Being in love is totally wild. Sometimes it feels like the only thing that can match that heightened feeling is a pounding pop song or a swoony ballad. Think the Jonas Brothers confessing they’re “suckers” or Miley Cyrus wondering why someone keeps coming back for more. If that’s where you’re at, here’s a list of the best love songs 2019 has given us so far.


“Love Yourself” by Sufjan Stevens

For Pride, Sufjan Stevens released two new songs, one of which was this gentle electro ballad. Yes, the song is about self-love, but the request is coming from someone who wants that for you, because they love you, too: “Love, can you love yourself?” —Estelle Tang



“The Most” by Miley Cyrus

Many fans suspect this country-tinged ballad from Cyrus’s She Is Coming EP is about her husband Liam Hemsworth. But even if it’s not, it’s an honest look at acting badly towards the person who loves you—that’s right—the most. —Estelle Tang



“Now That I Found You” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Crush queen Carly Rae Jepsen dropped 15-track album Dedicated this year; it’s full of her signature lovestruck melodies and heartbreak bops. One of its lead singles was this paean to how a new paramour makes her feel, and it’s as light and giddy as infatuation itself. —Estelle Tang



“Cuz I Love You” by Lizzo

Lizzo’s blown away by big love, and her voice will do the same to you. The big-band vibe might sound traditional, and the feelings universal, but the lyrics are all Lizzo: “Never been in love before / What the fuck are fucking feelings, yo?” Indeed. —Estelle Tang



“Sucker” by Jonas Brothers

“I’m a sucker for you,” croons Nick Jonas. Gosh, I wonder who that’s about? Just kidding, no guessing necessary—the lush, cheeky video stars his lady, Priyanka Chopra, as well as his sisters-in-law Sophie Turner and Danielle Jonas. Brothers that swoon together stay together! Or something. —Estelle Tang



“I Told You Everything” by Sharon Van Etten

How to capture the first bloom of trust and fellow feeling? With an understated description of a simple conversation between two people, the grand reveal and the tiny gestures: holding hands and knees that touch. —Estelle Tang



“Burning” by Maggie Rogers

Imagine the scene in a rom-com where the heroine bursts out of a door into blazing sunlight. The natural soundtrack would be Maggie Rogers’s “Burning,” which spills over with the highs of having found the one. She even said it herself at a concert last year: “I’m super, super, super in love, and I want everybody to know that’s what this song is about.” Message received! —Estelle Tang



“Hurry on Home” by Sleater-Kinney

Riot grrrl originals Sleater-Kinney recruited pals St. Vincent (for production) and Miranda July (for the lyric video) to help with this jagged little confession. “You know I’m unfuckable, unlovable, unlistenable, unwatchable,” yelps Carrie Brownstein, urging that person to come back on home again anyway. Now that’s love. —Estelle Tang


“You” by Snoh Aalegra

I’m usually very possessive when I find a new artist I like, but I’d be doing myself and the world a disservice by not sharing the heavenly, angelic voice of Snoh Aalegra. “You” is an open letter to her lover, one she knows she shouldn’t be with—and her family and friends agree. But despite her naysayers, she just simply cannot live without them. —Nerisha Penrose



“Steady Love” by India Arie

Oh, to be in love, steady love, has got to be a beautiful feeling. India Arie describes this exact sensation on “Steady Love,” where she admits that she never thought about becoming a wife until she met the man of her dreams. “He’s not afraid of his feelings, he’s not a slave to his pride,” she sings over a sparse melody and soft finger snaps. I wonder if she prayed the same prayer as Ciara? —Nerisha Penrose



“Love You Too Much” by Lucky Daye

Somebody hurt my guy Lucky Daye really bad and “Love You Too Much” is the aftermath. Stuck on a past lover, Lucky is trying his hardest to move on by entering the dating world again, but he’s “been gettin’ nothing at all.” Whoever hurt him broke his trust and he fears that the pain from his last relationship will carry over to his new one. Relatable! —Nerisha Penrose



“Cellophane” by FKA Twigs

There’s a vulnerability that comes with falling in love, and this feeling is perfectly captured by FKA Twigs’ “Cellophane.” Paired with a stunning video that highlights the highs and lows of passion and sees the singer climbing to the heavens and falling from the clouds in the blink of an eye, this song is sure to have you in your feelings. —Starr Bowenbank



“Shea Butter Baby” by Ari Lennox and J. Cole

Okay, so “Shea Butter Baby” might be more about sex than it is about love, but the two are often intertwined. Lennox captivates her lover with the ebb and flow of her hips and teases the idea of making love in a moonlit alleyway—the perfect mix of sexy and scandalous. —Starr Bowenbank



“End of the Earth” by Marina

“End of the Earth” is the cosmic love song you never knew you needed. Detailing a love so deep and so wide that it transcends the borders of our planet, this synth-filled slow burner will play back in your mind every moment someone takes your breath away. —Starr Bowenbank


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