Are there any good love songs for teenagers left? With all the inappropriate lyrics that are commonplace in popular music today, it's a worthwhile question to ask. Fortunately, there are plenty of sweet, fun, romantic songs out there, without lyrics that would horrify parents and grandparents. Here is a list of love songs that keep the lyrics chaste, but still appeal to teens musical sensibilities.
Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse
The band Lifehouse actually began its career as a Christian rock band under a different name, but has achieved mainstream success in its current incarnation. The song "Hanging by a Moment" is, first and foremost, a catchy pop-rock tune, but the lyrics are passionate while still remaining innocent.
You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift's teen love song, "You Belong With Me" tells the story of a "girl next door" who's in love with the boy she's known her whole life, who's involved with the "popular girl." Of course, the "Girl Next Door" wins out in the end… a sweet love song with a happy ending.
1,2,3,4 by Plain White Tees
Plain White Tees, best known for their Grammy-nominated love song "Hey There Delilah," released another great love song in 2008 with "1, 2, 3, 4." The song has sweetly clever, simple lyrics, expressing true love.
Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers
This song is one of the all-time classic love songs. It has been recorded and performed by countless artists, and featured in many films and television series. The most popular version, by The Righteous Brothers, was recorded in 1965.
Love Bug by The Jonas Brothers
Teen favorites The Jonas Brothers have a squeaky-clean Disney image which parents approve of, and good looks that make teenage girls swoon. Their song "Love Bug" is catchy and cute, with sweet lyrics about being bitten by the "Love Bug."
I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
The Beatles first big US hit is the perfect teenage love song. Released in 1963, the song does have a very early-sixties sound, and lyrics that are about as chaste as possible, but still this song endures as a timeless classic.
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