BuzzFeed’s 23 Of The Most Swoonworthy Love Songs From 2015

1. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do

Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"

Say what you will about the Fifty Shades of Grey movie — the soundtrack is great. Like, really, truly, Beyoncé-is-on-this-thing great! But, while most of the film’s music paints in ~shades of lust~, Ellie Goulding’s contribution, “Love Me Like You Do,” is pure bliss. Built like a cathedral of synths, the song is toweringly romantic and unapologetically sweet.

Swoonworthy lyric: “You’re the light, you’re the night / You’re the color of my blood / You’re the cure, you’re the pain / You’re the only thing I wanna touch”

2. Selena Gomez, “Good for You

Selena Gomez, "Good for You"

Selena Gomez transitioned into adult pop stardom this year with a whisper, not a shout. Literally. Her first post-Disney single — the hushed, R&B-inspired “Good for You” — is sung in a sexy, vowel-breaking whisper. The result is like pillow talk, only catchier.

Swoonworthy lyric: “Let me show you how proud I am to be yours / Leave this dress a mess on the floor / And still look good for you, good for you”

3. Fetty Wap, “My Way (feat. Monty)

Fetty Wap, "My Way (feat. Monty)"

On “My Way” time slows to a syrupy wooze as the rapper tries to impress the object of his affection with come-on after come-on. It’s equal parts charming and desperate. It’s charmingly desperate. There’s something about Fetty Wap’s Auto-Tuned warbling that sounds like the way infatuation feels — uncontrollable and ecstatic.

Swoonworthy lyric: “I spotted you, you had that glow / Watch me pull out all this dough / Take you where you want to go”

4. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Run Away With Me

Carly Rae Jepsen, "Run Away With Me"

Nobody crushes like Carly Rae Jepsen crushes. Fluttery feelings of romantic possibility take on cosmic shadings and become something grander in her hands. Three years ago, she made giving your phone number to a stranger sound fated on her bubblegum masterpiece, “Call Me Maybe,” and, this year, she’s imbued her best new song, “Run Away With Me,” a sax-inflected, end-of-the-night anthem, with a real sense of destiny.

Swoonworthy lyric: “Oh baby, take me to the feeling / I’ll be your sinner, in secret / When the lights go out / Run away with me”

5. 5 Seconds of Summer, “Vapor

5 Seconds of Summer, "Vapor"

Young love and teen angst collide on 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Vapor,” a pop-punk ballad about an intoxicatingly uncertain relationship. The track is full of drums, strings, and capital-F Feelings. The kind of big, bright, painful feelings that make adolescence feel so techno-colored and 5SOS so unbelievably popular.

Swoonworthy lyric: “I want to breathe you in like a vapor / I want to be the one you remember / I want to feel your love like the weather / All over me, all over me”

6. Blake Shelton, “Sangria

Blake Shelton, "Sangria"

Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” is a sexy song. A sexy country song. Country music doesn’t usually excel as “sexy,” but “Sangria” does. There’s some racy electric guitar and Shelton dials down his swagger to an intimate come-on as he sings lines like “Your skin is begging to be kissed by a little more than the sun” and “Only thing I want to do tonight is drink you like a Spanish wine.” It’s a buzzed Mexican honeymoon in song form.

Swoonworthy lyric: “Wrecking-ball dancing down the hallway / You’re holding your shoes, wearing my shades / We fall against the door / We fall into a wild, warm kiss”

7. Melanie Martinez, “Training Wheels

Melanie Martinez, "Training Wheels"

Don’t be fooled by the juvenile title: Melanie Martinez’s “Training Wheels” is loaded with grown-up ideas about love and trust. The 20-year-old pop singer quietly levels with her lover — “It’s not like I’m asking to be your wife / Wanna make you mine, but that’s hard to say” — over twinkly, music box–like production.

Swoonworthy lyric: “I love everything you do / When you call me fucking dumb for the stupid shit I do / Wanna ride my bike with you / Fully undressed, no training wheels left for you”

8. Troye Sivan, “for him. (feat. Allday)

Troye Sivan, "for him. (feat. Allday)"

Is it any surprise that Troye Sivan’s songwriting made Taylor Swift lose her chill earlier this year? “For him.” is exactly the kind of diaristic love song that she loves (and is so good at). Bouncy, laid-back, and chock-full of super-specific details, “for him.” is, in a lot of ways, a downright Swiftian portrait of young love.

Swoonworthy lyric: “You don’t have to say I love you to say I love you / Forget all the shooting stars and all the silver moons / We’ve been making shades of purple out of red and blue”

9. Meek Mill, “All Eyes on You (feat. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj)

Meek Mill, "All Eyes on You (feat. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj)"

Look, I’m not gonna lie: Chris Brown almost ruins this song. It’s a testament to Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill’s chemistry that he doesn’t. Instead of being a certified mess, “All Eyes on You” is actually pretty romantic! It’s fun to listen to an actual, real-life couple trade verses about their actual, real-life relationship.

Swoonworthy lyric: “I got him in the back of that ‘bach, I think he catchin’ feelings / Now it’s all eyes on us, and this all lies on trust / And if them bitches wanna trip, tell ‘em they tour guides on us”

10. Jazmine Sullivan, “Let It Burn

Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"

If you lost your shit over Adele and her perfect voice this year, you should really make room in your playlists for Jazmine Sullivan. The chronically slept-on R&B singer has an equally impressive set of pipes and she really lets loose on “Let It Burn,” a velvety throwback jam that features some truly spectacular wailing and a ‘90s-era Babyface sample. All-consuming passion has never sounded cooler.

Swoonworthy lyric: “When it comes, you never wanna give it up / And, baby, I’m caught in the light and I ain’t gonna fight it / There’s no use in tryin’, I’m yours”

11. Pentatonix, “Rose Gold

Pentatonix, "Rose Gold"

While “Rose Gold” seems ridiculous on paper — it’s Haylor fanfiction, loaded with allusions to 1989 — the song is, in practice, a sparse, surprisingly mature bit of a cappella. The Petatonix have been subverting expectations all year and “Rose Gold” is no exception.

Swoonworthy lyric: “Like a myth, the story of our lives / Couldn’t fit in only black and white / If it’s true that legends never die / Me and you could stand the test of time”

12. Miguel, “Coffee (Fucking)

Miguel, "Coffee (Fucking)"

This is a song called “Coffee (Fucking)” from certified R&B sex god Miguel. What more could you want? What more could you possibly need? Assurances that the song lives up to its sexy and affectionate title? Well, OK, here they are: “Coffee (Fucking)” does, in fact, live up to its excellent title. It’s a sultry ode to nights when “pillow talk turns into sweet dreams” and “sweet dreams turns into fucking in the morning.” Would that we could all be so lucky!

Swoonworthy lyric: “I don’t wanna wake you / I just wanna watch you sleep / It’s the smell of your hair / And it’s the way that we feel / I’ve never felt comfortable like this”

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34 Actually Realistic Love Songs

34 Actually Realistic Love Songs

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Instead of fixating on butterflies and beginnings, spend this Valentine’s Day listening to music that celebrates all the communication, commitment and hard work real love requires.

1. Bubblegum rockers Paramore’s espouse the virtues of long-term relationships on “Still Into You.”

2. Johnny Cash’s freight train-inspired ode to fidelity, “I Walk The Line.”

3. Lovers remain strangers on Wilco’s sunny “You And I.”

4. Reality forces Selena Gomez to get out of bed on the bouncy “Do It.”

5. Whiskey and whips keep the fire burning for Ashley Monroe on “Weed Instead Of Roses.”

6. The hushed, intimate promises of D’Angelo And The Vanguard’s “Really Love.”

7. Bipolar Sunshine’s buzzing, patient “Love More Worry Less.”

8. The Dixie Chicks quietly content “Easy Silence.”

9. Bloc Party’s anxious, propulsive take on “This Modern Love.”

10. The Maccabees’ refreshingly mundane “Toothpaste Kisses.”

11. TV On The Radio’s “Province” makes toughing it out sound romantic.

12. Country supergroup Pistol Annies get right to the point on the subdued “I Hope You’re The End Of My Story.”

13. The soaringly confident “Next To Me” from Scottish soul singer Emeli Sandé.

14. Hilary Duff’s pro-communication club banger “With Love.”

15. Miranda Lambert’s celebrates the day to day on the twangy, laidback “Easy Living.”

16. “400 Lux,” actual teen Lorde’s siren-inflected take on young love.

17. Charli XCX’s relishes all that husband and wife shit on “What I Like.”

18. The tough love of The Civil Wars’ lush “Same Old Same Old.”

19. Beyoncé’s effervescent ode to the here and now, “XO.”

20. Bleachers’ pillow-talky “Wake Me.”

21. The sexy and introspective “Mirrors” from Justin Timberlake.

21. No Doubt admit it isn’t always easy on the dancehall-inspired “Underneath It All.”

22. The Magnetic Fields’ “The Book Of Love” admits romance can sometimes seem kind of dumb.

23. The piano-laden promise of The Zombies’ “This Will Be Our Year.”

24. Pat Benatar’s urgent, anthemic “Love Is A Battlefield.”

25. Country queen Shania Twain sings the praises of her longterm love on “You’re Still The One.”

26. Alt-pop star Sky Ferreira’s learns to love again on the glittery, lo-fi “Boys.”

27. The Beach Boys face the unknown on the epic, swelling “God Only Knows.”

28. Real-life exes Drake and Rihanna work out their issues on the surprisingly sweet “Take Care.”

29. The National’s dreamy, down-to-earth “Slow Show.”

30. The groovy, optimistic “You Make Loving Fun” from Fleetwood Mac.

31. Kacey Musgraves friends-with-benefits ballad “It Is What It Is.”

32. The Beatles’ affectionate, uncertain “Something.”

33. Snow Patrol don’t ask for much on “Chasing Cars.”

34. English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware’s struggles through her relationship’s “Wildest Moments” on her breakthrough single.

53 Of The Most Swoonworthy Love Songs From 2014

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53. German folktronica duo Milky Chance’s hypnotic “Stolen Dance.”

52. Future Islands’ soulful, spellbinding “Seasons (Waiting on You).”

51. Jamaican reggae singer Gyptian’s summer love anthem “Stunta.”

50. Lana Del Rey’s love letter to East Coast cool, “Brooklyn Baby.”

49. The slow-burning “When We’re Fire” from Lo-Fang.

48. Los Angeles-based BØRNS’ joyful, Queen-inspired “Electric Love.”

47. Dierks Bentley pleads with a bad girlfriend on “Say You Do.”

46. Singer-songwriter Daniel Wilson’s sad, swelling “If You Went Away.”

45. Garage-pop duo K.I.D’s intoxicating “I Wish I Was Your Cigarette.”

44. The Vamps learn to commit with help from Demi Lovato on “Somebody to You.”

43. Teen star Becky G’s impossibly catchy “Shower.”

42. White Sea’s ethereal “They Don’t Know.”

41. A grateful Kelis celebrates real love on “Breakfast.”

40. Country star Jason Aldean embraces his pop side on “Burnin’ It Down.”

39. FKA Twigs’ smoldering “Papi Pacify.”

53 Of The Most Swoonworthy Love Songs From 2014

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38. YouTuber Troye Sivan gets sexy on the synth-heavy “Touch.”

37. Grace Mitchell’s startling mature take on teen love, “Runaway.”

36. The punchy pop of CRUISR’s “All Over” makes toxic relationships seem fun.

35. Tinashe’s “Pretend” (featuring A$AP ROCKY) is equal parts sad and sensual.

34. Belgian pop star Selah Sue’s hip-hop-influenced “Together” (featuring Childish Gambino).

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33. Australian pop star Betty Who’s euphoric synth-pop celebration “Somebody Loves You.

32. BANKS’ slinky, defiant “Fuck Em Only We Know.”

31. Weird sex is front and center on alt-J’s “Every Other Freckle.”

30. Childish Gambino’s “Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good)” is an island getaway for your ears.

29. Hilary Duff’s sugary-sweet comeback single, “All About You.”

28. English indie-rock outfit Wild Beasts’ epic, poetic “Mecca

27. Maroon 5’s “Maps” is a foot-stomping ode to romantic persistence.

26. Bipolar Sunshine’s “Future Pt 1 ” (featuring GoldLink).

25. Indie-folk quartet DWNTWN’s single “Missing You” makes being lovesick seem downright dreamy.

24. Justin Timberlake’s cockiness has never sounded sweeter than it does on “Not a Bad Thing.

23. Wiz Khalifa’s tender “Promises.”

53 Of The Most Swoonworthy Love Songs From 2014

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22. Bleachers’ surging ’80s throwback “Rollercoaster.”

21. The light, classical-leaning “Rather Be” from Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne.

20. Country superstar Blake Shelton’s tearjerker “Just South of Heaven.”

19. Jessie Ware’s emotional Ed Sheeran co-write, “Say You Love Me.”

18. Rita Ora’s heartwarming dance-floor jam “I Will Never Let You Down.”

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17. Brooklyn rapper Theophilus London trades verses with Kanye West on the warm “Can’t Stop.”

16. Miguel gets romantic over some fuzzy electric guitar on “Simplethings.”

15. English indie-rock band The 1975’s infectious “Settle Down.”

14. Nick Gardner does his best Phil Collins on the heartfelt “Lose You.”

13. Nashville-based singer-songwriter Madi Diaz makes a strong case for sticking it out on the anthemic “Stay Together.”

12. FKA Twigs makes her love sound threatening on “Two Weeks.”

11. Australian-Swedish sister duo Say Lou Lou’s glittering “Everything We Touch.”

10. One Direction’s “18” is an earnest ode to young love.

9. The shimmering, psychedelic “Can’t Do Without You” from Caribou.

8. How to Dress Well’s jazzy, lovelorn “What You Wanted.”

7. Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy puts his ukulele to good use on “Riptide.”

6. Ed Sheeran’s first dance-worthy “Thinking Out Loud.”

53 Of The Most Swoonworthy Love Songs From 2014

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This year, Taylor Swift left Nashville for New York, said good-bye to the fiddles and fairy tales that made her famous, and released her “first documented, official pop album.” Full of sass and sick beats, 1989 is a departure from her previous work, but a lapsed romantic is still a romantic and underneath the cynicism and slick Swedish production, Taylor’s sentimental streak remains in tact. On the album’s best song, “Wildest Dreams,” Taylor reveals that while she’s given up on happily ever after, she hasn’t given up on love.

Heartbreaking lyric: “Say you’ll see me again / Even if it’s just pretend / Say you’ll remember me standing in a nice dress / Staring at the sunset”

4. Jessie Ware, “You & I (Forever)”

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There’s something refreshing about Jessie Ware’s unapologetic mushiness. She believes in loves that last forever and is matter-of-fact about it. She doesn’t try to downplay her feelings or dress them up. Instead of being flashy or provocative, “You & I (Forever)” is quietly confident. It’s warm and intimate, the musical equivalent of a long-term relationship.

Heartwarming lyric: “And then we’re gonna go until the wheels fall off / Till the wheels fall off / Can’t you see it? / It’s forever”

3. Hozier, “Take Me to Church”

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Irish newcomer Hozier preaches sin and sensuality on this bluesy foot-stomper. Equal parts sex and soul, this anthemic rock ‘n’ roll hymn elevates lovers to gods and urges disciples to worship in the bedroom. Amen. Amen. Amen.

Heartwarming lyric: “When the ritual begins / There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin”

2. Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

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Not all love lasts. Not all love is requited. Not all love is real. But that’s why we need songs like Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” The slow-burning, gospel-tinged epic captures the exquisite pain and unique pleasure of having your heart broken. If you’re going through a bad breakup, this song (and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s) is all you need.

Heartbreaking lyric: “This ain’t love, it’s clear to see / But darling, stay with me”

1. Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”

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Pop-punk prom queen Charli XCX found love in a hopeless place — the soundtrack for the sure-to-make-you-cry cancer kid romance, The Fault in Our Stars. Instead of wallowing in the film’s heartbreak, she found “glitter in the darkness” and wrote the year’s best love song. Delicate and explosive, “Boom Clap” manages to capture both the excitement and uncertainty of new love.

Heartwarming lyric: “First kiss just like a drug / Under your influence / You take me over you’re the magic in my veins / This must be love”