Top 10 Rock Love Songs

Happy Valentine's! Here's a passionate playlist for a weekend of serenading your sweetheart, as voted by UG readers.

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Happy Valentines day!

To celebrate the most romantic day of the year, we asked Ultimate Guitar readers to nominate and vow for the greatest rocking love songs of all time.

We've counted the votes, and have collected a definitive playlist of love songs for you to play to your sweetheart this Valentines - or to enjoy alone while longing for true love. Alas, it's out there somewhere…

10. Paul McCartney and the Wings "Maybe I'm Amazed"

Paul McCartney's ode to the late Linda McCartney, written shortly before the Beatles' break up. Did you know he plays every instrument on this recording?

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9. The Beatles "Something"

A highlight from the Beatles' catalogue by George Harrison, and his first A-side singe.

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8. Eric Clapton "Layla"

Besides having one of the coolest guitar licks in history, "Layla" is the story of a young man who falls hopelessly in love with a beautiful but taken woman. Sound familiar, anyone?

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7. Scorpions "Still Loving You"

This power ballad is more than a love song; some read into the lyrics as a political commentary on the Berlin Wall, which was still active when this song was released in 1984.

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6. Queen "Love of My Life"

In this song, Freddie Mercury writes about the one woman he truly loved to the end: Mary Austin. He had a long-term relationship with her in the 1970s, and continued a close friendship with her to the very end, leaving her his home when he eventually died.

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5. Led Zepplin "Thank You"

Believe it or not, this is the first song that Robert Plant wrote all the lyrics for. It signalled to guitarist Jimmy Page that Plant could now handle lyric writing duties, which had been shared until this point when Plant wrote the song about his then-wife Maureen.

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4. Steel Panther "Community Property"

Steel Panther's typically tongue-in-cheek lyrics poke fun at the rock star touring lifestyle, with a nod to their sweetheart at home.

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3. Foo Fighters "Everlong"

Somewhere between the breakup of his first marriage and finding new love in his hometown, Dave Grohl wrote a definitive Foo Fighters song about everlasting love.

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2. Pearl Jam "Black"

How does a man remember love when he's at his lowest ebb and his heart is broken? Let Eddie Vedder tell you how.

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1. The Cure "Lovesong"

One of the Cure's biggest hits, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard chart upon its release in 1989. Robert Smith wrote the song as a present to his fiancé as a wedding present, and has since been covered by many artists including Adele who included it on her smash hit album "21."

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Ah, and the hilarious entry. It was the number one, absolute winner ... so we could not forget to mention it.

So...

0. Tenacious D "F--k Her Gently"

It's ... Tenacious D. Do we need to say more?

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What's your favorite rock love song? Got any extra music tips for those celebrating Valentine's weekend? Post your suggestions in the comments.

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    Jacques Nel
    Number 0 for Tenacious D? Is that good or bad? Not sure.
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    Now how about a top 10 songs about loneliness for people like me who've never had a girlfriend? .-.
    qrEE
    I think that might be in bad taste considering how many people would just use songs like "Jump" from Van Halen or all sorts of "kill yourself because you're lonely" jokes.
    Samhuinn
    Good to see the Cure get some well-deserved love! They could've filled this list on their own
    MrWeatherHead
    Completely agree. They (Robert Smith especially) doesn't get as much recognition as a artist as he/they deserve.
    Abacus11
    Definitely! Their discography is full of great love songs and just great songs in general.
    Camron62\m/
    Black is amazing. I would've put Orgasm = Love by Psychostick. Romantic as all hell.
    Jacques Nel
    The live unplugged version is absolutely electrifying. The emotion that he gives off through the performance was overwhelming.
    Eirien
    UG logic: *censors fvck* *posts video that says it like 10 times*
    Maiden95
    To me, this song is an amazing love song because of how different it is. Loved hearing it live.
    Danjo's Guitar
    I definitely agree, this is one of my favorite Chili Peppers songs. Its kinda sad though because its obviously marriage themed but Kiedis still isn't married.
    Maiden95
    Oh man, never thought about it that way. Obviously the marriage theme is prominent, but I never thought about it through Ant's perspective.
    haifisch234
    Where's Since I've Been Loving You? I'm glad there's Thank You though, such a great song.
    momo_512
    Can't be a good list of love songs without Since I've Been Loving You or Still In Love With You (Thin Lizzy) !
    daverolston
    Grand Funk Railroad - Some Kind of Wonderful I've had good luck butchering that song for girls!
    Zohar_Ratzker
    Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
    joe164
    Such an amazing song. In this live performance, you can *feel* the heartbreak in Knopfler's voice. Skip to 50
    Dannym95
    Hey, what about my "I Want You On My Bellend" song? (Also, apologies for the lack of "bellend"s yesterday. I was out for the day and had little to no opportunity to comment on UG articles. Plus, I had no WiFi and my mobile network is slow like a bellend sometimes.)
    Maiden95
    We've gotta hear the song first before it goes on the list, bro. get it out there ya bellend.
    Jacques Nel
    2 bellends per comment as done above should make up for it. I don't think any guy around are willing to say they missed the bellends yesterday though.
    Doomsayer4013
    Layla has to be my favorite song of all time. That piano outro is flawless. I love how it's used in Goodfellas.
    sklaiss24
    Me too. I love when directors use music the right way, and that may be the best example!
    TheSound606
    Good list, but Layla is done by Derek and The Dominos. More guys in that than just Eric Clapton.
    JelloCrust
    "It signalled to guitarist Jimmy Page that Plant could now handle lyric writing duties, which had been shared until this point when Plant wrote the song about his then-wife Maureen." By "which had been shared until this point," do you mean, they shared in the decision making process of picking which Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Robert Johnson songs and lyrics to use without giving credit?
    SorgFamily
    I gave you good rep for this comment because I agree with you but I think it's also important to point out that even when you take the songs out that were plain ripped off from other artists, they still have a massive amount of hits that is more illustrious than most other bands out there. I realize that even some of their biggest hits like Stairway are stolen riffs but good god do they have a lot of original classics. It may be no excuse but at least they have/had the ability.
    adamzam
    They stole Stairway? no way man
    kratos379
    They "stole" from a band called Spirit. The song in question that they stole from was a one minue acoustic guitar song where the only similar part is the last ten seconds of the song. I really wouldn't call it stealing. It's more like, Page took one of the licks from the song and used it.
    adamzam
    Symptom of the Universe - Black Sabbath. Would be a great candidate for this list.
    momo_512
    Funkhauser
    YES!!!! Was on my way to post this meself until I saw it. This is a ****ing joke of a list. No sign of Love Hurts either. Or Sweet Child O' Mine!! Packa loonatics
    UncleBluck
    Sweet Child O Mine....yea there is nothing that says love like a red haired, front teeth ground down to stumps, bandana wearing Aunt Jemima, screeching through his nose.....
    Skullivan
    I lost it at "bandana wearing Aunt Jemima" Quality post right there. Keep it up.
    DrunkInThTrunk
    Glad to see The Cure make the top of a list. another good entry would be At a Medium Pace by Adam Sandler.
    little_boy
    I demand Tenacious D to be first on the list. Not #0, but number 1 as it deserves. Power to the people.
    LynchMobster
    My personal favorites, not that anyone cares Sold My Soul - Zakk Wylde Angel Eyes - Jerry Cantrell White Trash Beautiful - Everlast Angel - Everlast Babylon Feeling - Everlast feat. Santana Calling Your Name - Diamond Head Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin Dear God - Avenged Sevenfold She Deserves a Free Ride (Val's Song) - Black Label Society Vermillion pt. 2 - Slipknot 3 Libras - A Perfect circle and Living Dead Girl for my joke choice
    daorange
    isn't it worthy of your respect? (okay, maybe the original one is better)
    mrsuns10
    I like a lot of those songs but how is I Wanna Hold your Hand not there? Its a love song not about sex or kissing or hugging its about holding a hand which is the most simple way of telling someone you like them
    cRACk mONKEyTTU
    To me, the #1 should be "The Rain Song" or "Ten Years Gone" by Led Zeppelin. Both of those are easily Zep's best love songs, although I do love The Cure's "Love Song".
    tomp19
    i don't understand how this wasn't even suggested
    skydam
    I cannot comprehend people bitching about Bon Jovi at all. You all know they have written the best love song of all time. You can say they are mainstream, they simply are, but they are also a proof you can do it on high level.
    Chickendirt
    I'm not a fan but I can admit they did write a good love song...but the best is all a matter of opinion and the list above shows that Lovesong-The Cure is.
    mattjamesrenn
    they aren't my cup but they are undeniably solid and wrote some good love ballads (if you are into that)
    sonic_hippy
    Could have been added to the irony list; Frank Zappa-In You Again (Seriously why the **** wasn't it added, It fits Valentin's day rituals perfectly!) Spinal Tap-Lick My Love Pump Cannibal Corpse-Addicted To Vaginal Skin But on a serious note the list is great, and I'm glad Queen and Zeppelin made the list
    henrihell
    I've been trying to link you to metal hammer's list of '20 most unromantic valentine's day songs' for a god 15 minutes, but apparently, adding a link to a comment requires a captcha, and it won't accept my answers to it. But anyways, check out the list, you can find it via their facebook.
    metaldalz
    WTF?? Everything I Do by Stewe Griffin was WAY up not to put it on the list... Why does UG ask us to vote or nominate a bunch of songs if they're going to put whatever they feel like in the Final List??
    mop10893
    I wish Nothing Else Matters was on this list because it means a lot to me and my girlfriend, but this is a good countdown nonetheless.
    robo37
    Love to see The Cure at no.1. Still don't get the hate for Sweet Child O' Mine though, such a great song.
    Slayer35
    Nothing Else Matters? Am I the only one who considers that a love song(to a degree)?
    MrWeatherHead
    James Hetfield ORIGINALLY wrote it after the end of his relationship with his girlfriend at the time. However the songs meaning to Hetfield and others has been interpreted differently from person to person. James said in an interview that Nothing Else Matters was not about what he initially wrote it about after a month of writing it. He said the song has had many different meanings to him personally over the years.
    travislausch
    Am I the only one cross referencing this with Cracked's article about Jimmy Page being a pedophile and Eric Clapton involved in kidnapping a teenage girl? So romantic.
    Partialobserver
    I just knew before I even turned on my computer this list was gonna be up today (in celebration of Simon Pegg's birthday of course!)