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52 Songs About Unconditional Love

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We all have the need for unconditional love. Make a playlist to show someone you love how deeply you care.  Here are pop, rock, and country songs about love that knows no limits.

We all have the need for unconditional love. Make a playlist to show someone you love how deeply you care. Here are pop, rock, and country songs about love that knows no limits.

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.

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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!)

"If a dog can love us unconditionally, why can't we love each other the same way?" - Carol McKibben, American author

"If a dog can love us unconditionally, why can't we love each other the same way?" - Carol McKibben, American author

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.

It's easy to love someone through the good times, but can you love them when they are moody, frail, forgetful, broken, mean, or when they behave badly?

It's easy to love someone through the good times, but can you love them when they are moody, frail, forgetful, broken, mean, or when they behave badly?

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.

Children need unconditional love from parents.  When they have caregivers who are attentive and supportive, this helps affirm their identity and develop self-acceptance.

Children need unconditional love from parents. When they have caregivers who are attentive and supportive, this helps affirm their identity and develop self-acceptance.

Even More Songs About Unconditional Love

SongArtistYear Released

21. That's My Job

Conway Twitty

1987

22. I Knew I Loved You

Savage Garden

1999

23. Unconditional

Peter Andre

2009

24. Never My Love

The Association

1967

25. Unconditional Love

Jah Cure

2013

26. You've Got the Love

Florence + the Machine

2009

27. You and Me Against the World

Helen Reddy

1974

28. I'll Be

Edwin McCain

1998

29. Keep Holding On

Avril Lavigne

2007

30. Never Let Go

Jeff Bridges

2014

31. Power of Two

Indigo Girls

1994

32. No Matter What

Badfinger

1970

33. A Walk Through Hell

Say Anything

2004

34. When I Said I Do

Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black

1999

35. He Stopped Loving Her Today

George Jones

1980

36. Because You Loved Me

Celine Dion

1996

37. Unconditional

Ne-Yo

2012

38. Unconditional Love

Plain White T's

2010

39. Head Over Feet

Alanis Morissette

1995

40. I Cross My Heart

George Strait

1992

41. My Baby Loves Me

Martina McBride

1993

42. My Son

Big & Rich

2017

43. In This Life

Collin Raye

1992

44. Will You Still Love Me?

Chicago

1986

45. I Wanna Grow Old With You

Adam Sandler

1998

46. He Stopped Loving Her Today

George Jones

1980

47. Mother

Sugarland

2018

48. Stand by Your Man

Tammy Wynette

1968

49. You Are the Sunshine of My Life

Stevie Wonder

1972

50. Shower the People

James Taylor

1976

51. Unconditional

Clay Davidson

2000

52. Like Jesus Does

Eric Church

2013

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

Question: What does it mean to love "unconditionally?"

Answer: 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.

For example:

• 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.

© 2018 FlourishAnyway

Comments

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

Peggy - Pets are the best at unconditional love! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are vibing with them during pandemic lockdown!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2020:

I like many of these songs. It is such a great feeling to be unconditionally loved. Some people are good at it...almost as good as how our dogs love us. Ha!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2019:

synthonaplinth - Thanks for the recommendation which I have added at #50.

synthonaplinth on April 10, 2019:

Another one for your list would be 'Shower The People' by James Taylor.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 07, 2018:

Ari - Thanks for the kind comment. Have a musical day.

Ari / ghostswelcome.com on April 07, 2018:

I was Googling around to find some list of the classic love songs but this list was more interesting. I didn't know that many of these songs before. Thanks!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 06, 2018:

Audrey - Isn't that such a nice song? And hearing Randy Travis at his peak is bittersweet. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 05, 2018:

"Through the Years" by Kenny Rogers melts my heart. What I wouldn't give to have someone write a song for me with lyrics and a melody like this. I also feel good when I hear Randy Travis sing "Forever and Ever, Amen".

Thanks for this marvelous selection of hit songs along with this hit hub.

audrey

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 02, 2018:

Jo - Yes, like Billy Joel who is on his fourth wife (and the age difference gets ever wider, or so it seems). Perhaps his song was aspirational?

Jo Miller from Tennessee on February 02, 2018:

Some of these folks who sang these songs didn't seem to do a really good job of practicing what they sang.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 30, 2018:

Rasma - Glad you like them.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 30, 2018:

Lots of songs here to really like.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 29, 2018:

Dora - Every time I hear her version of that song, I get chills at the high notes. I know it has to shake heaven itself that song is so inspired and perfect. It's just so sad what befell that beautiful girl.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 29, 2018:

Kari - I appreciate your stopping by. Billy Joel should never have stopped writing music. He alleges that he said all he wanted to say through music, but I can't see how that could be true. He's just so good.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 29, 2018:

Frank - I think he's a frustrated singer inside a comedian's body. Thanks for the kind comment. You're my favorite flash fiction writer.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 29, 2018:

Devika - Thank you for your kind comment. I hope you have the beauty of unconditional love in your life. Have a fabulous week.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 29, 2018:

Whitney Houston's song was/is off the charts in rendition and the wishing love to the one you love is precious. So many of these lyrics are heartfelt. Love is always a great theme!

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on January 29, 2018:

This is a wonderful list. I also love the Billy Joel song!

Frank Atanacio on January 29, 2018:

I can't keep telling you how much I enjoy this type of hubs.. love the memory lane it takes me down. I didn't Adam Sandler did music outside the Jewish Holiday song..LOL now I got to U-Tube it...

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 29, 2018:

Hi FlourishAnyway, I love this list of songs. Unconditional love is rare, and not everyone will have it. Dogs are just amazing in that way.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 28, 2018:

Anna - Thank you for your kind comment. That's actually Waylon, but you did remind me of a George Jones classic which I will add: "He Stopped Loving Her Today." I sure love ol' George. There's no one like him. Have a wonderful week ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 28, 2018:

Genna - Isn't that song one of the most amazing? Right now I have a cat vying for my attention saying that cats love unconditionally too. Some of them certainly do! Especially this one who is like second skin. He helps me hub, overseeing my work sometimes much more than I would like. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week ahead!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 28, 2018:

I always look forward to the recent installment of your unique series. "If a dog can love us unconditionally, why can't we love each other the same way?" I wish I knew the answer. So many good songs on your list, but Waylon and Willie's duet of this song is one of my iconic favorites. Thank you!

Anna Haun from USA on January 28, 2018:

Very nice list of songs. However, he is no longer here so there is no one to make a list for. George Jones said it best "Just a Good Hearted Woman In Love With A Two Timing Man" but in the end when he became ill, he then realized what he nearly threw away. Maybe if he would have stopped his drinking then his pancreas might have been okay but that bottle was more important, he started drinking by the time he was in 7th grade. But it just another bedtime story, cause it makes me sad to think of a love so warm and true to lay shattered there on the floor.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 28, 2018:

Suhail - You're so right about dogs. Although I don't have dogs myself, I do occasionally help out with my grandmother's two elderly dogs. They have outlived my grandfather whom they dearly loved. One of them parked herself beside his deathbed for days while he was dying. He was at home in hospice, and she would lick his hand if he put it over the side of the bed. She monitored who came in the room and wouldn't leave except when we made her go eat or pee. The love was extraordinary. If people had just half of that commitment. Truly unconditional. I wish I could say as much for my grandmother but that's just her.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on January 28, 2018:

Hi Flourish,

I have, at one point of time, while commuting to work, listened to most of these songs. I would only like to say that musicians and song writers' are more deserving of speaking about unconditional love as they are sensitive to it.

And then there are our dogs, who give us this unconditional love :-)

Regards,

Suhail

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 28, 2018:

Threekeys - Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this playlist so much.

threekeys on January 27, 2018:

Wonderful wonderful idea.

Loving conditionally is a high goal to aspire to. Spreading the idea through music is fantastic. Music is the language of the hesrt. Of joy and fun. And something fun? Is what we badly need.Great job!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 27, 2018:

Mary - I appreciate your kind commend. Isn't it wonderful to be loved without condition? Thanks for visiting, and have a terrific weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 27, 2018:

Larry - You're right about that. Sometimes love involves confrontation and truth telling that a person doesn't always want to hear (e.g., substance abuse).

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 27, 2018:

Linda - Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 27, 2018:

Dunbar Green - Glad you enjoy this! Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 27, 2018:

Heidi - Great suggestions which I have added. I love Adam Sandler's goofy yet meaningful song. Hope your weekend is a fantastic one!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 27, 2018:

Bill - Good you got one and that it triggered humming. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on January 27, 2018:

It has been ages since I heard the one by the Pretenders. Many of these were new to me, so thank you for enlightening me.

It's good to see that unconditional love is still strong in the current era of music.

Great list.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 27, 2018:

Unconditional love is beautiful. Thanks for reminding us of this, Flourish.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on January 27, 2018:

A lot of good songs here.

Unconditional love is an interesting concept to me. Some people think it means to support regardless of what commen sense tells you.

To me it has to do with loving someone no matter what they do. Not blindly supporting it if you think they're doing something wrong.

Richard Green from New Mexico on January 27, 2018:

Fabulous article. I'm making a playlist of it now.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 27, 2018:

For me, it's Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are."

And here's a weird one that came to mind for me. Remember in The Wedding Singer, "I Wanna Grow Old With You?" Then there's Chicago's "Will You Still Love Me?"

Anyway, thanks for the great playlist, as always. Happy Weekend!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 27, 2018:

I actually did think of that Kenny Rogers song, although I haven't heard it in probably twenty years. Some great songs on this list....and now the humming begins. :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 27, 2018:

Shyron - Thanks so much for stopping by and for suggesting a song. I hope you are doing well. Have a good weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 27, 2018:

Mary - Glad you enjoyed this and it reminded you of the positive. Have a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 27, 2018:

Linda - How wonderful to know that you are accepted for you by so many people! You're a fortunate person!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 27, 2018:

Your hub reminded me of some of my favourite songs. How nice it is to know that you are loved unconditionally.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 26, 2018:

The first song that comes to mind is "I'll still be waiting for you." by Susan Raye.

This is a fantastic collection, I love all these selections.

Blessings my dear friend.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 26, 2018:

I feel very loved by my daughters, my brother and sister, and many people in my church. I know that I am very blessed.

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