Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and downs of being in love. We are counting down the top 50 Hot hits with a form of the word "love" in the title. It's sonic proof that while musical fads and fashions will change with every generation, love -- and the songs inspired by it -- will never go out of style. The ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot chart.
Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from each era, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those years. The singer from Eureka, Calif.
Although it didn't reach No. When this song reached the top of the Hot , the Supremes became the first Motown act to have two No. Just a few months earlier, they were known around Berry Gordy's company as "the no-hit Supremes," but that changed when their previous single, "Where Did Our Love Go," achieved pole position. It's not a surprise that Swift wrote this song based on a real guy she was dating.
Her family disapproved, inspiring her to base the song on the most famous "Love Story" of all, "Romeo and Juliet," but this time with a happy ending. It was his ninth No. A year later she signed with Epic, with Wonder producing her first album. The initial single failed to chart but the follow-up was "Lovin' You. The trio completed the song by writing the bridge at Spector's home. The next day, the network was inundated with calls from viewers asking where they could buy the song.
The 12th entry on the Hot for this female vocal group from Oakland, Calif. The video for this song was too steamy for MTV, which refused to air it. ABC's "Nightline" then aired the entire video, uncensored. Jackson's first single for Virgin was based on a sample from a James Brown No. Queens, N. The song kept failing in America, with low-charting versions by Rush herself and Air Supply and a slightly better showing for Laura Branigan.
Finally it was a No. Welsh singer Donna Lewis just couldn't eject Los Del Rio's "Macarena" from pole position, so her only single to reach the top 40 of the Hot had to settle for nine weeks at No. She fared better on the Radio Songs chart, where the song was No. That's how the film became an Oscar winner; this song, written for the movie, claimed the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
George Benson's soundtrack single peaked at No. Asked to contribute a song to the "Back to the Future" soundtrack, Lewis said he had the perfect tune: "In the Nick of Time. Carey and producer Dave Hall did not have the title "Dreamlover" when they started writing the song.
Other labels were heavily into disco in but not Motown. Ross had no problem with the slow, seductive first half but started laughing when the beats-per-minute increased, protesting she couldn't sing that part. Producer Hal Davis created a club atmosphere in the studio and Ross got into it, resulting in another No.
Elvis Presley's version peaked at No. Three decades later, UB40 was asked to remake the song for the soundtrack to "Honeymoon in Vegas. The UB40 recording might have gone unreleased, but the music supervisor of another film, "Sliver," rescued the track from the Virgin vaults. After producer Walter Afanasieff delivered the new Savage Garden album to Columbia, he was given a message to take back to the band: "It's an artistic masterpiece.
But we want another 'Truly Madly Deeply. There wasn't unanimous agreement among the members of Foreigner that this song would be a great single for the group. Lou Gramm thought it might do irreparable damage to their rock image and Rick Willis thought it was "fluffy. The follow-up was an original, though U.
Their version went unreleased and Turner had her first No. It was producer George Martin's idea for them to start with the chorus of "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah" instead of the first verse. Robin Gibb was considered the "chart freak" in the family but Andy was an avid chart watcher too, and he kept track of his second single's progress up the Hot And then…it just picked up and nothing stopped it. David Cassidy and his stepmother Shirley Jones were the only cast members of the TV series who appeared on the group's recordings, and Jones says, "I did very little…I literally was the backing vocals for David.
I never thought I'd have a gold record…it hangs on my wall and I'm very proud of it. After struggling for 15 years, the group scored a No. It was the second single, "Love Rollercoaster," that returned the group to pole position.
Asked to submit another song, they sent "Waiting for a Star to Fall," and when the answer was no, they recorded it themselves as Boy Meets Girl. Four months after he was No. A hitless Vinton was about to be dropped by Epic, when he found this song in a reject pile and asked to be given one more chance. The label agreed to a second session with a new arrangement, added strings and a vocal choir and the result was a No.
It still never gets old, no matter how many times I sing it. Lulu hated the songs the producers of the film "To Sir With Love" were considering for the soundtrack. She asked her friend Mark London to write a title song she could sing.
He composed the music in five minutes and the next day Don Black wrote the lyrics. Right after she was signed to Columbia, Carey wrote her debut single with Ben Margulies. She described the composition as being not so much a love song as a celebration of her life at the time.
Originally recorded as a Christmas song in Sweden in , this track was revised by Per Gessle when he was asked to update it for the "Pretty Woman" soundtrack. Her first album was being mastered when Carey played a demo of this song for label president Don Ienner aboard a plane.
Carey was told the song was a "career-maker" and despite her protests, the presses were stopped and the song was added to her debut release. Barry and Robin Gibb wrote the song for Streisand but the former told Billboard he gives the artist most of the credit. Five years after he co-wrote Peggy March's No. Vicki Leandros performed the song, which placed fourth in the annual songfest. Phil Spector was inspired to write the song by a photograph of his father's tombstone at Beth David Cemetery in New York.
Freddie Mercury wrote the song while languishing in his bath at the Munich Hilton. He leapt from the tub and ran to his guitar and piano to lay down the melody. His label was reluctant to release the song in the U. After viewing the film "Up Close and Personal," Diane Warren met with director Jon Avnet to talk about her vision of the song she was to compose for his movie. The next morning in her office, she recalls, "The chorus lyrically and musically wrote itself.
The inspiration for the sentimental ballad was Scarsdale, N. Ryan Tedder and Jesse McCartney wrote the song, inspired by the latter's long-distance romance with his girlfriend. McCartney wanted the song for himself but his label was unenthusiastic so it went to the winner of the third season of "The X Factor" in the U. Back in , Don Gibson wrote two songs one hot afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn.
When the Stax label folded, the three Hutchinson sisters had to find a new home. Songwriter Warren Allen Brooks says his No. Mario didn't realize this song was going to be so huge. Houston's signature song was originally a No. Her version topped the Hot Country Songs chart in and again in They weren't even certain that there was a love scene in the film. They intended the song for Yvonne Elliman, but their manager Robert Stigwood insisted they record it themselves.
What could be more romantic than finding love in a "hopeless place"? Producer Jon Peters and director Franco Zeffirelli asked Lionel Richie to compose an instrumental along the lines of the theme from "Love Story" for their movie starring Brooke Shields. When Zeffirelli changed his mind and asked Richie if he would add lyrics, the Motown star agreed to write some. Then Zeffirelli made one more request — to add a female singer, someone like Diana Ross. The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.
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