Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “where there is love there is life.”
Well, it turns out where there is music, there’s plenty of love too because love is by far the most sung-about topic in pop music. So here for your listening pleasure is a list of songs with love in the title.
Suffice to say, there are some absolute cracking songs on this playlist. Enjoy.
Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
What good is money when it can’t buy you the best things in life, like love? The singer shows little interest in chasing the dollar because it can’t give him what’s most important to him. But, he’ll spend all his cash on his lover if that’s what they want.
Baby Love – The Supremes
This song is about a couple on the verge of breaking up. The woman singing doesn’t want to break up and tries to convince her partner to give the relationship another chance because her love is still strong.
This Love – Maroon 5
The man in this song sings of his on-and-off relationship that isn’t stable in the slightest and is finally putting an end to it to save himself from more heartbreak. Ironically enough, his lover is heartbroken by his final goodbye.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Some think it’s an Elvis song, but it’s actually Queen’s tribute to Elvis. Freddie Mercury sings of a fast-paced love that moves too quickly for him. It’s exciting but stressful, and he wants to slow it down before it gets too serious.
Stupid Love – Lady Gaga
This upbeat anthem is about letting go of past heartbreaks and accepting new love that has the power to heal your pain. Calling the love “stupid” isn’t meant to be a bad thing but is meant to be a positive description of a crazy, ridiculously good love.
Is This Love – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Bob Marley sings of strong feelings he has toward someone and questions if it’s love. He wants to spend every day with this person and take care of them, showing that there’s more than just passion in his feelings.
Modern Love – David Bowie
Modern Love’ reflects on the modern traditions of love and religion, and David Bowie appears to deny these traditions in this song. He’s making a statement that he will continue to live his life as he chooses regardless of the traditions that rule over everyone else.
What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner
Love has nothing to do with the relationship Tina Turner sings about. The relationship is purely physical, and there’s no emotion attached to it, and she’s making sure her partner knows it. Tina Turner didn’t like this song because it seemed like an “anti-love song,” and she’s sort of right!
Love You Like A Love Song – Selena Gomez & The Scene
Most people play love songs on repeat if it hits them in the feels just right. That’s what Selena Gomez equates her relationship to in this song. It’s like a song she never wants to turn off because it makes her feel so good.
As Long as You Love Me – Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber sings to his girlfriend that her love is all he needs. Even if they were poor and had nowhere to go, he would feel he had enough as long as she loved him back. Even though the relationship has some problems, it’s worth going through for her.
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
What was once a good relationship is now ‘Tainted Love.’ The relationship lost its spark, and now the man finds himself trying to run away just to get away from the pain that the unhappy relationship brings him.
Where Is The Love? – The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas talk about everything that’s wrong in the world and question where the love is in this dark world. It’s a sad and uncomfortable song, but it ends on an encouraging note that everyone should work together to create a peaceful, loving place to live.
Related: check out our list of songs about peace.
Crazy Love – Poco
The singer still has feelings for a partner he had to break up with, and the feelings come and go. Every time he thinks he’s ready to move on, being reminded of her brings back the feelings and pain.
My Love – Paul McCartney & Wings
Paul McCartney wrote this song for his wife Linda, and it shows just how much he loved her. He refers to her as “my love” and talks about how even when he’s not at home, his heart is still with her, and that’s why he never tells her goodbye.
Love Is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar
This song is about two lovers who have their constant ups and downs. Even though the relationship might be complicated for them and others try to tell them it’s wrong, they’re passionate enough to try to make it work.
Related: this song features in our list of songs with whistling in them.
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Not every relationship can last, and this song is about letting go of a relationship you’re not ready to leave yet. The singer knows she can’t stay with her partner and feels as though she’s holding them back, so she leaves for their sake even if it hurts her.
Related: check out our list of songs about letting go of someone you care about.
You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi
This song is about a woman who appeared to be sweet and loving, but she ended up breaking her partner’s heart and left him with trust issues. Since she gave love a bad name, you can only assume that the man had trouble moving on after she broke his heart.
I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder sings of how every day is boring without his lover. It’s unclear if the song is about a breakup or being away from a lover, but there’s no doubt that his love is genuine if he feels this way throughout the year.
A Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins
A Groovy Kind of Love’ is apparently a love that makes you feel safe and secure and stop worrying about what’s going on around you. It’s a strong love that you almost can’t contain and it keeps you close to the one you love.
Love Story – Taylor Swift
Love Story’ is about a guy and girl who desperately wanted to be together, but the whole town didn’t like the girl, and her father didn’t like the guy. But just like a fairy tale, the guy eventually got the girl’s father’s approval and was able to propose to her.
Love On The Rocks – Neil Diamond
This song is about a man who put all of his heart into a relationship and then felt like he had nothing left once it ended. Neil Diamond compares the feeling to being in a storm, and all he can do is leave.
Love is All Around Us – Wet Wet Wet
The singer in this song is convincing his lover that he loves them while trying to coax them to prove their love for him. He reassures his lover that his love will always remain and that he’s dependable.
Same Love – MacKlemore & Ryan Lewis
Same Love’ draws attention to how the hip-hop genre doesn’t seem to accept gay people. Macklemore calls out the hypocrisy in and out of the music industry and calls for everyone to love each other, and says that “love is patient, love is kind.”
Love Is in the Air – John Paul Young
This song is essentially the embodiment of what it feels like to be head-over-heels in love! The singer says love is in the trees, the sea, and even in the sunrise and sunset. That’s not possible, but anything’s possible when you’re in love, right?
I Wanna Know What Love is – Foreigner
In this classic 80s love song, the narrator sounds like he’s hanging on by a thread when it comes to love. He’s been burned one too many times in the past but thinks he’s found someone who can show him what real love looks like. Hopefully, it worked out for him.
Related: this gem of a track appears on our playlist of songs about new love interests.
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) – George Harrison
The love George Harrison asks for in this song is a worldwide peaceful love rather than a romantic love. He seeks peace on earth and a deep understanding of the people in his life rather than shallow connections. It’s a kind of love everyone can benefit from.
Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
Some choose to describe being in love as whimsical and happy, but Robert Palmer chose a more dramatic approach. This song describes being in love as an addiction that makes you kind of crazy for your lover. It does feel that way sometimes, so he’s not wrong.
Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
This beautiful duet is sung by two lovers who can’t live without each other. They describe their hearts as one and promise that they’ll always be there for each other for the rest of their lives.
Related: this classic appears on our duet karaoke songs list.
I Love Rock n Roll – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
This song is obviously an ode to rock n roll, but it also tells the story of two people who met by a jukebox and fell in love. They bond over their love of rock n roll, and it seems to be enough to bring them together.
Love the Way You Lie – Eminem Ft. Rihanna
Eminem and Rihanna tackle a difficult subject in this song. It’s about a couple in an unhealthy relationship that isn’t doing either of them any good. They practically hate each other, and the woman is afraid to leave, yet something keeps drawing her to stay.
Related: see our playlist of betrayal songs.
When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
According to this song, a man loses his mind when he loves a woman! He’s blind to her imperfections, goes broke to make her happy, and will abandon his friends if they say anything bad about her. Maybe it’s crazy, but it’s loyalty at its finest.
It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
The singer in this song seems to be remembering the past to be sweeter than it was. “It must have been love” suggests that maybe she didn’t realize it was love at the time, and now that she’s lonely, she realizes how good she had it.
Precious Love – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
The love between the man and woman singing is a strong love that never gets old. They discover new things about each other, keeping the relationship fresh. They realize that what they have is special, and not everyone can have a love like they have.
Do You Believe in Love – by Huey Lewis and the News
A man meets a woman and instantly falls in love with her in this song. The love he’s referring to in his question seems to be about love at first sight but progresses to mean something more throughout the song since they eventually end up together.
Love Shack – B-52’s
People have their own definition of what the ‘Love Shack’ is, and that’s how it was meant to be. It’s your favorite club, your favorite hangout, an actual shack to throw a party in, or maybe it’s just a happy state of mind.
Related: this is a classic karaoke tune.
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Only fools jump headfirst into a relationship, but sometimes you can’t help it, according to Elvis. He sings of a love that he can’t ignore because it just feels right. Why wouldn’t you rush in when you feel this way?
Related: this one features on our playlist of songs about falling in love.
Sweet Love – Anita Baker
Anita Baker sings of a love that she’s proud of—she’s in love, and there’s no point in hiding it! She’s devoted to her man and knows it will stay that way forever. She pleads for her lover to stay with her because she’ll always be there for him.
How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees
This song is about true love being tested by others. The “world of fools” is testing the couple’s limits. Perhaps they try to pull them away from each other? They question the depth of each other’s love so they can know that they’ll be okay despite the fools.
One Night Love Affair – Bryan Adams
Two people spent one night together for fun, but now they’re dealing with the fact that they felt something for each other. Is it love or just attraction? This would-be couple doesn’t know because now they can’t contact each other. Life is cruel sometimes, isn’t it?
Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
You know this song from Disney’s The Lion King, but it has a sweet message outside of the film. It’s about two wanderers who never stay in one place but manage to cross paths, fall in love, and find their way through the world together.
When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman – Dr. Hook
The struggle of loving a beautiful woman is that everyone else loves her, too. It gives you trust issues, makes you wonder who she’s talking to, and you make everyone jealous. But really, it’s a small price to be with such a pretty lady.
Unconditional Love – Susanna Hoffs
The woman singing has reservations about the relationship she’s in. She worries about her faults and flaws but is reminded by her lover that they have unconditional love for her, which melts away all her fears. When she says “I surrender,” she’s referring to those insecurities that bother her.