Oftentimes, when that certain song comes on, our minds immediately float off to the person in our lives we love most. There's nothing like being on a three-hour car ride with nothing but you, your thoughts, and some poignant love song lyrics. Love can hurt sometimes, but it's also the best feeling in the worldright?
Is anything quite as blissful as the first giddy days of falling in love? Here, the incomparable Etta James nails the wonderful, slightly proud bafflement that comes with falling in love and it lighting up your life. Want to see the Luke and Lorelai scene for yourself? This Is The One — The Stone Roses A great falling in love song has the power to dissolve any skepticism about romance, bringing you straight back to your idealistic teenage years. Here, The Stone Roses capture the youthful feeling of meeting someone and it sending an electric shock through your whole world.
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But love can be complicated — sometimes, lovers will hurt each other just as much as they love each other. Love brings with it every feeling a human can go through: joy, pain, anger, happiness, euphoria, nervousness, resentment, and more.
Still, there is a way to move forward and tell someone you love them with songs like "At Last" by Etta James or "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers, both of which are, hands down, the most beautiful love songs ever written. On the other hand, "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran serves as a good song for going through hard times in your relationship. Another classic track from Drakewith his take of heartbreak over yet another girl from home he used to kick it with before he got too famous.
We still feel the pain, especially after the warm weather has begun and our hotline blings on the drunkest of occasions. Perfect for: when you're ready to fix your relationship.
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Best lyrics: "I was never loyal, let you tell it, yo, but I'm ready to fix it if you ready, baby. With a long hiatus, D'Angelo succeeded in blowing us all away with come back album, Black Messiah. Play D'Angelo all cuffing season long and you will never go wrong.
How does this record not want you to be in love? Regardless of your feelings about Kim and Kanye, "Bound 2" is catchy and fun.
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Feeling upset? Let down?
Listen to this song by the Lumineers and remember that you too can get through it all. You really know the power of a song when it doesn't take a fancy video, more than a few verses, and a simple melody to completely win us over with emotion and heartbreak. Thank you, Bill Withers. Putting together a song like this cannot be done lightly, but with Timbaland behind you and Tink spitting, the outcome is sure to be fire.
If there were ever a champion for writing songs to pull women into the bedroom, Ginuwine would be it.
Who else could write a song about hook-up anxiety and make it sound this smooth? Best lyrics: "I'm so anxious, so meet me atI love the way you're talking dirty. Also feel free to call up Diddy or your best friend for some much-needed motivation to get back out there. Nobody likes to chase someone who is already committed.
So rather than waiting around for someone to come to you, give them that ultimatum. Best lyrics: "Call your girlfriend, it's time you had the talk, give your reasons, say it's not her fault, but you just met somebody new. Is it that you don't have clarity on the subject, or are you refusing to admit the reality of your "relationship" — or lack thereof?
To have a partner that wants to commit, no games included? Best lyrics: "And I ain't 'bout to play no games with you. You know what your problem is?
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You don't ever see the big picture. Oh wee, I want you to take me serious.
Just in case you needed visuals, the music video depicts everything about not having the only person you truly want. From the famous S. Tape series, Fabolous single-handedly defines the problem of our generation: situationships. Perfect for: when it's love or lust! Whether you believe it or not, seasonal flings can happen just about anywhere. But will it last? Hard to say — you'll just have to wait and see once the season ends.
Best lyrics: "When we're standing here looking at each other, baby, eye to eye and I'm hoping that you're thinking about leaving with me tonight. Nick Minaj knows it's when you have that instantaneous feeling they are your absolute favorite. Best lyrics: "I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher, and a fan too. No way in knowing what I wanna do in love.
But not no more, I will stress no more. Best lyrics: "And I am done with my graceless heart, so tonight I'm going to cut it out and then restart.
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Ingeniously modeled after " Days of Summer," Wale lets us in on the plot lines of his infamous breakup — reality and expectations included. Best lyrics: "How I wish I could see the potential, the potential of me and you. It's like a book elegantly bound but in a language that you can't read just yet. Call it what it is: gaslighting!
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There's no need to sugarcoat it or feel guilty about biting back. Best lyrics: "I believed in the promises you made to me, swore that night 'til death do us part. But you lie-lie-lie-lie-lied. Love is complicated. Nothing is absolute. But there's always a chance you'll go back and forth between adoration and resentment.
When you've been patiently waiting for someone to make a commitment, it's painful that they lie and break promises. Best lyrics: "So don't say you miss me when you don't call. And don't say you're hurting without the scars. When your past keeps popping up into your life, it's hard to forget all the pain they bring back. Best lyrics: "Touching him was like realizing all you ever wanted was right there in front of you.
Or, at least, the kind of guy who can persuade us to get married as soon as we hear this song. Best lyrics: "Any boy can go find a girl and try to satisfy her for a whole night, but a real man can take one woman and satisfy her for a whole life. Healing is difficult, especially in this heartbreaking song about being hurt by someone you love.
But healing will come. If you truly care for someone, take a leap of faith.
Because you can't have a relationship if you don't let yourself trust a little. Best lyrics: "Sometimes I wonder, do I love you too much?
Then I tell myself, 'Caroline, shut up. Don't say you weren't warned the first time around, because eventually, if you don't have that talk, things can get complicated. When you're getting dragged around, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and fun of it all. But with this song about being uncertain of love, you may find the answer. Best lyrics: "But I'm undecided, excited, ignited.
And I don't wanna feel the way I do, but I like it. The past is in the past for a reason, and it might just be time to move forward and let it go. Best lyrics: "Maybe won't you take it back? Say you were tryna make me laugh. And nothin' has to change today. Eve Stern is a journalist, photographer, digital media consultant, and freelance writer based in New York City.
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Eve Stern. If you're feeling confused about your relationship status, and haven't had the DTR conversationthe best songs about complicated love can help remind you that you are definitely not alone and the struggle is, in fact, real. Subscribe to our newsletter.
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