top 70s love songs

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.

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1970s Love Songs

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love songs from 1974

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

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

Love songs from 1975

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love songs from 1978

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

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!

Love songs from 1979

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

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

Bonus Tracks!

Since You’ve Asked – Dan Fogelberg
Released in 1978, Album: Twin Sons of Different Mothers

All the willow winding paths
Leading up and outward
This is what I give
This is what I ask you for
Nothing more

I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You – Tom Waits
Released in 1973, Album: Closing Time

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


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2 replies
  1. Art Hickey
    Art Hickey says:

    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).

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    • Matthew Campbell
      Matthew Campbell says:

      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!

      Reply

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