Love songs are wonderful forms of expression, so if you have a special man in your life, you just might be interested in finding some classic love songs for him. So without further ado, here are our picks for great love songs that express just how much you care for the wonderful guy in your life.
Classic Love Songs for Him You’ll Enjoy
Let’s begin with a cute modern love classic by Colbie Callait.
Bubbly by Colbie Callait
Colbie Callait’s 2007 hit single “Bubbly” is all about the feelings of falling in love!
In this sweet pop song, Callait sings about the walking-on-air sensations that come with developing romantic feelings. Underscored by a gentle acoustic melody, she sings, “It starts in my toes / Makes me crinkle my nose / Wherever it goes / I always know.” In describing how we feel our affections both physically and emotionally, Callait does a great job of capturing how the nearness of someone we love can color our perceptions of the world.
There’s also an endearing innocence to this song, especially where Callait sings, “You got me feeling like a child, now.” No matter how old we get, falling in love always has the power to reinvigorate us both physically and emotionally. It can make even the most hard-nosed among us feel silly and “lose all control”, and that’s what makes love so special. “Bubbly” is the perfect title for a song about the light, floating feelings that come with a new love!
There’s also a certain warmth to this song in the lyrics, the music, and the quality of Callait’s vocals. It’s hard not to feel like your falling in love just listening to it!
Kiss Me by Six Pence None the Richer
Six Pence None the Richer’s 1997 pop hit “Kiss Me” was one of the most popular love songs of the 1990s, and it’s no wonder why. The highly imagistic lyrics and tender melody set a very romantic scene and make this a perfect soundtrack for a date night.
Everyone wants a romance that feels like a fairy tale, and that’s exactly what this song describes. “Kiss Me” is all about the power of a kiss and its ability to make a night magical. The woman in this song takes an evening walk with her lover and entreats him to light up her world with a kiss. “Lift your open hand / Strike up the band / And make the fireflies dance / Silver moon sparkling,” she sings, implying he can do all this simply by giving her a kiss. Some of the images in this song, such as “the green grass”, and “the broken tree house,” might seem mundane in any other context, but love has the power to color even the ordinary with shades of romance, and that’s why the singer’s walk with her lover seems so magical.
“Kiss Me” was also featured in the soundtrack to the 1999 film She’s All That, and it’s inclusion in the teen romantic comedy film has helped to further solidify its place as an iconic love song.
Eternal Flame by The Bangles
The Bangles’ 1988 pop hit “Eternal Flame” might seem a bit sappy, but anyone in love will recognize themselves in the heartfelt lyrics.
“Eternal Flame” tells the story of devoted lover who feels confident her feelings for her partner. In fact, she’s convinced they belong together forever. All she needs is confirmation from him that he feels the same way. She asks him, “Do you feel the same? / Am I only dreaming? / Or is this burning an eternal flame?” It’s not surprising the woman is questioning things. New love can often be so blissful and dreamy that it doesn’t feel real. The song’s central image – the eternal flame – is a great metaphor for a perfect romance, which burns passionately and brightly and never fades.
However, it may not be the lyrics alone that make this song a classic. The catchy melody and close harmonies harken back to some of the most beloved pop hits of the 1960s. Musically, there are echoes of the likes of The Beatles, The Supremes, and Jackie DeShannon, and Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs really does sound like she’s singing from the heart.
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Christina Perri’s 2011 love song “A Thousand Years” is a modern pop standard. It was a massive hit when it was released, and its popularity since then has endured, making the music video one of the most viewed YouTube videos of all time.
Perri wrote the song for the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I, and its subject matter makes it very appropriate for a love story about vampires. “A Thousand Years” is about a romance that transcends the boundaries of time. In the chorus of the song, she declares, “I have died everyday / Waiting for you / Darling, don’t be afraid / I have loved you for a thousand years / I’ll love your for a thousand more,” and while this isn’t meant to be taken literally, it’s a beautiful testament to the feeling of finding the one for you. Discovering that someone is your soulmate often feels like meeting someone you have always known and always needed. It’s a feeling of resolution, as if you have finally found the thing you have been looking for.
Bolstered by an exquisite orchestral arrangement, “A Thousand Years” is a very emotional piece of music, with passionate lyrics that celebrate some universal truths about romance. It’s sure to be as timeless as love itself!
At Last by Etta James
If you’ve been to a lot of weddings, there’s a good chance you’ve heard Etta James’s “At Last” a few times. Couples have been using this song to celebrate their love for decades, and it’s all thanks to both James’s stirring vocal performance and the touching lyrics.
“At Last” was originally written in 1941 by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, but Etta James breathed new life into it in her 1960 recording, and her version remains the most popular. “At Last” tells the story of a woman has finally found love after years of loneliness. It does a great job of capturing a universal feeling, or at least a universal aspiration.
At some point, everyone dreams of the perfect love that will finally make them feel complete and save them from loneliness, and as James sings, “I found a dream that I could speak to / A dream that I can call my own / I found a thrill to rest my cheek to / A thrill that I have never known,” she gives us an idea of how life-changing love can actually be, especially for people who have been lonely.
Although it was a cover of an older piece, Etta James made “At Last” her own by singing from deep in her soul, and for the rest of her life it remained her signature song. Rolling Stone ranked James’s version #115 in their 2021 500 Best Songs of All Time list, and its enduring popularity among lovers proves it’s worthiness of that honor.
HIM by Sam Smith
If you’re looking for a heart-wrenching gay love song, look no further. Nothing says “love songs for him” like this touching piece by English artist Sam Smith!
An openly gay and non-binary singer, Smith has used their powerful voice to explore homosexuality in their lyrics many times, but “HIM” just might be their most poignant piece of all. “HIM” is a coming out story in which a young man confesses his love for another man to a father figure, who might be the man’s actual father, a priest, or God Himself.
Knowing that the father figure will disapprove, the man in the song takes on a penitent role, but admits “I can’t give up his touch.” His choice to pursue his love in spite of any judgement he may face makes “HIM” a great love song. No one should have to apologize for being in love, and the man in this song has faith that his love is sacred even if those around him condemn it.
With its gospel-like arrangement and lyrical references to sin and a “Holy Father”, this song has strong religious undertones. Smith is commenting on the sad truth that many people who identify as LGBTQ struggle to find their place in religious communities, where homosexuality is often considered a sin or taboo. Smith has said that “HIM” was not based on their own coming-out, but is a general story through which they hoped to speak to the experiences of many members of the LGBTQ community.
I Say a Little Prayer for You by Dionne Warwick
On a much lighter note, Dionne Warwick brings us this hopeful love song from 1967!
Originally written by the celebrated composers Burt Bacharach and Hal David, “I Say a Little for You” describes a woman going about her daily routine while thinking of the man she loves. She tells him that throughout her day, she takes time to “say a little prayer for you.” She vows to love him “forever” and begs him to love her in return. At its heart, “I Say a Little Prayer for You” is a song about loving someone so much that they occupy all our thoughts. When we feel this way about someone, we want to do all we can to earn their affections, and a prayer for the person we love can take on monumental significance.
The woman is this song is driven by a purpose: to make her lover happy. Dionne Warwick’s compelling vocal performance brings the story to life and makes it even more meaningful. She may not have written “I Say a Little Prayer for You” herself, but it’s easy to tell that she knows exactly how the woman in the song feels.
(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman by Carole King
Carole King and Gerry Goffin composed this song in 1967. Their music producer, Jerry Wexler, gave them the title “Natural Woman” and asked them to write a song around it. Interestingly, the husband-and-wife songwriting duo chose to make it a love song.
The song tells the story of a woman who feels lost and alone until she meets the man of her dreams. She thanks him for bringing meaning into her life and making her “feel like a natural woman.” In other words, he makes her feel like the person she was meant to be. It’s really a song about finding the person who brings out the best in us and makes us feel empowered and comfortable with who we are, and many feminists have embraced it for portraying a positive relationship in which womanhood is something to celebrate. All in all, it’s a beautiful song about two people who make each other happy.
King and Goffin originally wrote this song for Aretha Franklin, but she covered it herself on her 1971 album Tapestry. Determining which version is better simply isn’t possible. Both singers offer slightly different but equally compelling interpretations of the song, and both are definitely worth a listen!
The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You) by Shania Twain
Country singer Shania Twain brings us another song about two people who complete each other in the form of her 1995 single “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You).”
“The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)” explores vulnerability in romantic relationships. In it, a woman sings about her struggles to stay strong all the time. She thanks her partner for giving her a safe place to vulnerable and escape the chaos of a busy life. “When the world wants too much / And it feels cold and out of touch / It’s a beautiful place / When you kiss my face,” she sings, letting him know how much his love sustains her through difficult times.
This is a song that celebrates the partnership between two lovers. Twain sings about feeling supported by a lover, and that’s one of the most important parts of any relationship. She also suggests that the two seem to complement each other, giving each the strengths they lack on their own, and that’s a beautiful sentiment!
Turn Me On by Norah Jones
In her 2003 single “Turn Me On,” jazz singer Norah Jones offers a perfect song for a romantic evening in with your lover!
“Turn Me On” is actually a cover of a 1961 song by John D. Loudermilk, but Jones’s rendition remains the most popular thanks to her silky smooth vocals and sensual lo-fi sound. The song is details the thoughts of a woman waiting “like a flower waiting to bloom / Like a lightbulb in a dark room” for her lover to come home to her Using a string of metaphors that suggest anticipation, Jones describes how the lover brings her to life and gives her energy.
There are some subtly erotic undertones to this song, and the overall impression is one of deep infatuation and attraction. Jones gives a seductive delivery, and the elegant instrumentation helps create a sophisticated atmosphere. “Turn Me On” was also featured in the 2003 film “Love, Actually,” which explored the inconvenient but beautiful realities of love, and the song’s inclusion in that film helped give it its reputation as a great choice for a romantic playlist.
If there’s a special man in your life, you can never go wrong seeking out classic love songs for him. Every song on this list is great to listen to as a couple, but there also just as fun and heartwarming to listen to when you’re separated from one another (and perhaps a little lonely). Hopefully these songs remind you of the special someone in your life.