Smooth's Favourite Love Songs

Thousands of you voted in our Valentine's Day poll, and now we can reveal the results!

Scroll down to see a live update of the top 100 as each song is revealed on air, including the all-important number one.

Top 100 Love Songs

  • 100


    Billy Joel - She’s Always a Woman

    From 1977 album The Stranger, 'She's Always a Woman' only peaked at number 53 in the UK Singles Chart. However, it re-entered the chart at 29 in 2010, after Fyfe Dangerfield recorded a cover for a John Lewis advert.

  • 99


    Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything

    'You To Me Are Everything' is one of The Real Thing's biggest tracks. It was covered by everyone from Frankie Valli to Public Enemy.

  • 98


    Phyllis Nelson - Move Closer

    While 'Move Closer' failed to make an impact in the US, the song was hugely successful in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at the top of the UK Singles Chart, making her the first black woman to top the charts in Britain with her own composition.

  • 97


    Louis Armstrong - We Have All the Time in the World

    Composed by John Barry with lyrics by Hal David, this was the secondary theme for James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service starring George Lazenby. The song title is taken from Bond's final words in both the novel and the film, spoken after his wife's death. Armstrong was too ill to play his trumpet, and he died two years later. Barry chose the jazz legend because he felt he could "deliver the title line with irony". It reached number three when re-released in 1994 after its use in a Guinness advert.

  • 96


    Daniel Bedingfield - If You’re Not the One

    This was Daniel Bedingfield's second number one single in the UK. The ballad was a total departure from his drum and bass beginnings. Simon Cowell has named it as one of his all-time favourite songs.

  • 95


    Toni Braxton - Unbreak My Heart

    This soul ballad about heartbreak gave Toni Braxton one of her biggest hits in 1996, reaching number two in the UK. It had the superteam of writer Diane Warren and producer David Foster behind it.

  • 94


    Temptations - My Girl

    Written and produced by the Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the song became the Temptations' first US number one single. Robinson's inspiration was his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson.

  • 93


    Madness - It Must Be Love

    Labi Siffre first reached number 14 with this love song in 1971, and 10 years later Madness scored a huge hit with a ska-infused cover. Siffre had a cameo in Madness' music video for the track as a violin player.

  • 92


    Bread - Make it With You

    Bread's breakthrough hit was written by singer David Gates, who also performed acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, and strings on the record, with only drummer Mike Botts also featuring. When the song was released, Gates' mother was asked by a local interviewer how her son's music career was going. Misunderstanding the song's title, she replied that his group had just recorded a song called 'Naked with You'.

  • 91


    Beatles - Yesterday

    Recorded for 1965 album Help!, 'Yesterday' was written by Paul McCartney and released as a single in the same year. The most covered song of all time, it is a ballad about the break-up of a relationship, and reached number one on the US Billboard 100 chart.

  • 90


    Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

    First released on Chris Isaak's third album in 1989, it wasn't a hit until it was used in the movie Wild at Heart a year later. The song of unrequited and obsessive love was inspired by a real-life relationship Isaak had with an on-off lover. James Calvin Wilsey played the distinctive lead guitar solo on the song. The song has been covered by many different artists from various genres, including HIM, Il Divo, Parra for Cuva, Gemma Hayes, James Vincent McMorrow, Stone Sour and London Grammar.

  • 89


    Olivia Newton John - Hopelessly Devoted to You

    This song was not originally in the Grease stage musical, but halfway through shooting the movie, Olivia Newton-John's contractually-entitled vocal solo had still not been written. John Farrar, her personal producer, wrote the song and submitted it to the film's production team. Though reluctant at first, they eventually approved it, and shooting took place after the rest of the film had finished. It was nominated for an Oscar, but lost out to Donna Summer's 'Last Dance'.

  • 88


    ABBA - The Winner Takes it All

    'The Winner Takes It All' was the first single from ABBA's 1980 album Super Trouper. A huge success for the group, it reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. Bjorn Ulvaeus has denied that the song is about his and Agnetha Fältskog's divorce, saying that it "is the experience of a divorce, but it's fiction. There wasn't a winner or a loser in our case. A lot of people think it's straight out of reality, but it's not".

  • 87


    Robbie Williams - She’s the One

    British band World Party first released this song in 1997, a year before Robbie covered it and took it to number one in the UK. It won him two BRIT Awards, including one for its ice skating-inspired music video.

  • 86


    Billy Joel - Just the Way You Are

    This ballad was taken from Joel's album The Stranger. Joel wrote the song for his first wife Elizabeth Weber, but it was not liked by either Joel or his band. It was only released at the request of both Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow.

  • 85


    Boyz II Men - End of the Road

    This song was number one for a massive 13 weeks in the US in 1992, and cemented Boyz II Men as the leading vocal group of the era.

  • 84


    Justin Hayward - Forever Autumn

    The original melody of this song was written by Jeff Wayne in 1969 as a jingle for a Lego commercial. Paul Vigrass and Gary Osborne, the performers of the original jingle, added lyrics and recorded it on their 1972 album Queues.

    Wayne wanted to include a love song on his War of the Worlds album that sounded like 'Forever Autumn', and he decided to simply use the original song.

    Wayne chose Justin Hayward, of The Moody Blues, to sing it. This is the single version of the song, with Richard Burton's narration omitted.

  • 83


    Leann Rimes - How Do I Live

    This song is one of the best-selling country ballads of all time. Rimes was originally meant to record the song for the Con Air soundtrack, but a version by Trisha Yearwood was selected instead. When Rimes' father and manager head about this, he made sure her version was rush released, and became the bigger hit.

  • 82


    Extreme - More than Words

    Usually known for their funk metal style, Extreme totally changed tack with this 1990 single.

    The acoustic ballad was later described by the band as "a blessing and a curse" due to its unexpected huge success, but they still embrace it to this day at live shows.

  • 81


    Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere

    'Everywhere' reached number four in the UK Singles Chart in 1988. The video is based on the poem 'The Highwayman' and follows the story of a traveler in love with the landlord's daughter.

  • 80


    Hollies - The Air That I Breathe

    Co-writer Albert Hammond first recorded this in 1972, but The Hollies scored a big hit with it two years later. It proved to be their last hit single, with Alan Parsons providing the audio engineering. Radiohead's 1992 song 'Creep' uses a similar chord progression and shares some melodic content with the song, and as a result, Hammond and Hazlewood sued Radiohead for plagiarism and won. Hammond said: "Because they were honest they weren't sued to the point of saying 'we want the whole thing'. So we ended up getting a little piece".

  • 79


    George Michael and Aretha Franklin - I Knew You Were Waiting for Me

    Released in 1987, this duet between Aretha Franklin and George Michael sold more than a million copies in the US. It reached number one in the UK and US, going on to win a Grammy Award.

  • 78


    Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

    Taken from Ed's wildly successful second album x, 'Thinking Out Loud' became his second UK number one single in November 2014. The video has been viewed more than 2.2 billion times on YouTube. It also became the first single to spend a full year in the UK top 40.

  • 77


    Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing

    This was Marvin Gaye's big comeback after battling depression and moving away from his longtime label Motown. It peaked at number 4 in the UK, and remains a romantic classic.

  • 76


    John Denver - Annie’s Song

    This was John Denver's only hit in the UK, as most of his other famous tracks had been covered by other artists. It was written as an ode to Denver's wife at the time, Annie Martell Denver, and he wrote it in in about ten-and-a-half minutes on a ski lift to the top of Ajax Mountain in Aspen, Colorado.

  • 75


    Marvin Gaye - Let’s Get It On

    Taken from the album of the same name, it became Gaye's most successful single for Motown and one of his most well-known songs. Originally conceived as a religious and then political song, Gaye transformed it into a sensual anthem.

  • 74


    Take That - Back for Good

    Perhaps Take That's most famous song, this ballad reached number one in 1995. It was also their only top 10 hit in America. The song's popularity led to an urban myth that it had secretly been written by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. Gibb later commented that he had "never even heard" the song.

  • 73


    Madonna - Crazy For You

    'Crazy For You' was released in 1985, from the soundtrack album to the 1985 film Vision Quest. It reached number two in the UK Singles Chart, where it was released twice, once in 1985 and again in 1991. 

  • 72


    Al Green - Let’s Stay Together

    Taken from his 1972 album of the same name, this is perhaps Al's most famous tune and signature song. It reached number one in the States, and it has been covered by countless artists ever since. Even US President Barack Obama gave it a go, performing a brief line of the song during an appearance at the Apollo Theater in New York in 2012, where Al was also performing.

  • 71


    Ben E King - Stand By Me

    'Stand By Me' was released in 1961, and has since been covered over 400 times. It topped the Billboard R&B singles chart, and the UK Singles Chart. It was later included on the 1986 film of the same name.

    Ben E King had no intention of recording the song himself, and had written it for the Drifters, who passed on recording it.

  • 70


    Wet Wet Wet - Love is All Around

    'Love Is All Around' is a song that everyone can recognise. Originally sung by The Troggs, Wet Wet Wet's version was made famous by the film Four Weddings And A Funeral. The song spent 15 weeks at number one in 1994.

  • 69


    Tracy Chapman - Baby Can I Hold You

    Despite never being a big hit for Tracy Chapman at the time, it has since become one of her signature songs. Boyzone later scored a number two hit with a cover in 1997.

  • 68


    Hot Chocolate - It Started with a Kiss

    This 1982 love song written by singer Errol Brown gave Hot Chocolate one of their biggest hits, reaching number 5.

  • 67


    Barbra Streisand - Woman in Love

    This was the song that truly took Barbra into the mainstream pop world, thanks to her collaboration with the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb, who co-wrote this song with his brother Robin. It was a huge hit around the world, and is perhaps her greatest hit single ever. However, she is not actually a fan of the song herself. She has said that she doesn't believe in the lyrics, and has very rarely performed it live.

  • 66


    Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman

    'When a Man Loves a Woman' was recorded by Percy Sledge in 1966. It was by far, his biggest hit, and his only Top 10 in the UK or US. Michael Bolton later scored a US number one with a cover in 1991.

  • 65


    Seal - Kiss from a Rose

    Seal first wrote this amazing power ballad back in 1987, but would you believe it, he felt "embarrassed by it" and "threw the tape in the corner". It wasn't until producer Trevor Horn brought it back for his 1994 album Seal II. A year later, it was included on the Batman Forever soundtrack and it became the biggest hit of his career. 

  • 64


    Michael Buble - Home

    This was one of Michael's first hits that was an original song rather than a cover version. Michael wrote this song for his ex-fiancée, Debbie Timuss, about the pain of being away from her while he traveled the world during their relationship of eight years.

  • 63


    James Blunt - You’re Beautiful

    This song scored James Blunt a huge hit in 2005, reaching number one in the UK and US and selling millions of copies around the world. Blunt said of the song: "It's kind of miserable. It was about seeing my ex-girlfriend on the Underground in London with her new man, who I didn't know existed. She and I caught eyes and lived a lifetime in that moment, but didn't do anything about it and haven't seen each other since."

  • 62


    Michael Bolton - How Am I Supposed to Live Without You

    Air Supply were supposed to record this song originally, and Laura Branigan recorded a version, before co-writer Michael Bolton scored one of his biggest hits with it in 1989. It was taken from his huge-selling album Soul Provider.

  • 61


    Spandau Ballet - True

    This ballad was composed by Gary Kemp, who wrote the song at his parents' house, where he lived at the time. It pays tribute to Marvin Gaye, who is mentioned in the lyrics, and also partly about Kemp's platonic relationship with Altered Images singer Clare Grogan.

  • 60


    Eric Carmen - Hungry Eyes

    'Hungry Eyes' features in the film Dirty Dancing. Carmen was hesitant to record a song for a movie soundtrack at first, but it ended up becoming a classic.

  • 59


    Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton - Islands in the Stream

    'Islands In The Stream' was originally written by the Bee Gees, for Marvin Gaye! It was later changed from a soul song to a country tune, and became a huge number one for Kenny and Dolly.

  • 58


    Harry Nilsson - Without You

    Originally by Badfinger and later a hit for Mariah Carey, Nilsson heard Badfinger's version at a party, and mistook it for a Beatles song. After realising it was not, he decided to cover the song for his album Nilsson Schmilsson in 1971.

  • 57


    Adele - Make You Feel My Love

    Originally written by Bob Dylan in 1997, Adele recorded a cover in 2008 for her debut studio album 19. It stayed in the UK Top 75 for a total of 55 weeks at the time, and helped elevate Adele into a worldwide star.

  • 56


    Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper - Shallow

    Lady Gaga co-wrote this song with Mark Ronson among others, and it was the lead single from the 2018 musical movie's soundtrack, reaching number one in the UK. Gaga said they wrote the track "from the point of view of Ally, it becomes part of the reason they fall in love. When I was writing music for the film I had to think about Ally as if she wasn't me. I went with a sound for her, even in the pop realm, that's unlike anything I've ever put out before."

  • 55


    Carpenters - We’ve Only Just Begun

    A popular wedding song, 'We've Only Just Begun' actually began life as the theme tune for an advertisement for a bank! It was released in 1970.

  • 54


    Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On

    'My Heart Will Go On', is the main theme song to James Cameron's blockbuster film Titanic. It went to number one all over the world, including the UK.

  • 53


    John Lennon - Woman 

    'Woman' was released in 1981, and reached number one in the UK. After Lennon was shot and killed in 1980, 'Woman' was released posthumously. Lennon said that the song was a "grown-up version" of his song 'Girl'.

  • 52


    Elton John - Can You Feel the Love Tonight

    This is the love theme from Disney's 1994 movie, The Lion King, and it went to number 14 in the UK Singles Chart. Elton wrote it with Sir Tim Rice, and it won the pair an Oscar.

  • 51


    Adele - Someone Like You

    A track from Adele's second album, 21, 'Someone Like You' has reached a huge audience, with just a simple piano backing. It was the first single of the 2010s to sell over one million copies in the UK. She wrote the song about a boyfriend who broke up with her. She later said of the song: "I had to write it to feel OK with myself and OK with the two years I spent with him. And when I did it, I felt so freed."

  • 50


    UB40 - Can’t Help Falling in Love

    Elvis Presley first recorded this song in 1961, and it is based on 'Plaisir d'amour' by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini. UB40 arguably had the biggest version three decades later.

    They actually recorded it after being asked to make an Elvis tune of their choice for the film Honeymoon In Vegas. However, Bruno Hernandez's version was selected instead.

    They weren't sure about including a cover on their album, but Robin Campbell said: "I persuaded them that it would be pointless not to, as it was likely to be a smash hit."

  • 49


    Barry White - You’re the First, the Last, My Everything

    Released in 1974, 'You're the First, the Last, My Everything' spent two weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart. This song was originally written over 21 years previously by Peter Radcliffe as a country song, before Barry totally reworked it.

  • 48


    Beach Boys - God Only Knows

    'God Only Knows' was written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher and released in 1966 as the eighth track on the group's legendary album Pet Sounds. Wilson said that his and Asher's intention was to create the feeling of "being blind but in being blind, you can see more"

  • 47


    U2 - With or Without You

    From U2's album The Joshua Tree, this love song was inspired by Bono's conflicting feelings about the lives he led as a musician and domestic man at the time.

  • 46


    Jennifer Rush - Power of Love

    Released in 1985, 'The Power Of Love' was the first ever million seller by a female soloist in Britain. It held the record for the largest-selling single ever by a woman until Whitney Houston's 1992 smash 'I Will Always Love You'. 

  • 45


    Air Supply - All Out of Love

    'All Out of Love' was released in 1980 by Air Supply. It reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart. It was the only chart entry they ever had here. The chorus was originally "I'm all out of love, I want to arrest you". However, Clive Davis though that Americans wouldn't understand so he suggested "I'm all out of love, I'm so lost without you". This is why he has a songwriting credit!

  • 44


    Adele - Hello

    The lead single from 25, this reached number one in almost every country it charted in. Adele later said of the song's lyrics: "It's not about an ex-relationship, a love relationship, it's about my relationship with everyone that I love. It's not that we have fallen out, we've all got our lives going on and I needed to write that song so they would all hear it, because I'm not in touch with them."

  • 43


    Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love

    'How Deep Is Your Love' was written and recorded in 1977 It was a number three hit in the UK Singles Chart. Featured in the movie Saturday Night Fever, it was later taken to number one by Take That in 1996.

  • 42


    Simply Red - If You Don’t Know Me By Now

    Although not originally written by the band, 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' is one of the songs that defines Simply Red and is one of their most popular tracks. Originally by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, it was a number one hit in the US for Mick Hucknall's group.

  • 41


    Berlin - Take My Breath Away

    Berlin won an Oscar for this power ballad, which was recorded for the Top Gun soundtrack. It was co-written by electronic icon Giorgio Moroder.

  • 40


    Lionel Richie - Hello

    When he was young, Richie watched beautiful women walk past but was too shy to talk to them. He thought, "Hello, is it me you're looking for?" Years later he wrote a song using the phrase. The song will always be famous for its music video featuring a certain clay model.

  • 39


    Whitney Houston - Didn’t We Almost Have it All

    'Didn't We Almost Have It All' is taken from Whitney Houston's second album Whitney. It topped the US chart and was nominated for a Grammy.

  • 38


    Bangles - Eternal Flame

    Bangles member Susanna Hoffs teamed up with seasoned songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly to write this power ballad. The song was inspired by two eternal flames: one at the gravesite of Elvis Presley that the Bangles saw when the band visited Graceland, and one at a local synagogue in Palm Springs which Steinberg attended as a child. Hoffs later revealed she sang the recording completely naked after producer Davitt Sigerson pranked her by saying Olivia Newton-John had done the same thing.

  • 37


    Shania Twain - You’re Still the One

    'You're Still The One' is one of Shania Twain's signature songs, earning her several Grammy nominations. This song was co-written by Shania and her former husband, Mutt Lange. Although she was well-known among country fans at the time, this was the song that helped her become an international superstar.

  • 36


    Commodores - Three Times a Lady

    'Three Times A Lady' was released in 1978 and reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. It was written by lead singer Lionel Richie, who later said he was inspired to write the song because of a comment his father made about his mother. His father said to his mother "I love you. I want you. I need you. Forever."

  • 35


    Chicago - If You Leave Me Now

    This was the song that brought Chicago to a truly mainstream audience, reaching the top spot in the UK and US in 1976. It remains one of the best break-up ballads of all time, and surprisingly doesn't actually contain a traditional chorus.

  • 34


    Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

    This song won four Grammy Awards in 2011, including Record and Song of the Year, only the second country song to do so. The song describes placing a call to someone in the middle of the night due to being lonely and longing for companionship. Singer Hillary Scott said: "All three of us know what it's like to get to that point where you feel lonely enough that you make a late night phone call that you very well could regret the next day."

  • 33


    Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply

    This classic ballad is actually a reworking of a song called 'Magical Kisses' that Savage Garden wrote together long before they began on their debut album. It was a huge success, and topped the charts in their native Australia and in the US, and hit number four in the UK.

  • 32


    Enrique Iglesias - Hero

    To date, this song has sold 8 million copies worldwide. Enrique has said that his high school days were the inspiration for the song. He said: "I went back to when I was 17 in high school, and this might be cheesy, but I thought about what would be the song I want to slow dance to with my prom date. When I wrote it, it felt good and I thought I know there is something special in this song."

  • 31


    Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

    Swedish pop duo Roxette released 'It Must Have Been Love' for the Pretty Woman soundtrack. It was actually first released three years previously as a Christmas song, but the festive feeling was removed and it became a worldwide hit.

  • 30


    Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You

    'I Just Called To Say I Love You' was originally scored for the 1984 comedy The Woman In Red. The song would go on to become one of Stevie Wonder's most commercially successful tracks, and won him an Oscar.

  • 29


    Carpenters - Close to You

    'Close To You' was released by The Carpenters in 1970 and was their breakthrough hit. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it was first offered to Herb Alpert, but he shelved his version.

  • 28


    10cc - I’m Not in Love

    Released in May 1975, 'I'm Not in Love' went to number one in the UK Singles Chart. It is notable for its innovative and distinctive backing track, composed mostly of the band's multitracked vocals. It was written mostly by Eric Stewart as a response to his wife's declaration that he did not tell her often enough that he loved her. The whispered 'big boys don't cry' line was recorded by studio secretary Kathy Redfern.

  • 27


    Christina Perri - A Thousand Years

    This song was written by Christina Perri and Evanescence's David Hodges. It's taken from the movie soundtrack, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

  • 26


    Patrick Swayze - She’s Like the Wind

    Co-written and sung by actor Patrick Swayze, this song was originally intended for the soundtrack of Grandview, USA, and was meant to be about Jamie Lee Curtis' character in the film. However, the song was not used, and so during production of Dirty Dancing in 1987, Swayze played the demo for producer Linda Gottlieb and director Emile Ardolino. They loved it and it was recorded for the soundtrack. 

  • 25


    Elton John - Your Song

    The song was Elton John's first pop hit, peaked at number seven in the UK back in 1970. Elton's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics after breakfast one morning on the roof of 20 Denmark Street, London, where Elton worked for a music publishing company as an office boy, leading to the line "I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss". It was voted the nation's favourite Elton song in 2017.

  • 24


    Lonestar - Amazed

    Lonestar scored a rare country number one single in the US in 2000 (one of only two in the whole decade). It also spent 17 weeks inside the UK top 40 without ever breaking the top 20. When co-writers Chris Lindsey and Aimee Mayo wrote the song, they were in the process of falling in love, and drew upon their burgeoning romance for inspiration.

  • 23


    Andy Williams - Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

    It is impossible not to sing along to the 'bah-bah-bah's of this tune whenever it comes on. Frankie Valli actually recorded it first, but Andy scored a bigger hit with in the UK. It was later used in Bridget Jones's Diary, and he ended up re-recording it with Denise Van Outen in 2002.

  • 22


    Celine Dion - Because You Loved Me

    Released in 1996, this was written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster, and served as the theme song from the 1996 film Up Close & Personal, starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer.

  • 21


    Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - Endless Love

    Ross and Richie recorded this song for Motown, and it was used as the theme for the film adaptation of Scott Spencer's novel Endless Love. While the film was a modest box-office success, the song became the second biggest-selling single of the year.

  • 20


    Sinead O’Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

    Famously written by Prince, 'Nothing Compares 2 U' was a huge hit all over the world — as was the video. Its lyrics explore feelings of longing from the point of view of an abandoned lover.

  • 19


    Foreigner - I Want to Know What Love Is

    The band's biggest ever hit, it reached number one in both the UK and US. Writer Mick Jones said of the song: "I don't know where it came from. I consider it a gift that was sent through me. I think there was something bigger than me behind it. I'd say it was probably written entirely by a higher force." Fact: it features keyboard work by Thompson Twins frontman Tom Bailey.

  • 18


    Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

    Roberta Flack took the original version of 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' and slowed it down, turning it into the soaring ballad we know and love today. Originally by Ewan MacColl.

    Flack's version was used in the movie Play Misty for Me and reached number one in the US.

  • 17


    Van Morrison - Have I Told You Lately

    A truly romantic song and a wedding day favourite, 'Have I Told You Lately' has been covered hundreds of times and won a Grammy when it was first released. Written as a prayer originally, it was later a hit for Rod Stewart.

  • 16


    Bill Withers - Ain’t No Sunshine

    Produced by Booker T Jones and featuring Stephen Stills on guitar, Bill Withers was inspired to write this song after watching the 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses. He said of the two main characters: "They were both alcoholics who were alternately weak and strong. Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you." For the third verse, Withers intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase 'I know' 26 times, but followed the advice of the other musicians to leave it that way.

  • 15


    Bon Jovi - Always

    This was a huge hit for Bon Jovi in 1994. The song was originally written for the soundtrack to the 1993 film Romeo Is Bleeding. After disliking the movie – which was a critical and box office bomb - the band decided not to lend it to the producers. Jon Bon Jovi left the track on his shelf and forgot about it, until a friend found it and convinced him to re-record and release it.

  • 14


    Phil Collins - Against All Odds

    Released in 1984, this power ballad reached number two in the UK Singles Chart. Taken from the movie of the same name, it was later taken to number one by both Westlife and Mariah Carey, and by first X Factor winner Steve Brookstein.

  • 13


    Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

    Rumour has it that 'Unchained Melody' has been recorded over 500 different times! The track was originally written for a movie entitled Unchained. Whilst the film was soon forgotten, the track hasn't gone anywhere. It has been a number one hit for The Righteous Brothers, Jimmy Young, Robson & Jerome and Gareth Gates.

  • 12


    Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight

    Clapton wrote this song for Pattie Boyd while waiting for her to get ready to attend Paul and Linda McCartney's annual Buddy Holly party. Boyd later said: "For years it tore at me. To have inspired Eric, and George [Harrison] before him, to write such music was so flattering. 'Wonderful Tonight' was the most poignant reminder of all that was good in our relationship, and when things went wrong it was torture to hear it."

  • 11


    Aerosmith - I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing

    This power ballad was an international success for the band. It reached number four in the UK Singles Chart, becoming Aerosmith's highest charting song. It was featured in the 1998 movie Armaggedon, which starred singer Steven Tyler's daughter Liv.

  • 10


    Take That - A Million Love Songs

    'A Million Love Songs' was written by lead vocalist Gary Barlow when he was just a teenager. It was one of Take That's first hits, reaching the UK top ten in 1992.

  • 9


    Elvis Presley - Can’t Help Falling in Love

    'Can't Help Falling In Love' was released in 1961 and topped the UK Singles Chart in 1962. It was recorded for his movie Blue Hawaii, and was later covered by a host of artists including UB40.

  • 8


    Bryan Adams - Everything I Do

    'Everything I Do (I Do It For You)' was released in 1991 and reached number one in every major chart around the world. It was the main theme for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and holds the UK record for most consecutive weeks at number one with 16.

  • 7


    Elvis Presley - Always on My Mind

    'Always On My Mind' was released in 1972 and reached the top ten in the UK Singles Chart. It was also a huge hit for both Willie Nelson and the Pet Shop Boys.

  • 6


    Robbie Williams - Angels

    This was the moment where Robbie Williams proved he was a serious solo artist. 'Angels' has become a pretty special song for him ever since its release in 1994. The track was one of the biggest songs of the 1990s, despite only reaching number 4 in the UK chart!

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    Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

    As one of the best selling singles of all time, 'I Will Always Love You' is arguably Whitney Houston's most famous track. It was originally recorded, however, by Dolly Parton. The song was recorded for soundtrack of her movie The Bodyguard, and was the UK Christmas number one for 1992.

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    Ed Sheeran - Perfect

    'Perfect' featured on Ed's third studio album Divide. It originally charted at number four on the UK Singles Chart, despite not being an official single! However, after releasing duet versions with Beyoncé and Andrea Bocelli, it ended up being the UK Christmas number one for 2017. Ed said of the song: "With 'Perfect', it was like, I need to write the best love song of my career".

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    George Michael - A Different Corner

    Following up on the success of 'Careless Whisper', 'A Different Corner' was the second solo single released by George Michael and helped him to become the first solo act in the history of the UK Singles Chart to reach No.1 with his first two releases.

    Speaking in 2014, George said: "I think you can tell that 'A Different Corner' is genuinely the sound of a man who's heart's been broken. I was 19 and the best critique I ever heard of that song was from a friend of mine who said, 'It's beautiful, pathetic, but beautiful.'"

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    John Legend - All of Me

    This song is from John Legend's fourth album Love in the Future, and is a dedication to the singer's wife Chrissy Teigen. 'All of Me' was the third best-selling song of 2014, with sales of 12.3 million copies worldwide.

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    George Michael - Careless Whisper

    'Careless Whisper' reached No.1 in nearly 25 countries and sold almost six million copies worldwide. Co-written with Wham!'s Andrew Ridgeley when they were 17, the song took inspiration from stories from Michael's early romantic experiences with two different girls.

    He later said: "The whole idea of 'Careless Whisper' was the first girl finding out about the second – which she never did. But I started another relationship with a girl called Alexis without finishing the one with Jane. It all got a bit complicated. Jane found out about her and got rid of me.

    "The whole time I thought I was being cool, being this two-timer, but there really wasn't that much emotion involved. I did feel guilty about the first girl – and I have seen her since – and the idea of the song was about her. 'Careless Whisper' was us dancing, because we danced a lot, and the idea was – we are dancing...but she knows...and it's finished."

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