(Honestly, you would've freaked out if we'd put Foo Fighters over Etta James.) Before you tell us what we missed, a few notes.
One, we excluded breakup songs and come-back-to-me songs and please-sleep-with-me songs.
Bloggers, DJs, and critics helped us assemble this comprehensive list of great love songs.
In the fall, we divided them up by decade, but in consolidating them, we've dropped some, moved up others, and rearranged with an eye towards timelessness, which means in many cases the older songs got the edge.
But paired with the simple melody and honest lyrics of "First Day Of My Life," that voice works perfectly. Rufus & Chaka Khan, "Ain't Nobody" (1983) "Ain't Nobody" is contagious; the song's repeating synthesizer loop gets trapped in your head for days and you can't help but groove.
The Magnetic Fields, "The Book of Love" (1999) The Magnetic Fields are nothing if not frank: "The book of love is long and boring…
The song is impassioned and just a little dirty; that feeling of danger makes it unforgettable.
— Listen: Rufus & Chaka Khan, "Ain't Nobody" 36.
In a deliciously low croon, Dylan tells his lover that she's "the best thing that he's ever seen," and in that moment the only place you want to be is pressed up against someone's body in a big brass bed, forgetting the time of day. Sade, "Your Love is King" (1984) There is no operator smoother than Sade.
"Your Love is King" hit radio at exactly at the right moment — disco had finally died and R&B was searching for its next sound. Overblown, perhaps; or maybe you're just intimidated by its grandeur.