53. German folktronica duo Milky Chance's hypnotic "Stolen Dance."
52. Future Islands' soulful, spellbinding "Seasons (Waiting on You)."
51. Jamaican reggae singer Gyptian's summer love anthem "Stunta."
50. Lana Del Rey's love letter to East Coast cool, "Brooklyn Baby."
49. The slow-burning "When We're Fire" from Lo-Fang.
48. Los Angeles-based BØRNS' joyful, Queen-inspired "Electric Love."
47. Dierks Bentley pleads with a bad girlfriend on "Say You Do."
46. Singer-songwriter Daniel Wilson's sad, swelling "If You Went Away."
45. Garage-pop duo K.I.D's intoxicating "I Wish I Was Your Cigarette."
44. The Vamps learn to commit with help from Demi Lovato on "Somebody to You."
43. Teen star Becky G's impossibly catchy "Shower."
42. FKA Twigs' smoldering "Papi Pacify."
41. A grateful Kelis celebrates real love on "Breakfast."
40. Country star Jason Aldean embraces his pop side on "Burnin' It Down."
39. White Sea's ethereal "They Don't Know."
38. YouTuber Troye Sivan gets sexy on the synth-heavy "Touch."
37. Grace Mitchell's startling mature take on teen love, "Runaway."
36. The punchy pop of CRUISR's "All Over" makes toxic relationships seem fun.
35. Tinashe's "Pretend" (featuring A$AP ROCKY) is equal parts sad and sensual.
34. Belgian pop star Selah Sue's hip-hop-influenced "Together" (featuring Childish Gambino).
33. Australian pop star Betty Who's euphoric synth-pop celebration "Somebody Loves You."
32. BANKS' slinky, defiant "Fuck Em Only We Know."
31. Weird sex is front and center on alt-J's "Every Other Freckle."
30. Childish Gambino's "Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good)" is an island getaway for your ears.
29. Hilary Duff's sugary-sweet comeback single, "All About You."
28. English indie-rock outfit Wild Beasts' epic, poetic "Mecca"
27. Maroon 5's "Maps" is a foot-stomping ode to romantic persistence.
26. Bipolar Sunshine's "Future Pt 1 " (featuring GoldLink).
25. Indie-folk quartet DWNTWN's single "Missing You" makes being lovesick seem downright dreamy.
24. Justin Timberlake's cockiness has never sounded sweeter than it does on "Not a Bad Thing."
23. Wiz Khalifa's tender "Promises."
22. Bleachers' surging '80s throwback "Rollercoaster."
21. The light, classical-leaning "Rather Be" from Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne.
20. Country superstar Blake Shelton's tearjerker "Just South of Heaven."
19. Jessie Ware's emotional Ed Sheeran co-write, "Say You Love Me."
18. Rita Ora's heartwarming dance-floor jam "I Will Never Let You Down."
17. Brooklyn rapper Theophilus London trades verses with Kanye West on the warm "Can't Stop."
16. Miguel gets romantic over some fuzzy electric guitar on "Simplethings."
15. English indie-rock band The 1975's infectious "Settle Down."
14. Nick Gardner does his best Phil Collins on the heartfelt "Lose You."
13. Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Madi Diaz makes a strong case for sticking it out on the anthemic "Stay Together."
12. FKA Twigs makes her love sound threatening on "Two Weeks."
11. Australian-Swedish sister duo Say Lou Lou's glittering "Everything We Touch."
10. One Direction's "18" is an earnest ode to young love.
9. The shimmering, psychedelic "Can't Do Without You" from Caribou.
8. How to Dress Well's jazzy, lovelorn "What You Wanted."
7. Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy puts his ukulele to good use on "Riptide."
6. Ed Sheeran's first dance-worthy "Thinking Out Loud."
5. Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"
This year, Taylor Swift left Nashville for New York, said good-bye to the fiddles and fairy tales that made her famous, and released her "first documented, official pop album." Full of sass and sick beats, 1989 is a departure from her previous work, but a lapsed romantic is still a romantic and underneath the cynicism and slick Swedish production, Taylor's sentimental streak remains in tact. On the album's best song, "Wildest Dreams," Taylor reveals that while she's given up on happily ever after, she hasn't given up on love.
Heartbreaking lyric: "Say you'll see me again / Even if it's just pretend / Say you'll remember me standing in a nice dress / Staring at the sunset"
4. Jessie Ware, “You & I (Forever)”
There's something refreshing about Jessie Ware's unapologetic mushiness. She believes in loves that last forever and is matter-of-fact about it. She doesn't try to downplay her feelings or dress them up. Instead of being flashy or provocative, "You & I (Forever)" is quietly confident. It's warm and intimate, the musical equivalent of a long-term relationship.
Heartwarming lyric: "And then we're gonna go until the wheels fall off / Till the wheels fall off / Can't you see it? / It's forever"
3. Hozier, "Take Me to Church"
Irish newcomer Hozier preaches sin and sensuality on this bluesy foot-stomper. Equal parts sex and soul, this anthemic rock 'n' roll hymn elevates lovers to gods and urges disciples to worship in the bedroom. Amen. Amen. Amen.
Heartwarming lyric: "When the ritual begins / There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin"
2. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Not all love lasts. Not all love is requited. Not all love is real. But that's why we need songs like Sam Smith's "Stay With Me." The slow-burning, gospel-tinged epic captures the exquisite pain and unique pleasure of having your heart broken. If you're going through a bad breakup, this song (and a pint of Ben & Jerry's) is all you need.
Heartbreaking lyric: "This ain't love, it's clear to see / But darling, stay with me"
1. Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”
Pop-punk prom queen Charli XCX found love in a hopeless place — the soundtrack for the sure-to-make-you-cry cancer kid romance, The Fault in Our Stars. Instead of wallowing in the film's heartbreak, she found "glitter in the darkness" and wrote the year's best love song. Delicate and explosive, "Boom Clap" manages to capture both the excitement and uncertainty of new love.
Heartwarming lyric: "First kiss just like a drug / Under your influence / You take me over you're the magic in my veins / This must be love"