52 Songs About Unconditional Love
Does Your Love Know No Bounds?
Do you accept those you love when they are moody, forgetful, broken, or frail? How about when they behave badly or when they at their most unlovable? And what if their lifestyle, values, politics, religion, personal choices, or other aspects of their identity differ dramatically from your own?
People often claim their love to be unconditional when in reality they put plenty of conditions upon it. How we condition our love says as much about us as it does the target of our affection.
I hope you have someone who
- loves you for you
- accepts you without demands
- believes in you, and
- supports you through both triumph and tragedy.
If you love someone else this way, why not make a playlist of songs about unconditional love to remind them how much you care? We have a long list of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs to start you off.
Is there someone who loves you unconditionally?
1. "All of Me" by John Legend
Whether she's crying or arguing with him, the woman at the center of this 2013 love song has the unending devotion of her partner. Because he realizes that she is perfectly imperfect, her flaws draw him in deeper:
'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you.
2. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
Here's an ode to vampire love and other types of eternal passion. In the 2011 theme song for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn," the narrator describes with utter awe the feeling of finding the true love you've waited for. It's destiny and all of eternity cannot rip the two of you apart.
3. "Unconditionally" by Katy Perry
Insecurities, dirty laundry, and bad days—the girl in this 2013 love song welcomes all of them, alongside the positive. She promises her unconditional love and hopes her partner will simply open up his heart and be free to share who he is without fear of rejection or judgment.
4. "Stand by You" by Rachel Platten
There is no doubt that the girl in this peppy 2015 pop song has your back. She promises to stand by you, scars and all, and help you carry the burden that threatens to break you. She'll cry with you when you're weak, walk through hell with you if needed, and even lend you her wings if yours are broken.
This strong lady knows the value of unconditional love and she spells it out. May you have the strength to be this person for someone else when they are vulnerable, ill, or troubled, and may you receive it in return. It can make all the difference.
5. "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars
The woman Bruno Mars is serenading in this 2010 love ballad is beautiful inside and out, and he wouldn't change a thing about her. He loves her without exception. Although he compliments her eyes, hair, face, lips, and smile, she has trouble accepting his praise. He reassures her that she is amazing just the way she is. (Accept the love, girl. This is Bruno Mars!)
6. "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Country singer Dolly Parton wrote and sang this tune first. However, it was Whitney Houston who made it her signature song in 1992 with high notes that make the angels flutter. As two lovers part ways, one promises the other that she will always love him.
7. "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
Right now these lovers are young and nimble, but the man in this 2014 pop song foresees a time decades down the line when their bodies will falter and their memories will fade.
Eventually, we all become mere caricatures of who we once were. However, he loves his partner unconditionally, and all of that will likely just deepen his love for her:
'Cause honey your soul can never grow old; it's evergreen
Baby your smile's forever in my mind and memory.
8. "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders
"Nothing you confess could make me love you less." Now that is unconditional love, and it's what the woman in this 1994 rock song promises to her loved one. She won't let anyone hurt him—even in his darkest hour, and even if he is wrong, she'll be right there.
9. "Keep On Loving You" by REO Speedwagon
We all carry emotional baggage, and the woman at the center of this 1980 rock song carries a load of it, with a reputation to match. However, her devoted partner disregards the lovers who came before him. They're irrelevant to their relationship. He loves his partner without judgment or fault and promises that these feelings are forever.
10. "Then" by Brad Paisley
In this country song from 2009, a man reminisces about first meeting his wife, then falling in love with her. Each step of the way, he couldn't imagine loving her more, and he looks forward to their future together.
11. "Forever and Ever Amen" by Randy Travis
The charming country fella in this 1987 ditty promises his lady that he'll be faithful and love her always. Regardless of the toll that age may take on them, he intends to love her unconditionally.
12. "Good Hearted Woman" by Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
Some folks might call the long-suffering woman in this classic 1976 country song a sucker, but others would say she simply loves her man in spite of his many faults. He's made her many empty promises, done bad things, and likes the night life too much for a married man. However, his gal sticks with him because
She's a good hearted woman
In love with a good timin' man.
She loves him in spite of his ways
That she don't understand.
13. "To the Moon and Back" by Luke Bryan
While many of us have the benefit of unconditional love in our lives, the woman in this 2015 country song longs desperately for it. A bitter woman, the narrator grew up with a poor excuse for a mother, and her father has now lost contact. Friends have betrayed her and left her heart longing for someone to love. When she finds him, she plans to love him to the moon and back.
14. "Stay with You" by John Legend
Now here's a solid man. In this 2004 love song, the narrator pledges that he and his beloved will be lovers for a lifetime. Through heartaches and pains that come their way in the future, he will stand by her until the end of time.
15. "Dear Daughter" by Halestorm
Every daughter should have the paternal support that is expressed in this 2015 hard rock song. A father explains to his young daughter that as she grows, she will experience love, pain, hope, and fear, and through it all he will be there for her. From a man's perspective, he advises her to be herself in the face of pressure, whether from peers or a boyfriend.
16. "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
This 1977 song will always be one of my favorites for its plainspoken candor about loving the core of who a person is. His sweetheart doesn't need to experiment with new fashion choices or a hairstyle to get his attention. He loves her very essence without condition.
17. "Through the Years" by Kenny Rogers
In this 1981 country song, the narrator cherishes that his partner has always been there for him, providing unconditional love. He claims that she's taught him everything he knows, and they share a solid relationship of mutual trust and support that has stood the test of time.
18. "A Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait
This soft-hearted 1990 country song describes a father's unbending love for his children by recounting a childhood story in which the boy misbehaves but is forgiven. When he grows up and becomes a father himself he understands that
Daddies don't just love their children
Every now and then
It's a love without end, amen.
19. "God, Your Mama, and Me" by Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys
A father reassures his growing child that they have a strong and loving foundation in this 2016 country song. He provides comfort that his son or daughter will always be welcomed by the loving and accepting arms of family:
Now until the day I die, unconditionally
You know I'm always gonna be here for ya
No one's ever gonna love you more than
God, your mama, and me.
20. "Forever Like That" by Ben Rector
Come sunny days or rainy ones, this 2013 pop song's narrator is all in when it comes to loving his partner. He promises to stay by her side, shelter her, and carry her burdens in life. Whatever changes they face they'll do it together because that's what unconditional love is all about.
Even More Songs About Unconditional Love
21. That's My Job
22. I Knew I Loved You
24. Never My Love
25. Unconditional Love
26. You've Got the Love
Florence + the Machine
27. You and Me Against the World
28. I'll Be
29. Keep Holding On
30. Never Let Go
31. Power of Two
32. No Matter What
33. A Walk Through Hell
34. When I Said I Do
Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black
35. He Stopped Loving Her Today
36. Because You Loved Me
38. Unconditional Love
Plain White T's
39. Head Over Feet
40. I Cross My Heart
41. My Baby Loves Me
42. My Son
Big & Rich
43. In This Life
44. Will You Still Love Me?
45. I Wanna Grow Old With You
46. He Stopped Loving Her Today
48. Stand by Your Man
49. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
50. Shower the People
52. Like Jesus Does
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
What does it mean to love "unconditionally?"
Let’s set a distinction first between feelings and behavior.
Loving unconditionally means you have deep feelings for someone no matter what. You don’t put conditions, boundaries, limits, or contingencies on how you feel about them. Nothing can change your love for them.
• You still love your parents even though they voted for Donald Trump and continue to defend his politics
• You still love your teenaged son even though he is failing Algebra
• You still love your sister even though she has never repaid you the $500 she owes you
• You still love your cousin even though he is a hardcore meth addict and has stolen from you as well as everyone else he knows
You can love someone unconditionally for who they are, regardless of
1) differences between you in attitudes and values
2) their life decisions and choices
3) flaws and failures and
4) habits, addictions, illnesses, and shortcomings.
However, just because you love someone unconditionally doesn’t mean you have to tolerate repeated bad behavior from them, especially when such treatment violates your dignity and self-worth.
Relationships involve mutual commitment and communication. They are a cooperative exchange, not a grab-n-go where one person is the consistent beneficiary, and the other is repeatedly taken advantage of.
Relationships typically need conditions, boundaries, contingencies, and limits between partners to be healthy. (I’m sure that there are probably relationship deal-breakers in even the closest of your relationships.)
Thus, to revisit the above examples of unconditional love,
• You can set limits with your Trump-loving parents about acceptable topics of conversation. You still love them unconditionally; behaviorally, you are setting limits about what you’re willing to discuss.
• You can get your son a tutor and limit his computer and phone, allowing him to earn back his privileges with electronics with better grades. You still love him unconditionally; behaviorally, you have to set some contingencies regarding his grades and electronics.
• You can set boundaries with your sister by telling her you that you’re canceling her debt, but you will no longer lend money to family. You still love her unconditionally; behaviorally, you re-establish expectations about acceptable behavior.
• You explain to your meth addict cousin that you cannot have any relationship with him until he is clean and sober. You still love him unconditionally; behaviorally, you are setting a boundary or minimal requirements for what is required to be active in your life.Helpful 9
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