The biggest love song the year you were born

ZaynVEVO/YouTubeGigi Hadid and Zayn Malik in the music video for ‘Pillowtalk.’

If you’re in the mood to make the ultimate love song playlist, look no further.

We looked at Billboard’s list of the highest-charting songs from every year since 1975 and found the top love song from that time. This includes the hit romantic songs that resonated with listeners, from Whitney Houston’s power ballads to Bruno Mars’ soulful anthems.

Keep reading to see which love song dominated the charts in the year you were born.

1975: “Love Will Keep Us Together” — Captain and Tennille

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesThe now-divorced couple was known for their duets.

“Captain” Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille won a Grammy for this upbeat, romantic song. Listen to “Love Will Keep Us Together”here.

1976: “Silly Love Songs” — Paul McCartney and Wings

“Silly Love Songs” was written by Paul McCartney and appears on the 1976 album, “Wings at the Speed of Sound.” Listen to the hit song here.

1977: “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” — Andy Gibb

Andy Gibb’s “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” was one of the most popular love songs in 1977. Listen to the romantic track here.

1978: “Shadow Dancing” — Andy Gibb

“Shadow Dancing” is from Gibb’s second album of the same name. Listen to the track here.

1979: “Reunited” — Peaches and Herb

Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesHerb Fame and Wanda Tolsen of Peaches and Herb performing in 2015.

“Reunited” was released in the late ’70s and has become a classic ballad. Listen to the song here.

1980: “Magic” — Olivia Newton-John

Scott Gries/Getty ImagesNewton-John has released several studio albums since 1971.

“Magic” earned Newton-John a Grammy nomination in 1980 and the song appears on the 1980 soundtrack for the musical film “Xanadu.” Listen to the song here.

1981: “Endless Love” — Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

DianaRossTV/YouTubeThis hit love song has been covered by popular artists (like Mariah Carey) since its release.

Powerhouse vocalists Lionel Richie and Diana Ross teamed up for this swoon-worthy track. Watch Richie and Ross perform the song here.

1982: “Hurts So Good” — John Mellencamp

“Hurts So Good” is from Mellencamp’s 1982 album titled “American Fool.” Watch the music video for the song here.

1983: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” — Bonnie Tyler

Michael Gruber/Getty ImagesThe song is from her album titled ‘Faster Than the Speed of Night.’

Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is a classic love song from the ’80s and was nominated for a best female pop vocal performance. Watch the music video for the track here.

1984: “Hello” — Lionel Richie

Wikimedia CommonsRichie received the lifetime achievement award at the BET Awards in 2014.

Before Adele’s “Hello,” there was Lionel Richie’s hit song of the same name. The love song is from Richie’s second album, “Can’t Slow Down.” Listen to “Hello”here.

1985: “I Want to Know What Love Is” — Foreigner

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Live NationThis song is from Foreigner’s fifth album, ‘Agent Provocateur.’

The track was nominated for a Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal. Listen to “I Want to Know What Love Is” here.

1986: “How Will I Know” — Whitney Houston

“How Will I Know” appears on Houston’s debut album, which was released in 1985. Watch the music video for “How Will I Know”here.

1987: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” — Whitney Houston

George Rose/Getty ImagesIn 1987, Houston also won several awards at the American Music Awards.

This love song from Houston earned her a Grammy for best female pop vocal performance in 1988. Listen to Houston’s winning, upbeat track here.

1988: “Never Gonna Give You Up” — Rick Astley

In 1988, Astley won a BRIT award for this track.

You’ve probably heard this song in a commercial for Virgin Mobile, or maybe you sang it while participating in karaoke. Either way, the song was a hit in the late ’80s. Listen to “Never Gonna Give You Up”here.

1989: “Baby, I Love Your Way/Free Bird” — Will to Power

WillToPowerVEVO/YouTubeWill to Power’s hit love song is a fusion of two popular tracks.

This track is a medley of Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird.” Listen to the song here.

1990: “Vision of Love” — Mariah Carey

Bennett Raglin/Getty ImagesThe hit song is from Carey’s debut album.

Mariah Carey received one of her first Grammys for this romantic song in 1991. “Vision of Love” won the award for best female pop vocal performance. Watch the music video for the track here.

1991: “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” — Bryan Adams

This Bryan Adams song was featured on the soundtrack for “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” as well as Adam’s “Waking Up the Neighbours” album. Listen to the ballad here.

1992: “Save the Best for Last” — Vanessa Williams

Bill Farrell AgencyIn 1989, Vanessa Williams received the NAACP Image Award for outstanding new artist.

Vanessa Williams is an award-winning actress and singer, and “Save the Best For Last” was nominated for two Grammy awards. Listen to the song here.

1993: “I Will Always Love You” — Whitney Houston

Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe song won the award for record of the year at the 1994 Grammys.

In 1993, “I Will Always Love You” won the award for best song from a movie at the MTV Movie Awards. Watch the official music video here.

1994: “I Swear” — All-4-One

Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Resolution ProjectAll-4-One performing at a gala held in New York City in 2016.

“I Swear” appears on the group’s debut album, and the hit love song is a cover of country artist John Montgomery’s track. Listen to All-4-One’s version here.


1995: “Kiss From a Rose” — Seal

Mike Windle/Getty Images for CoachellaSeal released his first album in 1991.

“Kiss From A Rose” is one of Seal’s biggest hits, and he won several Grammys for the track in 1996. Listen to it here.

1996: “Because You Loved Me” — Celine Dion

Getty Images / Ethan MillerDion’s other romantic hits include ‘The Power of Love’ and ‘My Heart Will Go On.’

Celine Dion has released several successful love songs throughout her career, and “Because You Loved Me” won a Grammy for best song written specifically for a motion picture or television. Listen to the hit song here.

1997: “You Were Meant for Me” — Jewel

Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for FortuneJewel has released more than 10 albums throughout her career.

“You Were Meant for Me” is from Jewel’s debut album, which was released in 1995. Listen to the song here.

1998: “You’re Still the One” — Shania Twain

Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesThe romantic song is from Twain’s ‘Come on Over.’

In 1999, Twain won Grammy awards for best female country vocal performance and best country song for “You’re Still the One.” Watch the official music video here.

1999: “Angel of Mine” — Monica

Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE FestivalMonica performing at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival in 2017.

“Angel of Mine” was nominated for choice love song at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards. Watch the official music video here.

2000: “Breathe” — Faith Hill

Faith Hill’s “Breathe” won her the Country Music Award for top music video of the year in 1999 and she received the career achievement award in 2006. Watch the music video for “Breathe”here.

2001: “Hanging by a Moment” — Lifehouse

Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesLifehouse performing in New York City in 2012.

“Hanging by a Moment” is from Lifehouse’s debut album, “No Name Face.” Listen to the hit live song here.

2002: “Wherever You Will Go” — The Calling

Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesBand members Alex Band and Aaron Kamin attending a pre-Grammy party in 2004.

“Wherever You Will Go” is from The Calling’s debut studio album, “Camino Palermo.” In 2002, the group also won an MTV Europe Music Award for best new act. Watch the official music video here.

2003: “Crazy in Love” — Beyoncé

Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesBeyoncé has released six studio albums.

“Crazy in Love” is from Beyoncé’s 2003 debut album, “Dangerously in Love,” and features husband Jay-Z. The couple has teamed up on each other’s tracks several times throughout their careers. Listen to “Crazy in Love” here.

2004: “If I Ain’t Got You”— Alicia Keys

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesKeys has received more than 10 Grammys throughout her career.

Keys is known for her soulful tracks, and “If I Ain’t Got You” is no exception. She won a Grammy for best female R&B vocal performance in 2005. Watch the music video here.

2005: “You and Me” — Lifehouse

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesLifehouse performing at a benefit concert in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2008.

“You and Me” is from Lifehouse’s eponymous third album and was selected as the album’s first single. Watch the music video here.

2006: “You’re Beautiful” — James Blunt

Chris Jackson/Getty Images for InvictusThis track earned Blunt his first nominations at the 49th Grammy Awards.

James Blunt won hearts over with this romantic ballad from his debut album, “Back to Bedlam.” Watch the music video for “You’re Beautiful” here.

2007: “Umbrella” — Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesRihanna and Jay-Z accepting their Grammy in 2008.

Rihanna collaborated with Jay-Z for this track, which won a Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration. Listen to “Umbrella”here.

2008: “Love Song” — Sara Bareilles

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation‘Love Song’ was nominated for two awards at the 51st Grammy Awards.

Sara Bareilles became a household music name when she released “Love Song.” Watch the music video for the catchy track here.

2009: “Love Story” — Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift and Justin Gaston in the music video.

“Love Story” is one of the tracks from Swift’s 2008 album, “Fearless.” Watch the music video here.

2010: “Nothing on You” — B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars

Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesB.o.B. and Mars performing at Z100’s Jingle Ball in 2010.

This sweet song wouldn’t be the same without Mars belting out the lyrics with his soulful voice. Watch the music video here.

2011: “Grenade” — Bruno Mars

Mars may be known for his funky tracks, but he has also released extremely romantic songs, like “Grenade.” Watch the music video for the song here.

2012: “Call Me Maybe” — Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy “Call Me Maybe” skyrocketed her to fame and the accompanying music video has amassed more than one billion views. Watch it here.

2013: “Just Give Me a Reason” — Pink featuring Nate Ruess

PinkVEVO/YouTubePink and Nate Ruess in the music video for ‘Just Give Me a Reason’

Pink recruited Fun’s lead singer, Nate Ruess, for this duet and joked that she “tricked him” into collaborating with her. Watch the music video here.

2014: “All of Me” — John Legend

GettyThe ballad is from his fourth studio album, ‘Love in the Future.’

Legend’s “All of Me” was a huge hit in 2014 and is dedicated to his wife, Chrissy Teigen. Watch the official music video here.

2015: “Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for iHeartMediaThe romantic track is from Sheeran’s ‘Multiply’ album.

The music video for “Thinking Out Loud” was released three years ago and has more than two billion views on YouTube.

2016: “Pillowtalk” — Zayn Malik

ZaynVEVO/YouTubeThe music video for the song stars Malik and his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid.

“Pillowtalk” is from Malik’s 2016 debut solo album, “Mind of Mine.” Watch the music video here.

2017: “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran/YouTubeEd Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ music video has more than 3 billion views.

“Shape of You” is from Sheeran’s “Divide” album, which recently won a Grammy for best pop vocal album. Watch the official music video here.

2018: “Perfect” — Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran/YouTubeEd Sheeran and Zoey Deutch in the ‘Perfect’ music video.

During interviews, Sheeran explained that the song was inspired by Cherry Seaborn, who he got engaged to after dating for several years.

Watch the music video, which stars actress Zoey Deutch, here.


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