We all love romantic tunes, and there is no such thing as love songs from the 60s.
We’ve rounded up the best love songs from the decade that brought us Motown power ballads, flower power and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Is your favorite in there?
The Supremes – “You Can’t Squeeze Love”
Written and produced by the brilliant Motown team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, this gospel-tinged song centers on remembering a mother’s words of encouragement, telling her daughter that patience will help her someday find someone. ‘one of special.
Phil Collins recorded a famous cover of the song The Supremes in the 1980s, with both versions still being played around the world to this day.
Ike and Tina Turner – ‘River Deep, Mountain High’
The single was among producer Phil Spector’s greatest works in the 1960s and reached number three in the UK.
However, surprisingly, it failed on its original US release – what a parody! It has since become an iconic song for Tina Turner, and has also been a hit for Celine Dion.
Nat King Cole – ‘LOVE’
This song was composed by Bert Kaempfert and Milt Gabler for Nat King Cole’s album of the same name in 1965.
It became one of his most popular songs and has since been recorded by everyone from his daughter Natalie Cole and of course, Michael Bublé.
The Monkees – “I am a believer”
Written by Neil Diamond, “I’m A Believer” was recorded by The Monkees in 1966 with the lead voice of Micky Dolenz.
The single reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed there for seven weeks.
Elvis Presley – “I can’t help but fall in love”
Elvis Presley’s version of this song topped the UK charts in 1962 and number two in the US.
Recorded for sound Hawaii Blue film, the melody is based on ‘Plaisir d’amour’, a popular French love song composed in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini. It was later a number one hit for UB40.
Sam Cooke – ‘Cupid’
Released in 1961, this pretty ballad was one of Sam Cooke’s best and greatest hits.
Cooke’s producers asked him to write a song for a girl they saw on a Perry Como TV show, but once they heard him sing, they kept the song for Cooke himself. . Good choice!
Peter and Gordon – “A World Without Love”
Paul McCartney wrote this song when he was only 16 and gave it to Peter Asher, who he once stayed with when he was dating his actress sister Jane.
Peter & Gordon’s band scored a number one in the UK and US with the track, although it was not rated good enough for the Beatles by John Lennon.
Aretha Franklin – (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman
Co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” was a big hit for Aretha Franklin, becoming one of her most famous hits.
The song was inspired by Atlantic Records co-owner and producer Jerry Wexler. He was studying African-American musical culture and had been pondering the idea of the so-called “natural man” when he happened to walk past King on the streets of New York.
He yelled at her that he wanted a “natural woman” song for Aretha Franklin’s next album. They then went home and wrote the song that night. In appreciation, Goffin and King gave Wexler co-writing credit.
The temptations – ‘My daughter’
Written by Smokey Robinson and recorded for the Motown label (then named Gordy after label founder Berry Gordy), ‘My Girl reached number one and became the signature song of The Temptations.
Robinson’s inspiration for writing the song was his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson. It is quite the gift of Valentine’s Day.
Ray Charles – “You don’t know me”
Originally a 1950s country song by Eddy Arnold, Ray Charles covered it beautifully for his debut country album in 1962.
The song about unrequited love is heartbreaking and was famous in the 1993 film groundhog day.
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – “The mountain is not high enough”
Written by the incredibly talented husband and wife duo of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ has been released on the Tamla Motown label.
Nickolas Ashford once said, “We call ‘Ain’t No Mountain’ the golden egg that landed us in Motown.
Glen Campbell – ‘Wichita Lineman’
Although it was an unfinished song about a guy working on a telephone pole, it became one of the greatest love songs of all time.
Written by Jimmy Webb, Glen Campbell’s version has become one of his flagship songs and has been a hit the world over.
Percy Sledge – “When a man loves a woman”
Inspired by a breakup, “When A Man Loves A Woman” is Percy Sledge’s most famous song.
It reached number one in America and went on to become an international hit, proving to be a hit twice in the UK, having reached number four in 1966 and, on re-release, peaked at number two in 1987. .
The Four Summits – ‘Wait (I’ll be there)’
Another Holland-Dozier-Holland masterpiece for Motown, it was one of the Four Tops’ biggest and best-known hits.
It was sung (almost screamed) by Levi Stubbs, with member Duke Fakir later stating: “We realized that when Levi hit the top of his vocal range it sounded like someone in pain, so he did. sing up there.
“Levi complained, but we knew he loved it. Every time they thought he was on the top, he took it a little bit further until you could hear the tears in his voice.”
Ben E King – ‘Stand by Me’
Apparently there have been over 400 recorded versions of ‘Stand By Me’. We’re not surprised – it’s a fantastic song!
It was also the title of one of the best movies of the 1980s, and it was starred at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.
Etta James – ‘Finally’
“At Last” became Etta James’ flagship song and it was her version that was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
Barack and Michelle Obama danced to the romantic tune after his inauguration as president in 2009, with Beyoncé performing the ballad.
The Righteous Brothers – ‘Unchained Melody’
Now perhaps best known for the pottery scene at Ghost thanks to Patrick Swayze, this ballad revolves around the sweet voice of Bobby Hatfield.
The song reached number one in the UK four times: Jimmy Young, Righteous Brothers, Robson & Jerome and Gareth Gates. So, we’ve been loving it for a bit for a long time.
The Beatles – “Something”
George Harrison wrote this Beatles ballad about his then-wife Pattie Boyd, who was later the inspiration for Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight”.
The song was featured on the iconic album Abbey Route, and became one of the band’s greatest love songs.
Andy Williams – “I can’t take my eyes off you”
It is impossible not to sing the ‘bah-bah-bah’s to this tune every time it arrives.
Frankie Valli recorded it first, but Andy scored a bigger hit in the UK. It was then used in Bridget Jones Diary, and he ended up re-recording it with Denise Van Outen in 2002.
The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”
Featured on the classic Beach Boys album from 1966 Animal sounds, when ‘God Only Knows’ was first released, it surprisingly only reached 39 on the US charts.
He reached number two in the UK, and we’ll always be thinking about the final scenes of Love in fact when you hear it.