In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100
"What’s Love Got to Do With It" - Tina Turner
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for three weeks (1984)
Newly signed to Capitol, Turner’s first single for the EMI-owned label was a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” which peaked at a disappointing No. 26 on the Hot 100. The follow-up was an original, though U.K. pop quartet Bucks Fizz recorded it first. Their version went unreleased and Turner had her first No. 1 in the U.S.
"She Loves You" - The Beatles
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for two weeks (1964)
John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote “She Loves You” on a tour bus in Yorkshire, England. It was producer George Martin’s idea for them to start with the chorus of “She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah” instead of the first verse.
"(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" - Andy Gibb
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for two weeks (1978)
Robin Gibb was considered the “chart freak” in the family but Andy was an avid chart watcher too, and he kept track of his second single’s progress up the Hot 100. “It slowed down…we were all a little scared,” he once recalled. “It lost…its jump in sales activity. And then…it just picked up and nothing stopped it.”
"I Think I Love You" - The Partridge Family
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for three weeks (1970)
David Cassidy and his stepmother Shirley Jones were the only cast members of the TV series who appeared on the group’s recordings, and Jones says, “I did very little…I literally was the backing vocals for David. I never thought I’d have a gold record…it hangs on my wall and I’m very proud of it.”
"Love Rollercoaster" - Ohio Players
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for one week (1976)
After struggling for 15 years, the group scored a No. 1 hit in 1975 with “Fire,” from their first album for Mercury. The follow-up LP, “Honey,” yielded a single, “Sweet Sticky Thing,” that stalled at No. 33. It was the second single, “Love Rollercoaster,” that returned the group to pole position.
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" - Whitney Houston
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for two weeks (1987)
George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam wrote “How Will I Know” for Houston. Asked to submit another song, they sent “Waiting for a Star to Fall,” and when the answer was no, they recorded it themselves as Boy Meets Girl. Encouraged to try again, it only took them two days to write “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).” This time, Clive Davis said yes.
"Love Will Keep Us Together" - Captain and Tennille
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for four weeks (1975)
Four months after he was No. 1 on the Hot 100 with “Laughter in the Rain,” Neil Sedaka was back on top, as a songwriter, thanks to Captain and Tennille’s cover of a song A&M’s Kip Cohen heard on the “Sedaka’s Back” album.
"Roses Are Red (My Love)" - Bobby Vinton
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for four weeks (1962)
A hitless Vinton was about to be dropped by Epic, when he found this song in a reject pile and asked to be given one more chance. He recorded it as an R&B tune. “It was the worst sounding thing you ever heard in your life,” he admits. The label agreed to a second session with a new arrangement, added strings and a vocal choir and the result was a No. 1 on the Hot 100.
"Crazy in Love," Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for eight weeks (2003)
The first single from Beyoncé’s first post-Destiny’s Child album (“Dangerously in Love”) became the first No. 1 of her solo career. “I asked Jay to get on the song the night before I had to turn my album in,” Beyoncé told Billboard. “Thank God he did. It still never gets old, no matter how many times I sing it.”
"To Sir With Love" - Lulu
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for five weeks (1967)
Lulu hated the songs the producers of the film “To Sir With Love” were considering for the soundtrack. She asked her friend Mark London to write a title song she could sing. He composed the music in five minutes and the next day Don Black wrote the lyrics. “I was over the moon,” says Lulu.