2010 to 2019 saw many changes in the world, both good and bad. But love held everyone together. Whether you love your partner, parents, children, friends, or yourself – everyone deserves to love someone. Music is one of the greatest expressions of this love. Take some time today to go back in time and explore some of these great love songs. Maybe you’ll rediscover a spark you thought you lost.
1. “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
This heartfelt ballad was released in July 2010 – setting the romantic mood of the decade. It sold over 12.5 million copies worldwide. The song uses a simple tune, but with that magical Bruno Mars twist that makes listeners swoon. Mars sings about the perfection of his love – no matter what, he wouldn’t change a single part about her.
2. “Just a Kiss” by Lady A
The year 2011 saw many memorable love songs, one notable song being this country hit by Lady A. The lyrics of this song perfectly capture that moment you first realize you love someone. You don’t want to rush the feelings, so you take it slow with just a kiss goodnight.
3. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
In 2011, Christina Perri released “A Thousand Years” as a soundtrack to Breaking Dawn in the Twilight film series. She wrote the love song to reflect Bella and Edward’s relationship. But the song’s popularity went far beyond filmgoers. People around the world started using this heart-warming serenade in their weddings. Who wouldn’t walk down the aisle to the promise of a thousand years together?
4. “Someone Like You” by Adele
“Sometimes it lasts in love, and sometimes it hurts instead.” Love doesn’t always last a thousand years, but that doesn’t make the moments with those you love any less precious. Adele perfectly captures the beauty and heartbreak of lost love in her 2011 hit.
5. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
Moving into 2012 saw Jason Mraz’s famous folk-pop love song. Many listeners were still reeling over the success of “I’m Yours.” This next offering did not disappoint. Mraz wrote this song after he spent years traveling around the world with non-profits, making a difference in people’s lives. To him, the song was about more than just not giving up on relationships. He was speaking of the world and making a difference. His love song was a love song to those in need and how people shouldn’t give up on themselves or others.
6. “All of Me” by John Legend
John Legend wrote this song to his wife Chrissy Teigen in 2013 – and filled it with all the emotion he held for her in their relationship. The raw feelings expressed in the lyrics have touched the hearts of anyone who heard the song. You can bring the magic of the music into your home by downloading the “All of Me” sheet music.
7. “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice
Country music lovers and others alike have fallen for this ballad by Lee Brice, released in 2014. Perhaps it was the relatable lyrics describing the change that happens when you fall in love and find yourself doing things you never thought you could or would.
8. “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara brought a love song to yourself on the scene in 2015. This power anthem praises the beauty of self-love, no matter what others might say about you. She encouraged millions and challenged even more by stating, “You don’t have to change a thing; the world could change its heart.”
9. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran announced his engagement to Cherry Seaborn and soon after penned the famous ballad “Perfect,” released in 2017. His slow song captures all the beauty of falling in love and realizing you met the only person you would want to spend the rest of your life beside.
10. “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“Shallow” is another song released with a film – 2018’s “A Star is Born,” featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Lady Gaga wrote the song based on the turmoil felt by the main characters as they wrestled with who they were and their new feelings for each other. Two lovers sang the song, giving it a sense of a ballad. But, the reality is the lyrics are about self-love and asking if you are genuinely content where you are in life.
Create the Next Greatest Love Song
If you feel inspired by past music, take that inspiration and let it grow. Pen your own great love song and share it with the world as the next great artist of the 2020s. Maybe you can motivate others to spread more love in this world.