The best of love

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Top 20 tracks for a romantic dinner:

  1. Marvin Gaye- Lets Get It On

  2. Chris Deburgh- Lady In Red

  3. Marvin Gaye- Sexual Healing

  4. Eric Clapton- Wonderful Tonight

  5. Andy Williams- Moon River

  6. Elvis Presley- Love Me Tender

  7. Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On

  8. Robbie Williams- Angels

  9. George Michael- Carless Whisper

  10. Whitney Houston- I Will Always Love You

  11. Lionel Richie- Three Times A Lady

  12. Adele- Someone Like You

  13. Savage Garden- Truly Madly Deeply

  14. Al Green- Lets Stay Together

  15. Aerosmith- Don`t Wanna Miss A Thing

  16. Spandau Ballet- True

  17. John Denver- Annie`s Song

  18. James Blunt- Beautiful

  19. Ravel- Bolero

  20. Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

Top 20 songs considered better than sex’:

  1. Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody

  2. Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire

  3. Robbie Williams- Angels

  4. Meatloaf- Bat Out Of Hell

  5. Bon Jovi- Living On A Prayer

  6. Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On

  7. Adele- Set Fire To The Rain

  8. Black Lace- Agadoo

  9. Pink Floyd- Comfortably Numb

  10. Queen- Don`t Stop Me Now

  11. Queen- I Want To Break Free

  12. Faithless- Insomnia

  13. Bruno Mars- Just The Way You Are

  14. The Killers- Mr Brightside

  15. GunsNRoses- Paradise City

  16. Coldplay- Viva La Vida

  17. Queen- Who Wants To Live Forever

  18. Elton John – Your Song

  19. Luther Vandross – Anything

  20. Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA or Born To Run

If you’ve got Spotify, you can use each of these playlists and more to your advantage for setting whichever mood you might be feeling. Check them all out:

Top Tracks for a Romantic Dinner

Best Tracks for a Flirt on the Dancefloor

Best Tracks to Get in the Mood for Sex

Best Tracks to Play During Sex

Songs That Are Considered Better Than Sex

What’s your go-to mood music? Do you ever make playlists and use them for things like romantic dinners or getting busy? Will you try these Spotify lists?

Making sweet music together:

What Your Guy’s Taste in Music Says About Him

6 Date Ideas For Music Lovers (Other Than Concerts)

The Different Types of Songs Every Music Enthusiast Must Know

Sorting out the types of songs according to definite factors is really difficult, as they can be classified into many different and random categories. A song is a very, very important element in music, but is also one of the most prominent elements in our lives! You will come across several different categories of songs that have a unique mood and touch.

As a result of their uniqueness, they cannot be differentiated on the basis of any specific factors. The main reason songs cannot be marked only in one class is because of the differences existing in the type of music, lyrics, and its purpose. For instance, a rap song can also be a Christian song, and a ballad can even have a metal feel to it.

However, we can still roughly classify songs as per the types of lyrics, the music, tone, culture, and other similar factors. The next sections of this article will cover more information about these classifications, along with a few examples to make things clearer for you.

Different Types of Songs

Classical

A Classical music concert with violins

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As the name suggests, classical songs are those in which traditional music plays a main role. These songs were first composed by artists like Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, to name a few. These songs have had a substantial impact on the music we hear today. Every country has a culture, which is clearly apparent in its classical and folk songs.

~ Canon in D major – Johann Pachelbel
~ Symphony No. 9: Ode To Joy – Ludwig van Beethoven
~ The Four Seasons – Antonio Vivaldi
~ Hallelujah – Katherine Jenkins
~ Heart of Courage – Two Steps From Hell

Pop

Pop music star at a concert

Pop songs are those which have contemporary lyrics and an upbeat rhythm, basically meant for the youth culture. Some of the most popular artists of this genre are Michael Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake, and Cher.The composition of pop songs concentrates more on music technology and recording than on live performances. Rhythm and effects are two important elements in pop songs.

~ Bye Bye Bye – N Sync
~ Beat It – Michael Jackson
~ I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys
~ Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
~ Every Breath You Take – The Police

Rock

Crowds at a huge rock concert

Rock songs are the most popular among teenagers and youngsters. They consist of clear pieces of lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboards as some of the main instruments. When the instruments are played in sync, they sound energetic along with the vocals. Most popular rock artists are Europe, Creed, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bryan Adams and many other good ones.

~ The Final Countdown – Europe
~ Jump – Van Halen
~ Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
~ Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
~ Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Metal

Singer singing a metal song with guitar

Metal songs are a bit more hard-sounding than rock songs. These songs have high pitches and screaming vocals, heavy guitar leads, and solid drum work. In a majority of metal songs, power chords and riffs are used. They may consist of random lyrics, as the primary focus is on the music. Some of the metal music legends are Whitesnake, Metallica, Dokken, Winger, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Scorpions, etc.

~ Fear of the Dark – Iron Maiden
~ Rainbow in the Dark – Dio
~ Still of the Night – Whitesnake
~ Enter Sandman – Metallica
~ Rock You Like A Hurricane – Scorpions

Country

Playing soulful country music on a guitar

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Country songs are suitable for easy listening. They mainly consist of clean lyrics with music pieces using classical guitars and other traditional instruments. Occasionally, solos of instruments like the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica can also be heard in country songs. You can listen to songs by Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Chris Young, Garth Brooks, and Shania Twain for a better idea.

~ Mean – Taylor Swift
~ If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away – Justin Moore
~ Somewhere Else – Toby Keith
~ Without You – Keith Urban
~ Just Fishin’ – Trace Adkins

Hip-Hop

Rappers at a hip hop music concert

In hip-hop or rap songs, the singer recites lyrics in an off-beat manner but with the continuity of the rhythm. These songs primarily include solid rhythmic beats and synth, with a focus on the way the lyrics are sung. Hip-hop songs have become popular not only in the USA, but all over the world. The most popular stars in hip-hop music are Eminem, Nelly, Akon, Flo Rida, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Kanye West.

~ In Da Club – 50 Cent
~ Lose Yourself – Eminem
~ California Love – 2Pac and Dr. Dre
~ Low – Flo Rida
~ The Real Slim Shady – Eminem

Ballads

A woman recording a beautiful ballad at a studio

Ballads are songs which include a narration of a story in a musical way. These are basically slow songs, but may contain heavy components as well. Generally, ballads have an emotional touch to them, owing to the lyrical content. This is why they are a great hit during live shows. Ballads can be composed by artists from any genre of music. Power ballads are those which combine heavy music with emotional lyrics.

~ Is This Love – Whitesnake
~ Carrie – Europe
~ Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton
~ In Your Eyes – John Norum
~ Please Forgive Me – Bryan Adams

Dance

Playing dance songs at a discotheque

Dance songs are fast and have a thumping rhythmic pattern. Lyrics are not given much importance here. Nowadays, dance songs accompany synth, drum machines, and electronic music, and are played in dance parties and discotheques. Most notable artists of this genre are Vengaboys, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and many other electronica artists. Nowadays, you will find most traditional songs rerecorded to dance numbers by adding beats and effects.

~ Into the Groove – Madonna
~ Heaven – DJ Sammy
~ Can’t Get You Out of My Head – Kylie Minogue
~ What Is Love – Haddaway
~ Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

Love

Man playing romantic love tune on the guitar

Love songs are slow songs whose lyrics concentrate on the feelings of love and relationships. These songs are largely played in marriages. There are sad love songs whose lyrics relate to breakups, too. They are mostly composed by pop and rock artists. Some of the artists who have composed the best love songs are Elton John, Bryan Adams, Richard Marx, Mariah Carey, and George Michael.

~ (Everything I Do) I Do It for You – Bryan Adams
~ I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
~ Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
~ My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
~ It Must Have Been Love – Roxette

Gospel

Church group singing a gospel

Gospel songs contain lyrics taken from Bible verses or are just written out of Christian belief. Usually, the lyrics are made out of a personal experience with God. They are sung in churches all around the globe. Gospel songs may be from any music genre such as country, rock, rap, or metal. World-renowned artists to compose gospel songs are Don Moen, Petra, Sonicflood, Michael W. Smith, and Hillsong.

~ God is Good – Don Moen
~ Awesome God – Michael W. Smith
~ We Want To See Jesus Lifted High – Petra
~ How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin
~ Mighty to Save – Hillsong

This is just a random list of the most common types of songs sung and played in the music industry along with some examples. Remember, one song can even belong to two or more categories, which is why the classification becomes difficult. However, it is commonly considered that song types can be classified as per the genre of music.

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Song types

As a general rule, as with everything else on VocaDB, information that is already provided in one way usually does not need to be repeated in other ways.

Note: even though this guide talks mostly about “Vocaloid”, almost all of the rules apply to UTAU, CeVIO and other related voice synthesizers as well.

Original song

Original songs (“オリジナル曲” in Japanese) are songs that are completely original content and aren’t based on other songs. Original song is the version of the song that was published first, later versions are considered as derivatives regardless of who made them.

As long as the above rule is true, the original song type takes precedence over all other types, with the exception of Drama PV (see below).

Note that on VocaDB self-covers and self-remixes, made by the artist themself, are to be classified as covers and remixes, not “original songs”, unlike on NicoNicoDouga.

Sometimes the producer might publish multiple different versions of a song, usually with different vocals or different lengths, calling all of them originals. The songs might be published in different media, for example an album song vs. NicoNicoDouga upload. To avoid misunderstandings, as a rule of thumb the version that was published first, regardless of medium, should be considered the original, and all others are derivatives. There are exceptions to this rule, for example if the earlier version is officially labeled a cover or if it’s commonly agreed that way.

Extended (“long”) versions of songs should generally be separate from the original song entry on VocaDB, unless the short version was intended to be only a demo, in which case it can safely be replaced by the longer version. Extended versions should generally use the remix type.

Instrumental song that is an original, meaning it’s not an instrumental version of some other song, should be classified as original song, not instrumental. Instead, you should indicate that the song is an instrumental by using the instrumental tag.

Sometimes the artist might release multiple versions of the song simultaneously. In this case the primary tie breaker is artist’s intention (which version was intended to be the “original”?). If the primary tie breaker is ambiguous or unknown, the second tie breaker is choosing the Vocaloid song over other versions (for example if the other version is sung by a human vocalist). As with other decisions you make while editing, if it’s not completely obvious, please state your reasons and how you got the information in the update notes whenever possible.

Remaster

Remaster (“修正版” or “リマスター版” in Japanese) means an improved/remastered version of a song. Sometimes artists may replace the original song with a remastered version, even deleting the original. In that case it’s not necessary to add another entry for the original, and the remaster can use the “original song” type.

Sometimes the artist remasters the song for an album release. Quite often album versions of songs are remasters, but this is not always the case. If the album version is not playable online, it’s okay to use the original song entry (the album should be tagged with the remaster tag), but you may create a separate remaster entry for the album version as well.

In order to use the remaster song type the song should sound almost identical to the original, with the general melody and song structure intact. Strictly speaking, as the name implies, a remastered version should differ from the original only in terms of mastering, meaning the original recording stays the same. In the Vocaloid world this term is often interpreted more loosely, and is not always limited to just mastering. Still, if the new version is noticeably different from the original, the remaster song type should not be used.

Cover type should be preferred when the artist releases a new version of the song with another voicebank (even if it’s an upgraded version of the old voicebank).

Cover

cover: “a recording or performance of a song previously recorded by another performer.”

cover version: “a recording of a song by a singer, instrumentalist, or group other than the original performer or composer.”.

Cover (カバー曲) is a re-recorded version of a song, usually by an artist other than the original. Most commonly in the Vocaloid/UTAU world covers are used to record the song with a different voicebank from the original, keeping the instrumentals intact. Sometimes a cover is another artist’s interpretation of the song.

Cover type should be used if the same song is re-released with new lyrics (see the changed lyrics tag).

Sometimes the original artist re-releases the song with new vocals. The cover song type should be used in this case, with the self-cover tag.

Remix

remix: “a variant of an original recording (as of a song) made by rearranging or adding to the original.”

Remix is an edited version of the song, usually made to sound quite different. The remix is often different musical genre from the original. This song type should also be used even when the remix was made by the original artist. In this case you should add the self-remix tag.

Songs that are called arrangements should usually be classified as remixes on VocaDB.

If the song is re-recorded by the original artist with the same vocals, and the new version is too different to be considered a remaster, even if it has the same musical style as the original song it should generally be classified as remix.

Extended (long) or shortened versions of songs, if done by the original artist, should primarily be classified as remixes.

Live versions of songs should generally be classified as remixes. Please avoid adding too many live versions of songs though. For song lists it’s usually better to use the original song entry, unless there’s a special reason for adding an entry for the live version. The live recording tag can also be added.

Remix, cover or remaster?

Admittedly, the difference between a remix, cover and remaster is sometimes hard to define, and usually this doesn’t matter very much, as these types are functionally identical on VocaDB.

All other things being equal, try to figure out what the intention of the artist was when they made the song.

Instrumental

AKA off-vocal or karaoke.

Instrumental song type should be used for one purpose: instrumental versions of songs, when a non-instrumental version with vocals is the original. This means, just like cover and remix, instrumental should always be a derived version.

Other than the lack of vocals, instrumental song should be the same as the original version. If the song is otherwise different, remix or cover type should be preferred (with the instrumental tag).

Music PV

The music PV type is used for remarkable PVs of original songs. By creating a separate entry for the PV the animator and other people involved can be credited accordingly, and things like the MMD models used can be indicated with tags. Sometimes the PV might be more well known than the originally published version of the song, for example the Sweet Devil PV by wakamura and Love is War.

Like with most other song types, music PVs should always be derived versions. If the song was originally uploaded/published with the PV, that PV should be included with the original song entry.

Generally, only the official PV (PV that was commissioned by the song artist) should be added to the same entry as the original song. Any major derivative PVs made by unrelated artists should have their own (Music PV) entry, regardless of whether the song was originally published with a PV or not. Additional official PVs with major differences should have their own entries as well.

If the song was originally published without a PV, for example on an album, and an official PV is released afterwards, usually there is no need to create a separate entry for the PV, the PV can be added to the original song entry. PVs with minor differences such as model changes can be added to the original entry as well, with the “other” type.

Drama PV

Drama PV is an animation where the main focus is story instead of music. Most commonly these are made with the MMD software (“MMD Dramas”).

Drama PVs don’t need to contain any singing, or even talking, but in order to be accepted on VocaDB they should have a Vocaloid character in a major role, or be in some other way strongly related to Vocaloid (or UTAU).

Note that unlike with the other song types, the drama PV type should always be used when a PV is considered drama. This is because the other song types are used to represent music, while the content of drama PVs is fundamentally different. Drama PVs are almost always originals, there are very few derived dramas.

Mashup

Mashup is a song that is made by blending two or more songs together.

Simple mashups where two songs are simply mixed together are discouraged on VocaDB, unless they’re well-known or present on an album. These songs are allowed to some extent, but like with instrumental songs, try to keep the number low and quality high enough.

Songs that mix multiple covers of the same song together (joining multiple vocal tracks) should be labeled as covers.

For now it’s not possible to specify multiple original songs in the “original song” field. That’s why those original versions should be mentioned in song notes.

Medley

Medley is a special case of mashup where the songs are primarily played one after another, possibly with some overlap. The mashup type is to be used for medleys as well, except in rare cases where the medley is actually an original song, in which case the original song type should be used. Remember to add the medley tag.

Try to focus on quality when adding medleys: Adding too many medleys is not recommended, you should stick to those that are remarkable in some way.

Music is the literature of the heart, a French poet once said. Musical accompaniments to film are so powerful that some soundtracks outsell the movies themselves and some background songs become permanently lodged in the cultural consciousness. Consider Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”—it’s such a fitting power ballad of romantic yearning that it’s now impossible to hear it and not think about the movie Titanic.

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If you find the perfect background music for videos, you can amplify their reach and resonance with very little extra work. Here are 11 practical tips for choosing the right music for marketing videos.

1. Decide What Role Music Will Play in Your Video

Some background music for videos is designed to provide a sub-perceptual lift. Other music unleashes energy, and other music matches what’s happening on screen and sets the mood. Ask yourself, what sort of video am I creating and what role do I want music to play?

  • Explainer Video or Demo: Use subtle music to maintain attention
  • Live Action or Story: Use clear music to explain and advance the plot
  • Advertisement, Announcement, or Promo Video: Use dramatic music to evoke emotion

If you work for a streaming music app and you’re making a video, maybe music is the main feature. Or maybe you’re a B2B tech company explaining a complex topic like how video marketing works and want something with an even tempo that adds interest without drawing attention. Or maybe you’re a non-profit seeking donations and a low, melancholy tone conveys the gravity of your message.

2. Understand Which Genres Make the Best Background Music for Videos

If selecting one track out of the limitless array of options seems stressful, narrow your options to just one genre. Here are some emotions that different genres typically evoke in videos for business:

Not sure which genre will fit? Find a music library (more on that below) and listen to previews while watching your video or reading the script. It’ll become clear what fits and what doesn’t.

3. Use Music Intros and Outros as Bookends

A bookend is a short, three to five second snippet of music, usually paired with an animation or text, that indicates that the video is starting or stopping. Or if your video is really long, it can indicate the beginning and ending of each chapter. For example:

Bookends help viewers tune in and focus. When the video ends, they offer a sense of completion. Bookends are also a great branding move. If you’re producing a video series and the bookend includes your logo and the series name, it’s easily recognizable.

Pro Tip: Don’t have time to record an animation? Your bookend can be audio-only. Simply lower or raise to music to indicate that the video is beginning or ending.

4. Use Reference Music

Sometimes you already have a particular song in mind (or stuck in your head) and you can use it as your guide. Listen to it on YouTube, then try to find similar-sounding songs based on the rhythm, speed, progression, instrumentation, or key. Some royalty free music sites like Bedtracks make this easy: You can upload a song and it’ll find similar-sounding ones.

5. Know Your Budget

There are background music options for every budget. If your budget is:

  • Small: Look for music with a creative commons license, meaning it’s free to use, with a few small caveats. It gets the job done and options are plentiful.
  • Medium: Pay between $10 and $100 for a royalty free track from a music library. It’s often higher quality than the creative commons stuff and usually closer to what you want.
  • Large: Get custom music made for $300 to $1,000. Custom music is great for when you plan to reuse the song and want it to become associated with your brand, as is the case with the music from many commercials.

6. Consider Hiring a Composer

If you want custom music, there are lots of composers out there who can help you achieve precisely what you’re looking for. They’re particularly helpful when there are lots of mood changes in your video, or if it doesn’t match the music you find online.

An original score can also create a satisfying sense of consistency through a video series. If people recognize those tones, you’ll earn more mindshare when people scroll past them in their social feed.

You can find composers by Googling “corporate video composer” in your area or looking through the “Artist” section of most music libraries. Many artists are actually audio creation agencies who do custom work. You can also try the website Baby Can You Write My Track, which allows musicians to compete to create a track that matches your work.

7. Choose Music That Speaks to Your Audience

The more you know about your audience’s age, affiliations, and preferences, the more specific you can be about your music choice. If your viewers cover a wide swath of professionals in business, it’s best to play it safe with corporate tones, classic rock, and ambient music. But if you know that they’re younger, indie rock, hip hop, electronica, and dance music might be more appropriate.

If you know your audience’s age, the graph below from Statista offers clues. When in doubt, look at other videos that have performed well with your target demographic for guidance.

8. Consider the Role of Frequency and Tone

If your video involves lots of talking, avoid music that uses the same notes and tones as the human voice—typically music that involves a guitar, violin, cello, viola, and parts of piano and keyboard instruments. It’ll make it difficult to hear the person speaking.

If you have to have the emotional tones that the above instruments convey, choose tracks that have simple melodies and repetitive chord progressions. But if you can, choose something that’s complementary to the human voice, such as a bass or ambient music.

The chart below explains how different musical frequencies can create emotions.

9. Pace Yourself

If the music in your video suddenly pauses, it’ll grab people’s attention. Use these breaks to highlight an important moment, like a big reveal. Pauses work best when the track has a consistent rhythm so that there’s a pattern for the pause to break.

10. Using Off-Limits Famous Music

Sometimes you need a track that’s culturally recognizable, like the Star Wars theme song, but don’t have the budget for licensing. You have a few options: Either find a lookalike track meant to mimic the famous one, or look for older stuff that achieves the same effect but has entered the public domain.

In countries that are signatories to the international agreement known as the Berne Convention, copyrights expire 50 or 70 years after the creator’s death, at which point, their work is free to use. All the classical composers like Bach and Beethoven fall in this category, as does anything recorded in the U.S. prior to 1950.

You can find lookalike tracks on Partners in Rhyme and find older, classical stuff in the public domain on IMSLP. And if you actually do need that Star Wars theme, you can find some pretty good stuff with suspiciously similar names like “War in the Stars” on Storyblocks.

Where to Find Good Background Music for Video

So where does one actually look for background music? There are a limitless sites to choose from, but it’s important that you understand how music rights and usage work.

Most music out there was created by someone who wants to be compensated or at least recognized for it. If it was recorded by a major music production company, you’d better bet their lawyers are on the hunt for copyright infringements, so double check everything before you use it publicly.

You’ll probably see the term ‘royalty free’ applied to lots of music, and it’s a bit misleading—it doesn’t mean it’s free to use. It means that you can purchase the track once and use it an unlimited number of times without paying a royalty, or paying a tiny percentage every time it’s used. The opposite of royalty free music is rights managed music, where you have to pay a royalty.

Here’s an example: If I pay for a royalty free track that goes in my YouTube video which then goes viral, I don’t pay extra. But if I used a rights managed tune, I pay the composer extra based on how many people watched.

There are four types of song licenses you’ll find online:

  • Free: Any music in the public domain or which has a creative commons license, of which there are several types, ranging from completely free to free if you provide attribution to the artist.
  • Limited License: A royalty free song that you can use for a non-commercial purpose, such as an internal training video, but if you use it for marketing, you have to pay.
  • Paid License: A royalty free song you pay for and use an unlimited number of times, even in a marketing video. Could also be a custom track you commissioned.
  • Rights Managed: A song you pay for based on how much it’s used or how many people listen.

Marketers looking for music to use for videos can probably expect to use mostly free and paid license tracks.

How to Find Music for Videos

  1. Google ‘royalty free music’ or visit a site on the list below
  2. Search music by genre or mood
  3. Preview tracks, make a list of ones that’ll work
  4. Check the licensing: Are there limitations? Does it fit your budget?
  5. Purchase and download the song to use in your video
  6. Abide by the licensing agreement. If it says you have to cite the artist, cite the artist. If the license is for a limited period, make sure you set reminders to take it down when the license expires.

Top Sites for Royalty Free Music for Video

1. Bedtracks

Bedtracks features lots of tracks with visual detail about each song’s progression, so you know if it fits your video’s arc. Particularly helpful is the tab called “Storytellers,” with tracks that follow common narratives.

2. PremiumBeat

Owned by , PremiumBeat is well-designed, easy to search, and makes figuring out the licensing a breeze. Search by instruments, mood, genre, and beats per minute (BPM).

3. Artlist

Artlist provides high-quality, professionally recorded music. Unlike many services’ song-by-song licensing setup, Artlist offers unlimited downloads.

4. Audioblocks

Audioblocks is an offering by Storyblocks, the stock image site. It’s got a really powerful search feature, and is a good place to find instrumental loops and sound effects.

5. Getty Images Music

The interface isn’t exactly friendly, but Getty Images Music has an extensive library that includes sound effects and rights managed music. You can find composers through its rights managed music section.

6. Audio Jungle

Owned by Envato, Audio Jungle boasts nearly 100,000 tracks including music packs and kits that make choosing easy.

7. Bensound

Bensound features lots of songs that are useful in the most common corporate videos, like jazz, ambient, electronic, and funk. It’s a great place to go for demo and explainer video tracks.

8. YouTube Audio Library

YouTube offers royalty free music too. Its library is expansive and is unique in that it allows you to check the copyright status of songs in your YouTube videos.

Free Background Music for Video Editing

1. Free Music Archive

The Free Music Archive is operated by a nonprofit dedicated to collecting and distributing mostly free music. Search by genre, musician, filmmaker, and more.

2. CC Mixter

CC Mixter is a site where new and unknown artists upload their work for others to use. The catch is that you’ll have to work out the licensing with the artist. The upside is maybe you catch someone exceptional on their way up.

3. Free Sound

Free Sound is another nonprofit that collects sound effects and noises that are great for explainer, demo, and animated videos.

4. Incompetech

Incompetech is a site for royalty free music that’s also mostly free, so long as you provide attribution to the artist.

Public Domain Music for Videos

1. IMSLP

IMSLP is an online database with classical music from composers all around the world. It takes a little work, but you can search by composer, time period, and nationality.

2. PD Info

PD Info is a decent open source project for collecting public domain music with lots of stuff from the early 20th century. The interface is a little difficult to navigate, but the collection is extensive.

Once you’ve found the perfect music for your video, you can finish editing, and share it with the world.

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This post was originally published on June 9, 2017. It was updated on October 16, 2019.

Lists of Love Songs by Genre, Musicians, Era and More

The Elements of a Great Love Song

Love songs that are considered to be the best of their era share many things in common. First and foremost are lyrics that convey love’s depth of emotion. A love song that makes the top list for a specific year taps into feelings that can be hard to express. Many musical artists draw upon their own history to craft meaningful love song lyrics.

The tempo and rhythm of a love song can vary from genre to genre. Some songs are soft and slow while others are uptempo dance tunes. In all cases, the best love songs are those in which the music complements the romantic message that is being delivered.

Love song lists that are organized by a specific year often reflect the changing ways in which love is expressed. The most recent years will contain songs that draw upon current romantic influences. Older love songs will often possess a certain nostalgia that reminds one of their first romantic love.

In our love song lists you can find choices from the year you were born, the year you graduated, and ones that match other important milestones. A great love song has the ability to take you back to a specific moment in time that you want to fondly remember.

If you’re in the mood for romance and your boyfriend/girlfriend/Tinder/chocolate isn’t doing it for you, please enjoy this handy list of songs that will make you turn into a literal puddle. And we’re not talking basics. This is a highly-curated group honed from the top minds in romance (read: the MarieClaire.com staff). We’ve got you covered with the best of the best love songs, below.

“Lover” – Taylor Swift

Most romantic line: “My heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue / All’s well that ends well to end up with you.”

Vibe: Do we have to leave our Christmas lights up through January?

“Skinny Love” – Bon Iver

Most romantic line: “Come on skinny love, what happened here? / Suckle on the hope in light brassieres.”

Vibe: ‘Tis was a journey.

“No One” – Alicia Keys

Most romantic line: “You and me together / Through the days and nights / I don’t worry ’cause / Everything’s gonna be alright.”

Vibe: Who was I crying about at 14?

“Ocean” – Lady Antebellum

Most romantic line: “Here you are, next to me / So much beauty at my feet / All I wanna do is swim / But the waves keep crashin’ in.”

Vibe: “I Need You Now” circa 2020.

“Wife You Up” – Russ

Most romantic line: “I’m turning down the rest for you / If they call us foul I’m fighting all the refs for you / You make me a better me / I make you a better you.”

Vibe: A sext.

“The Bones” – Maren Morris

Most romantic line: “Call it dumb luck, but baby, you and I / Can’t even mess it up, although we both try / No, it don’t always go the way we planned it / But the wolves came and went and we’re still standing.”

Vibe: The definition of a healthy relationship.

“Electricity” – Dua Lipa

Most romantic line: “Falling into you, baby / Even electricity can’t compare to / What I feel when I’m with you.”

Vibe: The love feels like a dance party.

“Mariners Apartment Complex” – Lana Del Rey

Vibe: I’m your man.

“Love Song” – Lana Del Rey

Vibe: I know you can’t fix me, but please try anyway.

“You and I Both” – Jason Mraz

Most romantic line: “And it’s okay if you have to go away / Oh just remember the telephones, well they work in both ways / But if I never ever hear them ring / If nothing else I’ll think the bells inside / Have finally found you someone else and that’s okay / ‘Cause I’ll remember everything you sang.”

Vibe: Why am I crying in the club?

“Butterflies” – Kacey Musgraves

Most romantic line: “Now you’re lifting me up, instead of holding me down / Stealing my heart instead of stealing my crown.”

Vibe: Emotions are good.

“Shallow” – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Most romantic line: “Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us / We’re far from the shallow now.”

Vibe: As the great Noah Calhoun once said, “I want all of you, forever, you and me, everyday.”

“Ride” – Somo

Most romantic line: “I’ll be gentle, don’t you scream / It’s getting hotter, make it softer / Feel your chest on top of me.”

Vibe: Sex.

“River” – Leon Bridges

Most romantic line: “Tip me in your smooth waters / I go in / As a man with many crimes / Come up for air / As my sins flow down the Jordan.”

Vibe: I need to do me before I can do you.

“My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion

Most romantic line: “Love was when I loved you / One true time I hold to / In my life we’ll always go on.”

Vibe: Utter despair.

“Consequences” – Camila Cabello

Most romantic line: “Loving you was young, and wild, and free / Loving you was cool, and hot, and sweet / Loving you was sunshine, safe and sound / A steady place to let down my defenses / But loving you had consequences.”

Vibe: A healthy reflection on that toxic relationship.

“Heaven” – Bryan Adams

Most romantic line: “Baby, you’re all that I want / When you’re lyin’ here in my arms / I’m findin’ it hard to believe / We’re in heaven.”

Vibe: Your parents’ wedding song.

“Edge of Desire” – John Mayer

Most romantic line: “Don’t say a word, just come over and lie here with me / ‘Cause I’m just about to set fire to everything I see / I want you so bad I’ll go back on the things I believe / There I just said it, I’m scared you’ll forget about me.”

Vibe: When the loneliness takes over and deep down you know they’re not good for you.

“Take Me Away” – Daniel Caesar ft. Syd

Most romantic line: “She’s cut from the finest cloth, my love / Plus, we like to take it easy / All she wants to do is please me.”

Vibe: I’m the captain now.

“Crash Into Me” – Dave Matthews

Most romantic line: “Touch your lips just so I know / In your eyes, love, it glows so / I’m bare-boned and crazy for you.”

Vibe: Crash into me…softly.

“Why Can’t I?” – Liz Phair

Most romantic line: “Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you? / Why can’t I speak whenever I talk about you? / It’s inevitable, it’s a fact that we’re gonna get down to it / So tell me / Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you?”

Vibe: Definitely meant to be, despite the unfortunate circumstance that you’re both in separate relationships.

“When I Look At You” – Miley Cyrus

Most romantic line: “When I look at you, I see forgiveness / I see the truth / You love me for who I am / Like the stars hold the moon / Right there where they belong / And I know I’m not alone.”

Vibe: Planning to meet my future husband on the set of a movie.

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“No Air” – Jordin Sparks ft. Chris Brown

Most romantic line: “If I should die before I wake / It’s ’cause you took my breath away / Losing you is like living in a world with no air.”

Vibe: The honeymoon phase.

“The Reason” – Hoobastank

Most romantic line: “I’ve found a reason for me / To change who I used to be / A reason to start over new / And the reason is you.”

Vibe: A 2003 fuckboy who finally realizes what’s important.

“She Will Be Loved” – Maroon 5

Most romantic line: “I don’t mind spendin’ everyday / Out on your corner in the pourin’ rain / Look for the girl with the broken smile / Ask her if she wants to stay awhile / And she will be loved, and she will be loved.”

Vibe: For the girl next door.

“See You Again” – Tyler the Creator ft. Kali Uchis

Vibe: Why you so obsessed with me? But also I love it.

“Kiss Me Slowly” – Parachute

Most romantic line: “She shows me everything she used to know / Picture frames and country roads / When the days were long and the world was small / She stood by as it fell apart / Separate rooms and broken hearts / But I won’t be the one to let you go.”

Vibe: “Hey There Delilah,” but make it adult.

“Mine” – Bazzi

Most romantic line: “I’m so fucking happy you’re alive / Swear to God I’m down if you’re down all you gotta say is right / Girl anything I can do just to make you feel alright.”

Vibe: *Extreme T.I. voice:* You can have whatever you like.

“Fall for You” – Secondhand Serenade

Most romantic line: “Because tonight will be the night / That I will fall for you over again / Don’t make me change my mind / Or I won’t live to see another day / I swear it’s true / Because a girl like you is impossible to find / You’re impossible to find.”

Vibe: An instant classic in the age of angsty teenage love.

“Sure Thing” – Miguel

Most romantic line: “Even when the sky comes falling / Even when the sun don’t shine / I got faith in you and I / So put your pretty little hand in mine / Even when we’re down to the wire baby / Even when it’s do or die / We could do it baby, simple and plain / ‘Cause this love is a sure thing.”

Vibe: It’s called making love, not sex.

“Kiss Me” – Ed Sheeran

Most romantic line: “And your heart’s against my chest / Your lips pressed in my neck / I’m falling for your eyes, but they don’t know me yet / And with a feeling I’ll forget, I’m in love now.”

Vibe: Butterflies. So many butterflies.

“Be Be Your Love” – Rachael Yamagata

Most romantic line: “Everybody’s talking how I can’t be your love / But I want want wanna be your love / Want to be your love, for real.”

Vibe: That person you know you can’t have, but you’re not giving up.

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“This Town” – Niall Horan

Most romantic line: “If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you / Drive highways and byways to be there with you / Over and over the only truth / Everything comes back to you.”

Vibe: Driving around your hometown with the windows down feeling extra nostalgic about your high school ex.

“Thinkin’ Bout You” – Frank Ocean

Vibe: You never forget your first time.

“Something” – The Beatles

Most romantic line: “Something in the way she moves / Attracts me like no other lover / Something in the way she woos me / I don’t want to leave her now.”

Vibe: It’s complicated.

“All of Me” – John Legend

Most romantic line: “‘Cause all of me / Loves all of you / Love your curves and all your edges / All your perfect imperfections.”

Vibe: Picturing your 50th wedding anniversary.

“Drops of Jupiter” – Train

Most romantic line: “But tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet / Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day / And head back to the milky way / And tell me, did Venus blow your mind / Was it everything you wanted to find / And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?”

Vibe: Being very into metaphors and not feeling bad about it.

“How Sweet It Is” – James Taylor

Most romantic line: “I needed the shelter of someone’s arms / And there you were / I needed someone to understand my ups and downs / And there you were.”

Vibe: Grateful for your S.O.

“I Really Like You” – Carly Rae Jepsen

Most romantic line: “Late night watching television / But how’d we get in this position? / It’s way too soon, I know this isn’t love.”

Vibe: A really (really, really, really, really, really) good Tinder date.

“Your Song” – Elton John

Most romantic line: “I hope you don’t mind / That I put down in words / How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.”

Vibe: Classic.

“Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green

Most romantic line: “I’m so in love with you / Whatever you want to do / Is all right with me / Cause you make me feel so brand new / And I want to spend my life with you.”

Vibe: First love.

“The Way You Make Me Feel” – Michael Jackson

Most romantic line: “I like the feelin’ you’re givin’ me / Just hold me baby and I’m in ecstasy.”

Vibe: That sexy dance class scene from Center Stage.

“Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis

Most romantic line: “But I don’t care what they say, I’m in love with you / They try to pull me away, but they don’t know the truth.”

Vibe: Getting dramatic about your “haters.”

“Wildest Dreams” – Taylor Swift

Most romantic line: “You see me in hindsight / Tangled up with you all night / Burn it down / Some day when you leave me / I bet these memories hunt you around.”

Vibe: Looking for a sexy fling.

“At Last” – Etta James

Most romantic line: “At last my love has come along / My lonely days are over / And life is like a song.”

Vibe: A wedding that you actually want to be at.

“A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton

Most romantic line: “If I could fall into the sky / Do you think time would pass me by? / ‘Cause you know I’d walk a thousand miles / If I could just see you tonight.”

Vibe: The year 2000.

“Fidelity” – Regina Spektor

Most romantic line: “Suppose I never ever met you / Suppose we never fell in love / Suppose I never ever let you / Kiss me so sweet and so soft.”

Vibe: Indie cool.

“Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars

Vibe: Everything you wrote about wanting in your middle school diary.

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice?” – The Beach Boys

Most romantic line: “You know it seems the more we talk about it / It only makes it worse to live without it / But let’s talk about it / Wouldn’t it be nice?”

Vibe: Crushing on John Stamos as Uncle Jesse.

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“You and I Both” – Jason Mraz

Most romantic line: “‘Cause you and I both loved / What you and I spoke of / And others just read of / Others only read of the love, the love that I love.”

Vibe: Feeling very superior about your relationship.

“You Make My Dreams” – Hall & Oates

Most romantic line: “And wrap yourself around me / ‘Cause I ain’t the way you found me / And I’ll never be the same, oh yeah.”

Vibe: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in (500) Days of Summer.

“Young and Beautiful” – Lana Del Rey

Most romantic line: “Will you still love me / When I’m no longer young and beautiful? / Will you still love me / When I’ve got nothing but my aching soul? / I know you will, I know you will.”

Vibe: Long sighs that borderline annoy everyone else, but feel right to you.

“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran ft. Beyoncé

Most romantic line: “I’m dancing in the dark / With you between my arms / Barefoot on the grass / While listening to our favorite song.”

Vibe: Cheesy on purpose.

“Friday I’m in Love” – The Cure

Vibe: Watching any given Sofia Coppola movie.

“Love on the Brain” – Rihanna

Most Romantic line: “Must be love on the brain / That’s got me feeling this way / It beats me black and blue but it fucks me so good / And I can’t get enough.”

Vibe: Sex.

“Sea of Love” – Cat Power

Most romantic line: “Do you remember when we met? / That’s the day I knew you were my pet.”

Vibe: Creating a mix and feeling smug about your taste.

“Suzanne” – Leonard Cohen

Most romantic line: “Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river / You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever / And you know that she’s half-crazy but that’s why you want to be there.”

Vibe: Realizing your parents don’t have terrible taste in music after all.

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis

Most romantic line: “Take my hand, take my whole life too / For I can’t help falling in love with you.”

Vibe: Sobbing at a wedding.

“Maps” – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Most romantic line: “Wait, they don’t love you like I love you.”

Vibe: When you were a hipster and refused to admit it.

“Halo” – Beyoncé

Most romantic line: “Hit me like a ray of sun / Burning through my darkest night / You’re the only one that I want / Think I’m addicted to your light.”

Vibe: The person you love doesn’t love you back so you listen to this 12 times a day.

“Wonderwall” – Oasis

Most romantic line: “I don’t believe that anybody / Feels the way I do about you now.”

Vibe: Not ashamed.

“You Send Me” – Sam Cooke

Most romantic line: “At first I thought it was infatuation / But, wooh, it’s lasted so long / Now I find myself wanting / To marry you and take you home.”

Vibe: Planning a wedding even though you’re not engaged yet.

“Playground Love” – Air

Most romantic line: “I’m a high school lover / And you’re my favorite flavor / Love is all, all my soul / You’re my playground love.”

Vibe: Watching some more Sofia Coppola movies.

“I Found a Reason” – The Velvet Underground

Most romantic line: “I found a reason to keep livin’ / Oh, and the reason dear is you.”

Vibe: Wes Anderson.

“Nothing Compares 2U” – Sinéad O’Connor

Most romantic line: “I went to the doctor and guess what he told me? Guess what he told me? / He said girl you better try to have fun / No matter what you do, but he’s a fool / ‘Cause nothing compares / Nothing compares to you.”

Vibe: Crying hysterically after two glasses of wine.

“In Love with You” – Erykah Badu

Most romantic line: “I remember the first time that we met yo / How could I forget? / When you smiled and I turned and said to you / Yo, you’re pure and true.”

Vibe: Finding your soul mate.

“Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton

Most romantic line: “It’s time to go home now and I’ve got an aching head / So I give her the car keys and she helps me to bed / And then I tell her, as I turn out the light / I say, ‘My darling, you were wonderful tonight.'”

Vibe: Your mom’s record collection.

“Made for You” – Alexander Cardinale

Most romantic lyrics: “Any other guy / That made you say goodbye / Must’ve been a fool / But darling I was made for you.”

Vibe: You in high school, feeling all the feelings.

“The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra

Most romantic line: “Some day, when I’m awfully low / When the world is cold / I will feel a glow just thinking of you.”

Vibe: Any movie starring Julia Roberts.

“I Could Fall in Love” – Selena

Most romantic line: “‘Cause I could take in my arms / And never let go / I could fall in love with you.”

Vibe: Feeling a little cheesy and very here for it.

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