Sophie Watson

The 100 best love songs: EliteSingles celebrates International Music Day.

If music be the food of love, play on!

 - Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene I

As Shakespeare so aptly put it, music and romance are a perfect pair. We pick first dances at weddings; couples have ‘our’ song; teenagers who are too shy to say it out loud declare their love via mix-tape.

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Love songs: a soundtrack for the important moments

Many a classic love affair has its own unique soundtrack. Music is there to sum up the feelings as a couple goes from All By Myself  to Crush and from And Then He Kissed Me to a White Wedding. Songs are there as a couple falls in life-long Everlasting Love, creating a lot of wonderful memories along the way.

Indeed, music and romance are so intertwined that it doesn't matter if you are a fan of pop songs or rock songs; top 40 hits or indie darlings; the Beatles or Bauhaus  - chances are, if there is a band out there that you like, they will have written a song or even an album about love. The lyrics might differ from pop to rock and back again but the subject matter remains the same - the triumphs (and tragedies) of the heart.

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100 best love songs? Choosing the greatest

Is there a definitive list of the greatest love songs ever? No - there can never be - because music is so subjective. But can we make a list of the romantic songs that we enjoy? You betcha. In celebration of International Music Day in June, EliteSingles has compiled a Spotify® list that showcases 100 of the best love songs of all time (subjectively, of course!). We’ve judged the song list in no particular order, but with one proviso: all the songs on the list are about the joys of love. It is a celebration after all! Think of it as our mix-tape for you.

Happy International Music Day from EliteSingles!