RANKED: The 51 best love songs of all time

Get the Full StoryFrom modern music magicians like Frank Ocean to classic groups including the Bee Gees and Earth, Wind, and Fire, there are many songs every music aficionado should listen to in their lifetime. But let's focus on the romantic side of musical storytelling. We're here to rank the best love songs ever penned in history.

Keep reading for a look at the greatest love songs of all time. 51. "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey 2005

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Since we're including love songs about devotion and pining but trying to avoid wholesale break-up ballads , "We Belong Together" is the perfect place to start. Mariah Carey's hit single from "The Emancipation of Mimi" remains is a classic modern love song with a fantastic pop diva music video to match.

Listen to "We Belong Together" here.

50. "Hands Down" by Dashboard Confessional 2002

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This essential emo alt-rock love song was Dashboard Confessional's first Billboard Top 10 hit, and rightfully so. "Hands Down" captures the youthful crush stage of love and lust with lyrics perfectly suited for an AIM away message.

Listen to "Hands Down" here.

49. "Hold You in My Arms" by Ray LaMontagne 2004

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This ballad is a simple, sweet ode to lazy afternoons spent in the company of a loved one. "Hold You in My Arms" was one of Ray LaMontagne's first breakout singles, and remains a staple heard at wedding venues around the country.

Listen to "Hold You in My Arms" here.

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