51 Best 2020s Love Songs, This Is Modern Love

Love is the strongest emotion known to humankind. It makes people do the most unimaginable things. Since its invention, music has become one of the primary ways to express emotions surrounding love. Whether it be the tumultuous unrequited school crush or the long-term, fairytale-like dreamy type, a good love song connects all of us.

The decade has already produced several iconic love songs from the pandemic to the present. Read on for the best 2020s love songs.


“Love You For A Long Time” by Maggie Rogers

Song Year: 2021

Airy, delicate, and soulful, this Maggie Rogers tune is perfect for spending time with your sweetie or ruminating on your feelings for them. This song discusses a long-term relationship that overcame the speaker like a Western wind.

Rogers says the song is about the love she feels for friends, partners, her band, and fans.

“I Want You To Love Me” by Fiona Apple

Song Year: 2020

Lyrical genius Fiona Apple returned to the scene in 2020 with her critically-acclaimed album Fetch The Bolt Cutters – a bold, raw exploration of current political climates blended with personal anecdotes.

“I Want You To Love Me” evokes a sense of yearning, with the speaker stating they have waited forever for the other person to love them. If you’ve ever pined for a lover, this song is for you.

“Willow” by Taylor Swift

Song Year: 2020

2020 showed the mellow side of Taylor and produced some of her finest material to date. The dialed-down, low-key feel of the album made it work really well.

“Willow” conveys desire, intrigue, and the tumultuous nature of falling in love. The lyrics reference mythological and magical themes, creating a fairytale-like vibe that leaves you swooning.

“Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo

Song Year: 2020

Love songs do not necessarily have to be happy. “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo describes a love she still feels but goes forgotten by the other person. Emotional, powerful, and relatable (who hasn’t had their heart broken?) This song will take you back to summer nights in high school.

“Growing Old With You” by Restless Road

Song Year: 2022

This song may become part of many proposals over the next decade as it details an ideal marriage and partnership. Restless Road explores what marriage looks like with a specific partner and the hopes of making it a reality in this ballad laced with yearning and hopefulness.

“Levitating” by Dua Lipa

Song Year: 2020

Chances are, you’ve heard this song – and it never gets old. The catchy, danceable beat mixed with a unique Alto voice creates a fun and funky love song perfect for a new relationship.

Dua Lipa discusses the powerful effect of a blooming romance, the butterflies and initial sparks you feel when meeting a new potential partner, and living in the moment.

“Heat Waves” by Glass Animals

Song Year: 2020

Rising Summer temps can make us all a little crazy, and this sleeper hit from Glass Animals describes being in love during a heat wave. This song is another not-so-cheerful tune, but the dreamy beats and lucid lyrics that describe the summertime sadness effect are surreal and yearning.

The speaker discusses thinking about their loved ones in June, and how they can no longer make them happy.

“To Die For” by Sam Smith

Song Year: 2020

“To Die For” explores the loneliness we’ve all experienced when we’re single and see couples in our everyday lives.

Sam Smith poetically illustrates that without someone special, life can feel monotonous. The soulful lyrics and his haunting croon describe the desperation but also hope – hope that love isn’t too far away.

“Comfortable” by H.E.R.

Song Year: 2020

H.E.R plays an acoustic guitar in this sensual ballad that is the epitome of the traditional, classic, almost-cheesy love song. It describes the comfort you feel when in the presence of your loved one – how your worries drift away and you feel at home.

This lovey-dovey jam is ideal for snuggle sessions, or post-date soirees.

“Honeymoon Fades” by Sabrina Carpenter

Song Year: 2020

“Honeymoon Fades” will have you thinking about your future with your lover and longing for forever.

A honeymoon phase is a period where a relationship is at its (alleged) best. Carpenter states in her lyrics that you will wish for your relationship to stay the same even after the honeymoon fades.

“Stuck With You” by Ariana Grande ft. Justin Bieber

Song Year: 2020

“Stuck With You” is a pop music dream from Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. The song describes passionate relationships and general loved ones in their lives, including fans and family.

The lyrics suggest that you should love the people in your life regardless of their flaws and imperfections.

“What If I Told You That I Love You” by Ali Gatie

Song Year: 2020

In this catchy track, Ali Gatie addresses an ex-girlfriend, wondering if she misses him as he misses her.

This love song is perfect for overthinkers who constantly doubt the loyalty of their significant other or their feelings – and reassures you that you’re meant to be.

“Chemtrails Over The Country Club” by Lana Del Rey

Song Year: 2020

Known for her crooning, haunting voice and Old Hollywood style, Lana Del Rey debuted “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” in 2020 amid the pandemic. The song describes a summertime love affair, a couple on the run, and lounging by the pool.

This wistful tune is the perfect partner for lazy hot days with your sweetie, sipping tropical drinks, and soaking up the sun.

“World We Created” by Giveon

Song Year: 2020

In “World We Created,” Giveon speaks of wanting to spend more time with his partner and promises to never change like the seasons.

This song suits new and old couples alike, and evokes a feeling of warmth and companionship, an ideal way to kick a romantic evening off – or share with your partner to let them know your feelings.

“That’s What Love Is” by Justin Bieber

Song Year: 2020

Justin Bieber released this lovey-dovey jam to express his love for his wife, Hailey Bieber. The video features clips from their wedding and describes what their love for one another means to him.

If you need a first dance song, this will do the trick. It also works well for stay-at-home dates, proposals, and pretty much anything romantic.

“Bigger Love” by John Legend

Song Year: 2020

Silky-smooth vocals from John Legend and passionate lyrics abound in “Bigger Love”, another quarantine release that states life is not worth living without love.

John Legend wanted to teach humanity the power of love – whether it be romantic, platonic, familial, or just human-to-human.

“Positions” by Ariana Grande

Song Year: 2020

Despite its seemingly racy title, “Positions” is actually about finding the perfect balance between work, life, and romance.

Ariana shows how no matter her position (meaning where she is in her career), she will strive to do anything for her relationship. The lyrics convey an overall message of how relationships can bloom and thrive – even in chaotic times.

“Anyone” by Justin Bieber

Song Year: 2021

The song is another testament to Justin Bieber’s love for Hailey. Playing this for your partner will boost their mood on down days and let them know you support them. Additionally, this is one of the best songs for those looking for a song to dance to at their wedding.

“Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat ft. SZA

Song Year: 2021

“Kiss Me More” is a romantic song you should listen to when relaxing with your partner. It gives you ideas of the various romantic things you can do with your lover. The tune is lighthearted, flirty, and fun, and shows the fairytale side of love we all crave.

“If It Ain’t Me” by Dua Lipa

Song Year: 2021

Hit the dance floor and celebrate your relationship with this Dua Lipa tune! The catchy, danceable lyrics and poppy music make perfect accompaniments to a night out with your sweetie.

“Shouldn’t Matter but It Does” by John Mayer

Song Year: 2021

John Mayer has some of the most well-known love songs of the past few decades (remember “Your Body Is A Wonderland?). “Shouldn’t Matter but It Does” is a relatable song for those that might need some separation from their partner, but still genuinely love them.

The central message is that people should look back at their relationships and identify the things they should have done differently – and how to move forward.

“Death Do Us Part” by Nick Jonas

Song Year: 2021

Most people may not take wedding vows literally, but Nick Jonas does in “Death Do Us Part”. The song illustrates the feeling of unconditional love and how his feelings will continue, even in death.

The song also sparks hope in listeners. If you have not found your soulmate yet, they’re out there!

“Follow You” by Imagine Dragons

Song Year: 2021

“Follow You” is about following someone wherever they go and fighting for a relationship. The lyrics encourage you to persevere through difficult challenges, support one another, and never give up on your partner.

If you want to show your lover that you care, this song is an excellent way to reveal your true feelings.

“Talk About Love” by Zara Larsson

Song Year: 2021

Labels aren’t for everyone, and this song proves that you can love someone without nominating them as your boyfriend, girlfriend, or something more. Instead, it describes that love can happen by living in the moment and enjoying what you have.

The song suggests that living in the present is the best way to create long-lasting and impactful memories with your lover.

“My Universe” by Coldplay ft. BTS

“My Universe” by Coldplay ft. BTS

Song Year: 2021

Coldplay released several legendary love songs in the 90s and 2000s, and introduced a new era with “My Universe”. With K-pop powerhouse BTS sharing the vocals, Coldplay depicts the vibrant undertones of love and how the relationship feels otherworldly.

Dedicating this song to your partner on your anniversary is a surefire way to make them fall for you even harder.

“Vibez” by Zayn

Song Year: 2021

Soulful and sultry “Vibez” from Zayn Malik shows the vulnerable side of love, with the speaker experiencing self-doubt and wondering if the other person likes them.

This tune is great for expressing your feelings to a prospective partner. It lets your lover know that you like their vibe and want to continue the relationship.

“Line By Line” by JP Saxe and Maren Morris

Song Year: 2021

Nothing could be more romantic than a song that starts with some smooth guitar beats. “Line By Line” gives you the ultimate swoon-worthy experience.

If you’re in a long-distance relationship, this song will speak to you particularly. Emotional lyrics over tranquil guitars make the perfect recipe for late-night listening.

“When You’re Home” by Tyler Shaw

Song Year: 2021

“When You’re Home” demonstrates the importance of staying at home and spending time with your lover. If you enjoy cozy nights with your partner, watching movies, and snuggling, this song is for you.

The song shows that you can stay at home and have a fantastic time with your partner. You do not need an expensive date to make memories provided you love each other.

“Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” By Lil Nas X

Song Year: 2021

Lil Nas X is a staunch supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, and the song is a testament that everyone, regardless of orientation or identity, deserves love.

And, much like Lil Nas X himself, the video and lyrics of the song are larger-than-life and avant-garde, ideal for lovers with a unique style or who appreciate grandiosity. Bold, vibrant, and never boring, “Montero” is a must-have on every love song playlist.

“Walk Through the Fire” by Yung Bleu (featuring Ne-Yo)

Song Year: 2022

Walking through fire might seem intense, but isn’t that how love goes? This soul-wrenching walk through a relationship is heartbreaking and embraces the ups and downs of falling in love and losing someone you still want.

“Sun and Moon” by Anees

Song Year: 2022

Anees sings about being in love and the emotional roller coaster that comes with it. From intense confidence to frightening vulnerability, the artists muses about his ideal love interest.

“Calm Down” by Rema

Song Year: 2022

Everything about this song speaks to the deepest levels of adoration as Rema tries to soothe a woman he loves. It’s an upbeat, uplifting song about guiding a loved one through a rough patch and reinforcing your affection.

“Marry Me” by Jennifer Lopez, Maluma

Song Year: 2022

This love ballad features Latin and Reggae influences as it ripples through the range of emotions you would expect with a newly engaged couple. It’s the title track for J-Lo’s movie with Owen Wilson and represents the intense emotions tied to committing yourself to another person, body and soul.

“Love Me More” by Mitski

Song Year: 2022

Mitski’s song is all about desire at every level and how it impacts everything you do, including your art. It’s a catchy tune with surprisingly intense vocals.

“Love Is a Cowboy” by Kelsea Ballerini

Song Year: 2022

Tender and beautiful with a touch of cautiousness color this Kelsea Ballerini tribute to falling in love. It’s a glimpse into the excitement and fear that come with meeting somebody new and opening your heart to them.

“Don’t It Feel Good” by Mt. Joy

Song Year: 2022

Mt. Joy reflects on the feelings you get when it’s time to travel home after a long stretch away and the bliss you feel at returning to loved ones. It’s a glorious break from traditional love songs with notable road-tripping vibes and throaty vocals.

“Late Night Talking” by Harry Styles

Song Year: 2022

Harry Styles scores again with this ultra-catchy tune about falling for somebody new and those first weeks that leave you begging for more. This song encourages late night talks to get to know each other better and revels in those days when you want to learn anything and everything about your new love interest.

“Every Side of You” by Vance Joy

Song Year: 2022

Vance Joy is one of the love song masters with several moving tributes to different aspects of relationships. This song is an ode to human connections and the beauty of connecting so deeply with another soul. The Aussie celebrates romantic relationships and the way every side of your loved one seems perfect when you have such a deep connection.

“Crazy What Love Can Do” by David Guetta, Becky Hill, Ella Henderson

Song Year: 2022

Being surprised by love and the intense emotions that come with it isn’t new, but this collaboration might make you think it is. David Guetta, Becky Hill, and Ella Henderson capture the unexpected thrill in this upbeat tale of love reviving a person’s spirit and igniting their soul in ways they never thought possible.

“Silent Love” by James Bay

Song Year: 2022

Few people sing about unspoken love as well as James Bay, and this particular song may be his best attempt. It’s not even about unrequited love, it’s about never telling somebody that they are the center of your universe and still loving them with every fiber of your being. 

“When You Call” by Jamie Sloan

Song Year: 2022

Jamie Sloan explores unconditional love and support in this ballad about telling somebody you will always have their back. The chorus drives home the point that he’ll guide his love through any darkness and always answer when they call. This acoustic song features some a capella parts that highlight’s Sloan’s intense emotions.

“My Love” by Florence + The Machine

Song Year: 2022

Like many Florence + The Machine songs, this one represents many types of love and commitment. Florence Welch crafted it as a sorrowful poem to highlight her love of her craft and the pain of having writer’s block. Assistance from a favorite collaborator, Dave Bayley, transformed a bittersweet poem into something with more layers and depth. The result is a catchy, upbeat song with stellar imagery and raw emotion.

“Sunroof” by Nicky Youre, Dazy

Song Year: 2022

Nicky Youre explores new love and captures the excitement and freshness in a light, uptempo beat. It’s fun and refreshing for new love at all ages of life because it some classic elements and weaves them with modern sounds. This pop homage to love is sure to echo the thrill of a relationship’s early days when everything looks shiny and bright and feels like sunshine and rainbows.

“I Like You (A Happier Song)” by Post Malone featuring Doja Cat

Song Year: 2022

Post Malone and Doja Cat examine a different kind of love that every human needs, the platonic connection between opposite-sex friends. It’s a different kind of love story set against a fun beat and catchy chorus that you won’t be able to shake for days.

“Light Of Love” by Florence + The Machine

Song Year: 2020

Although this Florence Welch tune is more of a self-love song, it still counts, right?

“Light Of Love” describes loving yourself enough to avoid falling behind or isolating yourself from loved ones or opportunities. She released the song in 2020, and people connected to the message of how you do not have to go through hardships alone – in this song, she mentions her sister guiding her through the dark.

“Camouflage” by The Front Bottoms

Song Year: 2020

The Front Bottoms have a distinct, almost speech-like sound, and Camouflage is no exception. This surprisingly sweet-yet-bitter love song is about changes you involuntarily make during a relationship. The speaker says he thinks about kissing his partner whenever he’s away – evoking a sense of longing and desire.

“Oh My My” by Blue October

Song Year: 2020

If you’re a sucker for bad boys (or bad girls), check out “Oh My My”. Written about the speaker falling for a blue-haired, edgy girl, the singer is intoxicated by her mysterious nature and cannot help but love her. This song is about the inability to choose who we love – and the caution associated with falling for a stranger.

“Before You Gotta Go” by Courtney Barnett

Song Year: 2021

Another singer with a nearly-speaking singing style, Courtney Barnett, is one of the best alternative songwriters of the past 2 decades. This kitschy hit describes letting someone know that they’re always on your mind – if you don’t, you never know what can happen tomorrow.

It also discusses remedying a conflict and that they both said things they didn’t mean, but their love is still there.

“Hold My Hand” by Lady Gaga

Song Year: 2022

“Top Gun: Maverick” blasted onto the big screen in summer 2022 with a thrilling new song by Lady Gaga that delivers on all of the emotions you need to feel. It flawless embraced the turmoil and passion that the title character experienced in the original and long-awaited sequel.

“Carolina” by Taylor Swift

Song Year: 2022

Taylor Swift is at it again with the theme song for the new breakout film, “Where the Crawdads Sing.” It’s a haunting ballad that highlights the film’s intrigue while underscoring the ill-fated love story and heroine’s plight.

“Love Brand New” by Bob Moses

Song Year: 2022

What’s better than a fun, edgy alternative tune about falling in love? Bob Moses delivers a surprisingly unique take on the traditional love ballad with subtle shifts from upbeat to sweet flowing bridges.

Top Love Songs Of The 2020s, Final Thoughts

The 2020s have been excellent for love songs. Artists continually share their deepest feelings – and during some hard times, some of the finest love songs of the 2020s have emerged.

Many artists have also experimented with diverse styles, ensuing in a rich mix of love songs. Choose one or more tunes from the list we prepared and let their deep lyrics sweep you away.

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