Top 10 Happily Ever After Love Songs

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10. Stevie Wonder - "You Are the Sunshine Of My Life" (1972)

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Stevie Wonder - Talking Book. Courtesy Tamla

Commitment and praise for one's life partner is the sole subject matter of this Stevie Wonder classic. It asks the question only a fulfilled lover can ask "How could so much love be inside of you?" "You Are the Sunshine Of My Life" became Stevie Wonder's second consecutive #1 pop hit following "Superstition" and his third overall. It also was his first to top the adult contemporary chart. The song earned a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal and nominations for both Record and Song of the Year. The first lines in the recording are sung by session musicians Jim Gilstrap and Lani Groves. 

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9. The Turtles - "Happy Together" (1967)

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Turtles - "Happy Together". Courtesy White Whale

The Turtles created some of the most upbeat hit singles of the late 60's. This one celebrates finding the perfect partner, "The only one for me is you and you for me, so happy together" with a sunny accompaniment leaving the listener smiling. "Happy Together" was the second top 10 pop hit from the Turtles and it went all the way to #1. They followed it up with the #3 hit "She'd Rather Be With Me."

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8. Sonny and Cher - "I Got You Babe" (1965)

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Sonny and Cher - "I Got You Babe". Courtesy Atco

Sonny Bono and Cher almost defiantly continued to sing this song together even when their personal relationship was in tatters. "I Got You Babe" launched their career as a duo and is perhaps the most memorable of their joint creations. It ranks as one of the top pop duets of all time. "I Got You Babe" hit #1 on the US pop chart and helped take their debut album Look At Us to #2. A 1985 cover version by the reggae band UB40 with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders returned "I Got You Babe" to the pop top 40.

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7. Orleans - "Still the One" (1976)

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Orleans - Waking and Dreaming. Courtesy Asylum

It's been used over and over for commercials, events and celebrations, but the sentiment is evergreen. The gently rocking hit joyously celebrates long-term relationships simply and effectively. "Still the One" was written by Orleans leader John Hall and his then wife Johanna Hall. It was the second top 10 pop hit single by the band following 1975's "Dance With Me." Country artist Bill Anderson took a cover version of "Still the One" to #11 on the country chart in 1977.

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6. Modern English - "I Melt With You" (1982)

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Modern English - "I Melt With You". Courtesy 4AD

Although many of their songs were more downbeat, the new wave band Modern English created an all-time classic with "I Melt With You." The sentiment is best summed up "There's nothing you and I won't do...the future's open wide." "I Melt With You" was first released on the album After the Snow in 1982. It climbed to the top 10 on Billboard's rock radio chart. In 1990 the song was re-recorded and returned to the Billboard Hot 100 for a second time. The original lineup of Modern English reunited in 2010.

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5. Heatwave - "Always and Forever" (1976)

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Heatwave - Too Hot To Handle. Courtesy Epic

This smooth romantic classic was written by Heatwave group member Rod Temperton who later wrote such r&b classics as "Rock With You," "Give Me the Night," and "Stomp." The lyrics state, "There will always be sunshine when I look at you..." "Always and Forever" was the group's second top 20 pop hit single following their breakthrough "Boogie Nights." It went all the way to #2 on the R&B chart.

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4. Amy Grant - "Baby Baby" (1991)

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Amy Grant - Heart In Motion. Courtesy A&M

The joy and happiness of a great relationship bursts from every line of Amy Grant's breakthrough pop hit. The song was paired with a video that brilliantly depicts the fun of a young couple in love. The video was so convincing that many suspected the actor in the video was actually Amy Grant's husband. Amy Grant has said her initial efforts to write the lyrics of "Baby, Baby" sounded like, "some overgrown football jock with no vocabulary trying desperately to be romantic." Amy Grant had been one of the top contemporary Christian artists for over a decade when she released "Baby, Baby." It became her first solo #1 pop hit single.

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3. Eric Clapton - "Wonderful Tonight" (1977)

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Eric Clapton - "Wonderful Tonight". Courtesy RSO

Eric Clapton's depiction of the interaction between a man and woman before, during and after going out for the evening is powerful in its intimacy and also in the praise, admiration and love expressed. It has been a slow dance favorite for nearly forty years. Eric Clapton wrote the song while waiting for his future wife Pattie Boyd to get ready for a Buddy Holly party thrown by Paul McCartney and his wife Linda. "Wonderful Tonight" appeared on Eric Clapton's album Slowhand and reached #16 on the US pop chart.

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2. The Beatles - "And I Love Her" (1964)

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Beatles - "And I Love Her". Courtesy Capitol

This simple love song was included on the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack and has endured as a Beatles fan favorite. The lyric "I know this love of mine will never die, and I love her" sums up the enduring sentiment. George Harrison has been given credit for composing the guitar riff in the song despite not being listed on the songwriting credits. John Lennon has said he contributed the section, "A love like ours could never die, as long as I have you near me," but otherwise "And I Love Her" is primarily a Paul McCartney song.

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1. Ashford & Simpson - "Solid" (1984)

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Ashford & Simpson - "Solid". Courtesy Capitol

Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, married in 1974, released this song after 10 years of marriage. It is an anthem of commitment between lovers. Ashford & Simpson were successful not only as performers but also as one of the most successful pop / R&B songwriting teams having written other classics such as "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand," and "I'm Every Woman." The pair were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. Nickolas Ashford passed away in 2011 at age 70.

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