Before 2020 ends, let us take you back to a time where life as we know it has just begun (or so for us!) through a whirlwind list of the best love songs in the 80’s & 90’s

Ahh, the 80’s & 90’s — a time where all was well in the world! One of my favourite era’s which up until now has a massive influence over pop culture as we know it!

The two decades are known for their glitz, glamour & diversity. Hailed as the decade of “spandex, lipstick, leather & long hairs” that paved the way for many diverse forms of music. We saw how love songs re-emerged and evolved into beautiful soundscapes that are but pillars to music itself.

Here are uDOu’s top love song anthems of the 80’s & 90’s

Going to the 80’s

Air Supply’s “All Out Of Love”


“All Out Of Love” is that one song that exactly describes a love that has grown, but in time has dissolved; it is a tale of two lovers turned into strangers. I am 100% certain that almost everybody can relate to the song. I mean, there has to be that time even for once in our lives where we experienced this. It is but an unknown and widely unpopular truth that,  a love, which you both thought could last forever but has grown to exhaust itself into nothingness. You won’t really know the reason, but as fate or whatever, you call it determines that you just don’t belong to each other. Yes, it is painful, but it happens — you both will eventually move on & heal.

Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” & “I Will Always Love You”


Who could ever forget this iconic song “I Have Nothing” released in 1992 for the film, The Bodyguard. The song in itself sounds like any other sappy yet powerful romantic ballad. However, paying close attention to lyrics offer a slight tinge of anger or frustration, which has ultimately played in the actual context of the movie itself. While “I Will Always Love You” is the titular song that brought about a lot of growth and diversity in the music industry – another popular song from The Bodyguard film ensemble.


Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” 

“I Want To Know What Love Is.” A song that is transatlantic in its message about wanting to experience love and needing the other person to help you experience it. The very popular chorus of the song went like this,

I wanna know what love is
I want you to show me
I wanna feel what love is
I know you can show me

And so for a long time, this idea of love is what people have been focusing on, that it was something you could not define with words, you had to experience it with your feelings, and you needed the right person to help you feel it. This song has truly made a mark in expressing what love is.

Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”


Perhaps one of the top songs for the 80’s for me, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, not only showcases a love that encompasses everything in its path but also somehow manages to inspire using nothing but the power of love to conquer and build a life together.  An OST from one of the 80’s romance classics that will tug at your heart.

Moving up to the 90’s 

Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris”

A popular OST from City Of Angels, “Iris” is a song that allows us to reminisce on that one great sacrifice we have done for the person we loved. Just like the movie, the song brings us into that “moment” where everything came into clarity as we decided to give everything up for that one great love.

Hoobastank’s “The Reason”

This song for me is a melancholy mix of regret and rebirth. The lyrics demonstrate how people are often selfish during the course of a relationship only to have the relationship end as a result of their behavior. The lyrics stop short of revealing the extent of the hurtful behavior but hint that the behavior merited an end of the relationship. It is a song of longing and lost love.

Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”


Who could ever forget this iconic song from one of the highest-grossing films out there? Yeap, that’s right – Titanic. My Heart Will Go On is one of the songs on this list that was translated into hundreds of languages just because of the film’s extreme popularity that reached even the most remote islands in the world (Imagine doing that even without the internet) Amazing isn’t it?

Backstreet Boy’s “I Want It That Way”

Probably the only song on here that was able to spark meme wars, yeap that’s right. The music video has generated a ton of memes and we honestly loved this song more for it! I Want It That Way, is a person’s reflection of how his relationship has grown — it is a solid manifestation of one’s devotion to that old love.

Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me”


“Kiss Me” is one of the most romantic songs I’ve ever heard, it’s one of the only innocent sorts of romance songs out there, which I think is what makes the song so charming and delightful. It has fully encapsulated the nicest feelings we get at the onset of falling in love, the innocence, and freshness of the first kiss with someone special.

And that’s it for me! I know there are a ton more songs to choose from, but since we were looking at the ones that truly made my heart skip a beat — here they are!

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What’s your personal list of your favourite 80’s & 90’s love songs?

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