top 10 best selling love songs of all time

Top 100 Best Love Songs Of All Time

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Elvis Presley – “Love Me Tender”. Courtesy RCA Records

Elvis Presley's signature love song is based on the Civil War era folk tune "Aura Lee." Ken Darby, who earned Academy Awards for his scores to the films The King and I, Porgy and Bess, and Camelot, wrote the lyrics for "Love Me Tender." Elvis Presley performed the song live on the Ed Sullivan Show just before it's official release and about a month before release of the movie of the same name. The following day RCA received more than a million advance orders making the song a gold record upon release. "Love Me Tender" spent two weeks at #1.

88. Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah” (2007)

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Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”. Courtesy Hollywood

"Hey There Delilah" was written by Plain White T's frontman Tom Higgenson about steeplechase and cross country runner Delilah DiCrescenzo. The pair were introduced by a friend. Delilah already had a boyfriend, but Tom Higgenson wrote a song about her anyway, and the heartfelt ballad eventually climbed all the way to #1. "Hey There Delilah" was nominated for Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal. The real life Delilah attended the Grammy Awards celebration with Tom Higgenson.

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87. Taylor Swift – “Love Story” (2008)

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Taylor Swift – “Love Story”. Courtesy Big Machine

Taylor Swift wrote "Love Story" after an experience with a boy who never officially became her boyfriend. Her introduction of him to family and friends did not go well. She says that it was the first time she ever truly related to Romeo and Juliet. Everything in the song except for the happy ending was drawn from the personal story. "Love Story" received strong acclaim from critics. Peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, it was Taylor Swift's biggest pop hit to date. "Love Story" went to #1 on the adult contemporary and country charts.

86. Melanie – “Brand New Key” (1971)

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Melanie – “Brand New Key”. Courtesy Neighborhood Records

Folk-pop singer Melanie hit #1 on the pop singles chart with this clever romance. Some radio stations banned it claiming sexual implications in the lyrics. The idea of the skate key in a lock was seen by some as a metaphor for sexual acts. However, Melanie says the inspiration came from a situation in which she had been fasting for 27 days and upon breaking the fast came upon a McDonald's restaurant, and the aromas took her back to earlier memories of rollerskating and learning to ride a bike.

85. The Association – “Cherish” (1966)

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The Association – and then. Along Comes the Association. Courtesy Valiant

Jim Yester of the vocal group The Association has said in recent years that the record label originally did not want to release "Cherish" because the lush sound was "too old and archaic." Pop fans thought otherwise sending the song to #1 on the US pop chart. "Cherish" was covered by David Cassidy in 1972. His version hit the pop top 10 and topped the adult contemporary chart.

84. Savage Garden – “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1997)

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Savage Garden – “Truly, Madly, Deeply”. Courtesy Columbia Records

"Truly Madly Deeply" began life as a song called "Magical Kisses." Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones of the Australian duo Savage Garden reworked the song and it became an international smash hit. It topped the Billboard Hot 100, and also spent 11 weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart. "Truly Madly Deeply" went on to spend a full year on the pop chart and 123 weeks, more than two years, in total on the adult contemporary chart. The dance group Cascada covered "Truly, Madly, Deeply" in 2006 and hit the dance radio chart.

83. Vanessa Williams – “Save the Best for Last” (1992)

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Vanessa Williams – “Save the Best For Last”. Courtesy Mercury Records

"Saved the Best for Last" was turned down by a number of other singers before Vanessa Williams recorded it for her album The Comfort Zone. The song then topped the pop, adult contemporary, and R&B charts. It became widely considered to be the singer's signature song. The themes of redemption in the song are sometimes connected with Vanessa Williams' own story of comeback following her resignation as Miss America amid scandal.

82. Tina Turner – “The Best” (1989)

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Tina Turner – “The Best”. Courtesy Capitol Records

The song "The Best" was first recorded by singer Bonnie Tyler on her 1988 album Hide Your Heart. It was a minor chart hit in the UK. In 1989 Tina Turner covered it for her album Foreign Affair. The result was a top 10 hit around the world and a recording that was frequently used on soundtracks accompanying coverage of sports events and awards shows. "The Best" was co-written by Mike Chapman, known for his pop success with Exile, Nick Gilder, and Toni Basil, and Holly Knight, his co-writer on "Love Is a Battlefield" and "Better Be Good To Me."

81. K-Ci and JoJo – “All My Life” (1998)

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K-Ci and JoJo – “All My Life”. Courtesy MCA

Jodeci members K-Ci and JoJo struck out on their own as an R&B duo in 1997. They had only moderate chart success until the release of "All My Life." Joel "JoJo" Hailey wrote the song initially with his daughter as inspiration. He intended to offer it to another artist but then decided to keep it for a K-Ci and JoJo record. It became a smash hit across pop and R&B charts. It also earned the pair two Grammy Award nominations.

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top 10 best selling love songs of all time Top 100 Best Love Songs Of All Time Buy from Amazon Elvis Presley - 'Love Me Tender'. Courtesy RCA Records Elvis Presley's signature love song is based on the Civil War era folk tune "Aura Lee." Ken Darby, who earned Academy Awards for his...