The greatest love of all



I will always love you – Whitney Houston performing at the O2 Arena in 2010. (Getty Images)

According to research, the greatest love song of all time is Whitney’s Houston version of the Dolly Parton classic “I Will Always Love You.”

The study of 2,000 adults also found that the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” are among the best heart-melting songs.

The king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, was the only artist to have two songs in the top 10, with “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Love Me Tender”.

Robbie Williams’ “Angels”, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is” also feature prominently in the top 20.

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Commissioned by Uber, the research found that half of adults who played love songs to potential partners did so in hopes of sparking romance.

Ed Sheeran was voted top artist for writing love songs, followed closely by Elton John and Adele.

Ed Sheeran was voted Best Love Song Writer.  (Getty Pictures)

Ed Sheeran was voted Best Love Song Writer. (Getty Pictures)

Other notable songwriters in Love Stakes include The Beatles, Lionel Richie and James Blunt.

Pop music has been declared the genre of choice, when it comes to sweet melodies, along with R&B – and surprisingly, rock.

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Six in ten adults agree that playing romantic music can help them express their emotions, while 42% said love songs let them show someone how they feel.

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1. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

2. Unleashed Melody – Righteous Brethren

3. I can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley

4. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

5. Your Song – Elton John

6. Angels – Robbie Williams

7. I want to know what love is – Stranger

8. Don’t Want To Miss Anything – Aerosmith

9. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli

10. Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley

11. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

12. Endless Love – Lionel Richie

13. All About Me – John Legend

14. The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

15. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

16. (I Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

17. Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John

18. With or Without You – U2

19. That’s Her – Robbie Williams

20. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

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