Ten Flawless Love Songs

6. “Cherish” by The Association

Sometimes songs about unrequited love can be just as powerful as the ones about love that has been reciprocated. “Cherish” by The Association is an example of that by being a perfect slice of ’60s pop heaven. Its tone is hopeful and optimistic instead of taking the typical sad route of “I WISH YOU LOVED ME BACK, OH MY GOD” songs. This also happened to be my first boyfriend and I’s song. Do couples still do that—have songs? The second I dated this dude, I was like, “Okay, what’s our song gonna be?!” And he was just like, “What?” I initially wanted it to be “Pieces Of Me” by Ashlee Simpson but he kiboshed that idea faster than you can say “SNL.”

7. “All I Want Is You” by U2

Has anyone noticed how cool it is to hate U2 lately? Just mentioning their name is met with a unanimous eye roll and some mean comment about Bono. I get that they suck donkey balls now and haven’t made anything of quality in over a decade, but they produced some powerful stuff in the ’80s and ’90s. Case in point: the love song “All I Want Is You”. Stephanie Georgopulos and I were hanging out last week in a random bar when this song came on and we both sort of just went silent for a second. It’s an epic and powerful track that builds up its intensity and makes you feel like you’re having some kind of moment with a capital M.

8. “Someone Great” by LCD Soundsystem

When I googled the lyrics to “Someone Great”, I realized that this was actually a song about a break up. I guess I always knew that since James Murphy repeats “When someone great is gone…” over and over again, but it always seemed to be more of a love song than one about devastating heartbreak. It’s more of a touching ode to a relationship, which makes it prime love song material to me. It’s also a great example of what makes LCD Soundsystem so special. James Murphy creates dance music that could very well be perceived as unemotional. His songs often revolve around getting drunk and being a nightcrawler but every so often, he’ll make a song that’s so unflinchingly honest, it will take the wind right out of you. There’s depth beyond the dance floor and “Someone Great” attests to that.

9.”By Your Side” by CocoRosie

I’m not really clear on CocoRosie because a lot of “By Your Side” seems like a parody. They sing about wanting to be someone’s housewife and being willing to bake their man apple pies, clean the house and shine their shoes. They sing, “For a diamond ring, I’ll do these types of things.” Yeah, okay, so maybe it is a joke. I don’t really care though because the song’s beat is just so damn sweet. You forget about all of the disgusting messages in the track and just blindly sing along. Sure, I’ll wear someone’s black eyes!

10. “The Only Exception” by Paramore

Just deal with the fact this just happened. Yes, Paramore is on this list. Why? Because they’re the bee’s knees. They make stellar pop jams and are the closest thing we’re getting to Blink 182 these days (New Blink 182 doesn’t count). “The Only Exception” is drowning in schmaltziness. It’s a glorified power ballad but damn if it doesn’t sound so good. It makes you feel like you’re back in high school and experiencing your first love with its delicate guitars and cotton candy vocals. Don’t fight it. The best love songs can often be the ones that are dripping in amazing production. TC mark

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612928768 Samie Rose

    You put Wonderwall as number one. I want to punch you after reading this list, Ryan.

    • http://twitter.com/nuclearcabbage Nive

      I’m glad someone feels the same way. 

    • Ryan O'Connell

      that’s really weird, honey.

      • Anonymous

        fight fight fight fight

      • iamabear

        For all you watching at home, calling a girl “honey” is the equivalent of “cunt”.

    • RH2011

      Wonderwall is one of the most amazing love songs EVER!
      But Ryan you did forget I Wished For You, Jasmine Ash. Shame….

  • http://twitter.com/nuclearcabbage Nive

    WTF-! There are so many songs out there, this list is absolute trash. What about ‘Is This Love’ by Whitesnake And Toothpaste Kisses by the Maccabees ?? 

    • http://twitter.com/versayce Tom Sullivan

      Seconded on Toothpaste Kisses. FOR SHAME.

    • your cousin

      It’s “Ten Flawless” songs – not the Top 10.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612928768 Samie Rose

        Have you ever HEARD Wonderwall?

      • your cousin

        It’s on every mix CD I ever made.

      • Ryan O'Connell

        THANK YOU

      • Ryan O'Connell

        THANK YOU

  • http://facebook.com/sdouglas Scott

    This is poor.

  • NA

    I’m sorry but I don’t see how closer by NIN is a love song.. that is a song about someone who hates themselves and  finds an escape in mindless sex. Also, he gets closer to god because of the fact that when he’s with someone he can feel better about his own insecurities and when he does have sex with someone he takes something  from the other person. Sorry for the rant but I couldn’t let that go.

  • mashka

    I am sorely disappointed :(

  • http://bubblegumbasics.blogspot.com/ Mikaela Kaimo

    I feel the need to comment on anything Best Coast

  • this is severely lacking

    what what what is this list

  • Kelsey

    The only thing I would add is Daft Punk something about us. It’s my favorite love song =]

  • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans

    All I Want Is You is powerful shit for sure, who cares about Bono’s assholery?

  • but but but

    i’m so happy you put best coast on here… but what about the beatles? i mean, you said it yourself, they’re the kings of boiling down complex emotions to ‘i wanna hold your hand.’ 
    otherwise, i pretty much agree across the board. go ryan!

    • TomatoQueen

      I’m glad somebody said Beatles.  I’ve always thought “In My Life” was the most perfect love song ever.  The lyrics acknowledge that there were others before, but *you* are the best.  “In my life, I love you more”.

  • Ashaw

    You missed Our Year by the Zombies! 

  • Abby

    Temptation of Adam by Josh Ritter, the sweetest and saddest of songs.

    • http://twitter.com/neuroboy Chris Borger

      holy fuck, yes!

      • http://www.twitter.com/mexifrida Frida

        reminds me of damien rice. i like it a lot. 

  • _____

    I always thought ‘someone great’ was about a miscarriage or a baby dieing or something awful like that :/

    • Taogwbycb

      same here- I was pretty certain that it was about death

  • devin

    if someone said, “you’re my wonderwall,” to me, I would say, “what the fuck does that even mean???”

    • Rh2011


  • http://twitter.com/girlygirlblues Miss Maryam

    I’m so glad you included the U2 song. I just watched Reality Bites and this song really hit the spot at the end.

  • Daryl

    I quite expected to see Always – Bon Jovi in the list 

  • Anna

    Kim by Eminem

  • Max

    Yo La Tengo – Our Way To Fall, pleaaaaasee (or Gentle Hour). Yo La Tengo have the most tender, sweet songs that have that power to make you feel in love during the song. 

  • jesse john

    the magic position by patrick wolf, man.

  • T.

    Just Like Heaven-The Cure

  • Guest

    “Someone Great” is clearly about the death of someone close, presumably a family member rather than a significant other. I find it difficult to believe that you have misinterpreted this as a relationship song.

    I might also add that the choice of songs in general indicates poor,  unlaboured taste.

    • guest1

      I believe it is about the death of his therapist.

  • Jkhathorn

    I’ve always loved that Paramore song, and where most of my friends go talk about the merits of various Animal Collective member’s solo efforts, I don’t think I’ve ever said that out loud. 
     I’ll always remember being back home from college, driving around the Camarillo outlet center, and The Only Exception came on the radio and I had to pull over. 

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  • Alias Grace

    Ryan, you’re my wonderwall!  But I thought, according to you, I wasn’t supposed to like Oasis.

  • VivianDarkbloom

    I want you – Bob Dylan.

    Just that line even taken out of the context of the song makes my knees tremble~. Hnnggg.

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