From sweet and uplifting to haunting and thought-provoking, these songs are about the kind of love that never dies, the selfless, eternal love that transcends time and space. These are the sweetest songs of all time.
1. “Amazed” – Lonestar
“Amazed” is a passionate and romantic love song, describing what being head over heels in love feels like, loving someone completely, in the sweetest way. “I wanna spend the rest of my life / With you by my side.”
2. “Young and Beautiful” – Lana Del Rey
“Young and Beautiful” deals with the nature of true love, ultimately speaking of a love that lasts beyond all appearances, beyond all tests of time, beyond death. “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful? / I know you will, I know that you will.” She knows that their love is more powerful than any fleeting superficiality.
3. “Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol
“All that I am / All that I ever was / Is here in your perfect eyes, they're all I can see.” There’s a reason that “Chasing Cars” shows up on almost every list of sweetest songs. It’s about simply wanting to forget the whole world besides each other.
4. “Islands in the Stream” – Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
“Baby, when I met you there was peace unknown.” The two country superstars sing together, rejoicing in true love. It's a classic love story about two hearts that are now one, seeing eye to eye.
5. “Til Forever Falls Apart” – Ashe and FINNEAS
This indie song is a duet with FINNEAS and Ashe, resulting in an unexpectedly powerful song about San Andreas. “And if the sky falls from heaven above / Oh, I know I had the best time falling into love.” Essentially, it's about two lovers who are willing to brave the end of the world with each other by their side.
6. “Heroes” – Peter Gabriel
Powerful and inspirational, “Heroes” was inspired by a true story about lovers separated by the Berlin Wall. “And the guns shot above our heads.” It’s full of longing to be together, to be king and queen for just a day in the midst of geopolitical turmoil.
7. “Si Tú La Quieres” – David Bisbal and Aitana
Sweetly loving, this song is all about how blessed two people feel to have each other’s love. Popular in the Spanish-speaking world, the title of this song translates to “If She Loves You,” and it's about how being loved is like having the whole world at your fingertips.
8. “Wave on Wave” – Pat Green
The Texan singer’s hit describes being lost until, at last, finding the love that he was searching for all along. “Am I the one you were sent to save?” This song is about the redeeming and saving power of true love, parallel to the love of God himself.
9. “One and Only” – Adele
Adele’s “One and Only” is a popular song for weddings, and is just as powerful and emotive as her heartbreak classics. “To forgive your past and simply be mine.” This song describes the uncertainty, promise, and potential that entering into forever with someone holds.
10. “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith
This is a favorite slow dance song and another one that’s purely loving and sweet. It's a must-have on any list of sweet songs. It’s about loving someone so much, you don’t want to miss a single moment of spending time with them.
11. “It Just Comes Natural” – George Strait
“It’s what I was born to do / Don’t have to think it through.” One of George Strait's greatest love songs (and he has many), the country star’s “It Just Comes Natural” compares the nature of true love to the effortlessness of nature itself.
12. “What’s It to You” – Clay Walker
Clay Walker has so many sweet songs, from “Fall” to “If I Could Make a Living,” but this one is particularly catchy and upbeat. It’s simply about being in love. “I know what love is, what’s it to you?” he asks.
13. “My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion
The list would not be complete without this iconic song from Titanic. Celine Dion sings about the undying power that love has to go on beyond all obstacles, even death.
14. “Forever and Ever Amen” – Randy Travis
Sweet and lighthearted yet profound, “Forever and Ever Amen” is one of the most famous sweet songs of all time. The line, “And as sure as I live / This love that I give / Is gonna be yours until the day that I die,” says it all.
15. “When You Say Nothing at All” – Keith Whitley
“A touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall.” Another classic wedding and slow dance song, “When You Say Nothing at All” is about the ability of love to transcend words.
16. “24 / 7 / 365” – SurfacesSweetest
Lighthearted and chill, “24 / 7 / 365” describes meeting someone and falling in love, not in a reckless way, but a sweet and thoughtful one. They both want a deeper relationship and not a hookup. “Twenty-four-seven, three-six-five / I'd have to be where I feel your sunshine.”
17. “Feathered Indians” – Tyler Childers
One of the most unpretentious songs there is and a favorite among the guys I know, “Feathered Indians” is about the power that love had in changing the singer’s reckless ways. She was the first person who motivated him to become a better person.
18. “Forever After All” – Luke Combs
True love lasts forever, and that’s what Luke Combs’ song is all about. Surprisingly sweet, “Forever After All” contrasts how all material things may fade, but love does not. The last verse is so sad but so sweet.
19. “Yellow” – Coldplay
"Look at the stars / Look how they shine for you.” Well-written with lots of artistic imagery, Coldplay’s hit is a sweet song for sure. It shows the strength of love, and the lengths someone will go for the love of their life.
20. “You Are in Love” – Taylor Swift
This list would not be complete without one of Taylor Swift’s romantic songs. “You Are in Love” is one of the sweetest of her songs. It's about lovers who are truly best friends. As Taylor puts it, “You can hear it in the silence.”
21. “Helpless” – Philipa Soo & Original Broadway Cast
A fun and upbeat song from the Hamilton musical, “Helpless” is about what the title implies: being helplessly in love. The song describes Eliza and Hamilton’s love story, from meeting in the ballroom to saying “I do.”
22. “Wherever You Will Go” – The Calling
“Wherever You Will Go” is about true devotion. The lyrics describe hoping to follow someone anywhere, and be there as a guide through even the darkest times. Even though the song implies that they are not together, it's about wanting to be with someone forever.
23. “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
This iconic song is about two lovers who can’t even stay apart after they break up. “And I wonder if I ever cross your mind / For me it happens all the time.”
24. “Ocean Eyes” – Billie Eilish
“Ocean Eyes,” the song that launched Billie Eilish into fame, is not your typical sweet tune, but it’s about a powerful and consuming love all the same. It’s haunting and thought-provoking while showcasing Billie Eilish’s ethereal voice.
25. “Can't Help Falling in Love with You” – Kina Grannis
An updated cover of the Elvis original, this rendition of the classic manages to make the song a bit deeper and emphasizes the true sweetness of the lyrics with the soft instrumental background.
Whether you're looking to get inspired by the capacity of humanity to love, to reconnect with your loved one, or simply for something nice to listen to, these are some of the sweetest songs ever written, across genres, languages, and time.
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