180 Romantic Love Songs for Him (Songs to Dedicate to Your Groom)

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Music is one of the most beautiful ways to express your love for someone. But finding the right song to dedicate to your husband-to-be isn’t always easy.

Love songs can be about new or old love. They can be about appreciating the love you have. They can even be about losing love. And that can make sifting through love song after love song a tedious process as you look for just the right message.

That’s why we’ve curated the ultimate list of romantic love songs for him — the man in your life. Whether he’s a fan of rock, R&B, pop, country, inspirational tunes or the classics, we’ve got something for everyone on our list.

To help you in your search for the perfect love song to dedicate to your groom, let’s take a look at our top 40 love song recommendations — 20 modern and 20 classic.

Best modern love songs for him

1. A Thousand Years – by Christina Perri
Written for the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn soundtrack, this Top 40 hit from 2011 is all about eternal love. What could be a more appropriate sentiment for a soon-to-be or newly married couple?

2. Love Me Like You Do — by Ellie Goulding
This song from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack was not only a Top 10 hit, but earned Goulding a Grammy nomination. Perfect for those who prefer mid-tempo songs, this tune is equally romantic and seductive.

3. Halo — by Beyoncé
If you want a song to dedicate to your husband-to-be, this 2008 song is both passionate and poignant and, arguably, is Beyoncé’s best vocal performance to-date. Although this song was a hit on both Billboard’s R&B and Hot 100 charts, it would also appeal to adult contemporary fans.

4. Make You Feel My Love — by Adele
Originally sung by Bob Dylan, Adele’s 2008 cover of  Make You Feel My Love is now one of the most- popular love songs of all time, thanks to the English singer’s impressive pipes. If your husband-to-be likes something with a more jazzy vibe, this could be a great choice

5. You’re Still The One — by Shania Twain
This Grammy-winning song from the Canadian chanteuse was a huge hit on pop and country charts in 1997 due to her flawless sound and sophisticated songwriting. If your man enjoys country, pop, or both, this song is a great choice.

6. I Need You — by LeAnn Rimes
This song may be more than 20 years old, but it still sounds fresh and new thanks in large part to LeAnn Rimes’ vocal prowess and polished sound. This 2001 tune, which spent 25 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, is the perfect love song for any man who enjoys pop or country.

7. Come Away With Me — by Norah Jones
Ideal for jazz fans, Jones’ unique sound drove this slightly sultry tune to No. 1 on the charts. Laid-back yet sultry, this song is perfect for any man who prefers understated vocals over power ballads.

8. No One — by Alicia Keys
The third biggest hit of 2008, No One is a powerful ballad about love withstanding the trials and tribulations of life. Keys’ soulful vocals combine with an R&B groove for a winning song dedication choice. 

9. Because You Loved Me — by Céline Dion
With her five-octave vocal range and material from famous songwriter Diane Warren and star producer David Foster, the French-Canadian singer has a lot of love songs that could make this list. This worldwide No. 1 hit, however, is our favorite for dedication because it focuses on thanking the one you love.

10. Just the Way You Are — by Diana Krall
Another great choice for grooms who prefer songs with an easy-listening vibe, Krall’s cover of this Billy Joel classic is smooth and sexy. The Grammy Award-winning jazz star’s rendition of this great song from 1977 features her signature contralto vocals and sophisticated piano work.

11. All The Man That I Need — by Whitney Houston
Houston’s 1990 cover of this 1982 song originally sung by Linda Clifford was a No. 1 multiple chart hit — her fourth biggest-hit ever. The song, which features Houston’s powerful yet sophisticated vocals, talks about how the right man can make your life better just for having him in it.

12. I’ll Be There — by Mariah Carey ft. Trey Lorenz
A cover of the Jackson 5’s hit song from 1970, Carey’s 1992 version was a last minute addition to her MTV Unplugged set list, but it paid off in the form of a No.1 hit on the Top 100. Carey’s version, as many critics pointed out, is devoid of the oversinging and overblown vocal acrobatics present in some of her songs. Instead, she provides a beautiful, easy-to-listen to rendition of a classic love song.

13. A Moment Like This – by Kelly Clarkson
The 2002 debut single of American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, A Moment Like This was a massive hit, topping both the US Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Singles Chart. It was later covered successfully by X Factor winner Leona Lewis. Her 2006 version broke a world record: being downloaded 50,000 times within just 30 minutes of release. Both versions contain powerful vocals and beautiful phrasing. The hardest choice won’t be choosing the song but which version to use.

14. How Do I Live — by Trisha Yearwood/ LeAnn Rimes
Written by the famous Diane Warren, this 1997 hit song was sung by two country music stars: Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes. Yearwood’s recording was featured in the soundtrack of Con Air and hit No. 2 on country charts. Rimes’ version spent a record-breaking 69 weeks on the Top 100 chart and was a solid hit with pop fans the world over. When deciding which version to choose, it might come down to age. Yearwood sang the song with a mature adult’s understanding of love while Rime’s passionate rendition was more youthful.

15. Falling for You — by Colbie Caillat
This Grammy-nominated love song tells the age-old story of falling for a guy who’s your best friend. A Top 20 hit on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the adult contemporary charts, the mid-tempo tune features Caillat’s understated yet intimate vocals for a song that is enjoyable and easy on the ears.

16. I Turn to You — by Christina Aguilera 
Another smash hit for esteemed songwriter Diane Warren, her song was first sung by boy band All-4-One for the 1996 film Space Jam. But it was Aguilera’s 1999 version that made the song a Top 10 hit. The lyrics describe the type of love everyone wants: long-lasting, unselfish and reliable.

17. Lover — by Taylor Swift
A Top 10 hit, Lover was not just a commercial success, but a critical one too. Music critics praised Swift for her “vulnerable and honest lyrics” in this song about a committed relationship with a lifelong partner that, combined with her sweet, light vocals make this a natural choice to dedicate to your future husband.

18. By Your Side — by Sade
This Grammy-nominated song from 2000, which was also listed as the 48th greatest love song of all time by VH1, is all about unconditional love. Sade’s low, seductive voice is the perfect complement for the lovely lyrics and mellow melody. As an added bonus, Sade never falls victim to the need to over sing or hit impossibly high notes, making this a relaxing listening experience.

19. How Long Will I Love You — by Ellie Goulding
Originally sung by folk-rock band The Waterboys, Goulding’s 2013 cover was a Top 10 hit in the U.K. The sentimental lyrics are perfect for her soft, light voice and piano-driven melodies.

20. Lucky — by Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat
This Grammy-winning duet was a collaboration between these talented singer-songwriters. The lyrics from this 2008 song talk about finding love with one’s best friend, making this song ideal for couples who started out as pals.

Best classic love songs for him

1. At Last — by Etta James
This iconic wedding song from the 1960s is practically synonymous with weddings and quickly became James’ signature song. Her passionate contralto vocals and romantic lyrics about finally finding love are ideal for couples who had to wait to find ‘the one.’

2. Unforgettable — by Nat King Cole ft. Natalie Cole
Nat King Cole recorded the original version of this song in 1951 but it was revamped four decades later to create a duet with Cole’s daughter, Natalie. Both versions are beautiful, but the duet makes it seem like more of a love song from a woman to a man.

3. It Had to Be You — by Ella Fitzgerald
A Grammy award-winning singer, Fitzgerald’s rendition of It Had to Be You has become a jazz standard thanks to her effortless voice. The lyrics, which talk about waiting for the right man to come along, are perfect for dedicating to your guy.

4. We’ve Only Just Begun — by The Carpenters
This hit song from 1970 can also be found on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. What makes this song so great? Many critics and music lovers agree that Karen Carpenter is the best contralto singer to ever record a song. Her rich, warm voice makes every song a pleasure to listen to, including this romantic ballad.

5. Love Will Keep Us Together — by Captain & Tennille
Fellow contralto Toni Tennille, together with pianist ‘Captain’ Daryl Dragon did a remake of this 1973 song from Neil Sedaka, making it a worldwide hit in 1975. Captain & Tennille’s 1975 version won songwriter Sedaka a Grammy nomination for song of the year and, to this day, the upbeat tune is popular at weddings.

6. (You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman — by Aretha Franklin
One of Aretha Franklin’s most popular songs, Natural Woman was a Top 10 hit in 1968 that has since been covered by Carole King, who co-wrote the song, Mary J. Blige and Celine Dion. If you want a song that lets your honey know how you feel about him, this one is a good bet.

7. You Light Up My Life — by Debby Boone
Originally recorded by Kasey Cisyk for the 1977 film of the same title, this song’s most famous version was  Debby Boone’s cover. The daughter of singer Pat Boone, Debby Boone’s cover held the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 consecutive weeks. Her vocals are powerful and effortless, but devoid of the over-singing that can sometimes accompany such an emotional song. If you’re looking for a classic song that’s full of passion, this fills the bill.

8.  ​​I’ll Never Love This Way Again — by Dionne Warwick
A top 10 hit for Warwick, this song was first recorded by Richard Kerr and covered by singer Cherrill Rae Yates and actress Cheryl Ladd. Despite three other versions existing, Warwick’s is the best-known and most popular and won her the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

9. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) — by Natalie Cole
This Top 40 song was one of Cole’s biggest hits and showcases her vocal prowess, an inheritance from father Nat King Cole, one of the most famous singers from the 1950s. If you’re looking for an uptempo love song, this happy tune is a great choice.

10. Then He Kissed Me — by The Crystals
Music critics may have named this track one of the 200 greatest songs of the 1960s, but it remains popular today with use in movies and regular airplay on classic radio stations. Sung by all-girl group The Crystals, this catchy tune tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with a man she meets all the way from the first encounter to him popping the question. 

11. Be My Baby — by The Ronettes
With music from the famous Wrecking Crew and production by Phil Specter, this song was The Ronettes’ biggest hit. Featuring their signature vocal blend, Be My Baby ranked 22nd on Rolling Stone’s 2004 and 2020 editions of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Accolades aside, this song is an upbeat and fun love song that is perfect to dedicate to any classic pop lover.

12. Chapel of Love — by The Dixie Cups
This No. 1 Hot 100 song has been covered by Bette Midler and The Beach Boys, but it’s The Dixie Cups’ version that remains the favorite thanks to great vocals and well-placed, intermittent harmonies. If you want a song that is fun and charming, this is the one for you.

13. My Guy — by Mary Wells
Known as Motown’s first female star, this song was Wells’ biggest hit. It hit No. 1 on the Top 100 chart in 1964 and was used in the 1979 film More American Graffiti. The song talks about a woman’s faithfulness to her man despite advances by other men.

14. I Hear a Symphony — by Diana Ross and The Supremes
Their sixth No. 1 hit, this song was different from any tackled by Diana Ross and The Supremes before thanks to its more complex musical structure. The song features Ross’ sweet, light lead vocals in a song that talks about being totally and completely in love with the man of her dreams.

15. Where the Boys Are — by Connie Francis
This song was written for actress and singer Connie Francis as the title track of the 1960 movie Where the Boys Are, in which she was co-starring. The track was a top 10 hit thanks to great songwriting by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield as well as Francis’ beautiful and distinctive voice. 

16. I Can Hear Music — The Ronettes
Although the Beach Boys cover of this Ronettes song had far more commercial success, the original is still pretty great and is definitely a better selection for a woman to dedicate to her guy.

17. The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face — by Roberta Flack
Written in 1957, this song became an international hit for Flack in 1972. Her rendition earned her a Grammy Award and song of the year honors from Billboard. Her passionate presentation also makes this love song a perfect tribute to your future groom.

18. You Needed Me — by Anne Murray
A song about unconditional love, You Needed Me became a No. 1 hit single for Canadian contralto Anne Murray in 1978. Not only did she pick up a Grammy Award for her performance, the song revitalized her career which had begun to stagnate. Murray’s warm, melodic voice coupled with sentimental lyrics make this a great song to use to thank your soon-to-be spouse for loving you unconditionally.

19. You’ve Got a Friend — by Carole King
This hit song was written and recorded by King and covered by James Taylor in 1971 and won Grammy awards for both artists. Other famous covers include those by Dusty Springfield, Michael Jackson and Anne Murray. No matter which version you pick, this is the ultimate song to express your devotion to your man.

20. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
If you want a cheery, upbeat tune, this duet from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell is worth checking out. This Top 20 hit from 1967 was also covered by Diana Ross with The Supremes and The Temptation providing background vocals. Both versions are great, but Ross’ version includes spoken excerpts while Gaye and Terrell sing the entire song.

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