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Top 10 Love Songs: Romance

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Love songs are a fundamental part of pop music. Most of us can think of particular songs we associate with the love relationships of our lives. In the second of a 5 part series on love songs, here are the top 10 love songs that deal with the period when two people twine together as one - romance. Songs are listed in alphabetical order by the name of the artist.

10. Barry White - "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" (1975)

Barry White
Courtesy 20th Century

Few singers could flatter a lover like the masterful Barry White. He's so overcome with praise for his lover here that his deep growl positively bursts into the chorus of "You're the first, the last, my everything!"

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9. Savage Garden - "Truly Madly Deeply" (1997)

Savage Garden - "Truly, Madly, Deeply"
Courtesy Columbia Records

This duo's song of a love encompassing mountains, sea and sky was an instant romantic classic. Few songs capture the moment of pledging deep undying love so well.

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8. Paul McCartney and Wings - "My Love" (1973)

Paul McCartney and Wings - "My Love"
Courtesy Apple

Derided by critics as hopelessly sappy, "My Love" has survived as a simple tribute to an all-encompassing romantic love. As Sir Paul sings "Only my love holds the other key to me."

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7. Dave Matthews Band - "Crash Into Me" (1996)

Dave Matthews Band - "Crash Into Me"
Courtesy RCA

Romantic or trashy? The song has been equally discussed as speaking of voyeurism and celebrating romance with a carnal edge. Matthews' lyrics are impressionistic enough to allow the song to be what the listener wishes it to be.

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6. Norah Jones - "Come Away With Me" (2003)

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Courtesy Blue Note

Norah Jones comfortably straddles the worlds of pop and jazz. "Come Away With Me" evokes the dreamy escapism of being overcome with feelings of romantic love.

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5. Katy Perry - "Teenage Dream" (2010)

Katy Perry - "Teenage Dream"
Courtesy Capitol Records

Katy Perry sings of a romance so thrilling and exciting it takes her back to the teenager years of ecstatic hormonal experience of love. This love song was instantly memorable.

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4. Roberta Flack - "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (1972)

Roberta Flack - "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
Courtesy Atlantic Records

This song would turn anyone into a believer in love at first sight. Roberta Flack's unadorned voice with simple accompaniment was featured in the Clint Eastwood movie Play Misty For Me and made her into a star. Hearing her take off with "I thought the sun rose in your eyes..." can still send chills up the spine.

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3. Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack - "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" (1983)

Peabo Bryson with Roberta Flack - Born to Love
Courtesy Capitol Records

Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack recorded an entire album of r&b duets, but this song towers over the other tracks on the album. It is a perfect record for slow dancing with your lover.

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2. Boyz II Men - "I'll Make Love To You" (1994)

BoyzIIMen - II
Courtesy Motown

The boys from Philadelphia have recorded many songs about love and romance. This one is perhaps the best song ever recorded for a prelude to a magical night with a lover.

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1. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z - "Crazy In Love" (2003)

Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
Courtesy Columbia Records

As she stepped out on her own for the first time away from the group Destiny's Child, Beyonce chose this deliriously happy, romantic tune featuring raps from her main squeeze Jay-Z.

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