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8. Stevie Wonder, "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" (1973)
Stevie's voice isn't even the first you hear on this track, and his delayed entry sees him descend into the song like the supreme arbiter of all things romantic. As his voice soars above the sweetly layered backing vocals, you start to think that's a role he was born to play. — A.H.
Listen: Stevie Wonder, "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"
7. Peter Frampton, "Baby I Love Your Way" (1975)
Covered by everyone from Dinosaur Jr, to Gary Glitter, "Baby I Love Your Way" is a standard — and with good reason. The song moves like some beautiful '70s dream, warm and embracing. When Peter Frampton wants to tell you that he loves your way, every way... you let him. — Colette McIntyre
Listen: Peter Frampton, "Baby I Love Your Way"
6. Bill Withers, "Lovely Day" (1977)
A testament to the way love can elevate your entire day for you — or give you near-superhuman powers, as evidenced by Withers' eighteen-second note from 3:05 on. — Alex Heigl
Listen: Bill Withers, "Lovely Day"
5. Rolling Stones, "Wild Horses" (1971)
It was rare during their peak years for the Rolling Stones to get sentimental, but when they did, the results were often surprisingly affecting. The tenderest song in a canon full of strutting cocksmanship and borderline misogyny, "Wild Horses" comes as even more of a surprise on an album emblazoned with a protruding boner. — Jesse Cataldo, of Slant Magazine
Listen: Rolling Stones, "Wild Horses"
4. Eric Clapton, "Wonderful Tonight" (1977)
"Wonderful Tonight" reminds me that love is about another seeing the absolute best in you. Beyond just the lyrics, the sweet legato notes make it hard not to sway my head and wish that Clapton was singing this tune to me. — Lydia Simmons, of Sunset in the Rearview
Listen: Eric Clapton, "Wonderful Tonight"
3. Al Green, "Let's Stay Together" (1971)
Is there any better intro to a song in all of soul music? Those Willie Mitchell-produced strings, punctuating horns, and seductive whispers that make up the first ten seconds of "Let's Stay Together" perfectly set the table (or is it the bed?) for what evolves into not only the definitive Al Green song but one of the sexiest love songs of all time. — Dan Wilcox, of KCRW
Listen: Al Green, "Let's Stay Together"
2. Paul McCartney, "Maybe I'm Amazed" (1970)
Maybe it's the touches of organ, maybe it's McCartney's vocal journey from sweet choirboy to raucous holler, maybe it's the line "you're the only woman who could ever help me," or maybe I'm just a softie. Either way, "Maybe I'm Amazed" consistently makes me swoon. — C.M.
Listen: Paul McCartney, "Maybe I'm Amazed"
1. Roberta Flack, "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (1972)
Roberta Flack's gorgeous, intimate take on the Ewan MacColl folk ballad became a hit in 1972 and won a Grammy for Record of The Year. Flack's vocals are nothing less than spectacular, floating like pure bliss over an equally powerful musical arrangement featuring jazz legend Ron Carter, guitarist John Pizzarelli, and Flack on piano. It's as close to a perfect love song you can get; good for the bedroom, the wedding dance, and the ultimate love-song mixtape. — Bruce Warren, of WXPN
Listen: Roberta Flack, "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"