Motown Love Songs Ranked from Worst to Best
In honor of Valentine's Day, a look at the most romance-obsessed music there is.
By Libby Rumelt
In 1960, Motown Records was founded in Detroit, and in years since, it's brought us some of the best love songs ever written. Also, some of the cheesiest. We decided to let you know which is which. All of the following songs were Billboard Number One hits and all of them have the word "Love" in the title. Some of them are amazing.
27. "All This Love" — DeBarge (1983)
This song topped the chart for Adult Contemporary. If you listen, I think you'll understand why.
Listen: "All This Love"
26. "Two Lovers" — Mary Wells (1962)
Controversial content couldn't save this song. Mary turned out to be much more interesting singing about boring old monogamy. (See "My Guy.")
Listen: "Two Lovers"
25. "Love Will Conquer All" — Lionel Richie (1986)
This song is smooth. Like the worst butter you've ever tasted.
Listen: "Love Will Conquer All"
24. "I Love Your Smile" — Shanice (1991)
This if the best elevator music anyone has ever heard. Which says very little.
Listen: "I Love Your Smile"
23. "Send One Your Love" — Stevie Wonder (1979)
I don't have anything against this song. It's just very, very dull. Next!
Listen: "Send One Your Love"
22. "Love Machine (Part 1)" — The Miracles (1976)
This song is both hooky and mind-numbing.
Listen: "Love Machine (Part 1)"
21. "Stoned Love" — Diana Ross & The Supremes (1970)
I've always considered this song The Supremes' attempt at capitalizing on a lifestyle they never really experienced. It's catchy, but somehow fake, which makes me feel weird.
Listen: "Stoned Love"
20. "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)" — The Temptations (1968)
This song would be great if it had been done by a lesser band, but we all know The Temptations can do better, so this is stuck back here at number twenty.
Listen: "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)"
19. "I Just Called To Say I Love You" — Stevie Wonder (1984)
Between the corny holiday references and the drum machine, Stevie seriously dropped the ball on this one.
Listen: "I Just Called To Say I Love You"