The ten most romantic singers of all time

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Music changes and evolves with each generation, but there's one topic that has proven to be a constant: Love is a universally understood feeling and experience. While there have been countless crooners over the years to explore the ups and downs of love, there've been a select few who stand out from all the rest, who've let it all out, told it like it is and broken or otherwise touched our hearts. Keep reading for a rundown of the ten most romantic singers of all time.

See also: The ten most brutally honest songwriters

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10. Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra's recording career spanned several different eras of popular music, and yet his music remains remarkably appealing in its timelessness. Sinatra first gained notice with big-band numbers during the swing era. During the war years, the founding member of the Rat Pack was "everyone's man," seeming to fill a void of loneliness that was sweeping the nation in the absence of the many who had gone overseas. To this day, nothing says classic romance -- or seduction -- like a rendition of "Embraceable Love," "All of Me," "My Funny Valentine" or "The Way You Look Tonight."

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9. Marvin Gaye
Before the release of his groundbreaking and politically wrought album What's Going On, Marvin Gaye produced a collection of enduring love songs and deeply romantic duets during his early days at Motown. In 1963, Gaye scored a hit with "Pride and Joy," introducing the masses to his lush, crooning voice, and the romance continued with collaborations with Mary Wells, Kim Weston and Tammi Terrell, including "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," one of the many great tunes in which they sing about pining for each other.

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8. Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell's romance can be found in her ability to express the inexpressible; constantly in conflict with her desire for a great love and preservation of personal integrity and independence, Mitchell poured her heart out on albums like Blue. In "A Case of You," for example, Mitchell gives listeners an outpouring of uncontainable love with lines like "You're in my blood like holy wine/You taste so bitter and so sweet/I could drink a case of you." In "All I Want," meanwhile, Mitchell describes looking for her ideal love: "All I really, really want our love to do/Is to bring out the best in me and in you, too/I want to renew you again and again/Applause, applause -- life is our cause/When I think of your kisses my mind see-saws."

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7. Al Green
Al Green's smooth, seductive love songs are the relationship anthems that continue to span decades. His otherworldly voice pairs with sincere, outspoken lyrics that are grand gestures of love, from the funky "Love and Happiness" to the lush strings of "Let's Stay Together." All of his songs are a sentimental nod to all facets of love and relationships. In his version of "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," Green gives heft to lines describing the pain of losing a love that was the center of his life and the dark side of falling in love. In the more upbeat "Let's Stay Together," Green cites all the reasons to stick it out with the one you love.


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Hec Iso
Hec Iso

Franky is the Greatest of all times then Johnny Mathis yeahhhh baby

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

I like most of your selections.  However, I thought Roy Orbison would get a mention before Joni Mitchell or Prince.  And as Hope cited, Nat King Cole would be hard to ignore.  

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