Songs often hold the answers that we don’t have.
Music has been around for as long as life itself. Throughout the years talented individuals have been providing us the soundtracks for all of our biggest moments. From falling head-over-heels in love to weddings to graduations to birthdays, nothing makes a moment perfect quite like a good song.
But beyond soundtracks, sometimes music fills a bigger role. It can comfort us in our time of need, motivate us to work hard or even help us figure out how we feel. Music can be the emotional guidebook that we weren’t ever given.
When we look for answers in music there’s really no telling what we’ll find. Maybe you find that perfect song that makes you think “this is about me!” Or maybe while looking for new music, you find what you think is the weirdest song ever.
Probably the most common theme in songs is love. I mean, it’s the feeling that’s always in the air right? You can search for love songs on Google and get thousands of results. But just because you find one doesn’t mean it will give you an answer.
There are so many different kinds of love. Is the song about love for a person? Love for a dog? How about a love of food? It can be hard to tell sometimes.
Falling in love is an emotional rollercoaster. There are times where it seems clear as day, and other times when you are just so absolutely confused. You might start asking yourself, “what is love? Do I really know?” If you asked 100 people that question, you’d probably get 100 different answers. It’s not really clear cut, but luckily there’s always music and song lyrics about love to point you in the right direction.
It’s true that you may find just as many different answers, but you can think of it as a love search bar. Want to know what heartbreak feels like? Or how about love at first sight?
No matter the wondering, it’s nearly a guarantee that there’s a song about it. So take a look at our collection of the best love songs and emotional song lyrics about love that will hit you right in the feels.
1. What Is Love by Haddaway
To be honest, this song doesn’t really answer the question. It’s mostly just Haddaway repeating this same lyric over and over. But he does still raise the question “What is love?”
What is love?
Baby don’t hurt me
Don’t hurt me
2. L.O.V.E. by Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole summed it up best, at least for the individual. These are the things you feel when you’re in love. Wanting the person to only look at you and they’re the only one you see. You think they’re amazing and you want them all to yourself. That’s the start of love.
L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore can
3. At Last by Etta James
This Etta James song is a classic. It’s all about finally finding the one. So maybe you don’t quite know what you’re looking for yet, but once you find it, you’ll know. And when you do, you’ll be singing this little ditty.
At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over and life is like a song, oh yeah
4. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sintara
In a way, this Sinatra hit can be all about love at first sight. But I don’t just mean only the first time you see them. Love can mean you falling for someone over and over again every time they enter your sight, from their looks to their personality.
Some day, when I’m awfully low
When the world is cold
I will feel a glow just thinking of you
And the way you look tonight
5. First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes
Love can be eye-opening. You might not realize you’re lonely until you find someone you just can’t take your eyes off of. It’s like their presence suddenly sets the course for something you want to do in life.
Yours was the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you
I don’t know where I am, I don’t know where I’ve been
But I know where I want to go
6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Sometimes love is a lot to handle. It can catch us off-guard and like Queen says, you’re not ready. But honestly, love rarely announces itself. It’ll often jump out and surprise you. It’s up to you to figure out how to handle it.
This thing called love, I just can’t handle it
This thing called love, I must get round to it
I ain’t ready
Crazy little thing called love
7. Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Love can also be jealous. You hate it when you see the one you like with someone else and you know that the significant other doesn’t appreciate what they’ve got, at least not like you.
Wait, they don’t love you like I love you
Wait, they don’t love you like I love you
Wait, they don’t love you like I love you
8. One and Only by Adele
When you fall in love, it can take over your mind. That person becomes all you can think about and they’re the only one you want. No matter how much you try, that person is always on your mind. Love sometimes can be obsessive (just make sure it’s not in a bad way).
You’ve been on my mind
I grow fonder every day
Lose myself in time
Just thinking of your face
God only knows why it’s taken me
So long to let my doubts go
You’re the only one that I want
9. The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
If you feel all tingly in both mind and body, that’s love. It’s a feeling that can make you feel all hot and bothered, but also make you sweeter than you thought you could be. It’s the most wide-spreading feeling within you and will causes changes you didn’t know were possible.
The way you make me feel
(The way you make me feel)
You really turn me on
(You really turn me on)
You knock me off of my feet
(You knock me off of my feet)
My lonely days are gone
(My lonely days are gone)
10. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Most importantly, love is a feeling that allows you to care for someone for eternity. It can sound crazy when you’re single, but when you find that special person, you’ll never want to let go, even for a thousand years.
I have died everyday, waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more
11. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
And I will always love you
I will always love you
12. Rolling In The Deep by Adele
However, love can also be pretty scornful. When you go through that breakup you never thought would happen, you get a hurricane of emotions swirling inside you. For a lot of people, the one that tends to spring out is anger. But you know what they says, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn.”
Baby I have no story to be told
But I’ve heard one on you and I’m gonna make your head burn
Think of me in the depths of your despair
Making a home down there ’cause mine sure won’t be shared
13. Piece Of My Heart by Janis Joplin
Love can sometimes be a tool of refinement. While it may hurt, you can come out of that breakup stronger than you were before. The best motivation you can find after having your heart broken is proving to that person that they made a mistake letting you go.
Didn’t I make you feel like you were the only man? Yeah
An’ didn’t I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can?
Honey, you know I did
And, and each time I tell myself that I, well I think I’ve had enough
But I’m gonna, gonna show you baby, that a woman can be tough
14. You Were Mine by Dixie Chicks
But really, love can just be sad. You don’t understand why he broke up with you or why she left you. You cry and cry and just wallow in that misery. Love hurts and sometimes the only bandage that works is created by tears.
Sometimes I Wake Up Crying At Night
And Sometimes I Scream Out Your Name
What Right Does She Have To Take You Away
When For So Long, You Were Mine
15. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by Al Green
When your heart’s broken, you look for any way to fix it. So in a way, an experience of love can send you on a journey of self-discovery. While you’re looking for your heart’s superglue, you might find something else you enjoy. Who knows, it could all be for the better.
And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend a this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again
16. Dad’s Song by Set It Off
Love isn’t only for romance. Like I said, there are all kinds of love. One we often forget about is the love for our parents. When they’re gone, it’s a deep pain, but we also remember how much they mean to us.
Sorry that this one came out so sad
Every tear I had
Was shed for the man that gave me a better sense
Of life and meaning to motivate
There’s no shortcuts to success
I’ll wait for his guiding hands
My guardian angel until the very end
17. Thank You Mom by Good Charlotte
Being thankful is another kind of love. A lot of times we don’t show our gratitude enough when someone does something for us. It’s especially true for our parents. So maybe take some time out of your day today and show your love for the people that help you out the most.
I said I thank you
I’ll always thank you
More than you would know
Than I could ever show
And I love you
I’ll always love you
There’s nothing I won’t do
to say these words to you
That you’re beautiful forever
18. What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Lastly, there’s the love of life. You should love your life and everything you get to experience. It’s unique from everyone else’s. Take the time to appreciate everything, no matter how big or small. After all, you only have one life to live.
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world
Jesse Oakley Is a writer who writes about love, relationships and self-care.