Expressing one’s thoughts and emotions can be difficult for some people. Not everyone knows the rights words to say or how to say them so that they come across the way they’re meant to. Luckily, we have music to help us get our message across. Song lyrics can be very powerful, especially when telling someone how you feel. No matter what the message is you’re trying to send, I promise you there is a song for it. This time of year, though, perhaps your message has something to do with that one four letter word that can tend to scare a lot of people. I’m talking about L-O-V-E. With Valentine’s Day upon us once again, it was inevitable that love and all that goes along with it would come up here. Love them or hate them, there’s something to be said about a good love song. And there’s certainly no shortage of them, that’s for sure. Whether you’re looking for love, wondering when you’re going to find it, are falling in love or have been in love for some time, loving someone you can’t have, or you just lost a great love, there are plenty of songs out there for you. A good love song never goes out of style either. New or old, everyone can relate to a love song if it’s well written and full of emotion. I could easily rattle off a long list of timeless love songs that are so great, they’ve become classics that everyone knows. But then if I did that we would never get through this article.

Since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, I thought it would only be appropriate to provide my readers with a list of various love songs to get you through the holiday, as well as whatever matters of the heart you may be currently dealing with. Maybe you’re looking for a playlist for your romantic evening in with your significant other or you’re looking for a first dance song at your upcoming wedding. Perhaps you need some sad songs to get you and your best girlfriends through those bad break-ups. No matter your current situation, I guarantee I have at least one or two songs for you. I decided to compile my list of what I believe are some of the best MODERN love songs that have personally graced my ears. I should clarify something, though. When I say modern, I mean within the last 15 years. You won’t find anything on this list that was released prior to 2002. Unfortunately, that means I had to nix certain artists’ covers of some amazing songs, simply because the songs were originally released many years prior to my cutoff date. Sadly, this means you won’t be seeing some fan (and my own personal) favorites. I did include a little something for almost everyone, though. Here’s my list:

In no particular order…

Blake Shelton – God Gave Me You
Luke Bryan – To the Moon and Back
Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man
Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y.
Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance
Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
Eli Young Band – Crazy Girl
Keith Urban – Making Memories of Us
Colbie Caillat – Fallin’ For You
Dan and Shay – From the Ground Up
Lee Brice – Love Like Crazy
Brad Paisley – Today
Josh Kelley – The Rock that Found a Rolling Stone
Charles Kelley – The Only One Who Gets Me
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Darius Rucker – Need You More
Florida Georgia Line – Grow Old
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
Maren Morris – I Wish I Was
Kodaline – The One
Goo Goo Dolls – Come to Me
Rob Thomas – Pieces
O.A.R. – Peace
Lifehouse – You & Me
Train – Marry Me
Safetysuit – Never Stop
The Fray – Look After You
Thompson Square – If I Didn’t Have You
Darius Rucker – History in the Making
Staind – Tangled Up in You
Dustin Lynch – Cowboys and Angels
Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
Emily Hackett (feat. Will Anderson) – Take My Hand
Dave Barnes – Warm Heart in a Cold World
Dashboard Confessional – Stolen
Matt Nathanson – Come On Get Higher
Coldplay – The Scientist
Sara Bareilles – I Choose You
Darius Rucker – If I Told You
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Parachute – She is Love
Kip Moore – Hey Pretty Girl
Eric Church – Love Your Love the Most
Little Big Town – Bring It On Home
John Legend – All of Me
Joshua Radin – When I’m With You
Nickelback – Far Away
3 Doors Down – Here Without You
Seether – Broken
Sara Evans – Gotta Have You
Colbie Caillat – You Got Me
Scotty McCreery – I Love You This Big
Carrie Underwood – Look at Me
John Mayer – Your Body is a Wonderland
Josh Abbot Band – Wasn’t that Drunk
Three Days Grace – Lost in You
Hunter Hayes – Wanted
Brett Young – Sleep Without You
Dylan Scott – Crazy Over Me
Alicia Keyes – No One
Billy Currington – Must Have Done Something Right
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Lady Antebellum – Wanted You More
Pop Evil – Monster You Made
Uncle Kracker – Smile
Halestorm – Beautiful with You
Jason Aldean & Kelsea Ballerini – First Time Again
Paramore – Still Into You
Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
Ron Pope – Reason Why
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – I Need You
Lacey Sturm – Run to You
Toby Keith – Crash Here Tonight
Sam Smith – Stay with Me
Bruno Mars – It Will Rain
Waterloo Revival – Love Runs Deep
Brett Eldredge – Mean to Me
Meghan Trainor (feat. John Legend) – Like I’m Gonna Lose You
Lady Antebellum – Just a Kiss
Josh Abbott Band – Oh, Tonight
Brad Paisley – Then
Brantley Gilbert – You Don’t Know Her Like I Do
Jason Maraz – I’m Yours
Goo Goo Dolls – Stay with You
LoCash – God Loves Me More
Dierks Bentley – Come a Little Closer
Keith Urban – Your Everything
Alicia Keyes – If I Ain’t Got You
Brett Young – Mercy
Sara Bareilles – Gravity
Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson – Don’t You Wanna Stay
Tim McGraw – My Kind of Rain
Halestorm – Break In
Michael Ray – Run Away With You
Kelsea Ballerini – Lost Boy
Dierks Bentley – Settle for a Slowdown
Brantley Gilbert – Fall Into Me
Joshua Radin – Rather Be with You
Tyrone Wells – Runnin’ Around in My Dreams
Thomas Rhett – It Goes Like This

I do genuinely hope all of my readers can find at least a couple of songs they enjoy, and if you discover new music from this list then I feel I did my job. I also hope you in turn share those songs with your fellow music lovers. As always, I want your feedback. Tell me which songs you liked and which ones really spoke to you. I hope you all feel loved not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day. I hope you never hesitate to tell someone, no matter who it is, how you feel about them. It’s important we always tell our loved ones that we love them, always. And remember that, “when words fail, music speaks.”

About the author

"MADD" Manda Walsh

Hey Hey, my name is Amanda, Manda to those close to me or have known me long enough, or are just ya know, too lazy to actually say, Amanda. I joined the “30 is the new 40 or at least it feels that way sometimes” club on June 22, just 3 days after I got married, and no, it wasn’t planned that way. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Saint Xavier University where I spent my entire 4 years volunteering as a DJ at their radio station and writing for their newspaper. My last two years there were spent working as their music director, living and breathing music, while having the privilege of interviewing some of my favorite bands and dreaming of one day working somewhere in the music industry, only to end up in an industry that doesn’t even utilize my degree other than I talk to people. To say I’m obsessed with music is an understatement. It’s always been my first love, my best friend, and the one place I can always lose myself. My tastes range from “OMG you have to hear this” to “please don’t judge me,” and I’m the person you want on your team in music trivia. I’m also an avid enthusiast of the paranormal and anything in the realm of horror or the creepy and unnerving. With that said, I love Halloween more than a normal person probably should and have a fascination with cemeteries. I enjoy reading, writing, shopping and epic adventures, but my all time favorite thing to do is attending concerts. I’m a sucker for a good mystery and anything acoustic. When I was a kid, I wanted to be Nancy Drew when I grew up. At the end of the day, if I had to sum myself up with a song lyric it would be this – “I’m somewhere in between what is real and just a dream.”