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8. Mazzy Star, "Fade Into You" (1994)
Now I know how Extreme felt: putting the wistful beauty of "Fade Into You" into words is almost impossible. The song aches, perfectly translating the dizzy-headed feeling of desire into dreamy folk. My breath catches in my throat every time I hear Hope Sandoval sing, hauntingly distant, "I want to hold the hand inside you." — Colette McIntyre
Listen: Mazzy Star, "Fade Into You"
7. The Magnetic Fields, "The Book of Love" (1999)
The Magnetic Fields are nothing if not frank: "The book of love is long and boring... Some of it is just really dumb." But that candor only makes their earnest tenderness more affecting, when they sing, "I love it when you read to me, and you can read me anything." Bonus points for making reading romantic. — K.H.
Listen: The Magnetic Fields, "The Book of Love"
6. Depeche Mode, "Enjoy the Silence" (1990)
"Enjoy The Silence" could be interpreted as sulky, complaining that words only screw things up in a relationship. But I like to think that it's more about finding someone whose company you can enjoy without needing to chatter. It's like what Mia Wallace says in Pulp Fiction: "That's when you know you've found somebody really special: you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably share silence." — M.H.
Listen: Depeche Mode, "Enjoy the Silence"
5. Aaliyah, "One in a Million"(1996)
Creeping and insistent, "One in a Million" barely sounds like a love song before it breaks into that honeyed, slow-burn chorus. As the layers build and shimmer, you slowly realize you're being pulled into a twisting, turning tidal wave, and you love it. This one was made for slow dances and lingering embraces that turn into long nights. — A.H.
Listen: Aaliyah, "One in a Million"
4. Oasis, "Wonderwall" (1995)
"Wonderwall" manages to join adult anxiety and world-weariness with child-like sweetness, optimism, and faith that your experience is the only one of its kind in the entire world. It's jaded enough to know that life will always be hard, but still hopeful enough to believe that one person can make it all better. — Garrett Carey
Listen: Oasis, "Wonderwall"
3. Goo Goo Dolls, "Iris" (1998)
If you're getting ready to roast us for putting "Iris" on here, stop right now and listen to it. The Goo Goo Dolls may have a deeply stupid name, but goddamn, did they know their way around a melody. There's not an ounce of insincerity that soaring, beautiful chorus. Drop your guard and let this song in. We won't tell anyone. — A.H.
Listen: Goo Goo Dolls, "Iris"
2. The Roots, "You Got Me" (1999)
Erykah Badu's sweet vocal hook weaves in and out of "You Got Me's" backing track, while Black Thought spins a finely-detailed story of love triumphing over all. The band's groove is everything you want in a lover: supportive yet assertive, and, as evidenced by ?uestlove's part at 3:33, agile. — A.H.
Listen: The Roots, "You Got Me"
1. Foo Fighters, "Everlong" (1997)
The Foo Fighters never topped this electrifying promise of eternal devotion. Much of their later discography feels blandly competent, but for at least one song, they were sublime. — P.S.
Listen: Foo Fighters, "Everlong"