Whether you have a great singing voice or just want to play a recording, finding a love song for your boyfriend is a great way to express your love. If you’re searching for love songs for him, check out these amazing song ideas!
Top 25 Love Songs For Him
1. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift (2008)
If you’re looking for cute songs instead of more emotionally intense ones, this Taylor Swift song is a good choice. It’s actually about someone Taylor Swift liked but never dated, but it’s a great song for people in relationships, too.
This song is also a great one to play if you’re looking for something you can strum and sing. It mostly uses chords that guitarists learn early on. This video (below left) will show you the lyrics and chords, so you can play along if you’d like. You’ll see that you only need C, G, Am, F, A, Bm, and D.
2. “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin (1967)
This Aretha Franklin classic is one of the best songs for your boyfriend. Its heartfelt lyrics and memorable melody tell the tale of a life-changing relationship.
This song sounds especially great on the piano (or if you want to apply some interesting sonic twists, you can try it on a synth!). It may be a challenge if you’re very new to piano. But if you want to give it a shot, this detailed, full-song tutorial (video above right) will take you through it.
3. “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry (2010)
If you like upbeat modern love songs, this Katy Perry hit is a great one to choose from. It was easily one of the most popular songs in 2010.
“Teenage Dream” is also a great song to choose if you want to learn to play something without only strumming chords. This tutorial (video below left) offers an easy but great-sounding arrangement that almost anyone can play. Though you can play it on an acoustic or electric guitar, it sounds great on an electric guitar with a little bit of overdrive or distortion.
4. “Ordinary Love” by U2 (2019)
This is a great love song, but you might not realize it was made specifically for the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. This wasn’t the first time U2 had been inspired by Mandela; they had previously written “Silver and Gold” about him, and Bono worked with Mandela’s AIDS charity.
Though U2 primarily plays electrically, this particular song sounds great on an acoustic guitar. This lesson (video above right) takes you through playing it acoustically. It’s based on U2’s acoustic version of “Ordinary Love” as played on Jimmy Fallon.
5. “I Need You” by Faith Hill & Tim McGraw (2007)
Country love songs have a reputation for being incredibly tender, and this one from married couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill is undoubtedly sincere. Unlike many other music-industry marriages, theirs seems built to last: they have been together for over 25 years!
If you love country music, this is a particular love song for him. You could even perform it as a duet if he’s musically inclined! There are plenty of arrangements out there, but this tutorial (video below left) does a good job of efficiently showing you how to play it.
6. “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys (2001)
This Alicia Keys love song helped launch her career. The beginning uses music by Chopin, which makes sense, as Keys grew up playing classical music. The song addresses the pain of love, and the video features Keys visiting an incarcerated boyfriend.
If you want to play this one on the piano, you might be happy to hear that you only need two chords to do so: E minor and B minor 7. It primarily repeats the same catchy riff throughout, so it isn’t too hard to learn. This video (above right) will take you through how to play it.
7. “Adore You” by Miley Cyrus (2001)
This pretty song blends the pop and R&B genres. It’s a straightforward song about adoring your man. Although “Adore You” is quiet and acoustic, it opens up Cyrus’s wildly energetic album Bangerz.
If you want to play this song for your boyfriend (and sing it, too!), it’s not too hard to learn. This tutorial (video below left) takes you through the chords you need. You only need F, Am, and C. The tutorial shows you a strumming pattern, but you can also create your own!
8. “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain (1997)
Some of the best romantic love songs are classics. And Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” is the ideal love song for you if your relationship has really beat the odds.
The chords to this song aren’t too tricky. You’ll need D, D/F#, G, A, and Em. This helpful video (above right) can take you through the chords you’ll need (as well as a strumming pattern). And if you’d like to learn the tabs, the tutorial shows you those, too.
9. “The Power of Love” by Celine Dion (1993)
“The Power of Love” is one of the great classic love songs. It was originally recorded by Jennifer Rush, but we’ve included the Celine Dion version here. If you like songs whose lyrics read like romance novels, you’ll love this one!
Like many Celine Dion songs, this one sounds especially nice when played on the piano. There are plenty of arrangements, but this video (below left) shows you a slow, easy one that’s perfect for beginners.
10. “All of Me” by John Legend (2013)
If you like pop love songs and R&B love songs, “All of Me” is a great choice. Its easy beat makes it well-suited to a soundtrack for a romantic evening, but it also wouldn’t be out of place in a playlist of wedding songs.
“All of Me” is a beautiful song to play for your boyfriend. And its easy chord progression and slower tempo make it an easy one to strum (or fingerpick) and sing at the same time. This video (above right) lets you play along with the song. You’ll need to place a capo at the first fret and play G, Em, C, D, Dsus, and Am.
11. “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” by Carrie Underwood (2015)
If you never really saw yourself in a relationship but are happy to be in one now, this country love song might be a good one to play. Underwood wrote “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” after finding unexpected happiness and contentment after marrying and having a child.
When playing this song on her tour, Carrie Underwood included a photo montage (video below left) of her family. But if you want to play it for your boyfriend, it’s an easy song to make your own. To play it, you must place a capo at the third fret and play Am, F, C, and G.
12. “Bleeding Love” by Liona Lewis (2007)
This romantic song was one of Leona Lewis’s first singles after winning The X Factor. It was written by two other accomplished artists: Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and Jesse McCartney were co-writers.
If you want to play a song for your boyfriend and are relatively new to piano, “Bleeding Love” is the perfect song to learn! This piano tutorial (video above right) will show you how to play it. If you’d prefer playing sheet music to watching keys light up on the screen, the tutorial also has links to sheet music!
13. “Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum (2011)
If you’re already a country music fan, you may have heard this Lady Antebellum hit. It’s about taking things slowly until you know someone is the right person for you.
“Just a Kiss” is a great song to play for someone if it’s relatively early in your relationship, but you’re optimistic about the future. As you’ll see in this video lesson (below left), you can play it with a capo on the first fret using Am, F, G, C, and Dm.
14. “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez & The Scene (2011)
Some of the best modern love songs are slow, moving ballads. But others, like this romantic song, are upbeat and catchy! Even Gomez herself said, “it’s one of those songs you can’t get out of your head.”
This song is fun to listen to, but it’s even more fun to play! You might want to experiment with palm muting, percussive strumming, and other techniques to mimic the beat. This video (above right) takes you through how to play it. If you aren’t too familiar with barre chords, this song can help you get used to them. You’ll need C#m, A, B, G#, F#m, and E.
15. “Say You Love Me” by Fleetwood Mac (1976)
This early Fleetwood Mac hit often appears on lists of popular wedding songs. “Say You Love Me” is one of the band’s most recognizable songs, and it comes from their remarkable self-titled album. That album also introduced “Rhiannon” and “Over My Head.” It also was the first Fleetwood Mac album that included Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
This song sounds great when played on an acoustic guitar, and it’s not too tough to master, either. This tutorial (video below left) will show you that it involves several hammer-ons and pull-offs that add some sonic interest without complicating it too much.
16. “At Last” by Etta James (1961)
If you’re looking for a classic love song for the man you love, this incredible Etta James hit might be the one. The song comes from James’s debut album and helped catapult her to fame. She was known as the “Queen of Soul” until the title became associated with Aretha Franklin.
Though this song is known for its big sound, it also sounds great as a stripped-down number played on acoustic guitar. This tutorial (video above right) will take you through both chords and tabs. You’ll need E, C#m, F#m, B7, F#, Baug, C#7, C7, and Emaj7.
17. “Save the Best for Last” by Vanessa Williams (1991)
This beautiful Vanessa Williams song captures a relationship that almost wasn’t. It’s also more lyrically interesting than many love songs; it opens with “Sometimes the snow comes down in June/Sometimes the sun goes ’round the moon.”
Like many slower love songs, this one sounds especially nice on piano. And as this video (below left) shows you, it isn’t too hard to play. If you’re looking for meaningful songs to dedicate to your boyfriend, this is a good one to pick!
18. “Rockin’ Years” by Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton (1991)
This great song was written by Dolly Parton’s brother Floyd, and Dolly recorded it as a duet with Ricky Van Shelton. It’s a perfect song to dedicate to someone you see yourself spending your life with” the “rockin’ years” in the title refer to years sitting on rocking chairs in old age.
If you like old-style country songs, you’ll have a lot of fun playing this one! As you’ll see in this video lesson (above right), the song is played as a waltz and incorporates a few simple bassline walks. And thanks to the relatively slow tempo, it’s not too hard to play and sing simultaneously.
19. “You and I” by Lady Gaga (2011)
Lady Gaga didn’t rise to fame by writing love songs, but this powerful song has nonetheless become popular in its own right. Gaga isn’t the only big name to perform on the track; it uses a sample from “We Will Rock You” and features guitar work by Queen’s Brian May.
If you like rock love songs, this is a great one to learn to play. And if you want your version to sound close to the original, try playing it on an electric guitar with some distortion and a little reverb. This video (below left) will take you through it. It’s challenging but fun: there’s percussive strumming, rapid-fire riffs, and more!
20. “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber ft. Big Sean (2012)
“As Long As You Love Me” might be one of the poppier boyfriend tracks on the list, but it has surprisingly meaningful lyrics. It also features a verse by rapper Big Sean, who has said Gucci Mane reached out to him to collaborate on a track the same day Bieber did!
The acoustic version of this song is especially pretty. It’s a fun one to play for your boyfriend, and it’s also an enjoyable throwback to the early days of Bieber’s career. This tutorial (above right) takes you through the acoustic version. In terms of chords, you’ll need to play Am, F, and G with a capo on the second fret.
21. “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris (2011)
If you like romantic songs with a danceable beat, “We Found Love” is a great love song for your special someone. It was written and produced by Calvin Harris, and features on Rihanna’s 2011 album Talk That Talk. It reached #1 in both the US and the UK.
Though the original song has no guitar, you can replicate the high-energy techno feel with an energetic strumming pattern on an acoustic or electric guitar. As you can see in this video (below left), you must place a capo at the sixth fret and play Am, F, C, and G.
22. “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole (1965)
This classic love song is perfect to dedicate to your man, especially if he’s a jazz and swing music fan. Thanks to its popularity and memorable lyrics, other high-profile artists, including Michael Buble and Diana Krall, have also covered the song.
If you’d like a beginner-friendly version of this song to learn, check out this helpful tutorial (video above right). You need G, Cadd9, Am7, and D/F#(add11). Add in a catchy, folk-style strumming pattern, and you have your own version of a classic.
23. “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer (1997)
This lovely, dreamy song was a breakout hit for Sixpence None the Richer, a contemporary Christian band from Texas. Part of its success came from the fact that it was used on the hit show Dawson’s Creek and appeared in the movie She’s All That.
You can add this song to the romantic soundtrack of your own life, too. And thanks to its catchy strumming pattern, it’s not a difficult song to play for a special someone. This lesson (video below left) will take you through it step by step. You must put a capo at the first fret and play D, Dmaj7, D7, Em, A, B, G, and Asus4.
24. “Here On Out” by Dave Matthews Band (2018)
Don’t overlook this Dave Matthews classic as you search for love songs to dedicate to your boyfriend! It’s a touching song about the transformative nature of love, and the special man in your life will surely appreciate it.
Like many songs by the Dave Matthews Band, this one sounds best played on an acoustic guitar. It’s a little more complex than strumming standard chords. But this video (above right) will show you diagrams and a demonstration to help you master it.
25. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston (1994)
This legendary track will be a fitting tribute if you have a man you absolutely adore. You may already know that the original version was written and performed by Dolly Parton. But the Whitney Houston version is what made it an instant classic.
This song sounds equally beautiful played on guitar or piano. You can make it sound stunning and sing along if you’re an intermediate pianist. This video will show you how to play it. And if you want to get adventurous, try adding dramatic, swelling effects.
Even More Great Love Songs for Him
- “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift (2014)
- “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey (1990)
- “I Need Love” by LL Cool J (1987)
- “Baby I Love U!” by Jennifer Lopez (2003)
- “Take Care” by Beach House (2010)
- “Crazy for You” by Madonna (1985)
- “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley (1961)
- “You Were Meant for Me” by Jewel (1995)
- “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson (2007)
- “When You Tell Me That You Love Me” by Diana Ross (1991)
- “Spanish Guitar” by Toni Braxton (2000)
- “The Very Thought of You” by Billie Holliday (1938)
- “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper (1983)
- “One and Only” by Adele (2011)
- “Those Sweet Words” by Norah Jones (2004)
Hopefully, these romantic love songs have given you some inspiration! You can assemble a romantic playlist for your next date, learn to play a song to dedicate to your boyfriend or both.
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