There is something special about a song that can elicit the feeling of love. Usually love is an emotion reserved for another person, a special pet, or buffalo wings. But when a song has the ability remind you of your love for someone else, that is an exceptional thing. For this reason, the love song has to be the greatest genre of music.
The love song genre is a wide reaching, eclectic landscape of music. Many different songs fall into the category. That is what makes it special. Love songs are not monolithic, they can be R&B, soul, rap, rock, and country. Whether or not you think that one type of love song is better is another thing, just know that any genre can produce a classic love song (obviously the best type is R&B and it is not even close).
However, not every love song is made equal. They can be categorized into two categories: good and bad. So you don’t waste your time and accidentally run into a bad love song, this article will be a list of good and bad love songs so you know which ones you can play when with your lover(s), and ones that you definitely never play to set the mood. *
*Note: This is not about the quality of the song itself, it is about it’s strength as a love song. A very important distinction. Also, this is just a list, don’t read too much into it.
Good: “Love Ballad” – LTD
Bad: “Lady in Red” – Chris de Burgh
Good: “I Have Nothing” – The Stylistics
Bad: “Little Things” – One Direction
Good: “1+1” – Beyoncé
Good: “Thinkin’ Bout You” – Frank Ocean
Bad: “Hey Soul Sister” – Train
Bad: “Get Her Back” – Robin Thicke
Good: “Open Your Eyes” – Bobby Caldwell
Bad: “Every Breath You Take” – The Police
Good: “I’m N Luv (Wit a Stripper)” – T-Pain, Mike Jones
Good: “Fire and Desire” – Rick James, Teena Marie
Bad: “Find your Love” – Drake
Good: “This Masquerade” – George Benson
Bad: “Girlfriend” – Avirl Lavigne
Good: “Bring it On Home to Me” – Sam Cooke
Bad: “Ocean” – TK Kravitz, Jacquees
Bad: “Versace on the Floor” – Bruno Mars
Good: “You Think You’re Pretty” – Joseph Chilliams
Bad: “Another Sad Love Song” – Khalid
Good: “Girl” – The Internet
So to recap, play the good ones if you feel like setting a mood that is genuine and comforting. Play the others if you want to elicit the feelings of cheesy-ness and nausea. Think about it this way, say I’m hanging out with someone I am interested in. If they grab the aux and play “Little Things” by One Direction, I am immediately walking out and leaving them. I don’t care if they’re in my room. But if they play “Thinkin’ Bout You” by Frank Ocean, then it’ll all be okay. Hope this list cleared things up for you.