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The Best Modern Love Songs

Music trends may change, but the emotion behind these ballads hasn't.
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"HAVE SOME LOVE" BY CHILDISH GAMBINO

In his otherwise melancholy album "Awaken My Love," this song from Childish Gambino stands out as an uplifting, yet groovy love song.


"ALL OF ME" BY JOHN LEGEND

Not only are John Legend's songs undeniably romantic, but they seem to have worked for him—he and Chrissy Teigen have one of the most-loved marriages on the internet.


"R.E.M." BY ARIANA GRANDE

Grande’s sugary voice, on the aptly named album “Sweetener,” gives a pop twist to the classic love-declaring ballad.


"ROMEO AND JULIET" BY THE KILLERS

This cover of a Dire Straits song has managed to eclipse the original in pop culture, and doubles as a karaoke favorite.


"MAKE ME FEEL" BY JANELLE MONÁE

No heart-rending lyrics, no dark ruminations—Janelle Monáe’s “Make Me Feel,” off of her much-celebrated album “Dirty Computer,” is all about the easy, sweet kind of love.

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"LOVESONG" BY ADELE

The power and emotion behind her voice will have you falling in love with Adele by the end of this song.


"WITH YOU" BY MARIAH CAREY

So much of Carey’s substantial discography is devoted to declarations of love, so it’s hard to choose a single song for this list. That said, “With You” is a definite standout.


"LOVE." BY KENDRICK LAMAR FT. ZACARI

This isn’t the “we’ll be together forever” type of love song. This is a realistic, “I wanna be with you,” “will you still love me if…” tune—and it’s all the better for it.


"BLESSINGS" BY CHANCE THE RAPPER

Chance has proved time and time again—whether declaring love for his fiancee or donating his resources to Chicago charities—that he’s the real deal. Which makes this confessional, uplifting song even more touching, even if it’s more about faith-based love than the romantic variety.

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"I FOUND YOU" BY ALABAMA SHAKES

Modern country band Alabama Shakes created an irresistible, belting ballad in “I Found You.”


"NO ONE" BY ALICIA KEYS

This classic will never fade away—it’s practically embedded in our cultural understanding of what love is. And it’s just as good every time you press play.


"DRUNK IN LOVE" BY BEYONCÉ FT. JAY-Z

Leave it to our queen Beyoncé to make a tune that’s just as good to dance to as it is to listen to alone in your room, or belt in the shower.


"PERFECT" BY ED SHEERAN

It didn't take long for Ed Sheeran to win the hearts of romantics, in no small part due to this number.


"LOVE ON THE BRAIN" BY RIHANNA

Somewhere between a hymn and a lament, R&B ballad "Love on the Brain" gets stuck in your head all too easily—and you won't be sad it's there.

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"THINKIN BOUT YOU" BY FRANK OCEAN

Frank Ocean is beloved for exactly this kind of song, which mixes of-the-moment beats with some irresistible, classic crooning.


"YOU'VE GOT THE LOVE" BY FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

A surprisingly uplifting romantic ballad from the oft-melancholic Florence and the Machine, "You've Got the Love" is the kind of song you turn all the way up when you hear it on the radio.


"LOVE" BY LANA DEL REY

"Love" isn't a life-affirming ode to picture-perfect romance—Lana del Rey's brand of music is more or less incompatible with that—but the song does connect with other facets of the emotion in a way that'll have you playing it on repeat.


"MYSTERY OF LOVE" BY SUFJAN STEVENS

To make the cut for the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack, any song would have to ooze romance, and "Mystery of Love" does just that.


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"BETTER" BY KHALID

Khalid is quickly making a name for himself with smooth, of-the-moment tunes, and that's exactly what he delivers with "Better."


"TRIP" BY ELLA MAI

Listen to British musician Ella Mai sing about how "love got me tripping on you," and it won't be long before you're tripping on her.


This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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