1960s Love Songs: Timeless Romance from the Swinging ’60s

When creating a list of the best love songs of the 1960s, we also wanted to consider which songs are still prevalent in today’s era – timeless.

Below you will find a ranking of our favorite love songs from the 1960s that will fill dance floors for years to come. I tried to cover many different music styles including those that could include all vocals.

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You will find country, R&B, Jazz, and Rock and Roll.  Not only do we give you the song title and artist, but I also provide the release date.

As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of 1960s love songs for weddings. Songs are selected by the meaning of the song and popular hits by today’s couples.

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Love Songs from the 1960s

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Frankie Valli

Released in 1967
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Please let me know that it’s real
You’re just too good to be true
Can’t take my eyes off of you

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Released in 1967
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

‘Cause baby there ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

When a Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge

Released in 1966
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

When a man loves a woman
Can’t keep his mind on nothing else
He’ll trade the world
For the good thing he’s found

Stand By Me – Ben E. King

Released in 1961
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Oh stand, stand by me
Stand by me

Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette

Released in 1968
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Stand by your man,
And show the world you love him
Keep giving all the love you can

I Can’t Help Myself ( Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops

Released in 1965
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Sugar pie, honey bunch
You know that I’m waiting for you
I can’t help myself
I love you and nobody else

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L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

Released in 1965
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore can

This Magic Moment – The Drifters

Released in 1960
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

This magic moment while your lips are close to mine
Will last forever, forever till the end of time

So Much In Love – The Tymes

Released in 1963
Genre: Vocal

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

So in love are we two
No one else but me and you
So in love

Moon River – Andy Williams

Released in 1962
Genre: Jazz

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

We’re after that same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

Released in 1964
Genre: Jazz

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You’re lovely don’t you ever change
Keep that breathless charm
Won’t you please arrange it
‘Cause I love you

Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke

Released in 1962
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Oh, if bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me

Cherish – The Association

Released in 1966
Genre: Pop

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You don’t know how many times I’ve wished that I could
Mold you into someone who could
Cherish me as much as I cherish you

These Arms Of Mine – Otis Redding

Released in 1964
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

These arms of mine, they are wanting
Wanting to hold you
And if you would let them hold you
Oh how grateful I will be

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

Released in 1968
Genre: Jazz

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

Released in 1965
Genre: Pop

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me

I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher

Released in 1965
Genre: Pop

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Then put your little hand in mine
There ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb
Babe
I got you babe

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye

Released in 1964
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

With sweet love and devotion
Deeply touching my emotions
I wanna stop (stop) and thank you, baby

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

Released in 1962
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Take my hand
Take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you

At Last – Etta James

Released in 1960
Genre: Jazz

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over and life is like a song

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