Love Songs Essentials
To quote Paul McCartney, some people want to fill the world with silly love songs, and what’s wrong with that? Few experiences are more universal, not to mention more reliably dramatic. But great love songs also give us the chance to explore complex feelings in small, safe spaces, and even resolve them in ways that often elude us in real life—if you’ve ever cried at a song when you couldn’t in person, you know what we mean. What follows is a playlist exploring classic love songs in all their facets. Because as much as we like to imagine our pain (and pleasure) is unique, we’ve all been there—just listen. Our editors may switch things up here now and then, so if you hear something you like, add it to your library.