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43 Songs About Love at First Sight

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

When you meet that special someone, something just clicks. Celebrate the magic of love at first sight with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about the subject.

When you meet that special someone, something just clicks. Celebrate the magic of love at first sight with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about the subject.

An Instant Connection: Love at First Sight

Call it fate or a happy accident. Call it divine intervention or what you will, but every once in a while one set of eyes meets another as heartbeats quicken and sparks fly. Love can take hold in an instant when you're least expecting it, and you sense that your future stands ready to unfold right in front of you. You simply need to take the next step and introduce yourself.

If you've ever experienced love at first sight, you know the exhilarating feeling. Celebrate the adventure of love of first sight with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs. We have a long list to start you out.

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1. "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur

The tender-hearted man in this 2016 love ballad reminisces about meeting his significant other. In a magical love at first sight encounter, she lit him up like a light bulb with good feelings, making him feel like he was enough.

The two danced, drank too much, and the alcohol got the better of her while he remained sober. The ultimate gentleman, he held her hair as she tossed her cookies. He was already in love, mentally fast-forwarding to a busy family life together. This is a madly in love:

I knew I loved you then, but you'd never know
'Cause I played it cool
When I was scared of letting go
I knew I needed you, but I never showed
But I wanna stay with you
Until we're grey and old
Just say you won't let go, just say you won't let go.

2. "I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Garden

Australian duo Savage Garden hit it big with this romantic 1999 pop song about a guy who in one fateful glance finds both his best friend and forever lover. The song topped the charts in the US and was popular worldwide.

When the narrator meets his girlfriend, he experiences a magnetic connection, as if he had found a missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle:

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life
I am complete now that I found you.

3. "Just One Look" by Doris Troy

This 1963 R&B number by Doris Troy made the artist a one-hit-wonder, but oh, what a tune it is! It features a song narrator who becomes utterly smitten by a man after laying eyes on him just once.

After just one look, she's ready to build her entire world around him and is eager for him to reciprocate her expressions of love and lifelong commitment. The song was covered by many artists over the years and used in commercials for Pepsi and Mazda.

4. "I Met a Girl" by William Michael Morgan

When the fella in this 2015 country song met a blue-eyed girl with crazy shoes, he smiled and his whole world changed. He recounts all the quirky things he loves about her: her laughter, her no-frills beauty, and the way she dances like nobody is watching. His world has been changed by that one simple meeting.

5. "Love at First Sight" by The Brobecks

The socially awkward dude in this 2009 indie-rock tune fumbles over his words as he tries to introduce himself to the woman he covets. He has fallen in love at first sight but doesn't make a great impression. The man describes how everything seems wonderful when you're in love, even the creepy things. (Like him perhaps?) Let's hope she feels the same way and overlooks his lack of social finesse.

6. "Sea of Love" by The Honeydrippers

In 1985, Robert Plant's rock and roll band The Honeydrippers covered this R&B-influenced number that was originally a hit for Phil Phillips. Over his lifetime, Phillips reportedly received only $6,800 for the 1959 recording despite the song's tremendous success, multiple cover versions, and use in a major motion picture by the same name—all of which should have garnered him royalties.

The simple, elegant tune features a protagonist who declares that he knew when he met his lover that she was his "pet." He beckons her to the seaside, where he can romantically express his deepest emotions for her.

7. "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" by John Michael Montgomery

You never know what you'll encounter at the county auction. This toe-tapping country ditty from 1995 describes a fella who attends an auction and falls in love on the spot with a pretty lady:

Man I gotta have her, she's a one of a kind
I'm goin' once, goin' twice
I'm sold to the lady in the second row
She's an eight, she's a nine, she's a ten I know
She's got ruby red lips, blond hair, blue eyes
And I'm about to bid my heart good-bye.

For inquiring minds, Grundy County is an actual place, and you can take your pick from among three states: Illinois, Tennessee, and Missouri.

8. "Love at First Sight" by Michael Bublé

Approximately one in three people in Western society report having experienced love at first sight. Count this man among them. Michael Bublé feels the exhilaration of amore in suave, big band style, and he sets out to create a special evening for his lady friend in this 2018 track. In the song, he recalls experiencing love at first sight and hopes that the object of his desire feels the same way towards him.

In real life, Bublé reportedly fell head over heels for Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato. He chased after her romantically and one day confided, "You are my wife, you just don’t know it yet." The blonde beauty coyly responded that of course, every man wanted to marry her and they would just have to see. The couple married in 2011 and now have three children,

9. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack

The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless skies ... .

Although this R&B song was released almost 50 years ago—seriously, where does time go?—the 1972 tune perfectly captures the sensual magic of a couple's first meeting. The woman in the song then fondly recalls how her whole life changed as she became more intimately entwined with her lover.

In addition to Billboard naming it the top song of the year for 1972, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" brought Roberta Flack a Grammy Award for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Amazingly, she repeated that feat the following year with "Killing Me Softly." No other solo artist has accomplished that. The legendary vocalist was subsequently awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

10. "Penny Lover" by Lionel Richie

Penny, the woman at the center of this 1984 pop love ballad, captured the narrator's heart when he first cast eyes upon her. However, this guy is really insecure that his Penny lover will leave him (red flag alert!), so he spends an inordinate proportion of the song begging her never to walk away from their relationship. It sounds like Penny needs to tell him to ease up with the neediness.

11. "Heartache on the Dance Floor" by John Pardi

If you fall in love at first sight, don't keep your feelings to yourself. Take a risk so you won't end up like the heartbroken cowboy in this rousing 2017 country number. He had stopped in a bar in some little west coast town for a few drinks when he was gobsmacked by the sight of a California redhead dancing to an old Motown song. Rather than introduce himself, however, he stood at the bar mesmerized. Now all he can think about is the memory of her and the lost opportunity. He's kicking himself over the what-ifs.

12. "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes

This is a girl with a goal. Since the night they met, the emotionally needy gal in this classic 1963 pop song has been obsessed by thoughts of the man she fell instantly in love with. Determined to make him hers forever, she now sets out to convince the object of her affection to love her back (as if that is a rational decision):

I'll make you happy, baby, just wait and see
For every kiss you give me, I'll give you three
Oh, since the day I saw you
I have been waiting for you
You know I will adore you 'til eternity.

"Be My Baby" is the epitome of Phil Spector's "wall of sound" style of music production. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and was recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

A 2017 psychological study found that love at first sight may actually be a "positive illusion" or "confabulated memory that adds to the uniqueness of the relationship."

A 2017 psychological study found that love at first sight may actually be a "positive illusion" or "confabulated memory that adds to the uniqueness of the relationship."

13. "Love Story" by Taylor Swift

In fairy tale fashion, the narrator in this 2008 country-pop song relays the flashback memory of meeting her prince charming. She was suddenly lovestruck. The relationship between the young lovers is not endorsed by the girl's parents who think that the young man is all wrong for their daughter. Taylor Swift thus borrows a Romeo and Juliet theme for the song, but she gives it a creatively happy ending in which the young man proposes and the couple ends up blissful together.

13. "Change Your Name" by Brett Young

Have you ever walked into a room and one sexy someone instantly stole your attention? That's what happened to the man in this 2018 country song. The sight of one lady erased everyone else in the room and left him grappling for the right words or actions.

It must have been some first impression because he's awestruck and determined to spend the rest of his life with the woman he has yet to introduce himself to:

I don't wanna change who you are
I don't wanna mess with your dreams
Or get in the way of who you wanna be
No, I ... I won't stop your runaway heart
I just wanna be why you stay
Only thing about you
That I'd change is
I'd change your name.

15. "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston

This narrator in this 1990 pop song acknowledges she never believed in love at first sight, but all that changed tonight when she set eyes upon her beloved. (Be careful Whitney, he's more trouble than you know!) To the narrator, this man is a magical fantasy, and the loveblind woman is going crazy with ecstasy. There's nothing rational about her tonight; she feels "like an angel who just started to fly."

16. "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes

Meeting one's soulmate is a transformative experience. In this 2005 alt-rock tune the protagonist divides his life in two: life before he met his sweetheart and life afterward. It's almost as if he has been reborn. In retrospect, prior to first making her acquaintance, the man says he felt blind and directionless. However, now everything has changed. He is happy, has a purpose, and feels accepted.

17. "Just Walk Away" by Céline Dion

Love at first sight wasn't all it was cracked up to be for the couple in this 1995 pop song. In typical histrionic fashion, Céline Dion describes how this is the love of the lifetime for the female narrator. She's trying valiantly not to shrivel up and die as her lover walks just away. Not every story has a happy ending.

18. "Love @ 1st Sight" by Mary J. Blige (featuring Method Man)

The narrator in this 2014 hip-hop number wonders whether love for a stranger is possible. Could it happen to him? He's attracted by the vision of loveliness he sees before him and is drawn closer by the possibility of love:

How could this be if I don't really know you?
Oh, baby, baby, could it be ...
Could it be love at first sight?

19. "You Had Me from Hello" by Kenny Chesney

With one word from the stunning lady at the center of this 1999 country ditty, the narrator turns his head, looks into her eyes, and sees forever. He is enthralled, and all of his defenses come tumbling down:

Well, you had me from "hello"
I felt love start to grow
The moment that I looked into your eyes you won me
It was over from the start; you completely stole my heart
And now you won't let go
I never even had a chance you know
Well, you had me from "hello."

The love ballad was inspired by a famous quote from the 1996 major motion picture, Jerry Maguire, "You had me at hello." Unfortunately, in real life, Chesney's own love story didn't have such a fairy tale ending. In 2005, he married Renée Zellweger—the actress in Jerry Maguire who uttered that famous line—only five months after they met. The marriage, however, was annulled after only four months.

20. "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder

Love at first sight isn't reserved just for lovers but also for parents when they see their newborns for the first time. This joyful 1976 pop song features a new father who is bursting with joy and pride over his baby daughter who is less than one minute old. It's as if he has seen the sunrise for the first time.

One in three Westerners report experiencing love at first sight.  Are you one?

One in three Westerners report experiencing love at first sight. Are you one?

Even More Songs About Love at First Sight

Know a song about love at first that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. Done

Chris Janson

2019

22. One Boy, One Girl

Collin Raye

1995

23. Baby, Be My Love Song

Easton Corbin

2015

24. Knock You Down

Keri Hilson (featuring Kanye West, Ne-Yo)

2009

25. Look at Me

Carrie Underwood

2009

26. Hello Mary Lou

Ricky Nelson

1961

27. Love at First Sight

Kyle Minogue

2002

28. Can't Help Falling in Love

Elvis Presley

1961

29. Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Frankie Valli

1967

30. We Danced

Brad Paisley

2000

31. Hey Pretty Girl

Kip Moore

2013

32. Your Majesty

Zac Brown Band

2017

33. I'm a Believer

The Monkees

1964

34. Then

Brad Paisley

2010

35. Love at First Sight

Kix

1981

36. Leather and Lace

Stevie Nicks and Don Henley

1981

37. Pink

Aerosmith

1997

38. Hello, I Love You

The Doors

1968

39. I Saw Her Standing There

Beatles

1964

40. Love at First Sight

Styx

1991

41. She Said Yes

Rhett Akins

1995

42. Pretty Brown Eyes

Cody Simpson

2013

43. Golden

Lady A

2013

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 15, 2020:

bhattuc - I appreciate your visit and comment.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 15, 2020:

MG - Thank you for stopping in and I'm glad you found this list enjoyable.

bhattuc on September 10, 2020:

Exhaustive and splendid compilation. Well presented.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 09, 2020:

This is a wonderful collection from the man's point of view. I wonder what is love at first sight. The word love has so many connotations but you have given a wonderful collection one that can listen again and again. You do have a computer brain..

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 09, 2020:

Heidi - Your honesty makes me smile. I'd be worried about love at first sight claims. If and when the looks disappear (as they always do), will the adoration also go away? One would hope not, but it depends upon the sturdiness and reinforcement of the foundation. Have a wonderful week yourself!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 09, 2020:

Peg Cole - Joanne Woodward has the secret -- laughter. Of course, look who she's been married to. That's not all she's had.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 08, 2020:

I definitely do not believe in love at first sight. Attraction? Maybe. I didn't instantly love my hubby. But, hey, it makes a great topic for songs, right?

Anyway, awesome list as always. Have a great week!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on September 08, 2020:

Such a great collection of love songs. We need more of these romantic feelings in our daily life.

It was sad to read about Phil Phillips not getting the royalties he deserved for his classic song. Kinda makes me wonder. . .

About love at first sight, yes, I'm a Believer, but I also cherish the long-term relationship I've enjoyed with my hubby which started off as nothing more than a friendship and grew into more.

I cherish the Joanne Woodward quote, "Sexiness wears thin after awhile and beauty fades, but to be married to someone who makes you laugh every day -- ah, that's a real treat."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

Shauna - Thanks for sharing so much of yourself here. I would bet Bengie does actually remember you. The older people get the more the mind seems to go back to earlier days it seems. That's all the more reason to make life really count. Stay healthy and have a good week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

Anupam Mitu - She has a Southern US accent so it may be harder for you to understand (I have it too). Google the lyrics for help if needed. I often do that anyway when I'm not clear what artists are singing. Glad it made you feel better about things!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

Raymond - I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Be happy and well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

Linda - You are giving me ideas for future "Who Sang It Best?" articles. Thank you! Have a fabulous week ahead and enjoy the more temperate weather.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

Rajan - I am happy that you enjoyed the playlist. Thank you for reading and taking a moment to comment. Have a joyful week ahead.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 07, 2020:

Flourish, I love when I have a day off from work because I can actually take the time to go through these wonderful themed music posts. Yay me!

I enjoyed all of these. Some I didn't know and many I did. I either sang along or danced in my seat. Or both.

Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is so moving.There's so much emotion behind the words and on her face as she sings. I think that's my favorite in this list.

Whitney Houston's video was very reminiscent of Michael Jackson's performances. At one point she even wore the white socks and black shoes. Did he perhaps produce the video?

I have such huge admiration for Celine Dion. I've never bought any of her records, but I remember that she spoke no English when her career first began. Look how far she's come!

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli brings back a specific memory. I was in maybe 6th grade and had my first bonafide crush on a boy. This song was popular at the time. Every time I hear it I think of Bengie. I wonder if he ever thinks of me? Probably not. The crush was definitely one-sided. LOL

I appreciate the little snippets of 'love at first sight' info you offer in this post. I wonder if there are any statistics regarding love-at-first-sight unions having lasted a lifetime.

Thanks for filling my day off with wonderful music, Flourish! I hope you had a nice and safe Labor Day weekend.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on September 07, 2020:

Oh God Flourish! You are amazing dear!

I loved that song "Romeo", had never heard such songs earlier. Thanks a lot. The accent of the other song was not so clear to me but loved Romeo a lot..

I'll definitely write sth like her.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on September 07, 2020:

A fine collection of songs on a topic that resonates with me.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 07, 2020:

What a fun list. I surprised myself at how many of them I actually know.

The Savage Garden song reminds me of my younger daughter. She was a teenager when that song was released and played it over and over and over again.

Roberta Flack's song is probably my all-time favorite. You mentioned "Killing Me Softly"--her version is good, but you should hear it as sung by Toni Braxton.

I'm glad that you included the Stevie Wonder song. I say that I don't believe in love at first sight, but of course, that all changes when you are talking about the first glimpse of your newborn.

I hope you are having a good week. Stay safe.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 07, 2020:

Love, at first sight, is a unique high one has to experience for himself/herself. Good to see there are so many songs on this topic. Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

Kyriaki - It's great to hear from you again. Thanks for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

Devika - I am glad you enjoyed this playlist. Thanks for reading.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

Anupam Mitu - You're right in that much of the music reflects the broader society in which it exists. There are some notable and sometimes humorous examples of role reversals in which the men are objectified. Two examples are Dolly Parton's "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That?" (1989) and "Romeo" by Dolly Parton, Billy Ray Cyrus, and others (1993) -- I recommend the official videos.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

Bill - It's interesting how many Westerners report having experienced love at first sight. Researchers explain it as retroactive confabulation, a memory error and basically story building as a couple albeit not necessarily an intentional effort to recreate the past.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

Linda - I'm glad you recognized a couple of songs. I appreciate your stopping by and taking a look. Have a great week ahead!

Kyriaki Chatzi on September 07, 2020:

I believe each person has a different opinion on the matter because each perceives love in a different way. However, one thing is for sure. Love at first sight or not, this playlist is great! I hope you're doing great, Flourish!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 07, 2020:

FlourishAnyway A list of songs that I knew but did not see your way. This is an enjoyable read and so interesting to know of.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on September 06, 2020:

Wow Flourish! You are just amazing

Such an overwhelming collection of the songs filled with love.

But there is a point (very personal)

While going through the songs I found that most of the songs are from the perspective of men, the men who feel the ladies as some decorative item (golden hair, chisel shaped body, broad eyes, etc) Not only in the English songs, even in the Bollywood songs (hindi) this is very common.

There are so many popular numbers where the girl is shown as a mere item, such sort of item that you can get in any shop.

I know, I'm being a bit feminist here, but my concern is 'why there aren't any songs where the men are treated as items. ..

Thanks again dear..

The collection provided by you is just to be preserved. I did that already.

Lots of love and blessings.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 06, 2020:

You’ve done it again, Flourish. Great list. I think we all like to believe in love at first sight, but I’m not sure how often it actually happens. It does take time to really get to know someone, but I think sometimes that instant attraction or infatuation does lead to true love. Great job as always.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 06, 2020:

I only knew two songs from your list. As always, it was enjoyable to learn about the others. Love at first sight is an interesting idea to think about.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 06, 2020:

Peggy - You know, that's about the same thing my husband said! He's a very logical/rational fellow, being an engineer. I have had more than one guy in the past say they fell in love with me at first sight, but I didn't end up with them.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 06, 2020:

Eric - Thank you, my friend, for stopping by. Have a good weekend with your family and be happy and well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 06, 2020:

Bill - You should tell your love story in an article, even if it's in character form.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 06, 2020:

Pamela - You're too kind. It does require lots of time, but I do enjoy the challenge and have a large backlog of songlist ideas that should keep me busy for quite awhile, plus additional backburner hubs that there never seems time enough to get to. I'm sure you know that feeling!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 06, 2020:

Adrienne - Until I started researching songs extensively a number of years ago I wasn't aware of that either. I have a playlist that is full of lovely songs of parents mesmerized by the sight or anticipation of their newborn and this is among my favorite from that list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 06, 2020:

Liz - Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. Have a glorious weekend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 06, 2020:

I think that infatuation can occur at first sight, but true love takes time to develop as one gets to know the real person, not just the exterior appearance of the person. It is beautiful if instant infatuation can turn into lasting love. Your poll is an interesting look as to how people feel about this concept. Good job, as always, on this list of songs!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 06, 2020:

Came back a few times to listen to more. Thanks for a great list and the backgrounds.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 06, 2020:

The Beatles led things off for me, so I only score 39 on this one, darn it. I still remember when that song came out, singing along, thinking one day it could happen to me, love at first sight, how magical that would be....sigh...and then it did, and it was. :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 06, 2020:

This is a great list of songs about love at first sight. I don't know how you keep coming up with so many great topics and find such good songs. I would think it is quite time consuming, but you always hit it our of the park, Flourish.

Adrienne Farricelli on September 06, 2020:

Thanks for putting together a nice list about songs about love at first sight. I learned something new. Wasn't aware that "Isn't she lovely" referred to a new father seeing his baby daughter for the first time. When I hear this song next time, I'll imagine this joyful scene.

Liz Westwood from UK on September 06, 2020:

This is a well-organised and interesting article. Just the tonic for an upbeat playlist during these uncertain times.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 05, 2020:

Sankhajit - Thank you for dropping by.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on September 05, 2020:

marvelous piece of writing....