Bloggers, DJs, and critics helped us assemble this comprehensive list of great love songs.In the fall, we divided them up by decade, but in consolidating them, we've dropped some, moved up others, and rearranged with an eye towards timelessness, which means in many cases the older songs got the edge.
— Listen: Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over" 49.
The Magnetic Fields, "The Book of Love" (1999) The Magnetic Fields are nothing if not frank: "The book of love is long and boring…
Michael Jackson, "The Way You Make Me Feel" (1987) Michael Jackson's voice lent his every performance just a hint of desperation.
But the joy he brings to "The Way You Make Me Feel" is almost pure. When you look in the dictionary under "L" for love song, Sledge's timeless classic ballad could be the only definition.
Tears For Fears, "Head Over Heels" (1985) While the first few synth chords will never let you forget what year it was, Curt Smith's voice and Roland Orzabal's lyrics never get old.
"Head Over Heels" perfectly captures the feeling of being blindsided by love — how scary and thrilling it can be, all at once. Norah Jones, "Come Away With Me" (2002) Now that it's won eight Grammies and sold exactly one bazillion copies, it's hard to remember how anachronistically fresh Listen: Norah Jones, "Come Away With Me" 42."Anytime, anywhere, you're my playground love," purrs Thomas Marz, years ahead of his wider fame with Phoenix.Blanketed by smooth, subtle horns, he sounds like he's swirling a brandy years later, reliving a moment of infatuation he's now certain was the truest love he'll ever know. Modern English, "I Melt With You" (1982) With bubbly keyboards and a thin, jerky guitar line, "I Melt With You" makes everyone dance — usually in a dorky, euphoric manner, relying on a lot of spinning and jumping up and down.Bob Dylan, "Lay Lady Lay" (1969) "Lay Lady Lay" is desirous and anticipatory.It wants to reach out and grab your hand, make you stay the night.These are songs you could play to your current squeeze immediately after saying, "Steve/Miriam, this song explains my feelings for you, which may be nuanced but are ultimately positive," and not expect to sleep on the couch.