13 of the best love songs of the 1990s, from Celine Dion to Simply Red

12 January 2018, 16:56

1990s love songs

The 1990s was the decade of Britpop and Britney Spears, but it was also 10 years of fantastic love songs.

We'd even go as far as saying that the 1990s are somewhat overlooked compared to previous decades when it comes to romantic classics, so here is a list of some of our favourites from the decade, in no particular order:

1. Aerosmith - 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing'

No-one saw this one coming, a sudden Top 5 hit from stadium veteran rockers Aerosmith. The power ballad featured in frontman Steven Tyler's daughter Liv Tyler's latest movie Armageddon, and it remains their all-time biggest hit in the UK.

2. Bryan Adams - 'Everything I Do (I Do it for You)'

You can't argue with 16 weeks at number one, which is still the record the consecutive weeks at the top to this day. People may have got sick of this power ballad at the time, but it perfectly summed up the kind of love songs we loved back in the early 1990s.

3. Celine Dion - 'Think Twice'

This song's co-writer Andy Hill was known for his association with Bucks Fizz, while Peter Sinfield was a former member of the rock group King Crimson, which is quite the combination.

Released in late 1994, it was in the UK top 40 for 12 weeks before finally reaching number one, and then staying there for seven weeks, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. Underrated.

4. Elton John - 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight'

Written by Elton and Tim Rice, this ballad won the Oscar for Best Song of 1994, and earned Elton a Grammy Award, after its use in Disney's The Lion King. Sure, it may have been written for a couple of lions, but that doesn't stop it being romantic to humans across the land.

5. Extreme - 'More than Words'

Usually known for their funk metal style, Extreme totally changed tack with this 1990 single. The acoustic ballad was later described by the band as "a blessing and a curse" due to its unexpected huge success, but they still embrace it to this day at live shows.

6. Robbie Williams - 'She's the One'

World Party first released this song in 1997, before Robbie released his cover version two years later. It went on to become his second UK number one single, and won him two Brit Awards.

7. Savage Garden - 'Truly Madly Deeply'

This classic ballad is actually a reworking of a song called 'Magical Kisses' that Savage Garden wrote together long before they began on their debut album.

It was a huge success, and topped the charts in their native Australia and in the US, and hit number four in the UK.

8. Seal - 'Kiss from a Rose'

Seal first wrote this amazing power ballad back in 1987, but would you believe it, he felt "embarrassed by it" and "threw the tape in the corner".

It wasn't until producer Trevor Horn brought it back for his 1994 album Seal II. A year later, it was included on the Batman Forever soundtrack and it became the biggest hit of his career. 

9. Simply Red - 'Stars'

This upbeat feel good anthem helped its album of the same name to become the best-selling of both 1991 and 1992, which is an incredible feat. Amazingly, it didn't reach the top 40 in America at the time.

10. Shania Twain - 'You're Still the One'

This song was co-written by Shania and her former husband, Mutt Lange. Although she was well-known among country fans at the time, this was the song that helped her become an international superstar.

11. Take That - 'Back for Good'

Like many Take That songs, this ballad was written by Gary Barlow, who also took on lead vocals on the song. He has claimed that he wrote it in just 15 minutes - impressive! 

To avoid his boyband roots, Robbie often performed a rocky version of the song in the style of the Sex Pistols, and included it as a B-side on his single 'Angels' in 1997. He later performed this version with Mark Owen in 2003, and eventually performed it with the rest of Take That in 2016.

12. Toni Braxton - 'Un-Break My Heart'

Singer Toni Braxton initially didn't like this song at all, but producer LA Reid convinced her to record it. It was a stroke of genius, as it became a massive hit worldwide.

When US charts Billboard celebrated 40 years in 1998, the song was declared as the most successful by a solo artist ever.