Vote Now to Decide The Greatest Love Song Since You Were Born!!

This round closes Wednesday, February 6th at 10:00 a.m. EST.

 

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One Direction

What: What Makes You Beautiful

Who: One Direction

Why: The love song that launched 1D's international takeover is a euphoric, confidence booster with a killer guitar intro, and enough cowbell to please Will Ferrell.

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Cassie

What: Me & U

Who: Cassie

Why: A shy, coy notebook scribbling of a love song, Cassie's sole pop hit feels and sounds so intimate and private that you feel a little bit like an eavesdropper listening to it.

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Carly Rae Jepsen

What: Call Me Maybe

Who: Carly Rae Jepsen

Why: Maybe the best song ever written about the earliest stages of a romance, "Call Me Maybe" packs all the excitement and giddiness of a burgeoning crash in one super-catchy and smile-inducing song.

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Karmin

What: Brokenhearted

Who: Karmin

Why: Karmin's breakthrough hit is another great encapsulation of the thrill and mystery of a love story in its first chapters, Amy sounding so nervous and excited about not being left brokenhearted that she just has to rap about it.

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Justin Bieber

What: One Less Lonely Girl

Who: Justin Bieber

Why: Even when he's 55 years old, Bieber is probably still going to make girls swoon at his concerts when he breaks out "One Less Lonely Girl", the pop star's best love song telling girls exactly what they want to hear.

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Tegan and Sara

What: Closer

Who: Tegan and Sara

Why: An exceedingly catchy invitation from the twin duo to get "a little bit closer," with some of the most yearning and seductive lyrics and harmonies heard on a pop song in recent years.

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Taylor Swift

What: Love Story

Who: Taylor Swift

Why: The sing-along pop song that broke Taylor Swift to a new level of popularity, cementing her image as the leader of a generation of lovelorn Juliets just waiting for their Romeo to rescue them and tell them they'll never have to be alone.

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T-ara

What: Roly Poly

Who: T-ara

Why: This cute and catchy ditty about chasing a crush at the disco kicked off a mammoth disco music trend in K-pop that's still going strong to this day.

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Beyoncé

What: Crazy in Love

Who: Beyoncé

Why: Nearly ten years after it became the biggest and best pop hits of 2003, "Crazy" still sounds irresistible and positively delirious, with the intensity of its classic horn riff topped only by Beyoncé's own super-sprung ranting and raving.

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Leona Lewis

What: Bleeding Love

Who: Leona Lewis

Why: A brutally emotional love song which lives up to the drama of its title, "Bleeding Love" deservedly became the song that made British reality TV vet Leona Lewis a pop star in the U.S.

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Bruno Mars

What: Just the Way You Are

Who: Bruno Mars

Why: Borrowing a title from an old Billy Joel classic, Bruno scored his first solo hit with this sweet, piano-driven ballad, saying what every girl wants to hear—I love you, you're perfect, don't change a thing.

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Miley Cyrus

What: 7 Things

Who: Miley Cyrus

Why: The perfect rush of a whirlwind love-hate relationship, in which Miley lists over a pop-punk blast the "7 Things" that she hates about her guy, but concluding the one that dwarfs them all is the seventh thing—"You make me love you."

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Christina Aguilera

What: Ain't No Other Man

Who: Christina Aguilera

Why: While Christina does do a lot of raving about her man in this one, who's got soul, class, style and badassness to spare, mostly she just lets the horns do the talking, and that more than gets the point across.

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Ga-In

What: Bloom

Who: Ga-In

Why: Ga-In proved that sometimes the best thing about being head-over-heels in love is simply great, mindblowing sex.

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Kelly Clarkson

What: My Life Would Suck Without You

Who: Kelly Clarkson

Why: Best known for breakup songs like "Since U Been Gone", Kelly proved she could do love songs with just as much pop panache with the surging "My Life Would Suck Without You"," her second number-one hit.

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Selena Gomez & the Scene

What: Love You Like a Love Song

Who: Selena Gomez & the Scene

Why: Selena puts it simply and re-peat-peat-peatedly in this hypnotically catchy love song: "I love you like a love song, baby." Hard to argue with that, isn't it?

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Adele

What: Someone Like You

Who: Adele

Why: A song that soundtracked so many people's post-breakup self-pity parties that they made an "SNL" skit about it, just two years after its release, "Someone Like You" has become practically synonymous with heartbreak.

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Carrie Underwood

What: Just a Dream

Who: Carrie Underwood

Why: An absolutely devastating love song in which a young woman who appears to be getting married is revealed to be going to her soldier husband's funeral, the tragedy of "Just a Dream" makes average break-up songs seem shallow by comparison.

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No Doubt

What: Don't Speak

Who: No Doubt

Why: A breakup song so wracked with pain and misery that singer Gwen Stefani asks her lover to stop talking to her altogether, pleading "Don't tell me, 'coz it hurts."

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BoA

What: Only One

Who: BoA

Why: What sounds like a romantic, lovey-dovey ballad on the surface, is actually a bittersweet goodbye between a once happy couple whose relationship has sadly run its course.

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Katy Perry

What: The One That Got Away

Who: Katy Perry

Why: A bitterness-tinged flashback in which Katy regrets breaking up with her post-high-school boyfriend, sweetly lamenting "In another life, I could make you stay / So I don't have to say you were the one that got away."

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Britney Spears

What: From the Bottom of My Broken Heart

Who: Britney Spears

Why: An early breakup ballad from a more innocent time in Britney's career, the singer lamenting the ending of her first serious relationship, singing "You were my first love, you were my true love."

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Mariah Carey

What: We Belong Together

Who: Mariah Carey

Why: The song that saved Mariah's post-"Glitter" career, a heart-rending plea for a breakup to be undone, Mariah reaching vocal and emotional highs few would believe possible.

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Usher

What: Climax

Who: Usher

Why: Usher breaks out the falsetto to lament a relationship past its peak, though the power of his love (and of the song's gorgeous Diplo-provided production) is so strong that he can't help but have second thoughts about his breakup.

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Backstreet Boys

What: I Want It That Way

Who: Backstreet Boys

Why: Start anyone between the age of 20 and 35 off with a "You are / My fiii-iiiire...," should be able to sing the entire rest of this love song from memory. Also, greatest key change ever.

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Goo Goo Dolls

What: Iris

Who: Goo Goo Dolls

Why: A slow-dance and wedding-song standard for the last 15 years, with such unforgettable lyrics as "I'd give up forever to touch you" and "When everything's meant to be broken, I just want you to know who i am."

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Alicia Keys

What: If I Ain't Got You

Who: Alicia Keys

Why: A go-to song for aspiring vocalists on reality TV competitions, ":If I Ain't Got You" is one of Alicia's most heartfelt love songs, as she simply declares "Everything means nothing / If I ain't got you."

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Lady Gaga

What: You and I

Who: Lady Gaga

Why: An unusually straightforward love song for Gaga, her first-ever attempt at a power ballad ended up being one of the best, most popular and most enduring songs on her third album Born This Way.

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Drake

What: Best I Ever Had

Who: Drake

Why: The song that made Drake a superstar and a hip-hop heartthro, as he swears love and devotion to his girl, still saying the same thing every single time to this day: "Baby, you the best I ever had."

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Avril Lavigne

What: I'm With You

Who: Avril Lavigne

Why: It's taken on a bit of a different meaning now that we picture it being sung to Chad Kroeger, but there are still few love songs of the 21st century as sweeping and romantic as Avril's show-stopping ballad.

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Whitney Houston

What: I Will Always Love You

Who: Whitney Houston

Why: One of the most famous love songs of all-time, a Dolly Parton original that Whitney more than made her own, hitting big note after big note and making Kevin Costner (and everyone else) fall in love with her all over again.

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Shania Twain

What: You're Still the One

Who: Shania Twain

Why: Shania got her biggest hit ever with this slow-burning love song celebrating a love built to last, and though Shania's marriage unfortunately didn't endure, the song has.

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