You have a date coming over, and you need a romantic mix tape (mix CD) or mp3 shuffle to play in the background as you pour the wine and try to make small talk. It's all heading one direction, or you hope, but a little romantic music can only help. Here is a list of the top 40 romantic love songs, pop or rock ballads from 1960 to 2014. The top 40 romantic songs for your play-list:
40 - Hold Me Now (1983) by the Thompson Twins
39 - Lost in Love (1976) by Air Supply
38 - You're Beautiful (2004) by James Blunt
37 - Pale Blue Eyes (1969) by the Velvet Underground
36 - Can't Help Falling in Love by UB40 hit #1 in 1993, but was a remake of an Elvis Presley song that hit #2 in 1962.
35 - Baby I Love Your Way (1975) by Peter Frampton
34 - With or Without You (1987) by U2
33 - When A Man Loves A Woman (1965) by Percy Sledge
32 - What About Love by Heart
31 - Today (1968) by Jefferson Airplane. Today I feel like pleasing you more than before...
30 - Open Arms (1981) by Journey
29 - Endless Love by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
28 - Nevermore by Queen from their 2nd album
27 - Evergreen by Barbara Streisand
26 - All of My Love by Led Zeppelin
25 - Avalon by Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music, so smooth... it's like silk romance.
24 - Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye
23 - How Do I Live (Without You) written by Diane Warren, performed by many artists
22 - Lovesong by the Cure. How ever far away, I will always love you...
21 - Babe by Styx
20 - Can't Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon
19 - Nothing Compares 2U by Sinead O'Connor
18 - My Love (1973) by Paul McCartney and Wings
17 - I Honestly Love You by Olivia Newton-John
16 - True Colors by Cindi Lauper
15 - The Rose by Bette Midler
14 - Crazy for You by Madonna
13 - Fanny (Be Tender With My Love) by the Bee Gees
12 - Beth by Kiss, the group is not loaded with talent, but they did come up with costumes and 1 giant romantic hit single. It still sounds good today.
11 - I Swear by Boys II Men, featured in the 2005 romantic comedy "Best Friends"
10 - Try Me (1977) by UFO, who also recorded the romantic progressive rock song "Love to Love."
9 - In Your Eyes (1986) by Peter Gabriel
8 - Something (1969) by the Beatles
7 - Why Did I Fall in Love With You (2012) by DBSK/TVQX popular k-pop band, beautiful song
6 - Careless Whisper (1984) by George Michael
5 - Walk Away Renee (1969) by the Left Banke
4 - Wonderful Tonight (1977) by Eric Clapton, about this wonderful lady he is with tonight.
3 - True (1983) by Spandau Ballet, the most often played prom slow dance song.
2 - If You Could Read My Mind (1974) by Gordon Lightfoot, a sweet ballad
1 - Your Song (1970) by Elton John, the most honest and romantic song from the top of the pop charts.
Missing that one song you're thinking of now? Maybe it's at #41. It's hard to squeeze 1000 great hits into a top 40 list. Now go light the candles and get ready for your date.
Also check out: 80's Slow Songs
Romantic love songs will always be popular on the charts. They seem to hit the top-10 Billboard more often than their harder counterparts.