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16. Snow Patrol, "Chasing Cars" (2006)
With a good love, everything else in life can seem better. With a great love, nothing else even matters. The Beatles may have said it with "All You Need Is Love," but "Chasing Cars" nails the desire for the other person to feel the same way. It's bursting with hope and potential. — Garrett Carey
Listen: Snow Patrol, "Chasing Cars"
15. Iron & Wine, "Naked As We Came" (2004)
Either ghoulish or profound, "Naked As We Came" is a promise to whoever in a couple dies first to "spread our ashes round the yard" — a pledge of ultimate devotion, presented in quiet, almost domestic terms. Weirdly moving, it's a love song that also manages to cover life, death, and everything in between. — P.S.
Listen: Iron & Wine, "Naked As We Came"
14. Jay-Z, "'03 Bonnie and Clyde" (2002)
To hear Jay-Z, the man who once rapped, "Me, give my heart to a woman?/ Not for nothing, never happening/ I'll be forever mackin'," talk about how much he needs his girlfriend is heart-warming. (I'm a sucker for a bad-boy-gone-good story.) And as a bonus, Kanye West's production is impeccable, and Jay-Z's chemistry with Beyonce floods the track. Given his ridiculous level of fame, it's very sweet to hear that his relationship with B isn't just about "Timbs, aviator lens, 600 drops and Mercedes Benzes" but also about the times when they silently watch Sex and the City together. — C.M.
Listen: Jay-Z, "'03 Bonnie and Clyde"
13. Sufjan Stevens, "Rake" (2000)
While it's open to interpretation, I think "Rake" is about the security you can find in another person. Sufjan's strange lyrics convey the need for someone you don't have to front for — someone you can take solace with when the outside world becomes too much. While "the rock" invokes stability, the titular "rake" can be that which removes you from a bad situation. — Carlos Cabrera
Listen: Sufjan Stevens, "Rake"
12. Common, "The Light" (2000)
Let's be clear: Common is not the type to walk around with matchin' shirts. But he will be by your side, be the one to make you the happiest, and, most importantly, he won't call you his bitch. That's true love. —K.H.
Listen: Common, "The Light"
11. The Swell Season, "In These Arms" (2009)
Basically every song by The Swell Season is sincere, granted, but "In These Arms" must be the apex. Saying you were born to hold someone in your arms can easily skew cheesy, but Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's earnest suggestion feels like the genuine article. — K.H.
Listen: The Swell Season, "In These Arms"
10. Norah Jones, "Come Away With Me" (2002)
Now that it's won eight Grammies and sold exactly one bazillion copies, it's hard to remember how anachronistically fresh Come Away With Me sounded in 2002. The smoky, elegant title track turns a simple entreaty into a world unto itself — one you can take someone's hand and escape into. — A.H.
Listen: Norah Jones, "Come Away With Me"
9. Ben Folds, "The Luckiest" (2001)
"The Luckiest" is for all those awkward beta-males who don't quite know how they found love. We won't dare question how, but just appreciate the fact that it's happened. Although it may not seem like a big deal to all the charmers out there, to a man who plays a keytar, it's a big deal. — C.C.
Listen: Ben Folds, "The Luckiest"