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10 Stone Cold Love Song Bangers

Love songs can be tricky - too slushy? Too cheesy? - but we know from experience that when they hit the spot the room can absolutely go off!

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When we set up Wedding Jam, it was partly a response to having attended too many weddings where the music felt phoned-in. The same old songs, the same old...well, cheese. We wanted to provide lovingly-curated wedding soundtracks for music lovers, by music lovers - but that's not to say there's even an ounce of 'too cool for school' snobbery about what we do, or that we don't embrace songs that, on the face of it, could all too easily be dismissed as cheesy love songs.

We've selected 10 stone cold love song bangers for your delectation - songs you may have considered too lyrically schmaltzy, or forgotten about, but are in fact 100% surefire dancefloor winners and damn fine tunes. Songs that burst with love and good vibes, and have everyone in the room arms-aloft and having the time of their lives!

The Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything

The quintessential song in this vein, we reckon. Line after line of gushing, unadulterated declarations of love. It's a fine line, right?! Well, Liverpool's The Real Thing nailed it - finding that sweet spot where it somehow transcends the music and the lyrics, into a vibe, a feeling that stays with you. An amazing track that unites the entire room every time we play it.

The Spinners - Working My Way Back to You

For our money, The Spinners fly under the radar a little. Churning out a string of hits in the 70s, including the fabulous 'Could It Be I'm Falling in Love' and 'It's a Shame', they too tapped into that feelgood pop soul thing - soaring songs of love, that if not expertly executed could wind up sounding corny. Hugely infectious, 'Working My Way Back to You' has a slightly different lyrical theme - a man vowing to win back the love of his life - but it is no less exuberant. Banger!

Harold Melvin & The Blues Notes (feat Teddy Prendergrass) - Don't Leave Me This Way

'I can't survive, I can't stay alive...without your love...' - yep, it's full on! And what a tune too. Subsequently a hit twice over via covers by Thelma Houston and also The Communards, this soul classic has endured for years and remains a guaranteed dancefloor stonker.

Barry White - You're The First, The Last, My Everything

Another flat out celebration of irreplaceable love and desire, and who better to deliver it than 'The Walrus of Love' himself! Driven along by an insistent and irresistible bassline, while the strings swirl all around, this is another in which you can totally lose yourself on the dancefloor.

Madness - It Must Be Love

Originally written and recorded by Labbi Siffre, in the UK at least it is Madness' majestic cover version that is most well-known. It's a kind of uniquely British and goofy take on expressions of love, like a dopey dog pining after its owner. Nothing more, nothing less, love is the best.

Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It for the Boy

This supercharged 80s pop-soul rammer originally featured on the 'Footloose' soundtrack, with the protagonist gleefully celebrating her man, despite his foibles: 'My baby, he don't talk sweet / He ain't got much to say / But he loves me, loves me, loves me'. It's that little quirk that makes it so relatable - he may not be perfect, but she loves him to death regardless.

Luther Vandross - Never Too Much

This was Luther Vandross' debut song, his debut single from his debut album - and written, produced and performed by the man himself. Imagine flying out of the gate like that! What a start to a career, and what a track. Full of killer lines of love, like 'a million days in your arms is never too much', this absolute bop is a floorfiller supreme, bursting at the seams with unbridled love!

Ashford & Simpson - Solid

Husband and wife duo Ashford & Simpson bestowed this loved up gem upon us in 1984, celebrating how they made their love stronger through all the challenges they faced together. It's a different take on love, but every bit as important as the gooey stuff. A slower jam than others on this list, it's still danceable, especially as the song climbs into the irresistible chorus. The thrill is still hot, hot, hot, hot, hot, hot, hot, hot!

Hues Corporation - Rock the Boat

A member of Hues Corporation once described this song as "a song that you could do anything to - you could cuddle or you could get crazy if you wanted to", and ain't that the truth. The earliest song on this list (1973), it was a smash in the NYC underground scene, especially in the burgeoning gay clubs at the time. A metaphor about a relationship as an ocean voyage - 'Our love is like a ship on the ocean / We’ve been sailing with a cargo full of love and devotion' - it's easy to see why this was a trailblazing early disco hit.

Rex Orange County - Loving Is Easy

Slowing it down a touch with something a little more modern, by way of Rex Orange County's simple and effortless celebration of love from 2017. Written when he was just 19 - and clearly loved up - it reflects his youth and naivety, and glides along with an easy, bright, and timeless feel. 'Yeah, loving is easy / When everything's perfect / Please don't change a single little thing for me'. Well said that man!

And to finish off, here they all are in a handy little Spotify playlist. The sweetest songs that they could sing, oh baby!

The best night of your life deserves the perfect soundtrack.