30 Best Movie Love Songs of All Time

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Written By Will Fenton

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Love songs have always been an integral part of movies.

Whether it’s a romantic ballad or an upbeat tune, a good love song can add so much emotion to a film.

Love songs have played an important role in movie soundtracks ranging from old classics to the most recent romantic comedies.

Here are 30 of the best movie love songs of all time that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a song to your heart.

These romantic film tracks are sure to set the mood for a cosy night with your special someone.

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1. “Crazy For You” by Madonna (Vision Quest)

“Crazy For You” is a song by the American singer Madonna, released as the title track for the 1985 film Vision Quest.

The song was released as the second single from the film’s soundtrack in March 1985 

It became one of Madonna’s biggest hits, reaching the top of the charts in several countries and becoming her third number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

The song’s lyrics speak of being in love and feeling crazy because of it.

2. “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith (Armageddon)

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” is a power ballad by the American hard rock band Aerosmith.

It was written by Diane Warren and performed by Aerosmith for the 1998 film Armageddon.

The selection of Aerosmith for the power ballad theme song is suitable given that Steven Tyler’s daughter Liv plays the daughter in the movie.

3. “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal (Batman Forever)

“Kiss From A Rose” is one of the best love songs from movies.

It is a song by Seal, from his album Seal II.

It was released as a single in 1994 and became a worldwide hit, reaching the top of the charts in several countries.

The song was later included on the soundtrack of the 1995 film Batman Forever, in which it played over the closing credits.

However, the song was able to blend in with the movie before taking on a life of its own and moving away from it.

4. “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams (Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves)

“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams is one of the best love songs in movies.

It is a song recorded by Bryan Adams and written by Adams, Michael Kamen, and Robert John “Mutt” Lange.

The song was released on the soundtrack album for the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

It has since become one of Adams’ best-known songs.

5. “Love Is All Around” by The Troggs (Four Weddings And A Funeral)

A British madcap comedy titled Four Weddings and a Funeral follows the eventual union of two of the main characters.

“Love Is All Around” is a song written by Reg Presley and performed by the British rock band The Troggs.

It was released as a single in 1967 and became a hit, reaching the top five on the UK Singles Chart and the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It was later covered by Wet Wet Wet and featured in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral, where it became a popular wedding song.

The song has been covered by many other artists and has become one of the most popular love songs from movies.

6. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard)

Whitney Houston’s emotional version of Dolly Parton’s song for the film The Bodyguard serves as both a display of her vocal prowess and a musical summary of the character’s relationship with her bodyguard in the movie.

Long after the 1992 movie’s original release, the song has continued to have an impact on listeners.

7. “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin (Top Gun)

“Take My Breath Away” is a song performed by the American band Berlin, recorded for the 1986 film Top Gun.

With the help of this song, the band Berlin went from being an unknown European pop-synth band to becoming a well-known one.

The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score in 1987 and was also nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media.”

Terri Nunn’s seductive vocals capture the feeling of a lady who is losing the battle against falling in love with someone she shouldn’t.

8. “Unchained Melody” by Righteous Brothers (Ghost)

One of the best-known versions of the song was recorded by The Righteous Brothers in 1965, and it became a hit, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In 1990, the song was used in the film Ghost, and it became popular again as a result.

As the song carries you through the emotional scene, you become more aware of their pain and love for one another.

9. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel (Say Anything)

The song was written and produced by the band’s lead singer, Max Bemis, and features an energetic and catchy pop-punk sound.

The lyrics of the song are about the power of love and the way it can bring people together and help them overcome any obstacle.

Before appearing in the John Cusack and Ione Skye film Say Anything, “In Your Eyes” had been in the limelight for a few years.

The song is played during a pivotal moment in the movie when Cusack’s character plays the music on his boombox for his potential love interest to hear from a distance.

10. “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette (Pretty Woman)

“It Must Have Been Love” is a song written by Per Gessle and performed by the Swedish pop duo Roxette.

It is one of the top romantic movie songs.

The song was included on the duo’s second studio album, Look Sharp! and was later included on several of their greatest hits albums.

It was also featured in the 1990 film Pretty Woman, which contributed to its popularity.

The song refers to the scene in the movie where both protagonists temporarily part ways and come down from their romantic highs.

11. “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer (She’s All That)

“Kiss Me” is a song by Sixpence None the Richer that was released in 1998.

It was used in the 1999 film She’s All That, which starred Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook.

The plot of the movie She’s All That revolves around a jock who asks out the “ugly” girl in school, believing he’s going to be cruel to her, just to find out that she’s truly all that.

It has since become a popular choice for wedding ceremonies and has been covered by numerous artists.

12. “I Just Called To Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder (The Woman In Red)

“I Just Called to Say I Love You” is a song by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder.

It was released in 1984 as a single from the soundtrack of the film The Woman in Red, in which it was featured.

The song was written and produced by Wonder, and it became one of his most successful singles, topping the charts in countries around the world.

The lyrics of the movie’s award-winning theme song by Stevie Wonder emphasize the protagonist’s aspiration to seduce a beautiful woman.

Wonder’s lyrics skillfully discuss the missed opportunity as his desired paramour entertains his approaches but ultimately rejects him.

13. “Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls (City Of Angels)

“Iris” is a song by the American rock band the Goo Goo Dolls.

It was released in 1998 as the second single from the band’s sixth studio album, Dizzy Up the Girl.

Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls is a fantastic song on its own, but when combined with the City of Angels movie’s story twist, it has a completely different meaning.

A song that vividly conveys the pain of love and loss captures the pain of the separation between the two main characters.

14. “Moon River” by Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast At Tiffany’s)

Moon River” is a song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer.

It was originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Despite being a talented actress, Audrey Hepburn wasn’t generally renowned for her singing talents.

In the scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s where her neighbor is present, she plays the song Moon River with a sorrowful, plaintive longing for the perfect romance.

15. “Shallow” by Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

Since its initial release in 1937, three different versions of the movie A Star Is Born have been produced.

The core storyline of a romance between an older male performer and a younger female artist remains in each version, which modernizes the film for the period in which it was produced.

While each version stands out on its own, Lady Gaga’s vocal prowess is on full display in the song “Shallow,” as she sings about the reasons why the two of them teamed up.

16. “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes (An Officer And A Gentleman)

“Up Where We Belong” is a song written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Will Jennings that was performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.

Together, the two singers gave the impression that they, rather than Debra Winger and Richard Gere, were the actors in the film.

The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and its Adaptation or Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

17. “My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion (Titanic)

“My Heart Will Go On” is one of the top love songs from movies, sung by Celine Dion and recorded for the soundtrack of the 1997 film Titanic.

This song about love and pathos played against the background of the Titanic’s sinking, showcases Céline Dion’s vocal prowess at its best.

The song addresses Rose’s survival, Jack’s passing, and the decades she must endure while wondering what would have happened if he had survived.

18. “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” by Phil Collins (Against All Odds)

“Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” is a song by Phil Collins, recorded for the 1984 film Against All Odds.

This Grammy-winning song, which captures the tension between the romantic couple performed by Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward, showcases Phil Collins’ songwriting skills.

They must question each other about why they should get back together because the song is just as dark as the movie’s theme. 

The song is known for its powerful and emotional ballad, as well as Collins’s distinctive vocals and drumming.

19. “Hopelessly Devoted To You” by Olivia Newton-John (Grease)

“Hopelessly Devoted to You” is a song performed by Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 film Grease.

The song was written by John Farrar and was featured on the film’s soundtrack.

In the film, the character Sandy Olsson, played by Olivia Newton-John, sings the song as she reflects on her feelings for the character Danny Zuko, played by John Travolta.

In this country-flavored song, she sings in a way that makes you feel like a teen hopelessly in love with a bad boy during high school.

20. “A Time For Us” by Andy Williams (Romeo and Juliet)

“A Time for Us” is a song that was composed by Nino Rota for the 1968 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

It has been rated as one of the best romantic movie songs.

The song was performed by Andy Williams and his orchestra, and the lyrics were written by Larry Kusik.

It has since become a popular romantic ballad and has been covered by numerous artists.

The song’s lyrics express the hope that someday a time will come when the two lovers will be able to be together.

21. “It Had To Be You” by Harry Connick Jr (When Harry Met Sally)

In his performance of the iconic song, Harry Connick Jr. begins with a dramatic introduction before settling into his singing style, which is influenced by the Rat Pack.

By the time the movie When Harry Met Sally brought it back to life, the song had already become a classic example of the 1950s crooning jazz, but it nevertheless fits the film’s wild romantic relationship between the lead characters.

 22. “Title Track” by Jerry Orbach (Beauty And The Beast)

One of the greatest tracks used for romantic movie songs is “Title Track,” which was featured in Beauty and the Beast

“Title Track” is a song from the 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast.

It was written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken and performed by Jerry Orbach as the voice of Lumière and Angela Lansbury as the voice of Mrs. Potts.

The song is featured during the opening credits of the film and serves as an introduction to the story and its main characters.

It is a joyful and upbeat song that sets the tone for the rest of the film.

23. “As Time Goes By” by Dooley Wilson (Casablanca)

Before Dooley Wilson sang “As Time Goes By” for Ingrid Bergman’s character in the film Casablanca, the song was already well-known.

It took Bergman’s emotional performance in the scene where her character realizes her relationship with Humphrey Bogart’s character is coming to an end.

24. “Wings” by Kate Winslet (Labor Day)

The song opens with a strong marching beat before transitioning into Birdy’s soft vocals and a firm belief that the relationship is going up in flames.

The entire impression is consistent with the movie’s dark romantic twist.

25. “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (Dirty Dancing)

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” is a song written by Frankie Previte, John DeNicola, and Donald Markowitz.

It was recorded by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes and featured in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.

Although there are many dramatic plots, turns, and twists in the film, everything turns out for the best in the end, and the song celebrates these moments rather than the heartbreaks.

26. “She” by Elvis Costello (Notting Hill)

“She” is a song written by Elvis Costello and performed by Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

It was released in 1979 on his album Armed Forces.

The song was also included in the 1999 romantic comedy film Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.

The film’s soundtrack album included a version of the song performed by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach.

27. “She’s Li The Wind” by Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing)

“She’s Like The Wind” is one of the top romantic movie songs performed by Patrick Swayze from the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.

The song was written by Swayze and his brother Don and was featured on the film’s soundtrack.

The song is known for its romantic and sensual lyrics and its use in the film as a pivotal moment in the relationship between the characters played by Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

28. “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (Once)

“Falling Slowly” is a song written and performed by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová for the 2007 movie Once

It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007 and has since become a popular choice for covers by other artists.

The song is known for its simple, yet emotive, melody and its lyrics, which tell the story of two people falling in love and trying to hold onto that feeling despite the challenges they face.

29. “All I Want Is You” by U2 (Reality Bites)

“All I Want Is You” is a song by the Irish rock band U2.

It was originally released on the band’s 1988 album Rattle and Hum and was later included on the soundtrack for the 1994 film Reality Bites.

It features a simple, catchy melody and emotional lyrics that have made it a fan favorite and a classic of the band’s catalogue.

30. “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey (The Great Gatsby)

“Young and Beautiful” is a song by Lana Del Rey that was featured in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby, which is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The song features a wistful and melancholic melody with lyrics that explore themes of youth, love, and longing.

Best Movie Love Songs – Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the 30 best movie love songs of all time represent some of the most romantic and memorable tracks in film history.

From classic ballads to modern pop hits, these love songs have stood the test of time and continue to be celebrated as some of the most romantic and enduring tracks in movie history.

Whether you’re looking to set the mood for a romantic evening or simply want to reminisce on some of your favorite movie moments, these songs are sure to bring back memories and create new ones.

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