My Top 100 All-Time Favorite Love Songs (Part 1)

After compiling my favorite films of all time, now it’s time to list down the songs that are memorable to me.  However, this chart is limited to love songs for I am also planning to feature other types on a separate list.

Note that this is a personal list. These songs may be those that affected me immensely, became an anthem of a certain period of my life, or just personal favorites.

Click the title to see the music video  or listen to the song. Links will lead you to YouTube. I’m also posting lyrics to the songs that I especially like.

100. Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love

I first heard this song while YouTube surfing. I instantly became a fan. But I forgot about it soon after. Months later, before going to sleep, I heard it again over RX 93.1. I did not recognize the song and honestly, I thought it was Sarah Geronimo singing. Haha. I don’t like the lyrics very much but I believe that the melody and arrangement made the record the catchiest song of that year.

Later, I found out that it was written by OneRepublic‘s front man Ryan Tedder and teen star Jesse McCartney, whom I heart so much. Plus points. 😛

Also Listen To: “Yesterday,” “Better in Time,” “Run”

99. Kelly Clarkson – The Trouble With Love Is

I love this song because it’s so true. It summarizes what the problem with love is. Hey, look, look:

The trouble with love is
It can tear you up inside
Make your heart believe a lie
It’s stronger than your pride
The trouble with love is
It doesn’t care how fast you fall
And you can’t refuse the call
See, you got no say at all

Every time I turn around
I think I’ve got it all figured out
My heart keeps callin’ and I keep on fallin’
Over and over again

I first heard this song while Love Actually‘s closing credits were rolling. Been in love with it since.

Also Listen To: “My Life Would Suck Without You,” “Miss Independent,” “Since U Been Gone”

98. Counting Crows – Accidentally in Love

I don’t know why but this song is just so addictive. It always induces LSS and gaaaah, sometimes I wake up singing this song. Is it a Counting Crows thing? Or is it a Shrek thing? More like a Shrek thing, I think.

So she said, “What’s the problem baby?”
What’s the problem I don’t know
Well maybe I’m in love, think about it every time
I think about it, can’t stop thinking ’bout it

Also Listen to: “Big Yellow Taxi”

97. Jann Arden – Insensitive

How do you numb your skin
After the warmest touch
How do you slow your blood
After the body rush
How do you free your soul
After you’ve found a friend
How do you teach your heart
Its a crime to fall in love again

I thought that you might have
Some advice to give on how to be

I almost felt exactly like this! I could have been singing this song. In fact, I was so ready to. Luckily for me, it turned out he wasn’t really insensitive. Yay!

96. The Beatles – I Want to Hold Your Hand

This is the first of the two Beatles songs that made it to this list. I think this was their first hit in the US and I really really love this song. The first time I heard it, I wondered how it would sound if it were made a ballad. Thanks to the movie Across the Universe, they showed me through TV Carpio’s voice. Just beautiful.

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Oh yeah, I´ll tell you something
I think you´ll understand
When I say that something
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand

Oh, please, say to me
You´ll let me be your man
and please, say to me

You´ll let me hold your hand
Now let me hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand

95. Session Road – Suntok sa Buwan

Every time I hear this song, I keep on having a vivid picture in my head — a pair of guys walking around UP Diliman. Go figure.

‘Di mo napapansin
Kailangan mo akong dinggin
‘Di habang buhay ika’y aantayin

Ito’y aking hiling
At sana naman ay tanggapin
Ng puso ko’y ‘di nabibitin

Hindi ko ‘to gusto
Pero ‘wag kang lalayo

Itanong mo sa akin
At tatanungin ko rin
Kung ika’y aamin
Lahat ay gagawin

94. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Falling Slowly

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can’t go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I’m painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It’s time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time

I was the happiest man on earth when this won Best Song at last year’s Oscars. I love you Jon McLaughlin and I love So Close but I just love this song better. I haven’t seen the film, though.

93. Dave Matthews’ Band – Crash Into Me

If I were straight, this song would have been way higher in this list. But I’m not, so I just can’t relate to the “hike up your skirt a little more and show the world to me” part. Makes me puke. Yuck. Skirt. 😛

But I can’t deny that this is a great, great song.

Oh I watch you there
Through the window
And I stare at you
You wear nothing but you
Wear it so well

Tied up and twisted
The way Id like to be
For you, for me, come crash
Into me

That’s just so sweet. I won’t hesitate making love to a man who would say that to me. Haha.

92. India Arie – Ready for Love

Ken, in one of his moments of boredom, sent me an mp3 copy of this song. I fell in love with it right away. If now were last year, this would’ve been my song. But now is now, and I’m happiest now.

I am ready for love
Why are you hiding from me
I’d quickly give my freedom
To be held in your captivity

They say watch what you ask for
Cause you might receive
But if you ask me tomorrow
I’ll say the same thing

I am ready for love

Although I can’t relate to it anymore, it’s a good addition to my unforgettable songs list.

91. Carly Simon – You’re so Vain

I don’t really like meta-songs in general but this song is something that, upon first hearing, decided to stay in my head for good. Brooke White’s is my favorite version though.

Well, you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved
And one of them was me

I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and

You’re so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you? Don’t you?

90. Moonstar88 – Migraine

Oo nga pala, hindi nga pala tayo
Hanggang dito lang ako, nangangarap na mapa-sayo

Hindi sinasadya
Na hanapin pa ang lugar ko
Asan nga ba ako? Andiyan pa ba sa iyo?

Nahihilo, nalilito
Asan ba ko sayo? Aasa ba ko sayo?

This song does not talk to me. It does not speak for me, either. However, I feel for the persona singing this. Many of us found ourselves in situations like this, wherein we don’t know where we stand and what it is really that we share with someone.

What I love most about this song is it’s honesty. It’s straight to the point. Sometimes, being heartbroken isn’t the worst thing in the world. It’s the feeling of not knowing. And yeah, Meredith Grey said that, too.

89. Nina – Someday

No other song encapsulates bitterness the way this song does.

Someday you’re gonna realize
One day you’ll see this through my eyes
By then I won’t even be there
I’ll be happy somewhere
Even if I cared

Coz Someday someone’s gonna love me
The way I wanted you to need me
Someday someone’s gonna take your place

One day I’ll forget about you
You’ll see, I won’t even miss you

Someday someday


88. Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful

Simple melody. Simple lyrics. But darn, beautiful song.

You are so beautiful
To me
You are so beautiful
To me
Can’t you see
You’re everything I hoped for
You’re everything I need
You are so beautiful
To me

I’d die if someone would just say that to me. LOL

87. Lighthouse Family – Lost in Space

I remember Diether Ocampo singing this on ASAP a few weeks after its release. I remember myself humming this when I was in Taysan, Batangas walking in the dark alone. I remember my first year in high school and how I tried to find my place in the class. I remember my childhood sweetheart who is now in heaven.

Feels just so fine
When we touch the sky me and you
This is my idea of heaven
Why cant it always be so good

But its alright, I know youre out there
Doing what youve gotta do
You are my soul satellite
Id be lost in space without you

But my childhood sweetheart’s death didn’t leave me lost. I’m not lost in space. I’m gay, but not lost. Although to some, that’s synonymous. Haha.

86. The Eagles – I Can’t Tell You Why

Look at us baby, up all night
Tearing our love apart
Aren’t we the same two people who live
through years in the dark?
Every time I try to walk away
Something makes me turn around and stay
And I can’t tell you why

I wouldn’t know this song existed until Gayle Dizon of Star in a Million batch 1 sang this. (I loooved Gayle Dizon so much but she was the second to be eliminated. Yikes!)

Since then, this song has become a favorite. I found out that there were a couple of versions and I liked them just as well.

I should stop here. The next 15 songs include the following:

  • I don’t wanna go another day so I’m telling you exactly what is on my mind.
  • Till now I always got by on my own
  • When you left I lost a part of me. It’s still so hard to believe.
  • I’ve been so many places in my life and time. I’ve sung a lot of songs I’ve made some bad rhyme.
  • Over and over again, I try to tell myself that we could never be more than friends.


  1. “Over and over again, I try to tell myself that we could never be more than friends.” i so love this song! 🙂

  2. so far the listings are great! cant wait for the next batch…im a new follower of your blog…heard of you from a friend…your blog sooo fun to read

  3. waah..

    suntok sa buwan is like my song this summer..


    hi yoshke..more love songs!!!!!!!!!!!

    and what song is this one? im curious to know!

    ‘Over and over again, I try to tell myself that we could never be more than friends.’

    kasi nakakarelate ako! 😀

  4. yoshke! im a fan of your blog! thanks for this entry! it will be a good addition to my playlist. =)

    inadd na kita sa friendster. accept mo naman oh. =)

  5. LOL. Halos lahat dito gusto ko. Falling Slowly is really good. Lalo na kapag napanood mo how it was applied sa pelikula. Ang ganda lang ng Once.

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