Editors' Notes The ‘10s have proven that no matter the genre, love songs are universal. Balladeers like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Adele opened up their hearts, pairing vulnerable vocals with honest lyrics about undying devotion and never-ending heartbreak. Pop supernovas Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen, meanwhile, paired proclamations of love with uptempo beats revealing inner joy. Beyoncé and Miguel heated up romantic rallying cries with smouldering soul, Luke Bryan's and Blake Shelton's country offerings emphasised the “heart” in heartland music, and singer/songwriters like Sufjan Stevens and Lorde channelled intense emotions into meticulously crafted songs.

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