Top 20 1970s Love Songs + Lyric Quotes

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For a complete list of 70s songs for weddings, please visit our best 1970s songs for weddings list.

We will offer our favorite 70’s love songs by year with 2 songs from each year.

top 70s love songs

The 70s were about love and peace and war. Those feelings were expressed through popular music.

However, we want to showcase the love songs of the 1970s that reflect the love in a relationship only.

We feature songs in many different styles including rock, R&B, and pop music.

1970s Love Songs

Love songs from 1970

1. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
Released in February 1970, Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water
Won 5 Grammys: Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Best Contemporary Song, Best Engineered Record, and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists. The album also won Album Of The Year.

Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
Oh, if you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind

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2. I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
September 1970, Third Album

I’ll be there with a love that’s strong
I’ll be your strength
I’ll keep holdin’ on (holdin’ on)
Yes I will, yes I will

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Love songs from 1971

3. You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor
Released in June 1971, Album: Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon
Won Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Male.

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, oh yeah baby, to see you again

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4. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Released in December 1971, Album: Let’s Stay Together
Won Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Male.

Ooh, loving you forever
Is what I need
Let me, be the one you come running to
I’ll never be untrue

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If – Bread
Released in January 1971, Album: Manna

If a man could be two places at one time
I’d be with you
Tomorrow and today
Beside you all the way

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Love songs from 1972

5. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
Released in March 1972, Album: First Take
Won Record of The Year and Song of the Year.

The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave

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6. Lean On Me – Bill Withers
Released in April 1972, Album: Still Bill

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on

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Love songs from 1973

7. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Released in March 1973, Album: Talking Book
Won Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male.

You are the sunshine of my life
That’s why I’ll always stay around
You are the apple of my eye
Forever you’ll stay in my heart

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8. Just You ‘N’ Me – Chicago
Released in September 1973, Album: Chicago VI

You are my love in my life
And you are my inspiration
Just you and me

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9. I Honestly Love You – Olivia Newton-John
Released in September 1974, Album: If You Love Me, Let Me Know
Won Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female.

And you should realize
That it’s coming from my heart and not my head
I love you
I honestly love you

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10. You’re the First, the Last, My Everything – Barry White
Released in December 1974, Album: Can’t Get Enough

I see so many ways that I
Can love you ’til the day I die
You’re my reality, yet I’m lost in a dream
You’re the first, the last, my everything

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11. Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain & Tenille
Released in April 1975, Album: Love Will Keep Us Together
Won Song of the Year.

I will, I will, I will
I will be there to share forever
Love will keep us together

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12. Fallin’ In Love – Joe Frank & Reynolds Hamilton
Released in June 1975, Album: Fallin’ in Love

You and me for eternity
In love will always be
Young and free and that should be
The way it’s gotta be

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Love songs from 1976

13. I’d Really Love to See You Tonight – England Dan and John Ford Coley
Released in June 1976, Album: Nights Are Forever

But there’s a warm wind blowing the stars around
And I’d really love to see you tonight

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14. Love Theme From A Star Is Born (Evergreen) – Barbra Streisand
Released in December 1976, Album: A Star Is Born Soundtrack
Won Song of the Year in 1977.

I have found with you
Like a rose under the April snow
I was always certain love would grow
Love ageless and evergreen

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Love songs from 1977

15. When I Need You – Leo Sayer
Released in February 1977, Album: Endless Flight

When I need you
I just close my eyes and I’m with you
And all that I so want to give you, babe

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16. Sometimes When We Touch – Dan Hill
Released in December 1977, Album: Longer Fuse

I want to hold you till I die
Till we both break down and cry
I want to hold you till the fear in me subsides

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17. Always and Forever – Heatwave
Released in January 1978, Album: Too Hot to Handle

Take time to tell me you really care
And we’ll share tomorrow together
I’ll always love you, forever, forever

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18. Three Times a Lady – The Commodores
Released in June 1978, Album: Natural High

Yes, your once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you!

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19. Stumblin’ In – Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
Released in January 1979, Album: If You Knew Suzi…
This is the fastest tempo song on the list but one of our favorites of the 70s.

I’ve fallen for you, whatever you do
‘Cause, baby, you’ve shown me so many things that I never knew
Whatever it takes, baby, I’ll do it for you

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20. I’ll Never Love This Way Again – Dionne Warwick
Released in June 1979, Album: Dionne
Won Best Vocal Performance by a Female.

I know I’ll never love this way again
So I keep holdin’ on before the good is gone
I know I’ll never love this way again

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Other Top 70s Love Songs

They Long To Be (Close To You) – Carpenters

Why do stars fall down from the sky
Every time you walk by?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you

Crazy Love – Van Morrison

Yes it makes me righteous, yes it makes me whole
Yes it makes me mellow down into my soul
She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love

Your Song – Elton John

I hope you don’t mind
That I put down in the words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King

I know that my emotions
Are somethin’ I just can’t tame
I just got to have ya, baby

I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You – Tom Waits

You’re nowhere to be found
I search the place for your lost face
Guess I’ll have another round
And I think that I just fell in love with you

Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce

The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day ’til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

Four Tops – Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got)

She don’t ask for things, no diamond rings
(So together, like a hand in glove)
Like pages in a letter
(Ain’t no woman like the one I love)

I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton

And I wish you happiness
But above all this
I wish you love
I love you
I will always love you

You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker

Can’t you see
You’re everything I hoped for
You’re everything I need
You are so beautiful
To me

Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton

No one else can make me feel
The colors that you bring
Stay with me while we grow old

This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole

You brought a lot of a sunshine into my life
You filled me with happiness I never knew
You gave me more joy than I ever dreamed of

How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees

I believe in you
You know the door to my very soul
You’re the light in my deepest, darkest hour
You’re my savior when I fall

Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel

I would not leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far, mmm
I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times
I’ll take you just the way you are

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

And then she asks me, “Do I look alright?”
And I say, “Yes, you look wonderful tonight”

Still – Commodores

Remembering the pain if I must say
It’s deep in my mind and locked away
But then most of all
I do love you

You Decorated My Life – Kenny Rogers

And you decorated my life
Created a world
Where dreams are apart
And you decorated my life
By paintin’ your love all over my heart

Longer – Dan Fogelberg

Longer than there’ve been fishes in the ocean
Higher than any bird ever flew
Longer than there’ve been stars up in the heavens
I’ve been in love with you

Do you have a favorite love song of the 1970s? Please share your song below in the comments!

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  1. You might want to revisit this list at some point and think about either expanding it or revising it. The other decades you’ve covered have been ranked as opposed to chronological. I’m sure each decade is difficult. The 70s might be most difficult. An obvious omission is ‘If’ from Bread (1971). As a love song – and especially for a wedding – it easily exceeds the two songs from 1971 you have offered (regardless of the cited awards).

    1. Thank you, Art, for the song recommendation and tip. Yes, we will definitely be adding more songs very soon and Will include the song If by Bread!

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