Music has this special ability to express emotions that are usually hard to explain.
So, is there a better way of showing your affection for someone than by finding a perfect song?
Luckily, some of the best songs are inspired by romantic love.
To help you out a bit, we’ve made a list of the best 35 love songs for him.
We’ve included different genres and eras, from romantic ballads to timeless classics, with heartfelt lyrics that will make you think about that special someone.
35 Love Songs For Him
1. The Cardigans – “Lovefool“
When talking about the best love songs for him, this isn’t a song you would perhaps immediately think of. However, “Lovefool” is an iconic love song that captures the feeling of being in love perfectly.
“Lovefool” was released in 1996, and it’s a single that helped The Cardigans become universally popular.
Although the term love fool means you’re not loved back, the song is as cheerful and uplifting as it could be, so the most important notion is being in love with someone.
“Love me, love me
Say that you love me
Leave me, leave me
Just say that you need me
I can’t care ’bout anything but you.”
2. Etta James – “At Last“
Without a doubt, “At Last” by Etta James is a timeless classic.
So, if you’re searching for romantic songs for him, this is definitely a safe choice. Especially if you’re special someone knows how to appreciate older classics.
The song has simple yet poetic lyrics, and along with the slow, dreamy melody and Etta’s distinctive vocals, “At Last” is a perfect romantic tune.
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you.”
3. Alicia Keys – “Fallin’“
“I keep on fallin’
In and out of love with you
I never loved someone
The way that I love you.”
This popular R&B hit was released on Alicia Keys’ debut studio album in 2001 when she was only 20 years old.
The song became a Grammy song of the year, and Alicia was awarded best new artist.
More than 20 years later, she is still rocking the charts, and “Fallin'” remains one of the best R&B love songs.
4. Sade – “By Your Side“
Here comes another queen of soulful, romantic music – Sade.
Released in 2000, “By Your Side” is still an inspiration for many musicians.
“By Your Side” is undoubtedly one of the songs to dedicate to your boyfriend, but only if you really mean it.
This song is a promise that you’ll stand by your lover’s side no matter what, especially in hard times.
“Oh, when you’re cold
I’ll be there
Hold you tight to me
Oh, when you’re low
I’ll be there
By your side, baby.”
5. The Ronettes – “Be My Baby“
One of the most iconic love songs about wanting someone is “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes.
Released in 1963, “Be My Baby” definitely passed the test of time.
It’s a sweet, romantic tune with charming 60s vibes that (seemingly) talks about a girl who has pretty clear intentions towards a guy.
“I’ll make you happy, baby, just wait and see
For every kiss you give me I’ll give you three
Oh, since the day I saw you
I have been waiting for you
You know I will adore you ’til eternity.”
6. Dua Lipa – “Love Again“
“I never thought that I would find a way out
I never thought I’d hear my heartbeat so loud
I can’t believe there’s something left in my chest anymore
But goddamn, you got me in love again.”
In her 2020 single, Dua Lipa sings about falling in love unexpectedly.
At the time when she was writing “Love Again”, the singer was reportedly in a relationship that was falling apart due to her partner’s dishonesty.
When you get out of a toxic relationship, it’s often hard to imagine that you’ll fall in love with someone else anytime soon. But that’s usually not the case, and “Love Again” reminds us of that.
7. Lola Marsh – “You’re Mine“
“You’re Mine” by the indie-pop band Lola Marsh has a captivating atmosphere that will make you feel free and in love (with the world).
The song was released in 2017 on the band’s debut album “Remember Roses”, and we hope Lola Marsh gets even more recognition in the future.
“And I know that I’m slow in the morning
As I fall into a hole without an end
Until, suddenly, I look at you
And all the mirrors
Vanish from my mind.”
8. Desire – “Under Your Spell“
“I don’t eat
I don’t sleep
I do nothing but think of you.”
According to its lyrics, “Under Your Spell” is one of the songs about a new relationship.
When you’re freshly in love, that other person is probably on your mind a lot. Perhaps all of the time.
And although being head over heels for someone feels amazing (if it’s mutual), a crush should never transform into an obsession, and “Under Your Spell” tackles that question in a very captivating, unique way.
9. Roxy Music – “More Than This“
“More Than This” by Roxy Music was released in 1982 and became popular among movie lovers after being featured in “Lost in Translation” by Sofia Coppola.
It’s a rather interesting song because it talks about a broken relationship yet it has an atmosphere of a love song.
Nonetheless, the verse „There’s nothing more than this“ can be interpreted in many ways, and since being seen in that “Lost and Translation scene”, it kind of feels more romantic than sad.
“It was fun for a while
There was no way of knowing
Like a dream in the night
Who can say where we’re going?”
10. Lauryn Hill – “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You“
When we talk about the best love songs for him, we can’t skip “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.
In the 1998 cover, Lauryn Hill gave this classic her iconic touch.
In a nutshell, it’s a song about new love and obvious infatuation, and therefore an ideal song for a new relationship.
“Pardon the way that I stare
There’s nothing else to compare
The sight of you leaves me weak
There are no words left to speak.”
11. Selah Sue – “All I Need From You“
“All I Need From You” by the Belgian singer Selah Sue is a soulful, delicate love ballad.
It’s a kind of music that you can get completely lost in, just like when you’re in love.
“Hold me in your arms
Watch the world around us
Fading to the dark
And dissolve completely
Embrace me with your heart, my love.”
12. U2 – “All I Want Is You“
Among songs about wanting someone, this beautiful track by U2 is definitely one of the most memorable ones.
“All I Want Is You” was released on the band’s album “Rattle and Hum” in 1988.
Bono wrote this song for his wife, so it’s no wonder that he put so much emotion into it.
“All the promises we break
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you.”
13. Dido – “Thank You“
“And I want to thank you
For giving me the best day of my life
Oh, just to be with you
Is having the best day of my life.”
Released in 1998, “Thank You” is definitely one of Dido’s signature songs.
It’s also a beautiful pop track about the appreciation of that special someone.
When things around you seem bad, the person you love can make everything better just by being there, and Dido managed to capture that perfectly.
14. Mura Masa – “Lovesick“
“Lovesick” was written by the young Guernsey-born artist Alexander Crossan, known by the stage name Mura Masa.
Featuring vocals by ASAP Rocky, this version of “Lovesick” is a true genre-crossing hit.
It’s a catchy tune with rich sound and lyrics that clearly talk about being, perhaps even madly, in love.
15. Bahari – “Ways of Love“
“Ways of Love” by the American pop duo Bahari was released in 2021 and proved that the band isn’t done with making youthful indie tunes.
However, with “Ways of Love”, they showed their dreamy, sensual side, which makes this one of the suitable songs to send to your boyfriend.
“I might let go
My heart is open
But my door’s been closed
You give me these feelings
I don’t understand
Take control of my body
I’m in your hands.”
16. Justin Timberlake – “Summer Love“
After being released in 2007, “Summer Love” by Justin Timberlake quickly climbed to Billboard charts.
And it’s still a popular and beloved pop hit.
In “Summer Love”, Justin talks about wanting to stay with someone he met during summer.
Summer love is often associated with something brief and insignificant, but it can be just the opposite.
“I can’t wait to fall in love with you
You can’t wait to fall in love with me
This just can’t be summer love, you’ll see.”
17. Maren Morris – “The Feels“
“Feels, like the tickle of the bubbles
In a bottle of cheap champagne
And it feels like I’m getting into trouble
But I’m gonna do it anyway.“
“The Feels” by the country singer Maren Morris is one of those genuine, uplifting love songs for him.
The song was released on the singer’s album “Girl” in 2019.
After listening to “The Feels”, you’ll feel happier and more in love, even if there’s currently no one specific in your life you want to dedicate this song to.
18. Amos Lee – “New Love“
This is definitely one of the most romantic yet relaxed songs about new love.
And “New Love” is all about Amos’ charming vocals and soulful sound.
Moreover, the song has relatable lyrics that perfectly portray those first days of being happily in love.
“I can’t wait to say good morning baby
What you wanna do today?”
19. Frank Sinatra – “L.O.V.E“
This is probably one of the most iconic love songs on our list.
With Sinatra’s unparalleled voice and charisma, catchy melody, and heartfelt lyrics, “L.O.V.E” is a safe choice when it comes to songs to dedicate to your boyfriend.
You can’t go wrong with Frank Sinatra’s timeless charm.
“L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore can.”
20. Morcheeba – “Gimme Your Love“
Well, the name of Morcheeba’s 2013 track says it all.
In “Gimme Your Love”, Morcheeba’s Skye Edwards sings about love and chemistry between two people in her cool, authentic style.
“Make it right for me
And then you’ll see
Our love’s here to last.”
21. Black Eyed Peas – “Meet Me Halfway“
“Can you meet me halfway, right at the borderline
Is where I’m gonna wait, for you
I’ll be looking out, night n’ day
Took my heart to the limit, and this is where I stay.”
Meet Me Halfway was released on The Black Eyed Peas album “The E.N.D.” in 2009.
Although it’s not one of the band’s most popular hits, “Meet Me Halfway” peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in UK and Australia.
Well, it comes as no surprise that the song was well accepted due to its captivating melody, relatable lyrics, and Fergie’s distinctive vocals.
22. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone – “City of Stars (La La Land OST)“
After being performed by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the film “La La Land”, “City of Stars” became one of the most popular contemporary love songs.
It’s a dreamy and gentle song with simple, honest lyrics – so, everything that a good love song has to be.
And if you don’t have a guy to share it with, watching Ryan Gosling singing and dancing is always a good idea.
Is this the start of something wonderful and new?
Or one more dream that I cannot make true?”
23. Sixpence None The Richer – “Kiss Me“
“Oh, kiss me, beneath the milky twilight
Lead me out on the moonlit floor
Lift your open hand
Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance
Silver moon‘s sparkling
So kiss me.”
This familiar pop tune was released in 1997 and got recognized after being featured on the TV Show “Dawson’s Creek”.
And now, more than twenty years later, it’s one of the most famous pop love songs, proving its timeless charm despite the break up of the band.
24. Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More“
Released in April 2021, “Kiss Me More” is a more recent tune with a similar message as the previous one.
It’s an upbeat pop/rap song with the obvious influence of the disco genre.
Therefore, it’s a perfect tune to listen to when you’re freshly in love or simply daydreaming about someone.
25. HAIM – “Little Of Your Love“
The talented Haim sisters released this catchy song in 2017.
Whether you feel like dancing in your living room because you feel in love, or you’re searching for a laid-back love song for your man, “Little Of Your Love” is a perfect choice!
“You’re just another recovering heart
I wasn’t even gonna try
You wouldn’t even give it time
Could be so easy, you make it hard
Don’t think about it all too much
My love is gonna be enough.”
26. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – “Dream a Little Dream of Me“
Originally written in the 1930s, this famous classic was made popular in the 50s by the iconic duo Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.
Genuine lyrics, artists’ chemistry, and a jazzy atmosphere are a recipe for a timeless love song.
So, it was inevitable for “Dream a Little Dream of Me” to make the list of the best love songs for him.
“Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper “I love you”
Birds singing in the sycamore tree
Dream a little dream of me.”
27. Rihanna – “Stay“
“Not really sure how to feel about it
Something in the way you move
Makes me feel like I can’t live without you
It takes me all the way
I want you to stay.”
“Stay” is undeniably one of Rihanna’s most emotional songs.
It’s a seemingly simple, piano-driven ballad written by Mikky Ekko and enriched with Rihanna’s genuine approach to the performance.
The song’s music video also expresses the emotion through its simplicity – it’s shot with a single camera and shows Rihanna’s raw, vulnerable side.
28. Jessie Ware – “Please“
“I want a place
Where golden moments last forever
Face to face
You look like someone I could treasure.”
This song will make you feel like dancing from the very beginning.
Best known for her song “Wildest Moments”, a talented British artist Jessie Ware knows how to write catchy alternative music about love.
And “Please” is one of those tracks that should be on everyone’s weekend night out’s playlist.
29. Ramones – “Baby I Love You“
Originally performed by The Ronettes, Ramones’ version of “Baby I Love You” peaked the charts and quickly became one of those recognizable I love you songs.
Of course, if you’re planning to send this song to your boyfriend, you need to be sure you love him.
Either way, this song is a nice inspiration to find the courage to finally say these words.
“Have I ever told you
How good it feels to hold you
It isn’t easy to explain
And though I’m really tryin’
I think I may start cryin’
My heart can’t wait another day.”
30. Paramore – “Still Into You“
“It’s not a walk in the park
To love each other
But when our fingers interlock
Can’t deny, can’t deny you’re worth it.”
Relationships are not easy, and it’s good to be realistic about it – you might save yourself from some unnecessary heartbreak.
But just because they require effort, relationships are also worth it, if it’s the right person. And sometimes you think about that person even after the break-up.
And “Still Into You” by Paramore perfectly captures these complex emotions but in a very lively and uplifting way.
31. Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart“
“When routine bites hard and ambitions are low
And resentment rides high but emotions won’t grow
And we’re changing our ways, taking different roads
Love, love will tear us apart again.”
Although it was inspired by the Joy Division’s lead singer Ian Curtis’ marital problems and his mental illness, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is one of the most popular rock love songs.
In fact, NME named it the greatest single of all time, and Rolling Stone included it in the list of the best songs ever.
Unfortunately, Ian will never know how much of an impact his music made on the world.
32. Wolf Alice – “Don’t Delete The Kisses“
“Instead, I’m typing you a message
That I know I’ll never send
Rewriting old excuses
Delete the kisses at the end.”
This dreamy synth-pop gem by Wolf Alice portrays the complex process of falling in love.
But sometimes it’s the people that make it complex – you can feel happy and excited about a person, but also fearful, vulnerable, and quite confused.
And “Don’t Delete The Kisses” captures these versatile emotions perfectly.
33. Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now“
“It’s a quarter after one.
I’m all alone and I need you now.
Said I wouldn’t call, but I lost all control
And I need you now.”
“Need You Now” by the country trio Lady Antebellum peaked at number two in the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for two weeks.
It’s no wonder that the song became so popular, especially among young people – it talks about that night call you often regret the next day.
34. Wilco – “You and I“
If you’re looking for some cute songs for him, you should definitely consider “You and I” by Wilco.
It’s a sweet, down-to-earth song that makes you feel that everything is finally alright and that you’re completely in love with someone, flaws and all.
“But you and I, I think we can take it
All the good with the bad
Make something that no one else has.”
35. Adele – “Make You Feel My Love“
Adele is known for her delicate ballads about all kinds of love.
“Make You Feel My Love” is actually a cover of Bob Dylan’s 1997 song, and Adele gave the song her recognizable touch.
In both versions, “Make You Feel My Love” is a gentle, honest love song with heartfelt lyrics and a perfect ending to our playlist.
Love Songs For Him – Final Thoughts
Choosing the best love songs for him wasn’t an easy task.
There’s so many fantastic songs about new love as well as long-term relationships.
After all, love is a never-ending inspiration for artists, and although it’s constantly being interpreted and researched, it still remains a mystery.
Everyone has their own answer to what love is, but music managed to express these feelings in a way people can relate to.
And that’s what makes music so magical!