49 Best Love Songs of 2018

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Updated 12/20/18

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As the year comes to a close, we're taking a look back to the absolute best love songs of 2018—from country to pop to R&B, the songs on this list will make you long for your love even if they're in the next room. Big names like Justin Timberlake, Kacey Musgraves, and Shawn Mendes were clearly feeling the love this year, singing about the perfect girl, getting butterflies, and "fallin' all in you."

Even though only six of the selections on our Best Love Songs of 2018 playlist contain the word "love" in their titles, there's no shortage of lovey-dovey lyrics here. And our favorite tunes gave us some (expert?) insight on how to make a relationship last. Ella Mai and John Legend swear that "the way you pay attention" to your significant other makes all the difference. Frank Ocean begs his loves "wherever you're goin', I'm goin' that way." And Matt and Kim prove that it's all about getting someone who's only "happy if you're happy."

As with most art, some of the year's top songs illustrated reality. Ariana Grande turned "R.E.M." into a tribute to now ex-fiancé Pete Davidson on her latest chart-topping album. She wore her heart on her sleeve in the recording studio, even post-breakup, and now has six Grammy nominations to prove it. Bey and Jay used a joint tour and nine new loved-up tracks to rekindle their romance and prove that they're still just as crazy in love. And, on-screen lovebirds Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga turned cinematic art into vocal reality, upstaging everyone with their soulful A Star Is Born soundtrack.

But, let's be honest—you're here to find out which love songs your guests absolutely need to hear on the dance floor when they celebrate your upcoming nuptials. The easy answer is the whole playlist. But if you only plan to sprinkle a few of this year's best love songs into the mix (there are lots of throwbacks to play throughout the night), we do have some suggestions.

For a brand spanking new first dance song (there's no rule saying we all have to start our marriages swaying to a classic!), soul enthusiasts will enjoy "Beyond" by Leon Bridges, and fans of country crooner Carrie Underwood might like the heartstring-tugging lyrics of "End Up With You." Have the DJ play George Ezra's "All My Love" or Ben Rector's "Over and Over" during dinner time—they practically require listeners to bob their head or tap their feet. Troye Silvan's "My My My!" and Jess Glynne's "All I Am" should (literally) get the party jumping.

But don't just take our word for it. Check out our full playlist (in no particular order) and stream it on Spotify now.

47 Best Love Songs of 2018

  • “Butterflies,” by Kacey Musgraves
  • “All My Love,” by George Ezra
  • “Fallin’ All In You,” by Shawn Mendes
  • “LOVE HAPPY,” by The Carters
  • “Movement,” by Hozier
  • “No Mistakes,” by Kanye West
  • “Black and Blue Bird,” by Dave Matthews Band
  • “Better Man,” by 5 Seconds of Summer

“Rose of Sharon,” by Mumford & Sons

“Mine,” by The 1975

“Unless It’s With You,” by Christina Aguilera

“Gonna Love Me,” by Teyana Taylor

“Better With You,” by Jason Mraz

“R.E.M.,” by Ariana Grande

“Little Woman Love - 2018 Remaster,” by Wings

“End Up With You,” by Carrie Underwood

“Baby,” by Hippo Campus

“Over You,” by Macy Gray

“Dark Side of the Moon (feat. Nicki Minaj),” by Lil Wayne

“Sweet Lovin’ - Radio Edit,” by Sigala and Bryn Christopher

“Happy If You’re Happy,” by Matt and Kim

“Music To My Eyes,” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

“I Believe,” by Mario

“Smithereens,” by Twenty One Pilots

“Everything (feat. John Legend),” by Ella Mai

“All I Am,” by Jess Glynne

“I Do,” by Morgan Evans

“La Vie En Rose,” by Michael Bublé

“Guiding Light,” by Mumford & Sons

“There You Are,” by ZAYN

“You, Dear,” by Eloise

“Morning Light (feat. Alicia Keys),” by Justin Timberlake

“Moon River,” by Frank Ocean

“My My My!,” by Troye Silvan

“Never Be The Same,” by Camila Cabello

“Speechless,” by Dan + Shay

“Beyond,” by Leon Bridges

“You + I,” by Young the Giant

“I’m With You,” by Vance Joy

“I Found You,” by James Bay

“Keep Me Crazy,” by Sheppard

“Let Me Remind You,” by Sugarland

“Never Gonna Say Goodbye,” by Dawes

“Always Remember Us This Way,” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

“all you need is love,” by EDEN

"SUMMER," by The Carters

"Love Is Here to Stay," by Tony Bennett and Diana Krall

"Over and Over," by Ben Rector

“Diamonds or Twine,” by Ryan Hurd

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