With so many artists penning love songs for every occasion, it can be hard to pick the perfect song for your special someone. Classics will always be classics, and they will always have a place in everyone’s hearts. But so many great songs created by modern artists, you may want one that’s a little more modern. So here are our picks for the best modern love songs.
1. Counting Crows – Accidentally In Love
A playful, upbeat song about suddenly realizing you’re in love with the one you’re with. Love isn’t always something you plan; sometimes you just fall into it and enjoy the ride! This song is definitely one to play to uplift your mood!
Lovable lyrics: Well baby I surrender to the strawberry ice cream, never ever end of all this love. Well I didn’t mean to do it, but there’s no escaping your love.
2. John Legend – All of Me
John Legend wrote this song with his gorgeous, Chrissy Teigen, in mind. And in it, you can see him talking about all the little quirks that make him love everything about her – from her smart mouth to her stubbornness to the magical mystery ride they’re on when they’re together.
Lovable lyrics: How many times do I have to tell you, even when you’re crying you’re beautiful too. The world is beating you down, I’m around through every mood. You’re my downfall, you’re my muse, my worst distraction, my rhythm and blues.
3. Jack Johnson – Better Together
Do you ever feel like everything in the world just becomes better when you’re with the one you love? This song perfectly captures that feeling in this mellow but upbeat track.
Lovable lyrics: I believe in memories, they look so, so pretty when I sleep. Hey now, and when I wake up, you look so pretty sleeping next to me. But there is not enough time, and there’s no song I could sing, and there’s no combination of words I could say. But I will still tell you one thing, we’re better together.
4. Christina Perri – Arms
Were you once someone who had all their defenses up, but when that special someone came along, all your walls went down to let love in? Then this song about finally accepting the love you deserve is the one for you! It’s sweet and mellow enough for a romantic night in, but also upbeat enough to make you want to sing along.
Lovable lyrics: I hope that you see right through my walls. I hope that you catch me, ‘cause I’m already falling. I’ll never let a love get so close. You put your arms around me and I’m home.
5. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Thinking Out Loud is just one of those songs that, when you first hear it, you’re instantly put in a romantic mood. This song about eternal love deserves to be in any modern love song playlist, and maybe even a wedding playlist!
Lovable lyrics: Honey your soul could never grow old, it’s evergreen. Baby, your smile’s forever in my mind and memory.
6. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
A definite modern spin to a song about finally getting the courage to ask someone out. Do I Wanna Know is about being irresistibly attracted to someone that you can’t help but wonder if this person feels the same as you do.
Lovable lyrics: Been wondering if your heart’s still open and if so I wanna know what time it shuts. Simmer down and pucker up. I’m sorry to interrupt, it’s just that I’m constantly on the cusp of trying to kiss you. I don’t know if you feel the same as I do, but we could be together if you wanted to.
7. Elle Goulding – Still Falling For You
Even if your relationship isn’t as smooth and easy as you want it to be, you still find reasons to be with each other for the long haul. This song about constantly finding something new to love about your partner is the perfect party love song.
Lovable lyrics: It took us a while, with every breath a new day. With love on the line, we’ve had our share of mistakes. But all your flaws and scars are mine, still falling for you.
8. John Mayer – XO
While this song was originally sung by Beyonce, John Mayer gives it a sweet acoustic spin. XO is all about how you see your love for each other as the light that brings you back home even in your darkest hour. It’s the perfect soundtrack to a romantic dinner at home.
Lovable lyrics: In the darkest night hour, I’ll search through the cloud. Your face is all I see. I’ll give you everything. Baby, love me lights out.
9. Sam Smith – Latch
Have you ever felt so absolutely, hopelessly in love with someone that you can’t bear the thought of letting them go? Latch is the perfect song to capture that breathless, no-holds-barred kind of love! Whether you listen to the catchy original or the acoustic cover, you can’t deny that Sam Smith’s enchanting voice can instantly get you and your partner singing!
Lovable lyrics: Now I’ve got you in my space, I won’t let go of you. Got you shackled in my embrace, I’m latching on to you.
10. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home
Now for a folksy track that will undeniably stuck in your head after a couple of listens. Home is all about describing everything you love about going home, and at the end of it all is the one you love who makes every place you go to feel just like home. And since this is a duet, you and your partner can even sing this catchy tune to each other.
Lovable lyrics: I’ll follow you into the park, through the jungle, through the park. Girl, I’ve never loved one like you. Moats and boats and waterfalls, alleyways and payphone calls, I’ve been everywhere with you. Laugh until we think we’ll die, barefoot on a summer night, never could be sweeter than with you.
11. Coldplay – Swallowed in the Sea
Do you sometimes feel like your partner is the one who drives you back down to earth when your head is in the clouds? Is he/she the one who makes you feel safe and sound again, even when things around you are turning to absolute chaos? If you’re lucky enough to have a partner like that, then he/she would really appreciate it if this becomes your song for each other.
Lovable lyrics: The streets you’re walking on, a thousand houses long, well that’s where I belong, and you belong with me, not swallowed in the sea.
12. Train – Marry Me
Even if this song is a couple of years old, and perhaps many couples have had this as their proposal or wedding song, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own too! It’s about love that feels so immediate that you instantly know you want to spend the rest of your life with this person.
Lovable lyrics: Forever can never be long enough for me, feel like I’ve had long enough with you. Forget the world now, we won’t let them see, but there’s one thing left to do. Now the weight has lifted, love has surely shifted my way. Marry me, today and every day.
13. Justin Timberlake – Not A Bad Thing
Justin Timberlake’s irresistible suave from his N’Sync days makes a comeback in this catchy love tune. Not A Bad Thing is about him convincing a girl that it’s not such a bad thing to fall in love with him. He’s asking her to take a chance with him because he’ll treat it the way she deserves to be treated. And while she may have been in bad relationships in the past, maybe JT might just be the one who makes her feel like she’s worth all the effort.
Lovable lyrics: So don’t act like it’s a bad thing to fall in love with me. ‘Cause you might look around to find your dreams come true with me. Spent all your time and your money just to find out that my love was free. So don’t act like it’s a bad thing to fall in love with me. It’s not a bad thing to fall in love with me.
14. Omi – Cheerleader
It’s such a happy, catchy love song that you can’t help but want to dance to it. Cheerleader is about finding that special someone who is everything you need. She’s the perfect woman, the one who gives you everything you need, and the one who convinces you that no other girl can compare to her. It’s a great song to sing to your girl whenever you want her to feel that you only have eyes for her.
Lovable lyrics: She gives me love and affection, baby did I mention you’re the only girl for me? No, I don’t need a next one. Mama loves you too, she thinks I made the right selection. Now all that’s left to do is just for me to pop the question.
15. Beyonce – Love On Top
Last, but certainly not the least is this gem from Beyonce. Love on Top is a wonderfully happy and catchy song that needs to be in every love song playlist – because it’s not only upbeat, but also because the lyrics are sweet. Play it in the background for a night of dancing, or in the car when you and your partner want to sing along to some tunes.
Lovable lyrics: Now everybody asks me why I’m smiling out from ear to ear. They say love hurts, but I know it’s gonna take the real work. Nothing’s perfect but it’s worth it, after fighting through my tears and you finally put me first. Baby it’s you, you’re the one I love, you’re the one I need, you’re the only one I see.
Create a fun and upbeat playlist with these 15 modern love songs. When you’re tired of listening to sappy ballads, it’s time to bring the beat in and dance along to these catchy songs. Make it a fun night of dancing and singing with your baby!