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A selection of the best love songs from the 1980s, including Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder.
One of Richie’s greatest ‘80s hits. ‘Hello’ reached number one on three Billboard music charts and it also went to number one in the UK Singles Chart.
One of Wonder's most commercially successful singles, I Just Called To Say I Love You featured in the 1984 comedy The Woman in Red and also became Wonder's only solo UK number-one success. It became Motown Records' biggest-selling single in the UK and won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Saving All My Love For You earned Houston her first Grammy Award, in the category Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It went to number one in the UK and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide to date.
‘True’ was a massive worldwide hit, peaking at number one in the UK and becoming the sixth biggest selling single of the year. It is consdiered Spandau Ballet's biggest hit.
Taken from Turner’s album, Private Dancer What's Love Got to Do With It is her most successful single.
One of many Vandross songs with beautiful lyrics, such as "I'll follow you to the moon and the stars above".
Famous producer Quincy Jones wanted to give the song to Michael Jackson. Khan got there first and it has become one of her signature songs.
Against All Odds performed better in America, reaching number one against the UK’s number two spot. It did, of course, feature in the film of the same name and also won Collins a Grammy and Oscar nomination.
The ultimate power-ballad. Featured in An Officer And A Gentleman, the film’s producer Don Simpson wanted to cut this, but he didn't and it won an Oscar.
Written by Richie, ‘Endless Love’ is considered one of the greatest duet songs of all time.
‘Careless Whisper’ was George Michael's first solo single although he was still performing in Wham! at the time. The song was a huge success, reaching number one in nearly 25 countries and selling approximately six million copies worldwide.