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Ten of the best love songs

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Originally a soul ballad by Gwen McCrae, this song tells the story of someone who admits that they didn't always do the things they should have to show appreciation for their partner, but wants them to know they was always thinking about them.

The song was passed to Elvis by one of his bodyguards, and he recorded it soon after his split from Priscilla. It received great acclaim, and it became one of his most successful songs ever.

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Elvis Presley - Always On my Mind

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Now perhaps best known for the pottery-making scene in Ghost thanks to Patrick Swayze, this ballad is all about the sweet vocals of Bobby Hatfield.

The song has reached number one in the UK four times: Jimmy Young, Righteous Brothers, Robson & Jerome and Gareth Gates. So, we've kinda liked it for a long time.

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Righteous brothers - Unchained Melody

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ABBA

The Winner Takes It All

Bjorn Ulvaeus has denied that his heartbreaking ballad is about his and Agnetha Faltskog's divorce. However, he has said that is about divorce in general and the emotions that come with it.
The song put Agnetha in the strange situation of being asked to sing a breakup song, written by her ex-husband, just a short period afterwards. However, Bjorn didn't intend it to happen this way. She later said it was her favourite ABBA song to perform.
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Andy Williams - Can't Take My Eyes Off You

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It is impossible not to sing along to the 'bah-bah-bah's of this tune whenever it comes on.

Frankie Valli actually recorded it first, but Andy scored a bigger hit with in the UK. It was later used in Bridget Jones's Diary, and he ended up re-recording it with Denise Van Outen in 2002.

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This was the song that made people stand up and take notice of George as a credible artist outside the pop fun of Wham!

Released when he still in the boyband with Andrew Ridgeley, the song topped the charts around the world. Co-written with Andrew when they were 17, the song took inspiration from stories from Michael’s early romantic experiences with two different girls.

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George Micheal - Careless Whisper

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This country crossover hit was co-written by songwriters Marv Green and husband-and-wife Aimee Mayo and Chris Lindsey.

When the trio wrote the song, Lindsey and Mayo were in the early stages of their relationship, and drew inspiration from their new romance for the song. "Our feelings for each other just started coming out as we were writing," Mayo said.

It gave Lonestar a surprise hit in the main pop charts in the US, and broke into the UK chart for over 20 weeks in 2000.

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Lonestar - Amazed

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Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

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You can't argue with 16 weeks at number one, which is still the record the consecutive weeks at the top to this day.

People may have got sick of this power ballad at the time, but it perfectly summed up the kind of love songs we loved back in the early 1990s.

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Seal - Kiss From A Rose

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Seal first wrote this amazing power ballad back in 1987, but would you believe it, he felt "embarrassed by it" and "threw the tape in the corner".

It wasn't until producer Trevor Horn brought it back for his 1994 album Seal II. A year later, it was included on the Batman Forever soundtrack and it became the biggest hit of his career.

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Featuring on The Beach Boys classic 1966 album Pet Sounds, when ‘God Only Knows’ was first released, it amazingly only reached 39 on the US charts.

It reached number two in the UK, and we'll always think of the final scenes of Love Actually when we hear it.

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The Beach Boys - God Only Knows

It reached number two in the UK, and we'll always think of the final scenes of Love Actually when we hear it.

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The greatest love song of all time was one Elton John wrote via Bernie Taupin's lyrics in a relatively quick session.

Taken from Elton's second, self-titled album, this ballad was actually recorded by Three Dog Night first, after he allowed them to record it.

Bernie Taupin wrote the song's lyrics after breakfast on the roof of 20 Denmark Street, London, where Elton worked for a music publishing firm as an office boy, inspiring the line: "I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss". 

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Elton John - Your Song