As Madonna sings, Love Makes the World Go World. Most artists have written them, or sung them in their careers. Some, become timeless classics, others fall by the way-side. I am here to celebrate some of the most memorable and enduring love songs of all time. You still hear these songs on Love Songs radio shows, and as dedication songs at weddings and anniversaries.
Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
Who doesn’t want to be unforgettable in their relationship? To be the person you’ll remember forever? It was written in 1951 by Irving Gordon, and reworked as a duet with his daughter Natalie in 1991.
Everything your lover does, makes you feel blessed and honored to be together. It was written in 1999 by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo & Chris Lindsey and was a #1 hit on both the country and pop charts.
Endless Love (Lionel Richie and Diana Ross)
No one remembers the flop movie this came from, but the song still lives on. Written in 1981 by Lionel Richie, it was remade by Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey in 1994.
I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston)
A sad love song for sure, but one the greatest ever written. Written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973, and covered by Whitney Houston for the movie “The Bodyguard” in 1992. It’s hard not to get teary eyed hearing this.
Lady (Kenny Rogers)
One of Kenny’s biggest hits was written for him by Lionel Richie. Released in 1980, it was a mainstay on both the country and pop charts.
Home (Michael Buble)
One of his early smashes, the pop-crooner Bublé wrote a modern standard with this one. Released in 2005, and covered by Westlife and Blake Shelton. Many people have gotten married to this one for sure.
All the Way (Frank Sinatra)
The song was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. It was introduced in the film The Joker Is Wild and has been covered by numerous artists, with Frank having the most success with it. Released in 1957, it was redone as a duet with Celine Dion in 1999.
Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper)
This #1 smash has proved to be on Cyndi’s most enduring tunes. Released as the follow-up to “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” in 1984, it reminds me of simpler times and old friends.
Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel)
Who doesn’t want to be loved just as you are? Billy’s hit from 1977, was his first gold single. To have that kind of unconditional love is amazing.
Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
Written by Dianne Warren and produced by hitmaker David Foster, it was from the movie Up Close and Personal. At times I think the song can be interrupted as being about God. It was a #1 hit for 6 weeks.
Crazy for You (Madonna)
From the movie “VisionQuest”, this song was a #1 hit for the Material Girl in 1985. Written by John Bettis and Jon Lind, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Female Performance. She has only sang this on 2 of her 9 tours.
Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)
Written by Van Morrison, and made popular by Rod Stewart in 1993. It’s important to tell those people in our lives that we love them. What better way than in a song.
So that’s my list…. What songs did I leave out? I would love to hear from you.
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