The love song has been the bread and butter of pop music for as long as there has been pop music. Valentine's Day is the perfect time to celebrate these tunes that have given us warm and fuzzy feelings. Here's our list of the five best pop love songs, just in time to brighten up your holiday.
"Truly Madly Deeply," Savage Garden: The Australian duo may have only released two albums, but Savage Garden knew how to put together a good love song. Their best was the 1997 hit "Truly Madly Deeply," which topped three Billboard charts in the US and was named one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time by APRA in 2001. What's great about this track is that it has no frills - it's just a simple, straight-forward love song with poetic lyrics and a beautiful arrangement.
"Everything I Do (I Do It For You)," Bryan Adams: One of the best-selling singles of all time according to the New York Times, this song won a Grammy Award for Bryan Adams and his co-writers after its 1991 release. With some of the most earnest lyrics that have ever been written, it topped charts worldwide and has been covered countless times. Given its huge success, it's hard to believe that it almost wasn't used in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," according to a 2008 episode of VH1's "Pop-Up Video."
"She Will Be Loved," Maroon 5: Maroon 5 are still churning out hits about love and romance like nobody's business, but "She Will Be Loved" is the song that everyone still remembers and no one can imitate. The Grammy-nominated, RIAA Platinum-certified single has turned up on TV shows, in movies, and still hits the radio. Whether you take it as a sad love song or a happy one, Adam Levine's tender vocals - and inexplicable high notes - still resonate today.
"You and Me," Lifehouse: People spend countless time looking for the perfect song to play at their wedding, and Lifehouse finally wrote that song in 2005. A departure for the band, much more stripped-down and quiet than their previous hit "Hanging by a Moment," it was so successful as a love tune that Lifehouse subsequently re-released an "extended wedding version."
"Because You Loved Me," Celine Dion: You could put half of Celine Dion's discography on this list. But before she sung the love theme from "Titanic," she won a Grammy and was nominated for three more with the theme from the Robert Redford film "Up Close and Personal." While "My Heart Will Go On" might be more well-known, we're more partial to "Because You Loved Me," which is a pop ballad that works for all the special people in your life.
Click any of the titles above to listen to our favorite pop songs, and then find out more about each of the artists behind them by clicking their names to be taken to their AXS artist pages.