When you think of the best music from the 1970s, it’s probably funky disco tunes and the driving beat of groovy rock ‘n’ roll that comes to mind. But there was more to the psychedelic decade than just steel guitars and strobe lights. As these great love songs of the 70s prove, it took a lot of heart to keep romance alive amid all that orange shag carpet!
“You’re the One That I Want” – from Grease (1978)
This song is great for any couple that has a great chemistry and will take on the world together. It’s an upbeat, feel-good tune about how you’ll be there no matter what because they’re your one true love. The lyrics are written from John Travolta’s perspective to Olivia Newton-John, and they’re great for any young couple starting out on their first date.
“The Rose” – from The Rose (1979)
This Bette Midler classic is great for someone who has been through a lot, but wants to keep on fighting. It’s great for the person that knows they’re still worth something even if their heart is fragile and bruised. The song was an instant hit with audiences because it speaks so much of what we feel in our hearts when brokenhearted.
“Love Will Keep Us Together” – from Captain & Tennille (1976)
This great love song really resonates with lovers that are trying to make it work and need some encouragement — even when times are tough, and they are faced with challenges. The song was a great commercial success for the disco duo and it’s one of those songs that has been remixed over the years, but is still just as great to hear on repeat in any decade.
“You’re All I Need to Get By” – from Marvin Gaye (1971)
Originally recorded in 1967, this great love song speaks to those that have found the one person who they want to live with for all of eternity. This is a great anthem for anyone looking for someone to share their life with.
“Killing Me Softly” – written by Roberta Flack and sung by herself (1973)
This haunting song has been remade over the years, but the soft vocals of Roberta Flack bring a relaxed but guarded feeling to the poetry of love. It’s that feeling of vulnerability that can only happen when you give your whole being to a relationship.
“Always and Forever” – written by Rod Temperton and sung by Heatwave(1975)
This great love song is about being together forever with a person that you can’t live without. There are many times in life when we feel like the world is against us and there is no one we can count on, but this great love song reminds us to cherish every moment with our partner.
“Emotion” – written by Michael Sembello and sung by Samantha Sang (1976)
Some great love songs are about just being in the moment, without any thoughts of tomorrow or yesterday. This one’s all about feeling great emotion for someone you care deeply for right now, with no worries about what might happen tomorrow.
“Babe” – written and sung by Styx (1977)
“Babe” is a great love song because it reminds us of the good times that we share with someone. It’s about being in love, but not just any type of love – this great love song reminds us to find our “true partner.” And even if things aren’t perfect right now, we know that with our partner by our side we’ll be great.
“I Think I Love You” – written and sung by The Partridge Family (1970)
This great love song is all about being in this incredible, dizzying state of infatuation. It’s a great one because it reminds us that we shouldn’t be too proud to admit when something feels good or right – even if it does make you feel vulnerable at first. Love is great, and this song makes us want to share it with someone.
(Like Love Songs of the 70s? Then you might like our article on 50s Love Songs, click here.)
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