James Taylor creates the kind of music that suits all occasions. But it’s his love songs he’s best known for.
The songs on this list will inspire you, comfort you, and make you believe in love again. They’re easy to listen to and perfect for romantic evenings cuddling on the couch or dancing cheek to cheek in the living room.
Let’s break down the best James Taylor love songs of all time and see what makes this musician so talented!
1. Don’t leave me alone tonight
If you’ve ever felt desperately alone, looking for someone to love you, you’ll understand James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.” A soft pop song with heartwarming lyrics, the song was released in 1972 and featured on Taylor’s album. A man’s dog.
Chase away the loneliness and lose yourself in the voice of this iconic musician with “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”.
2. Something about the way he moves
There is always that person who can calm the storm. The one who knows exactly what to say and what to do when you’re down and need a friend. For James Taylor, an early girlfriend inspired the artist to write “Something In The Way She Moves.”
Released in 1968 on the album James Taylor, the song is more of an ode because Taylor just sings with a guitar. This song gives me goosebumps, and it will do the same to you, so listen to it today.
From the Hourglass album, the song “Pineapple” has a funky, almost jazzy beat that’s perfect for any dinner party. While the song’s meaning has been the subject of much discussion, the content is clearly intended as a love song.
“Pineapple” was released in 1997 and is a favorite with many James Taylor fans. Check out this song and fall in love with the sweet sounds created by Taylor.
Many of James Taylor’s songs take on a deeper meaning than any of us could ever comprehend. And his 1997 hit “Gaia” is the perfect example. A song about connection, we don’t know who he connects with, but we feel like that connection is so pure and eternal.
“Gaia” was released on the album hourglass and is the perfect music to relax. Listen to this James Taylor classic and enjoy the diverse instruments and sounds that make up “Gaia.”
5. Light Up Your Night With My Day (Feat. The Original Flying Machine)
It’s hard not to like James Taylor when you listen to songs like “Brighten Your Night with My Day”. Recorded in 1971, the song features The Original Flying Machine and has just the right amount of tempo to make it a great song to dance to.
Enjoy this collaboration between Taylor and one of the great names of the 70s when you add this track to your playlist.
6. September Grass
Close your eyes and imagine yourself lying in a field with the one you love. Now imagine the soft, mellow sounds of James Taylor’s “September Grass” playing from the nearby stereo. It’s a perfect date, isn’t it?
Sometimes just laying on the grass with your lover is enough, as Taylor sings in this 2002 single from her album October Road. Show James Taylor some love when you add “September Grass” to your love song playlist today.
7. Believe it or not
Waiting for the right person to come into your life often feels like it can take forever. But songs like James Taylor’s “Believe It Or Not” give us hope that love will walk through the door when we least expect it.
“Believe It or Not” was released in 1981 and is featured on the album Dad loves his job. This song is pure magic and will leave you feeling renewed in faith that the right person is there.
8. Shed some light
Building a better future and loving each other despite our differences is something we can all learn to do, thanks to the song ‘Shed a Little Light’. Released in 1991 on the album The shine of the new moonthe song has a powerful message that love can bring us together.
We all need a little love, sunshine and happiness in our lives, and it’s possible when you add this beautiful and heartwarming track to your playlist. Give James Taylor’s “Shed a Little Light” the glory it deserves and play it on repeat.
9. Fire and rain
James Taylor wrote the song “Fire and Rain” to share his feelings about the suicide of a close friend. With lyrics that talk about seeing them again, the song has a sad tone as it explores the different stages of grief through song.
“Fire and Rain” was released in 1970 on the album Sweet baby James and is a folk song for the ages. For a more modern take on this classic, don’t miss singer Birdy’s cover.
10. Caroline in my head
A love song doesn’t always have to be about a person and can, in fact, be about a place. “Carolina in my Mind” is basically a song about James Taylor’s childhood home and the memories he has of his home and family.