(In no particular order and entirely my opinion; subject to change)
“Pale Blue Eyes” by The Velvet Underground
A very beautiful acoustic song about Lou Reed’s former lover, who despite her marriage they still both have feelings for each other but cannot express them openly.
“Hey Mama” by Ye
“Hey Mama” is much more of a familiar love ballad that Ye dedicated to his now late mother Donda West, who constantly supported him throughout his career until her death and raised him as a single mother.
“Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin
Aretha’s vocals here are, as always, beautiful but somehow even more operatic; and the universal lyrics are about breaking down defensive boundaries within a relationship to get closer to each other.
“I Will” by Mitski
“I Will” represents the more simple everyday domestic pleasures of being with your lover, along with staying devoted even through tough times.
“Me and Your Mama” by Childish Gambino
The psychedelic soulful rock here is something truly special, and Gambino’s screamed vocals at his utter devotion to his woman only serve to amplify the song as a whole.
“Ivy” by Frank Ocean
“Ivy,” in my opinion, is Frank’s best song — an amazing somber guitar riff combined with Frank’s perfect vocals with a higher pitch in some parts, that talks about young love and maturing up to having that love be broken apart but with the feelings still remaining.
“Love” by Kid Cudi
“Love” is one of those songs for continuing on. Even if you struggle with finding love, you will still find it and never give up your pursuit, as everyone gets lonely. The lyrics, combined with the uplifting guitar and almost lullaby-ish intro, serve to make for some of Cudi’s best work.
“Nothing Even Matters” by Lauryn Hill, feat. D’Angelo
Lauryn Hill delivers a beautiful, soulful vocalization on the uniqueness of love over anything else. D’Angelo’s verses only serve to amplify the idea of love over material possessions and that they essentially need nothing more than love.
“Apocalypse” by Cigarettes After Sex
“Apocalypse” contains the themes about past relationships and their effect on current ones, with Greg Gonzalzes’ dreamy vocals and soundscapes urging his lover to continue on with him even if it ends the same as the past.
“Soreha Tadano Kibunsa” (English Translation: “It’s Just A Feeling”) by Fishmans
This soft, psychedelic J-rock ballad is purely soothing to the ears with the very mature theme of loving and listening to your partner even when they’re not at their best being surrounded by sadness and both physically and mentally exhausted.