It's hard to come up with only 10 growing up love songs since there are so many classics. These are the songs that truly stand the test of time. They are in no particular order since each of them could easily be declared the best love song of all time.
- "Unchained Melody" (The Righteous Brothers, 1965) This Righteous Brothers classic was a hit. Released in 1965, "Unchained Melody" was covered by many well-known artists, including Elvis. "Ghost" made it wildly popular again, in 1990.
"The Air That I Breathe" (The Hollies, 1974) When you know somebody feels like this, nothing else much matters. The melody actually sounds like love. How the artist managed that, we will never know.
- "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (Bryan Adams, 1991) The title pretty much says it all, but the lyrics are strong as well. Whenever a man manages to put his feelings such as these into words, a woman will recognize the truth therein.
- "The Luckiest" (Ben Folds Five, 2001) If you have not heard this song, hit YouTube immediately. Ben Folds doesn't have the best voice, but he sure can write a song.
- "You're the First, My Last, My Everything" (Barry White, 1974) Well, Barry White could sing the phone book and women would melt, but that's not the point. This song has a rollicking, fun beat but the lyrics just hit home. When you're growing up, love songs you can identify with are the best. Especially when the one you love recognizes it, too.
- "Wonderful Tonight" (Eric Clapton, 1977) What makes this song truly amazing and memorable is that the guitar puts the feelings across just as much, if not more, than the words. Look up the live version–it's the best by far.
- "Maybe I'm Amazed" (Paul McCartney, 1977) This song was actually written in 1969, but Paul declined to release it in 1970. It was written for his wife Linda. Paul once stated that this was the song that he would like to be remembered for in the future.
- "I'll Stand by You" (The Pretenders, 1994) Love songs that indicate permanence are the best kind. When they also indicate that you can give up all your worst secrets and you will still be loved, that's priceless.
- "Endless Love" (Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, 1981) This song, which is almost 30 years old, is still going strong. It's played at weddings, funerals and just about any celebration of life in between.
- "Bed of Roses" (Bon Jovi, 1992) Even when he's hurting, Jon Bon Jovi can write an amazing ballad. Bed of Roses was written in a hotel room while he had a hangover, but his feelings still came through loud and clear.
As you can see, growing up love songs can happen in any decade. You can hear them at any age and still remember how you felt when you heard them as a teen having your first case of puppy love.
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