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Top 10 Cheesy Love Songs

No matter how calm, cool and collected you are in everyday life, romance always has a way of turning you into a goofy fool. Regardless of how hard you try, the constant desire to impress your sweetheart and the mild insanity of being head over heels will have you running to play the top ten cheesy love songs for your dearest. It’s natural!

 

Though we might cringe at the mention of the tunes on this list, it’s important to remember the problem is not the actual songs themselves. In most cases, what makes them cheesy is more about the number of plays they have had over the years at weddings and school dances.

 

Whether another in a string of successful tracks or simply a one-hit wonder out of the blue, every single one of these songs has managed to pluck the heartstrings of many for decades.

 

 

So, the next time you are planning a party, have the DJ throw on a classic for old time’s sake! (Or to be funny, at least.)



“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston



Originally driven to the top of the charts in tandem with a hit romantic movie, the sweeping melody of this rendition of the classic country song by Dolly Parton sold a lot of records for Whitney Houston. From the opening bars to the last note, the power of Houston’s voice is on display.

 


“I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder



If you were to choose a cheesy love song based solely on how catchy it is, this one would win without even a contest. The simple hook and distinctive, easy-to-remember lyrics are a recipe for a tune to last through the ages. Rising out of the synthesizer-heavy 1980s, it’s not even close to being one of Stevie Wonder’s best songs, yet it is the most enduring – especially as it won an Oscar for Best Original Song thanks to its ties to the romantic comedy The Woman in Red.



“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion



When Titanic came out starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, hopeless romantics of every age flocked to the theaters – to the tune of generating more than a $2 billion in revenue during its 10-month run. Celine Dion belted out the signature song connected to the movie, which brought nearly endless airplay for almost a year. Even though the ship went down, the French-Canadian’s voice never did.



“Tonight I Celebrate My Love by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack



Considering love happens between two people, you would assume it is easier to make a great song when two people are involved, right? It’s not always the case, obviously, as this is the only duet on the  entire list. Performed with exquisite vocal reach by both Bryson and Flack, it is a staple of the wedding circuit to this day after reaching the height of its popularity in the late 1980s.



“(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time” by N*SYNC



The Boy Band era of the mid- and late-1990s produced a host of groups vying for the cheesy love song crown to make all the teenage girls scream, yet none quite harnessed the mojo like N*SYNC on this effort. Even as the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees made similarly sweet tunes of their own, the star power and falsetto of Justin Timberlake bring this effort onto the list.



“I Knew I Loved You” by Savage Garden



Hailing from Australia, the two-man group of Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones took the international music scene by storm around the turn of the 21st century. With simple, catchy keyboard rhythms and lyrics that stuck in your head, it’s little wonder people gobbled the music up. Though you could argue many of their biggest hits deserve a place on the list, “I Knew I Loved You” is included for implying the eternal connection between two people who are made for each other.
 



“Lady in Red” by Chris DeBurgh



Many people assume this song is the title track from the 1984 romantic comedy starring Gene Wilder referenced earlier, but they’re wrong. (That’s The Woman in Red, ask Stevie Wonder.) De Burgh composed this tune as an homage to his wife Diane, as he attempted to recall what she was wearing the night they met, releasing it in 1986.



“Faithfully” by Journey



If there is anything the 1980s are known for, it’s big-haired rockers playing soaring power ballads. Choosing the cheesiest of all their love songs is an incredibly difficult task, yet this electric anthem is arguably the pick of the lot. The combination of Steve Perry belting out his devotion with the wistful words of a man living on the road – which started a trend amongst bands that still shows up during video shoots today.



“You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt



Written to reflect the longings of the romantic left asking “What if…?” after a chance encounter with a stunning woman, this sad tale of a missed opportunity hit the top of the charts in the UK, Canada and United States when it first began receiving widespread airplay in 2006. Filled with regret, the tune ably captures the pain of wondering what might have been.



“You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone



The 1970s produced a different type of cheesy love song, it seems. The title itself, appropriate as it may be for the effect a sweetheart has on any one of us, is so sappy it almost has to be on this list. Credit to Boone, she shows tremendous ability as she works her way through each note, yet the end product is so cheesy you are left wondering what wine to pair it with.