No two people fall in love the same way, which is why love songs do not have the same meaning for everyone. There are thousands of love songs in every language and musical genre. The best love songs may be the ones that evoke a strong sense of joy, rekindle memories or even bring about a tinge of bittersweet pain when the song is heard.
Written by Irving Gordon, Nat King Cole recorded Unforgettable with orchestra leader Nelson Riddle in 1951. Often heard today at weddings and anniversary galas, it was a popular love song many young couples fell in love to on the dance floor during the early 1950s. It enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in 1991 when Nat King Cole's daughter Natalie Cole dubbed her vocals to create a duet with her deceased father. Unforgettable won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1991.
Unchained Melody (1965)
In 1990, Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore shared one of cinema's most sensuous scenes involving a pottery wheel while The Righteous Brothers crooned Unchained Melody. The hauntingly beautiful love song was written in 1955 by lyricist Hy Zaret with musical composition by Alex North. The song originally was written for the 1955 movie Unchained. However, it is the 1965 version by The Righteous Brothers that is heard at weddings and other sentimental events.
Can't Help Falling in Love (1966)
The year was 1966, and Elvis Presley could make the ladies sigh and swoon with the twitch of one lip and two hips. He sang Can't Help Falling in Love in the movie Blue Hawaii. It was written by George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore. Since its original release in 1966, Can't Help Falling in Love has been covered by many other artists, including Ingrid Michaelson, U2, Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen.
Your Song (1970)
According to Billboard, Elton John's love ballad Your Song peaked at number eight for the week of January 23, 1971. It was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It may not have been one of Elton John's number one hits, but for many couples falling in love, it was their song. Hear it once and you can't forget the lyrics, "I hope you don't mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is, when you're in my world."
Endless Love (1981)
Diana Ross and Lionel Richie recorded Endless Love for the 1981 Franco Zefferelli movie of the same name. Written by Lionel Richie and Thomas McClary, the song won the Golden Globe and American Movie Award for Best Original Song.
My Heart Will Go On (1997)
In 1997, James Cameron wrote and directed the blockbuster movie Titanic. Celine Dion sang the movie's love ballad My Heart Will Go On and captured the hearts of many couples falling in love. Her strong vocals and the song's haunting melody earn it a spot on any list of best love songs. James Horner wrote the music for My Heart Will Go on and the lyrics are by Will Jennings. It won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
Each of these songs is timeless, with beautiful melodies and sentimental lyrics that will never go out of style for couples falling in love.