The History of Love Songs

Paige Thetford

"We were both young when I first saw you."

-Taylor Swift
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"And the greatest of these is love"

-1st Corinthians 13:13
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"Crazy little thing Called Love"

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"Even the love we imagine ourselves still beckons within who we are."


"The total beauty of the ocean cannot be understood until it is seen. It is the same with love"

-Billy Graham
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Love Songs

The following songs reflect relational love over the course of American History
The Girl I Left Behind Me

The Girl I left Behind Me

This Pre-Civil War marching song shows how soldiers would often use love songs to suppress the torment of war.
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up [Official Music Video]

I Wont Give Up

Sung by Jason Mraz, this song shows how love is a very persistent emotion that often calls us to push through the troubles of a relationship and get back to a state of stability, no matter the cost.
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

Brown Eyed Girl

Made famous in the late sixties and early seventies, Brown Eyed Girl captured the reminisce of love and how we often fantasize a relationship to cope with the pain of a heart break.
Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman (Live)

When a Man Loves A Woman

Percy Sledge calls to the desperation of love and in his song paints the very common image of one giving themselves totally over to another in a relationship.
Playing For Change - Stand By Me

Stand By Me

Written in 1961, this song depicts the nurturing and brotherly nature of love and how support and comfort are the key to any successful relationship.
97th Regimental String Band - Aura Lee (Civil War Music)
Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender (1956)

Love Me Tender

Taking the melody from the 1860's "Aura Lee", Love Me Tender was performed and sung by Elvis Presley in 1956.