Finding the perfect soundtrack for your wedding can be a daunting task, especially if you and your partner have different musical tastes. You want love songs that can evoke the right emotion at the right time, like when you’re enjoying your first dance together or being introduced as a married couple. Thankfully, there’s a love song for every occasion, from super sweet ballads to upbeat melodies that will have your guests singing along to your playlist. The list is only composed of international music. Best Love Songs of All Time
“Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
An iconic song from the 1984 album She’s So Unusual, which just so happened to be Lauper’s solo debut. It went straight to the top of the charts and garnered a Grammy Award nomination.
“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
Often considered the standout track from the 1992 soundtrack for The Bodyguard, the mere mention of this song conjures images of Kevin Costner carrying Whitney Houston in his arms.
“Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
The producers of the film Endless Love were looking for a breakout song for their film starring Brooke Shields. Hence, this famous Ross and Richie melody was born. It also appeared on their 1981 album Why Do Fools Fall in Love.
“The Power of Love” by Celine Dion
A sensuous and intense remake from the 1993 album The Color of My Love. It was originally penned by Jennifer Rush for her boyfriend Steven, but Dion’s breathtaking vocal range brings it to life.
“I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner
This song from the 1984 album Agent Provocateur perfectly depicts the despair and hope of love. These lines say it all: “In my life there’s been heartache and pain/I don’t know if I can face it again/Can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far, to change this lonely life.” You may as well go for the Marie Carey version. It’s so nice and refreshing.
“Crazy For You” by Madonna
A sultry ballad that appeared on the 1985 soundtrack for the film Vision Quest. It was Madonna’s first foray into slow-dance songs, and it brought her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
“I Knew I Loved You” by Savage Garden
The number one hit from the 1999 album Affirmation that made every woman swoon. Hearts flutter when Darren Hayes serenades “I knew I loved you before I met you/I think I dreamed you into life.”
“I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis
Everybody wants a forever kind of love. Lewis gave us the anthem for eternal devotion in 1996, on her album Now in a Minute. It’s also packed with plenty of poetic imagery, such as “Those days of warm rains come rushing back to me/Miles of windless summer night air.”
“My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from ‘Titanic’)” by Celine Dion
The tragic Titanic tune that captures the enduring nature of true love and the longing that comes with it. The song first appeared on Dion’s 1997 album Let’s Talk About Love, but the blockbuster hit made it an instant classic.
Best Modern Love Songs
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
Adele is a vocal powerhouse, and her remake of this Bob Dylan classic is tender, romantic and utterly sentimental. It is one of the highlights from her 2008 debut album 19, and the piano lets her soulful voice steal the spotlight.
“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol
Silky vocals and a pure and simple guitar in the background make this 2006 hit from Eyes Open a melodic love potion. It remained in the charts for over two years in the United Kingdom, and appeared on numerous TV shows.
“We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
A dramatic love song that focuses on overcoming the odds to find love and romance in a “hopeless place.” It appeared on her 2011 album Talk That Talk, meeting both critical acclaim and controversy.
“Love Song” by Sara Bareilles
The title of this 2007 pop hit from Little Voice says it all. It earned Bareilles a Grammy nomination and kept her in the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 41 weeks.
“Crazy In Love” by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z
Beyonce’s solo debut from her 2003 Dangerously in Love is an up-tempo ode to uncontrollable romance. It also features her husband, Jay-Z, who adds a touch of rap to the mix.
“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
This record-setter is from the 2008 album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. It stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 76 weeks and went on to get a Grammy nod for Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
“Breathe Me” by Sia
This 2004 soulful Sia masterpiece from Color the Small One is full of longing and regret. However, it also deals with the topic of loving someone so much that they would just warm you up and breathe you in, which is pretty heavy.
“Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis
This song, which was featured on the 2007 Spirit album, was inspired by a long distance relationship. Lewis released it just after winning the third season of the hit UK television show, The X Factor, and it spent months on the radio airwaves.
“Love Story” by Taylor Swift
The muse for this honest and heartfelt tune was Swift’s former beau, with a little help from Shakespeare. It appeared on the 2008 Fearless album and nabbed the Country Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year.
“It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars
One of the standout songs from the 2011 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1soundtrack. With lyrics like “So keep in mind all the sacrifices I’m makin’/To keep you by my side/To keep you from walkin’ out the door,” Mars explores the repercussions of a love gone wrong.
“Adore You” by Miley Cyrus
Total and utter adoration is the theme of this modern love song from Cyrus’ 2013 Bangerz album. She delves into the idea of finding refuge with the one you love and wanting nothing more than to lie with them for all of eternity.
Best Love Songs for Him
“The Best” by Tina Turner
This remake of the Bonnie Tyler love song was featured on Turner’s 1989 Foreign Affair album. The tune has its fair share of catchy rock beats, soulful vocals and unabashed bragging about her lover being “better than all the rest.”
“The Power of Love” by Celine Dion
A cover of Jennifer Rush’s chart-topper, which appeared on Dion’s 1993 The Color of My Love. “Your voice is warm and tender/A love that I could not forsake” is just one of the many passionate lines in this number one hit song.
“As Long As I Got You” by Lily Allen
Allen included this beautiful, yet blunt, love song on her 2014 Sheezus album. It is packed with memorable lines that will have him smiling, such as: “It seems like only yesterday you were with somebody else/Soon as it was over though I had claimed you for myself.”
“Cherish” by Madonna
Another song to take its cue from Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. “Cherish” is from the 1989 album, Like a Prayer, which was Madonna’s fourth release. It has doo-wop nuances, making it one of her more cheerful ballads.
“Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilera
A soulful, gritty and over-the-top tribute that shows up on Aguilera’s 2006 album, Back to Basics. It has hints of retro musical influences and is inspired by her husband, whom she married the year before.
Best Love Songs for Her
“My Girl” by The Temptations
So sweet and innocent, this classic love song for her appears on the 1965 The Temptations Sing Smokey album. Most people remember it from the tearjerker movie of the same name.
“Lady” by Kenny Rogers
Start with Lionel Richie’s writing talents, throw in Rogers’ silky smooth vocals and you end up with this passionate ballad from Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits album that appeared in 1980. It earned a spot on four different music charts: Country, Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Top Black Singles.
“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Michael Bolton
This is the remake that melted countless hearts when it appeared in 1991 onTime, Love & Tenderness. It earned Bolton a Grammy Award and a spot at the top of the charts.
“(Everything I Do) I Do it For You” by Bryan Adams
Every girl would like to be the sole reason that a man does everything. Most people remember this from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack, but it is also featured on the 1991 Waking Up the Neighbors album.
“Hero” by Enrique Iglesias
Women everywhere wanted Iglesias to be their hero when this song came out on the 2001 Escape album. Lines like “Would you tremble if I touched your lips?” make it a sensual and epic love ballad that add a touch of drama to any wedding.
Of course, there are very many songs that are not on this list but you simply need to find something that connects you two as you enjoy your wedding.