Still The One: Are The Most Romantic Love Songs All About Long-Term Relationships?

  • shania twain

  • paul linda mccartney

  • sonny and cher

  • al green

  • paramore

  • no doubt

  • ben folds

  • eric clapton

  • cyndi lauper

  • modern english

  • neil young

  • brandi carlile

  • jack johnson

  • beatles

  • van morrison

  • captain and tennille

  • the cure

  • john legend

  • marvin gay and tammi terrell

  • orleans

Let’s face it: the world is full of love songs. Full of them! There are countless ballads about unrequited love, scores of tunes about the very first kiss and, of course, tons of painful break up songs. You know what’s far harder to find: love songs about long-term relationships.

Why are long-term romance ballads so much hard to find? Is it because it’s far more rare to stay together through the good times and the bad times than it is to fall in love with someone’s pretty face? Or is it because relationships aren’t just about romance; they’re about friendship, forgiveness and loyalty.

The weird twist to all this is that the songs about long-term relationships are all incredibly iconic or absurdly romantic! Anyone can make a promise at the start of a love affair, but to hold to it is the true test of love. To write a great song about that commitment like Paul McCartney did when he wrote “Maybe I’m Amazed?” That’s hitting the romance jackpot.

We found 20 long-term relationship love songs that are so swoon-worthy that they’ve not only stood the test of time, but some of them have even outlived the relationships that inspired them!