A Definitive List of Good and Bad Love Songs

Alexa, play “Love Ballad.”

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.

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