The Top 20 best love songs of the 90s were ahead of their time in some cases, while some were filled with new ideas and experimentation. Whatever the case, each song on this list has earned its place as one of the top love songs ever recorded. They are all timeless classics that will always be remembered for their amazing lyrics and powerful messages.
Back For Good – Take That
This song was a UK number one by British boy band, Take That in 1995. It is a love song about leaving behind the past and starting a new life with someone you love. The video for this song also became very popular in the 90s, when music videos were still relevant.
Can’t Help Falling in Love – UB40
This song was originally recorded by Elvis Presley, but this version is by British reggae group UB40 in 1993. It became a number one hit all over Europe and topped the charts in various other countries. The lyrics talk about how love has taken over and the singer cannot help but fall in love with his or her significant other, despite what others may say.
I Swear – All-4-One
This song gained massive success when it came out in 1994 and topped the charts all over the world. It is a promise to stay together forever and rely on each other for support, trust, and honesty. “I Swear” is a great song for couples who are committed to making their relationship work.
Love Will Never Do (Without You)” – Janet Jackson
This song was released in 1990 as part of Janet Jackson’s fourth studio album called “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814”. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached the top five in many other countries. The lyrics talk about how love has taken over someone’s entire being, leaving them unable to function without their significant other.
You Were Meant For Me – Jewel
This song was originally written by American singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher in 1997. It was then made famous when American singer-songwriter, Josh Kelley covered it the following year. The lyrics talk about how someone is meant for their significant other and the couple was destined to be together.
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
This song became a number one hit all over the world when it was released in 1992. It is about the breakup of a relationship, but still having love for one another even though you are no longer with them. Although the lyrics are sad, the song is beautiful and demonstrates how you can still truly love someone even when they are gone from your life.
To Be With You – Mr. Big
This song was another worldwide smash hit when it came out in 1991. It is about loving someone and wanting to be with them for as long as possible, even if you are far apart. Although this video may seem very old now, the lyrics and the meaning of the song make it timeless and definitely part of one of the top 20 best love songs of the 90s.
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
This song was written for the 1998 film “Armageddon”, starring Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler. The lyrics talk about not wanting to miss anything in life, no matter how tough things may get. It is a great song to listen to when you and your significant other first start dating.
Everything I do, I do it for you – Bryan Adams
This song was originally recorded as a duet with Tina Turner in 1991, but this version is by Canadian rock singer-songwriter, Bryan Adams. The lyrics talk about doing everything for someone because you love them and not caring about what happens as long as they are happy. Although it was never technically a number one hit in the US, the song is considered the most successful single of Bryan Adams’ career.
Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? – Bryan Adams
This song written by Canadian singer-songwriter, Bryan Adams in 1995 was originally written for the film “Don Juan DeMarco” starring Johnny Depp. The lyrics talk about how you have never really loved someone until you have given your life for them.
Un-break My Heart – Toni Braxton
This song released in 1996 talks about being strong when a relationship ends, but being devastated on the inside. The song was a number one hit all over the world and a Grammy award winning song that Toni Braxton still performs today.
You’re Still the One – Shania Twain
This song was Shania’s first number one hit in the US and was written for her then husband, Mutt Lange. The lyrics talk about still loving someone even though things are difficult between you.
Love is All Around – Wet Wet Wet
This song was another number one hit in the UK and became a worldwide success. It is about how love is all around us, even if it seems like there isn’t any. Although the band originally recorded the song as background music for an episode of “The Family Man” in 1990, they were asked to release it as a single three years later.
Possession – Sarah McLachlan
This song released in 1993 was originally found on Sarah’s album “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy”. The lyrics talk about wanting to possess a loved one even though it is wrong. Although it may seem like a dark theme, the way the lyrics are sung and the instrumentals make the song very beautiful and definitely one of the top songs from the 90s.
Kiss from a Rose – Seal
This song was originally written for the film “Batman Forever”, but it didn’t make it onto the soundtrack or film. It became a number one hit all over the world when it was re-released in 1994. The lyrics talk about a kiss from a rose and how it can make you feel better even if you are feeling terrible at the moment.
My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion
This song was the main theme in the film “Titanic” and reached number one all over the world. The lyrics talk about being so in love that you will never forget it even if you die. It is a beautiful ballad from Celine Dion and definitely one of her best songs.
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
Originally released as a single by Prince’s band, The Family in 1990, this song was then re-released in 1990 by Sinead O’Connor. The lyrics talk about how nothing can compare to the love that a person feels for someone else. Although it is not considered one of her most famous songs, the power of the song and its lyrics make it definitely worthy of being included on this list of top 20 best love songs from the 90s.
Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
This song was originally written for the 1994 film “The Lion King”. It is one of the most popular songs from that soundtrack and received numerous awards. It won Best Original Song at both the Golden Globe Awards and Academy Awards in 1996. The lyrics talk about how you can feel love in a wonderful way.
Thank You – Dido
Released in 1999, this song is about someone thanking the person they are dating for all of their support throughout their life. It is a beautiful way to say thank you to your significant other when things get tough. Although it was originally released as a single, this song became more well-known when it was used in the film Notting Hill and on its soundtrack.
Candle in the Wind 1997 – Elton John
This song was originally released as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. It then became famous again when it was re-released and changed to a tribute for Princess Diana following her death in 1997. This version of the song is sung by British pop singer, Elton John and talks about how he wants to be the “candle in the wind” for his lover and how he will always love them.