In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100
"The Power of Love" - Celine Dion
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for four weeks (1994)
Queens, N.Y. native Jennifer Rush was signed to CBS in Germany and found international success with her fourth single, written about her boyfriend Steven. The song kept failing in America, with low-charting versions by Rush herself and Air Supply and a slightly better showing for Laura Branigan. Finally it was a No. 1 smash for Dion, who told Billboard, “If you want to open up and sing strong, you could not have a better song than ‘Power of Love.’”
"I Love You Always Forever" - Donna Lewis
Hot 100 Peak: No. 2 (1996)
Welsh singer Donna Lewis just couldn’t eject Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” from pole position, so her only single to reach the top 40 of the Hot 100 had to settle for nine weeks at No. 2. She fared better on the Radio Songs chart, where the song was No. 1 for 12 weeks.
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" - Stevie Wonder
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for three weeks (1984)
Dionne Warwick told the producers of the Gene Wilder film “The Woman in Red” they should ask Wonder to compose the soundtrack. That’s how the film became an Oscar winner; this song, written for the movie, claimed the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
"Greatest Love of All" - Whitney Houston
Hot 100 Peak: 1 for three weeks (1986)
Michael Masser and Linda Creed wrote this song for the film “The Greatest,” a Muhammad Ali biopic. George Benson’s soundtrack single peaked at No. 24 in 1977. Later, when Houston auditioned for Clive Davis, she performed the song, and then it became the B-side of her first Arista single, “You Give Good Love.” Months later, radio airplay forced it out as the fifth single from Houston’s debut album.
"The Power of Love" - Huey Lewis & the News
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for two weeks (1985)
Asked to contribute a song to the “Back to the Future” soundtrack, Lewis said he had the perfect tune: “In the Nick of Time.” Negotiations went on so long, Lewis gave the song to another film, “Brewster’s Millions.” The “Future” folks were upset but Lewis said he had a second perfect song, “Back in Time.” For another scene, Lewis came up with “The Power of Love,” which became the movie’s breakout hit.
"Dreamlover" - Mariah Carey
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for eight weeks (1993)
Carey and producer Dave Hall did not have the title “Dreamlover” when they started writing the song. “Usually…[I] do an untitled song,” says Hall. “We’ll grab the hook and use that as a title.” Their collaboration gave Carey her then-longest-reigning No. 1 hit.
"Love Hangover" - Diana Ross
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for two weeks (1976)
Other labels were heavily into disco in 1976 but not Motown. So it was an anomaly for Ross to record this Pam Sawyer/Marilyn McLeod tune. Ross had no problem with the slow, seductive first half but started laughing when the beats-per-minute increased, protesting she couldn’t sing that part. Producer Hal Davis created a club atmosphere in the studio and Ross got into it, resulting in another No. 1 hit for the former Supreme.
"Can’t Help Falling in Love" - UB40
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for seven weeks (1993)
Elvis Presley’s version peaked at No. 2 in 1962. Three decades later, UB40 was asked to remake the song for the soundtrack to “Honeymoon in Vegas.” The producers passed over their version in favor of one by Bono of U2. The UB40 recording might have gone unreleased, but the music supervisor of another film, “Sliver,” rescued the track from the Virgin vaults.
"I Knew I Loved You" - Savage Garden
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for four weeks (2000)
After producer Walter Afanasieff delivered the new Savage Garden album to Columbia, he was given a message to take back to the band: “It’s an artistic masterpiece. But we want another ‘Truly Madly Deeply.’” (the duo’s first No. 1). A furious Darren Hayes went away for 10 minutes with bandmate Daniel Jones and came back with a completed song, “I Knew I Loved You” (the duo’s second No. 1).
"I Want to Know What Love Is" - Foreigner
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for two weeks
There wasn’t unanimous agreement among the members of Foreigner that this song would be a great single for the group. Lou Gramm thought it might do irreparable damage to their rock image and Rick Willis thought it was “fluffy.” Mick Jones told Billboard the track was released “because it was coming out at Christmas and it had the right kind of mood.”