10 Best Classic Rock Love Songs

If you’re looking for mood music, why not add some of the 10 best classic rock love songs to your playlist? Classic rock usually refers to rock music in the '70s through the early '90s. Love is a common theme in classic rock songs. Many of these song not only topped the charts in the day, but were featured in movies as well.

  1. “Take Me Home Tonight” (1986) by Eddie Money This song was recorded as a duet with Ronnie Spector who sings the chorus of “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes. This is where the line “just like Ronnie sang” comes from. The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Sources close to the band say the song was inspired by an old friend known as “Garth” who was always trying to get women to take him home.
  2. “Wild Horses” (1971) by The Rolling Stones In 2004, “Rolling Stone” ranked the song number 334 on its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list. According to singer and song writer, Marianne Faithfull, "Wild horses couldn't drag me away" to Mike Jagger of The Rolling Stones in 1961 after waking up from a drug-induced coma.
  3. “Crazy on You” (1976) by Heart "Crazy on You" song is the band’s first commercial hit. It attracted attention because the band was fronted by a woman and the song paired an acoustic guitar with an electric guitar. The song hit number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
  4. “Angel” (1987) by Aerosmith This song hit number three on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, which was the second highest ranking achieved by the band.  Although unlike Aerosmith’s other songs, "Angel" has been one of their most popular. While widely considered a love song, it is actually about the band getting clean from their various drug addictions.
  5. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours" (1977) by Peter Frampton This is a remake of the original sung by Stevie Wonder. Frampton’s version hit at number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. This song has also been covered by various artists such as Elton John, Chaka Khan, Michael McDonald, Jermaine Jackson and The String Cheese Incident.
  6. “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1982) by Van Halen This classic love song was originally recorded by Roy Orbison in 1964. Van Halen’s version hit number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The video was also banned by MTV because it opened with a woman being fondled by a pair of little people.
  7. Maybe I’m Amazed” (1977) by Paul McCartney This song was dedicated to McCartney’s wife, Linda. She later died of breast cancer in 1998. This song hit number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
  8. You’re in My Heart” (1977) by Rod Stewart This classic rock love song hit number four on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Stewart wrote this song after breaking up with Swedish actress Britt Ekland.
  9. I was Made for Lovin' You” (1979) by Kiss Kiss is known for their hard rock power hits, but is a much softer side of Kiss. This song landed at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and is still widely popular today.
  10. "Wonderful Tonight” (1977) by Eric Clapton Clapton was inspired to write this love song while waiting for model Pattie Boyd to get ready for Paul and Linda McCartney’s annual Buddy Holly party in 1976. The song has been covered by three different country music artists.
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