Searching for the perfect romantic love song to learn on guitar for the person you love? Whether it’s for Valentine’s day, an anniversary, a birthday, or just date night, I’ve got you covered!
In this article, you’ll find a list of 50 love songs, complete with tabs and chords so that you can easily learn them on guitar.
During my research, I found that quite a lot of these so-called guitar love songs probably don’t have quite the right message that we’re trying to convey here. Creepy stalker vibes anyone? So for this list, I’ve tried to include only songs that will help you communicate to your partner how much you love them.
Guitar Love Songs (With Chords)
1. More Than Words – Extreme
What list of romantic guitar songs would be complete without this absolute classic from 1991?
Although this love ballad was quite a departure from Extreme’s usual hard-rocking antics, it went on to become one of the band’s biggest hits. It reached the number one position in the Billboard charts and also enjoyed massive success across the rest of the globe.
The song itself revolves around the idea that the phrase ‘I love you’ isn’t enough. Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt felt that these three words were too easy to say, and were almost becoming meaningless.
So why not show your loved one that they mean more than just words to you by serenading them this Valentine’s day, or, you know…any day!
2. XO – John Mayer
John Mayer has penned a ton of popular love songs, but XO has to be one of his most popular.
XO was actually originally recorded by Beyonce in 2013, with John releasing his stripped-down acoustic cover version a year later in 2014.
The track talks about different kinds of relationships and talks about spending as much time as possible with your loved ones through our unpredictable lives. Importantly, XO is a love song for everyone.
This song is super easy to learn on guitar as it features just 5 chords and a simple strumming pattern. Get it learned at the link below!
3. Something – The Beatles
Something was written by George Harrison, and is believed to be a love song dedicated to his first wife, Pattie Boyd.
The track was released in 1969 as a double A-side along with ‘Come Together’, another seminal Beatles song.
Fun fact! Frank Sinatra regularly covered this tune, and referred to it as ‘the greatest love song of the past 50 years‘. Quite the seal of approval!
The song also features a gorgeous solo which many critics have described as being Harrison’s finest guitar work. Musically, there’s a lot to sink your teeth into in this one, so make sure to give it a shot at the link below.
4. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Chasing Cars is Snow Patrol’s biggest selling single to date and should be a part of any Valentine’s day guitar playlist!
The song has a similar theme to Extreme’s ‘More Than Words’ above, talking about how words alone are not enough to show someone how much they mean to you.
‘Those three words are said too much, they’re not enough’.
The good news for us guitarists is that the track should be fairly quick to learn, featuring just 5 simple chords and an easy strum pattern. Check out the link below to get started on it!
5. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
This emotional power ballad from rock titans Aerosmith has got to be one of the most recognizable love songs of all time.
‘I could stay awake just to hear you breathing‘. Lyrics don’t come much more romantic than that!
The song was released in 1998 to accompany the blockbuster sci-fi movie Armageddon. To date it is Aerosmith’s most popular hit, having spent an entire month at the top of the Billboard charts when first released.
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing is reasonably easy to learn on guitar, featuring around 10 fairly simple chords to get through. More advanced variations featuring additional chords are available at the link below for those feeling more adventurous!
6. All Of Me – John Legend
Wait, isn’t this a piano ballad? Well, yes…but there’s no reason not to belt out this epic track on guitar as well! Find the guitar chords and tabs below.
All of Me is a love song dedicated to Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen. It was released in 2013 and gave Legend his very first number one song in the United States.
To learn on the guitar you’ll need to master around 10 different chords, but the slow tempo of this track makes it fairly easy to get down.
In the link below you’ll also find some more simplified guitar versions of the song that will be more suitable for beginners.
7. Journey Faithfully
Those looking for something a little more 80s (cos who doesn’t love the 80s?!) can look into this belter from Journey.
It is one of Journey’s most popular hits, with Classic Rock magazine once having called this tune ‘the greatest power ballad ever recorded’.
Faithfully is about life on the road as part of a band, and the challenges that it brings to a relationship. The song acts as an affirmation to his wife that he will always be faithful and is hers forever.
In terms of learning the song, you can strum along to it with just 5 easy chords. Obviously, you can add Neal Schon’s tasty lead runs for a little spice as well.
8. Bryan Adams – Heaven
When I was a kid this song was a big hit for DJ Sammy – little did I know it was actually a Bryan Adams tune!
This track was released in 1985 and was a headline track from Adams’ 1984 album ‘Reckless’. It was a commercial hit and gave Adams his very first number-one single.
It was primarily influenced by the previous song in this list, and actually features Journey’s drummer Steve Smith!
Depending on the variation you choose from the link below, Heaven can be played with as little as 5 simple guitar chords. So you should be able to pick this one up pretty quickly if you’re strapped for time!
9. Bon Jovi – Always
Another rock classic, this power ballad was released in 1994 and is one of Bon Jovi’s best-selling singles.
It was originally penned for the 1993 movie ‘Romeo is Bleeding’, hence the intro lyrics. However, Bon Jovi wasn’t impressed by the movie and decided not to give the studio the song for the soundtrack.
The song is actually about a stalker, so probably best not to let your loved one in on that little fact… Don’t worry though, the majority of music fans just think of it as a classic love song!
To strum along to this song just requires a handful of straightforward guitar chords, plus the solo is also super easy if you’d like to go the extra mile!
10. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
This classic from old Slowhand has got to be one of the most romantic guitar songs of all time.
This song has a lot in common with ‘Something’ by the Beatles (which you’ll find at number 3 in this list). This is because the song is actually written about the same woman – Pattie Boyd!
After she and George Harrison divorced in 1977, Pattie went on to marry Eric Clapton. He later penned this seminal track which is dedicated to her. She also inspired a number of other Harrison and Clapton songs, but that’s a story for another day!
On guitar, you will be able to strum through the song with as little as five very simple chords, so it should be pretty quick to pick up. Clapton’s iconic lead parts are also very easy to learn.
11. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Many of the songs in this list are fairly slow and emotional ballads, but here’s one that’s a little bit more upbeat and fun than the rest!
The song is the best-selling release from Mraz, and has been streamed over a billion times on Spotify!
Jason Mraz has said that the track is both a love song as well as a self-empowering message. However you interpret, your loved one is definitely going to enjoy being serenaded with this noughties hit.
I’m Yours is very easy to learn on guitar, and straightforward to sing as well. It’s also a great number to whip out your ukulele for if you have one of those!
12. Your Body Is A Wonderland – John Mayer
I told you John Mayer had a ton of guitar love songs – so here’s another good one for you!
The track won Mayer a Grammy in 2003 for ‘best male pop vocal performance’
According to Mayer, he wrote the song aged 14 for his first girlfriend. Although back then, the tune was titled ‘Strawberry Wonderland’. He later rewrote the lyrics to suit a more adult-oriented audience.
Quickly learn to strum through the song with a few easy chords at the link below, or it is also a straightforward track to play fingerpicked like John.
13. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
James Blunt is like the Nickelback of pop. People just seem to inexplicably hate the guy. Whatever you think of him, play this track for your partner for guaranteed brownie points.
This is another song in the vein of ‘Always‘ by Bon Jovi, which you’ll find above. Blunt claims that the song is actually a little creepy as it is about him stalking an ex-girlfriend on the London Underground.
Nevertheless, it is a track that has been played countless times by couples deeply in love. Just don’t think too deeply about the lyrics…
The good news is that this song is super easy to learn, featuring just a handful of basic open chords.
14. Better Together – Jack Johnson
Better Together is another upbeat and fun love song, released by Hawaiian-born songwriter Jack Johnson in 2006.
Johnson wrote this song for his wife. It talks about how life is better when he is with her, a fantastic sentiment to convey to your own loved one.
The song has a fun little sliding intro lick that is very easy to nail, and just a few simple chords will let you master the remainder of the tune.
15. Love Me Do – The Beatles
Love Me Do was the very first song that the Beatles recorded and released professionally. It was released as a single in 1962.
Although the song is credited as being a joint effort between McCartney and Lennon, it was McCartney who wrote the main structure of the tune. The bones of the song were reportedly written in 1958 when a truanting 16-year-old Paul McCartney wanted to pen a song for his girlfriend at the time.
As is the case with many Beatles songs, this track features just a few basic chords and so is very easy to learn on guitar.
16. Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix
If you’d prefer to up the gain a little, then how about this iconic hit from the legendary Jimi Hendrix?
Undoubtedly the most famous left handed guitarist of all time, Hendrix released Foxy Lady in 1967.
It is reported that he probably wrote the song about his then-girlfriend Heather Taylor. Although other sources have suggested that it could have been inspired by one of two other women he dated throughout the 60s.
Although you can happily strum out this song on an acoustic, it’s really made to be belted out on an overdriven electric guitar. Learn it at the link below.
17. You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
Fun Fact! Shania Twain’s ‘Come On Over’ (which features this love song) is the 10th best-selling album of all time – wowzers!
Twain wrote this song about her partner at the time, record producer Mutt Lange. There was a large age difference between the two, and the press had been claiming that she was using him to advance her career. So she penned this song to prove them wrong.
The song talks about forging a strong relationship in spite of others saying it wouldn’t last. So it could be a great one for couples who had to battle through some tough times or opposition!
Guitarists should be able to pick up this track pretty quickly as it features a slow tempo and just 4 simple open chords that you probably learned in your first week of guitar!
18. Everything I Do, I Do It For You – Bryan Adams
Another entry on the list for Canadian rocker Bryan Adams, from the soundtrack to the 1991 blockbuster movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
The Shania Twain song above was written about Mutt Lange. Well, this one was co-written by Mutt Lange, and he also plays synths on it!
In the UK, this song spent a record 16 consecutive weeks at the number one position in the charts, a feat that is still unbeaten. It is regularly referred to as the soundtrack to a million slow dances.
You’ll need a capo at the first fret to sing it in the same key as Adams, otherwise, 8 simple chords are all you’ll need to knock out this classic on guitar!
19. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
Let’s take it back to the swinging 60s for this next track from the King of Rock ‘n Roll himself, Elvis Presley.
The song was released in 1961 as part of the Blue Hawaii album. It was also featured in the romantic comedy movie of the same name which starred Elvis.
The track isn’t too difficult to learn on guitar, but does feature some fairly swift chord changes which might not make it the most beginner-friendly choice!
Check out the chords at the link below, or check out the fingerpicked versions if you’re feeling a little more adventurous.
20. Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls
Released on April Fools Day 1998, Iris has become the signature track for the Goo Goo Dolls and is one of the most popular choices for the first wedding dance song.
The track was written for the 1998 romantic fantasy movie City of Angels, starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan.
The lyrics talk about being so deeply in love with someone that you are willing to give up everything to be with them.
The original song is in the rather bizarre tuning of BDDDDD, but you will find plenty of versions in standard tuning if you’d prefer to keep things simple.
More Love Songs To Learn On Guitar
If those 20 weren’t enough for you, here are another 30 quickfire options to consider.
If you spot a few that you like, head over to Ultimate Guitar to find chords and tablature.
- It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
- Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet
- It Must Be Love – Madness
- Annie’s Song – John Denver
- Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
- My Girl – The Temptations
- Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
- Hello – Lionel Richie
- Angels – Robbie Williams
- When A Man Loves A Woman – Michael Bolton
- Baby Can I Hold You – Tracy Chapman
- I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
- Perfect – Ed Sheeran
- How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees
- Careless Whisper – George Michael
- Always On My Mind – Elvis Presley
- Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
- Amazed – Lonestar
- Kiss From A Rose – Seal
- Your Song – Elton John
- She – Elvis Costello
- Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
- Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker
- Take My Breath Away – Berlin
- Keep On Loving You – REO Speedwagon
- The Power Of Love – Jennifer Rush
- Eternal Flame – Bangles
- I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
- You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
- I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
Hopefully by now you’ll have found the perfect guitar love song to learn this Valentine’s Day, date night, or any other romantic occassion!