Then… to now

Valentine’s Day best love songs

Amanda Kochanowski
Staff Writer

The time for hearts, red roses, and love songs has come again. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or getting over a breakup, these are the best love songs ever written, starting in the late 1990’s and leading up to today.

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
By Aerosmith
Album: “Armageddon” Soundtrack”
Label: Columbia
1998

One of Aerosmith’s most famous, “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” captured listeners’ hearts in the late 1990’s. This song shows that it is the little things that count, with lyrics such as “every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure.” The single is an anthem for romantics everywhere.

“My Heart Will Go On”
By Celine Dion
Album: “Let’s Talk About Love”
Label: Columbia/Epic Records
1997

Dion’s hit is not just for Jack and Rose’s epic love in “Titanic.” The track, with its famous high notes, can be relatable for anyone. “My Heart Will Go On” is the perfect song for dealing with a tough relationship or breakup, reminding listeners that they can make it through anything.

“I’ll Be”
By Edwin McCain
Album: “Misguided Roses”
Label: Atlantic Recording Corp.
1997

While McCain may have been a one hit wonder, the single is a quality track about love and trust. With lyrics about being someone’s shoulder to cry on, McCain made his mark on the music industry with this memorable ballad.

“She Will Be Loved”
By Maroon 5
Album: “Songs About Jane”
Label: Interscope Records
2002

While the band has since moved on to upbeat pop singles, their 2002 debut album “Songs About Jane” has the perfect sweet, romantic single. The song is easily recognizable, perfect for movie soundtracks and one of the best love songs of all time.

“You and Me”
By Lifehouse
Album: “Lifehouse”
Label: Geffen Records
2005

“You and Me” is a classic for millennials, with its heartwarming lyrics and smooth beats. Lifehouse reminds listeners what love is really about: two people that deeply care for one another, with feelings so strong they make the rest of the world disappear when they are together.

“Love Story”
By Taylor Swift
Album: “Fearless”
Label: Big Machine Records
2008

This country single tells the perfect Romeo and Juliet story. While the singer has recently moved on to pop, “Love Story” will forever be a favorite. It gives hope to listeners that one day, that special someone will come around.

“Someone Like You”
By Adele
Album: “21”
Label: XL Recordings Ltd.
2011

The British singer had many hits from her album “21.” The heartbreaking single, however, is the song that made her famous. From sorrow to acceptance and moving on, “Someone Like You” is bound to be a classic breakup song for years to come.

“Stay With Me”
By Sam Smith
Album: “In the Lonely Hour”
Label: Capitol Records Ltd.
2014

Smith’s debut album launched him to superstardom in 2014. The lead single took over radio stations across the country, peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The powerful ballad has strong emotions that allow listeners to connect with it. Smith is nominated for six awards from the 57th Grammys. The show airs Sunday Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS.