this song was recorded for the Tom Cruise action classic in 1986.

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    Read more: The Story of... 'Take My Breath Away'

    It won Berlin an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Song that year, and rightly so.

  • Wet Wet Wet - 'Love is All Around' (Four Weddings and a Funeral)

    Wet Wet Wet nearly broke Bryan Adams' record of 16 weeks at number one, as they took over 1994 with their cover of The Troggs' classic.

    Read more: The Story of... 'Love is All Around'

    The song was brought back (sort of) for director Richard Curtis's film Love Actually, with Bill Nighy's Billy Mack giving it a festive twist.

  • The Righteous Brothers - 'Unchained Melody (Ghost)

    Many artists recorded this ballad over the years, but The Righteous Brothers have the definitive version.

    Read more: The Story of... 'Unchained Melody'

    It found a new lease of life in 1990, when it was used in Ghost starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Pottery was never the same again.

  • Olivia Newton-John - 'Hopelessly Devoted to You' (Grease)

    Out of all the classic songs from Grease, this one still makes us feel all warm inside.

    Halfway through shooting the movie, Olivia's contractually-entitled vocal solo had yet to be written.

    John Farrar, Newton-John's producer, wrote the song and gave it to the film's team. Although reluctant, they eventually approved it, and recorded the scene after the other parts of the film had been completed.

  • Bryan Adams - 'Everything I Do (I Do It For You)' (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)

    You can't argue with 16 weeks at number one, which is still the record the consecutive weeks at the top to this day.

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    Read more: The Story of... 'Everything I Do'

    Bryan Adams recorded the song for the Kevin Costner action caper, and you couldn't escape it in 1991.

  • Patrick Swayze - 'She's Like the Wind' (Dirty Dancing)

    Patrick Swayze wrote this ballad for another movie, but it was eventually used for the soundtrack of arguably his biggest film, Dirty Dancing.

    Read more: The Story of... 'She's Like the Wind'

    The song features in the film when Johnny (Swayze) and Baby (Jennifer Grey) part ways in the middle of the film, and became a surprise hit for the actor.

  • Seal - 'Kiss From a Rose' (Batman Forever)

    This song was written in 1987, but weirdly, Seal felt “embarrassed by it” and “threw the tape in the corner”.

    Read more: The Story of... 'Kiss From a Rose'

    It was later used in the soundtrack for Batman Forever in 1995. Director Joel Schumacher called Seal to request the song to play over a love scene. However, it was instead used to play over the end credits, which helped it reach number one in the States that year.

  • Whitney Houston - 'I Will Always Love You' (The Bodyguard)

    The main love song from 1992's The Bodyguard starring Whitney and Kevin Costner, she made this Dolly Parton ballad her own, after her co-star Kevin suggested it.

    Read more: The Story of... 'I Will Always Love You'

    It spent 14 weeks at number one in the US, 10 weeks in the UK, and sold millions around the world.

  • Aerosmith - 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' (Armageddon)

    No-one saw this one coming, a sudden top five hit from stadium veteran rockers Aerosmith.

    Read more: The Story of... 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing'

    The power ballad featured in frontman Steven Tyler's daughter Liv Tyler's latest movie Armageddon, and it remains their all-time biggest hit in the UK.

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  • FAQs

    What is the #1 love song of all time? ›

    1. "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston (1992)

    What is the greatest romance of all time? ›

    Arguably the greatest romance novel of all time, Austen's Pride and Prejudice follows the opinionated heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, as she frequently finds herself at odds with her beau, the uptight Mr. Darcy.

    What movie had the #1 soundtrack of all time? ›

    Music History's #1 Soundtrack: The Bodyguard

    Since its release in 1992, the soundtrack (officially titled Whitney Houston: I Wish You Love More from the Bodyguard) has clinched several accolades: Become the #1 best-selling movie soundtrack of all time, making it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

    What is the most underrated love song? ›

    The Best Unknown Love Songs for Any Occasion
    1. 5 Years Time by Noah & The Whale. ...
    2. All 'Cause of You by The 88. ...
    3. Lost in the Moment by Daniel Lee Kendall. ...
    4. Just a Boy by Angus & Julia Stone. ...
    5. Wonderin by Nicole Reynolds. ...
    6. Tighten Up by The Black Keys. ...
    7. The Girl by City and Colour. ...
    8. When We First Met by Hellogoodbye.

    What song has been #1 on charts the longest? ›

    1 “Heat Waves” is now solely the longest charting song in the list's 64-year history, as it tallies a record-breaking 91st week on the latest Oct.

    Who is the best love story movie? ›

    Top 50 Romance Movies
    • The Little Mermaid (2023) ...
    • White Christmas (1954) ...
    • The Holiday (2006) ...
    • Little Women (2019) ...
    • Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) ...
    • The Little Rascals (1994) ...
    • Four Christmases (2008) PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance. ...
    • Decision to Leave (2022) 139 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery.

    Which romantic movie has the highest IMDb rating? ›

    Feature Film, Rating Count at least 25,000, Romance (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)
    1. Forrest Gump (1994) PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance. ...
    2. Sita Ramam (2022) 163 min | Action, Drama, Mystery. ...
    3. Life Is Beautiful (1997) ...
    4. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) ...
    5. 96 (II) (2018) ...
    6. Cinema Paradiso (1988) ...
    7. Casablanca (1942) ...
    8. Modern Times (1936)

    What are the 5 most recorded songs of all time? ›

    Here's 5 of the most covered songs in history
    • “Yesterday” by The Beatles. ...
    • “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. ...
    • “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones: ...
    • “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. ...
    • “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, sung by Judy Garland.
    24 Mar 2022

    Which movie has the most beautiful soundtrack? ›

    Ten of the Most Heart-Achingly Beautiful Movie Scores
    • Jurassic Park (1993) Jurassic Park Theme – John Williams. ...
    • Titanic (1997) The Portrait – James Horner. ...
    • American Beauty (1999) Any Other Name – Thomas Newman. ...
    • Gladiator (2000) Now We Are Free – Hans Zimmer. ...
    • Pearl Harbour (2001) Tennessee – Hans Zimmer.
    10 Jan 2014

    Who has the most played song of all time? ›

    Various sources cite the Righteous Brothers' “You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'” (1964) as having more than eight million plays on radio and TV, and The Beatles' “Yesterday” (1965) with at least seven million in the U.S. alone, and many more in the rest of the world.

    What is the least popular song of all time? ›

    1StarshipWe Built This City
    2Billy Ray CyrusAchy Breaky Heart
    3Wang ChungEverybody Have Fun Tonight
    4Limp BizkitRollin
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    What is the most beautiful piece of music ever written? ›

    Definitively the most romantic pieces of classical music ever...
    • Puccini - O mio babbino caro. ...
    • Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. ...
    • Elgar - Salut d'amour. ...
    • Puccini - O soave fanciulla, from La bohème. ...
    • Rota - Love Theme, from Romeo and Juliet. ...
    • Mascagni - Intermezzo, from Cavalleria Rusticana.
    11 Feb 2022

    Who is the best love singer in the world? ›

    Love Songs Artists
    • Mary Juane Clair. 13,400 listeners. ...
    • Céline Dion. 1,727,198 listeners. ...
    • Mariah Carey. 3,248,322 listeners. ...
    • Whitney Houston. 2,160,239 listeners. ...
    • Charlie Wilson. 185,106 listeners. ...
    • Air Supply. 659,335 listeners. ...
    • Tyrese. 440,161 listeners. ...
    • Cher. 1,434,531 listeners.

    What is the number 1 song? ›

    The number one song on iTunes right now is The Good I'll Do by Zach Bryan. Related Charts: Apple Music Top Streaming Songs, iTunes Top 200 Songs, Top New Songs November 2022, Top 100 Albums, and Top 40 Music Videos.

    What female singer has the most number one hits? ›

    This is a list of artists with the most number-ones on the U.S. Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Madonna currently holds the record for the most number-one songs in the 43-year history of the chart, with 50. The only other artists to have achieved more than 20 chart toppers are Rihanna (33) and Beyonce (22).

    Who has the most number 1 on Billboard? ›

    The Beatles, unsurprisingly, lead the way with a record 20 No. 1s, all earned between 1964 and 1970. The Fab Four also scored 34 top 10s (second only to Madonna's 38), hitting No.

    Who is the most popular couple in America? ›

    Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner top the list of America's favorite sweethearts, despite ending their over two-year relationship back in October, according to trends data provider SEMrush. The two were searched 338% percent more than her sister Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, who are last on the list.

    Who is first lover in the world? ›

    There is no clear mention in history about the first love marriage in the world. However, from the religious texts, we can conclude that the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and mother Parvati was the first love marriage in this world, in fact, it was the first love marriage in this universe.

    Which movie has most kisses? ›

    Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor were joined at the lips for their film 'Befikre'. The two shared 23 on-screen kisses that is among the most we've ever seen in Bollywood.

    Which is the No 1 IMDB rating movie? ›

    1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

    Which is the No 1 IMDB rating series? ›

    1. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

    Which is the highest IMDB rated movie on Amazon Prime? ›

    1. The Peripheral (2022– )

    Which is the most well known song? ›

    The Top 50 most iconic songs of all time
    • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana.
    • Imagine - John Lennon.
    • One - U2.
    • Billie Jean - Michael Jackson.
    • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen.
    • Hey Jude - The Beatles.
    • Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan.
    • I Can't Get No Satisfaction - Rolling Stones.

    What is the second most recorded song in history? ›

    Numerous recordings have been used in films, sometimes as an elevator music cliché. It is believed to be the second most recorded pop song in history, after "Yesterday" by The Beatles.

    What movie had the best music? ›

    The 50 Greatest Movie Soundtracks of All Time
    • Trainspotting (1996)
    • Saturday Night Fever (1977) ...
    • Rushmore (1998) ...
    • The Graduate (1967) ...
    • Pulp Fiction (1994) ...
    • Above the Rim (1994) ...
    • O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000) ...
    • Shaft (1971) ...
    23 Jul 2020

    What movie has the best song? ›

    Here is our pick of the greatest movie songs of all time:
    • Huey Lewis & the News - 'The Power of Love' (Back to the Future) ...
    • Kenny Loggins - 'Footloose' (Footloose) ...
    • Elton John - 'Circle of Life' (The Lion King) ...
    • Gene Kelly - 'Singin' in the Rain' (Singin' in the Rain) ...
    • Bette Midler - 'The Wind Beneath My Wings' (Beaches)
    25 Mar 2022

    What movie has the most beautiful scenery? ›

    All are essential viewing.
    • 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' (2013)
    • 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962)
    • 'House of Flying Daggers' (2004)
    • 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy (2001-3)
    • 'Out of Africa' (1985)
    • 'March of the Penguins' (2005)
    • 'An Inconvenient Truth' (2006)
    • 'Into the Wild' (2007)
    31 Mar 2021

    What are the top 10 most played songs? ›

    Spotify Top 100 Most-Streamed Songs
    1. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You3223393957
    2. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights3128061347
    3. Tones And I – Dance Monkey2642704868
    4. Post Malone, 21 Savage – rockstar2489462596
    21 more rows
    1 Sept 2022

    What is the most famous song without words? ›

    Most famed of the four dozen Songs Without Words is the lighthearted and aptly named “Spring Song,” Op. 62, No.

    What is a popular song that is not in English? ›

    The best non-English language songs: 'A la plage' – Juniore. 'Trouble In The Streets' – GOAT. 'My Angel (Malaika)' – Harry Belafont / Miriam Makeba.

    Which song is very emotional? ›

    • 'Nothing Compares 2 U' by Sinéad O'Connor. ...
    • 'Hurt' by Johnny Cash. ...
    • 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' by Neil Young. ...
    • 'Teardrop' by Massive Attack. ...
    • 'I Know It's Over' by The Smiths. ...
    • 'No Distance Left to Run' by Blur. ...
    • 'The Boxer' by Simon & Garfunkel. ...
    • 'No Name #5' by Elliott Smith.
    5 Jul 2022

    What's the saddest song in the whole world? ›

    What are the Top Saddest Songs?
    1. "Hurt" – Nine Inch Nails / Johnny Cash.
    2. "Someone Like You" – Adele. ...
    3. “Something in the Way” – Nirvana. ...
    4. “Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinéad O'Connor. ...
    5. “Tears in Heaven” – Eric Clapton. ...
    6. "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston. ...
    7. "Close to You" – Rihanna. ...
    8. "It's Too Late" – Carole King. ...
    4 Oct 2022

    What is the most emotional song ever written? ›

    63 Best Sad Songs Ever (Saddest Songs To Cry To)
    1. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor. ...
    2. Traitor by Olivia Rodrigo. ...
    3. Hurt by Johnny Cash. ...
    4. Teardrop by Massive Attack. ...
    5. Back to Black by Amy Winehouse. ...
    6. Doing it Wrong by Drake. ...
    7. Love is a Laserquest by Arctic Monkeys. ...
    8. The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel.
    18 Sept 2022

    What is a good song for your soulmate? ›

    20 Songs About Soulmates
    • 1. “ Love of a Lifetime” by FireHouse.
    • 2. “ Couldn't Love You More” by John Martyn.
    • 3. “ Heaven” by Bryan Adams.
    • 4. “ God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton.
    • 5. “ I Knew I Loved You” by Savage Garden.
    • 6. “ Haven't Met You Yet” by Michael Buble.
    • 7. “ Eternal Flame” by The Bangles.
    • 8. “ XO” by John Mayer.
    26 Sept 2022

    What songs literally means loving feeling? ›

    "Rasa Sayange" literally "loving feeling") or"Rasa Sayange" is a folk song from Maluku popular in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

    What was Love's biggest hit? ›

    Love's Greatest Hits
    • If You Don't Know Me By NowHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes.
    • Endless LoveLionel Richie, Diana Ross.
    • You're All I Need To Get ByMarvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell.
    • Tonight I Celebrate My LoveRoberta Flack, Peabo Bryson.
    • You'll Never Find Another Love Like MineLou Rawls.

    What's considered the greatest song of all time? ›

    Rolling Stone updated its list of the 500 greatest songs of all-time – its first update in 17 years. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, took home the top spot for her version of "Respect," which was originally recorded by Otis Redding. Snagging second place was Public Enemy's "Fight the Power."

    What are the top 3 songs of all time? ›

    Top 10 Best Songs of All Time
    • 1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen. ...
    • 2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin. ...
    • 3 Imagine - John Lennon. ...
    • 4 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana. ...
    • 5 One - Metallica. ...
    • 6 Hotel California - Eagles. ...
    • 7 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd. ...
    • 8 Hey Jude - The Beatles.

    What can I say instead of I love You? ›

    Try these simple but thoughtful ways to tell someone what they mean to you.
    • I'm crazy about you.
    • You're my dream come true.
    • You take my breath away.
    • Since you've been around I smile a lot more than I used to.
    • There is no one I'd rather steal blankets from.
    • You're my partner in crime.
    • You look great today and every day.
    10 Feb 2014

    What are 3 ways to say I love you? ›

    Either way, here are a few ways to say “I love you” to your bae to help you express your feelings.
    • I love you.
    • I love so much.
    • I love you a lot.
    • I love you too.
    • I love you forever.
    • I love you unconditionally.
    • I love you to the moon and back.
    • I love you with all my heart.
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