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80 Pop, Rock and Country Songs About Young Love

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

Celebrate the excitement, innocence, and recklessness of young love with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs.

Celebrate the excitement, innocence, and recklessness of young love with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs.

The Magic of Young Love

Eyes connect. Pulses quicken. Smiles abound. There's a purity and innocence to first love that makes it memorable, even long after the inevitable heartbreak that follows. As we become more experienced with love, the bliss and challenges of romantic relationships become more manageable.

Whereas teens tend to throw their hearts "all in," we tend to be more guarded and controlled with maturity. As a result, love grows careful and complex by adulthood. No wonder there are so many love songs that memorialize (or idolize) young love!

Whether you are a teenager now or an adult who fondly recalls your carefree youth, celebrate the magic of young love with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about adolescents in love. We have a long list to start you off.

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1. "Lights Down Low" by MAX (featuring Gnash)

Entranced by the angelic beauty of his lover, the young man in this 2016 pop song offers to stop time and give her the best of himself. Although he acknowledges that they are just reckless kids, he sees a shared life laid out before them. The singer used this tune to propose marriage to his then-girlfriend.

2. "September Song" by JP Cooper

At only 15 years old, they were two innocent hearts unbroken who shared a summer love affair that spilled over into September. The narrator in this 2017 pop tune is an adult now and looks back on that time in his life, recalling that

Our love was strong as a lion
Soft as the cotton you lie in
Times we got hot like an iron
You and I.

He plays their old mixtape and sentimentally reflects on where his former sweetheart is and what she's doing now.

3. "She's In Love with the Boy" by Trisha Yearwood

In this 1991 country tribute to young love, Katie is a high school girl from a small hometown who is in love with her boyfriend, Tommy. She claims she's going to marry him one day, although her dad disapproves of her choice:

Her daddy says he ain't worth a lick
When it comes to brains
He got the short end of the stick
But Katie's young, and man, she just don't care
She'd follow Tommy anywhere.

Katie's mother reminds the girl's daddy that it wasn't that long ago that they were in the young couple's shoes. Pop seems to forget that forbidding their relationship will only make it more enticing for the young rebels.

4. "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran

This 2017 pop song was a Grammy Award winner and international chart topping sensation. The male narrator sits in a bar doing shots with his friends, then strikes up a conversation with a woman. Their hook-up turns into a romance. Then, before he knows it, he's mesmerized by her.

Particularly when you're young, the early part of a relationship is all sweat and seduction, as both the heart and body try to assess whether it's love or lust. The narrator has fortunately found both:

I'm in love with the shape of you
We push and pull like a magnet do
Although my heart is falling, too
I'm in love with your body
And last night you were in my room
And now my bed sheets smell like you
Every day discovering something brand new
I'm in love with your body.

5. "Hands Down" by Dashboard Confessional

Two racing teenaged hearts lay with bodies intertwined in a parked car. The stereo plays softly, the lights are dim, and they maintain self-control. The narrator hopes that his date will kiss him. In this 2003 alt rock song, the narrator declares, "Hands down this is the best date I can ever remember."

6. "Young Forever" by Eric Paslay

The narrator in this 2018 country tune recalls his teen years, when hearts were unbroken and anything felt possible. As he addresses a sweetheart from his past, he confides that he wishes they could be together and young forever. Mentally, he turns back time to the invulnerability of his adolescence, an era when the world was wide open with promise and opportunity. If only he could go back ... .

If you enjoy songs that celebrate youth, make a playlist of songs about being young and step back in time for a few moments.

7. "First Kiss" by Kid Rock

Everything about growing up looks better through the rearview mirror. In this 2015 rebel rock song, the narrator fondly reminisces about his first crush, a girl named Jenny Clayton. Having no money, he and Jenny hung out with friends and rode around with the stereo of his beat-up Chevy truck cranked up. Time passed slowly and they thought adulthood would never come. Now he wishes he could return to a simpler time and the girl he used to love.

8. "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepson

Watch out because this song is utterly contagious. That's why it was both the best-selling single worldwide and best-selling song on iTunes in 2012. Billboard also named it as one of the "Greatest Songs of All Time."

Experiencing love at first sight, the girl in this 2011 pop song moves in closer to her new crush. She tries to get his attention with this catchy pick-up line:

Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy
But here's my number, so call me maybe.

If you're looking for a creative way to get a crush's attention, turn to popular music. There are a lot of pop, rock, and country songs with pick up lines in them!

9. "Everything Has Changed" by Taylor Swift (featuring Ed Sheeran)

The narrator in this 2013 love ballad has met a young man who has changed her outlook on life in less than 24 hours. Can you identify? This is a "zero-to-60 relationship" as only Taylor Swift knows how to do it.

The narrator felt an instant attraction upon meeting her love interest and sought to know him better. Now her emotional defenses are tumbling down, and she is investing hope in a shared future with the young beau who has stolen her heart.

Some people say that "Everything Has Changed," a song regarding falling in love, is about Conor Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Their intense romance lasted only a few months before he got weirded out by Swift getting way too serious too quickly. She allegedly even looked into purchasing a house near the Kennedy compound. He was 18, and she was 22.

10. "Teenager in Love" by Dion and The Belmonts

Trends may change, but teens of any era can identify with the lyrics of this song. From the elation of kissing and holding hands to the tears and heartbreak of breakups, it's not easy navigating the rough roads of love. This classic doo-wop tune from 1959 captures the roller coaster of emotions that teens feel. It is considered one of the greatest rock songs in history.

11. "Check Yes Juliet" by We the Kings

If you're a teenager whose parents disapprove of your dating relationship, that's not necessarily going to stop you. The couple in this 2008 pop song decide to run away together after the guy tosses rocks at his girlfriend's bedroom window. She sneaks out of the house, and together they run off into the night, not thinking about the consequences tomorrow.

"Young love is wild and outrageous, laughing at moderation and blinding us to common sense." - H. Jackson Browne Jr., American author

"Young love is wild and outrageous, laughing at moderation and blinding us to common sense." - H. Jackson Browne Jr., American author

12. "Thirteen" by Big Star

This classic rock song from 1972 explores the emerging romantic feelings of early adolescence. A fresh-faced teen boy tries to get closer to his love interest by walking her home from school and asking her out. His awkward social skills seem to trip him up, however, and she rejects him. Rolling Stone named this tune as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." The innocence it conveys is timeless.

13. "One Thing" by One Direction

When you're crushing hard on someone like the guy in this 2012 pop is, that person is all you can think about. This song's narrator finds his heart racing, and he's having trouble breathing. His body is going weak, and he doesn't even know the girl's name yet! (That is a mighty powerful crush!)

If you can identify with being this head-over-heels for someone, take a deep breath to get some composure, then make a playlist of songs about crushes. Perhaps you might even send your crush a song to let them know how you feel. Take a chance!

14. "Love Is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar

As exciting and passionate as young love can be, it can also be rife with angst, conflict, and hurt. This classic 1983 rock ditty laments the struggle of young lovers. Often, they are stubborn, prone to not communicating where they stand in relationships, and too reluctant to make promises. As a result, love becomes a battlefield of heartbreak.

15. "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You" by 'NSYNC

The guy in this 1999 pop song says all the right things. He thought his life was complete but now stands a miracle right before him.

After kissing his beloved only once, he is so taken with the young beauty that he declares her an angel. He also surmises that the Big Guy upstairs worked extra hard making her. She's simply that perfect. 'NSYNC's pop version of this song made the Billboard top 10, and the group performed backup vocals for Alabama's country cover version the same year.

If you have an angel in your life, make them a playlist of songs about angels to let them know how special they are.

16. "Domino" by Jessie J

With hormones raging, young lovers often tend to be very physical. Dirty dancing with a love interest all night long is not only possible for twenty-somethings it also sounds like a good idea. (A good night's sleep becomes more valued as you get older, however.)

In this 2011 electronic dance number, the narrator claims she can taste the tension between her and her hot young lover. She flatters him by saying that he's "a shot of pure gold" and tells him their "love is skin tight," meaning they fit together perfectly. Then she makes her sexy requests that will carry them off the dance floor:

  • "pull me like a bass drum"
  • "rock my world into the sunlight"
  • "take me down like a domino" and
  • "strum me like a guitar."
Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old." - John Ciardi, American poet

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old." - John Ciardi, American poet

17. "Night Moves" by Bob Seger

Sometimes youthful romances are not about love at all but rather opportunity and hormone-fueled lust. In this 1976 rock classic tune, a man reminisces about his first sexual relationship. As teenagers in the 60s, he and his girlfriend practiced their "night moves" anywhere they could, including going parking in cornfields, in alleys, and at the drive-in movies. Although both were merely bored teens and mutually using the other, he recalls that time in his life fondly. Today, we'd call this arrangement "friends with benefits."

18. "Boys of Summer" by The Ataris

Long after their love affair has ended, the narrator in this 2002 rock song still carries a torch for the suntanned girl he dated in his youth. He drives by her house on the beach and mentally pictures her, hair combed back with her sunglasses on. Although their fling is over and she has moved on, part of him hopes to rekindle their relationship by proving his commitment. The more realistic part of him, however, understands that you can never go back.

The 2002 cover version by The Ataris was a remake of Don Henley's 1984 Grammy Award-winning song. His original was named by Rolling Stone as one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

19."Greatest Love Story" by LANCO

This catchy 2018 country song tells the story of two young lovers who were meant to be together, an underachieving guy and a college-bound girl from a small town. After dating in high school, they went their separate ways. Later they reconnected and rekindled their magic. As he proposes, the guy declares that theirs is "gonna be the greatest love story this world has ever seen."

20. "Fallin' for You" by Colbie Callait

The narrator in this peppy 2009 pop song dances with her new lover. He pulls her close, and she wonders if it's too early to share that she is falling in love. Having waited for him all her young life, this is her moment. However, she's afraid of his reaction. She's struggling to keep these feelings to herself.

If you can relate to how she's feeling, make a playlist of songs about falling in love.

"To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia - to mistake an ordinary young woman for a goddess." - H.L. Mencken, American journalist

"To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia - to mistake an ordinary young woman for a goddess." - H.L. Mencken, American journalist

Even More Songs About Young Love

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

SongArtistYear Released

21. She Looks So Perfect

5 Seconds of Summer

2014

22. Teenage Dream

Katy Perry

2010

23. You Belong with Me

Taylor Swift

2009

24. Young Turks

Rod Stewart

1981

25. Young Love

Kip Moore

2013

26. Drops of Jupiter

Train

2001

27. Only Sixteen

Sam Cooke

1959

28. I Really Like You

Carly Rae Jepson

2015

29. Blame It on September

Allstar Weekend

2011

30. Wild Thing

The Troggs

1966

31. Jack & Diane

John Cougar Mellencamp

1982

32. Young Love

Air Supply

1982

33. Catching Feelings

Justin Bieber

2012

34. Wouldn't It Be Nice

The Beach Boys

1966

35. All-American Girl

Carrie Underwood

2007

36. Live While You're Young

One Direction

2012

37. Glad You Came

The Wanted

2011

38.Chattahoochee

Alan Jackson

1993

39. Young Lovers

Alkaline Trio

2013

40. Textbook Love

Fleet Foxes

2006

41. You Make Me Feel So Young

Frank Sinatra

1956

42. Meet You There

5 Seconds of Summer

2018

43. First Date

Blink 182

2001

44. Paradise By the Dashboard Lights

Meatloaf

1977

45. Hey There, Delilah

Plain White T's

2006

46. Love Is a Battlefield

Pat Benatar

1983

47. Young Love (Strong Love)

The Judds

1989

48. Youth

Troy Sivan

2015

49. Endless Love

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

1981

50. Mama He's Crazy

The Judds

1984

51. Summer Nights

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

1978

52. Cinderella

Steve Moakler

2009

53. Summer of '69

Bryan Adams

1984

54. I Got a Car

George Strait

2013

55. What Makes You Beautiful

One Direction

2011

56. Say You Won't Let Go

James Arthur

2016

57. Come On Eileen

Dexys Midnight Runners

1982

58. I Think We're Alone Now

Tommy James & The Shondells

1967

59. Youngblood

5 Seconds of Summer

2018

60. She Will Be Loved

Maroon 5

2004

61. Young Love

Lesley Gore

1966

62. Love Me

Collin Raye

1991

63. Springsteen

Eric Church

2012

64. These Days

Rascal Flatts

2002

65. Kid in Love

Shawn Mendes

2015

66. First Love

Adele

2008

67. All Summer Long

Kid Rock

2007

68. I Go Back

Kenny Chesney

2004

69. When We Were Young

Adele

2016

70. Brown-Eyed Girl

Van Morrison

1967

71. Strawberry Wine

Deana Carter

1996

72. Cop Car

Keith Urban

2014

73. Are You Gonna Kiss Me or What

Thompson Square

2011

74. Jennifer

Styx

1977

75. Puppy Love

Donny Osmond

1972

76. She's Calling It Love

Reba McEntire

1996

77. Walkaway Joe

Trisha Yearwood

1992

78. What Might Have Been

Little Texas

1993

79. Check Yes or No

George Strait

1996

80. Young Blood

The Naked and Famous

2010

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.

© 2019 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2020:

Peggy - Thanks for stopping by. I like both the newer and older stuff. The 1980s music is always my favorite though, I must admit. Have a wonderful week, best as you can on Corona lockdown!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2020:

I remembered some of these older songs, but many of the newer ones were unfamiliar to me. You surely keep up to date with songs, old and new.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 07, 2019:

Mark Tulin - I'm hearing new music constantly, even old stuff I missed the first go-around. Hope you found something you enjoyed here. Thanks for stopping by.

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on March 07, 2019:

Wow, I’ve only heard about a third of the songs on your list. I better get my act together.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 03, 2019:

Genna - You're absolutely right on that account! Sometimes it's best not to know what happened to them in their lives, too bittersweet. Thanks for sharing your memories.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 03, 2019:

Shannon - I love both of those songs -- great 1990s country. Thanks for the suggestions. I've added them! Have a fabulous week!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on March 03, 2019:

Hi Flourish...

When I think of young love, I think of my first love; I met him when I was seventeen. "Night Moves"...we never do forget our first loves -- ever. Trisha Yearwood's song is another favorite. Thanks so much for this music of the heart.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 03, 2019:

You think so? LOL I'm sure I've always got more. I was listening to Reba last night when I sent you that suggestion.

Another sort of sad song I wasn't so sure about is "What Might Have Been" by Diamond Rio or Lonestar....or one of those other country "boy" bands.

By the way, my daughter is glad to see Shawn Mendes on your list. That is her current celebrity crush.

Oh, and one country essential missing from your list is "Check Yes or No" by George Strait. That love started way back in third grade when he used to sit beside Emmilou Hays - how could it not count? LOL

These lists of yours are so fun. I think you dominate Spinditty with them. :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 03, 2019:

Shannon - You rock! These are terrific additions. You know your country, girly! Thanks a bunch.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 02, 2019:

This song was never released as a single so it may not qualify, but "She's Calling It Love" by Reba is a song about young love. So is "Walkaway Joe" by Trisha Yearwood (although that's a sad one).

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 26, 2019:

Chitrangada Sharan - I appreciate your kind encouragement. Have a wonderful week!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 26, 2019:

Another brilliant article about music and I enjoyed reading your article! Your articles are so enriching and entertaining.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful article!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 25, 2019:

Nithya - I appreciate your visit. Glad you enjoyed this! Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 25, 2019:

Nell - Glad you enjoyed this! For some, it's more of a battlefield than others!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 25, 2019:

Mary - My 19-year-old daughter has kept me hopping and on top of music. She's usually surprised that I know of certain artists (!) but sometimes asks "what's that song with the lyrics that go like this...". I'm glad you had a chance to bond with your granddaughter. Maybe you can teach her about the music from "way back" or "your time," as my daughter refers to it (as if I was a peer of George Washington).

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 25, 2019:

I love so many songs in this list, right now Ed Sheeran has captured my heart. Thank you for sharing this awesome list.

Nell Rose from England on February 25, 2019:

Love is a battlefield, okay now I am singing at the top of my voice! lol! Great choice of songs as always!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 24, 2019:

It's interesting to read this after travelling with our 19 year old grand daughter. I'm learning about the songs they like now. I will share this playlist with her.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 24, 2019:

Liz - Donny still has a fan base in the UK? That's neat to hear! Thanks for stopping by and letting us know.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 24, 2019:

Devika - I appreciate your visit and hope this comment finds you well. Have a wonderful week ahead!

Liz Westwood from UK on February 24, 2019:

It's good to see that Donny Osmond sneaked in on the end. He's still as popular as ever amongst a certain generation in the UK. Another great selection of songs.

DDE on February 24, 2019:

Hi your list of songs are part of our memory in each day. A great list to think of and to if necessary. You surprise with each hub.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 22, 2019:

Bill - Thank you! Although much of my audience tends to lean young (my daughter's age), I sure appreciate the classic stuff too. Have a great weekend! Hope you are doing well.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on February 22, 2019:

Another great list, Flourish. Nice to see some older songs like Pat Benatar, Bryan Adams, Van Morrison, and Styx in here. Great job as always.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 22, 2019:

Ashutosh - I'm glad this was useful for you. I like Taylor Swift too. Have a wonderful Friday!

Ashutosh Joshi from New Delhi, India on February 21, 2019:

'When we were young' and 'she will be loved' are telling me a story right now.

But speaking of young love, rebellious love, passion and so on - Taylor Swift would be my pick.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 21, 2019:

Heidi - I remember watching the Donny and Marie Show when I was a kid. I sure loved anything he sang, including that song! I added it. The Lesley Gore song is actually a cover of Sonny James' original. Thank you for your suggestions! Now I'm going to have "Puppy Love" on the brain. Stay warm in chilly Chi-Town.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 21, 2019:

Linda - You gave me an idea! I'm going to save "Blueberry Hill" for another list. It's especially fitting that the idea about a playlist of songs with food in the title comes from you! Thank you! Look for it in the next few weeks.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 21, 2019:

Bill - Some days are like that! I hope you're able to get any extra sleep you need this weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 21, 2019:

Kaili - Thank you for that addition! I wouldn't have thought of that one.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on February 21, 2019:

Okay, had to dig in the oldies bin for this one: "Young Love, First Love" by Sonny James. Although I think I prefer "Teenager in Love" by Dion.

And who can forget "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond? :)

Love the love playlist!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 21, 2019:

Dora - I appreciate your visit. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are doing well.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 21, 2019:

Your llists are always interesting. Thanks for exposing me to some of these artists and lyrics for the first time.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 21, 2019:

Flourish, I'm surprised that there are only 73 (although nothing else comes to mind at the moment). You have a gift for putting together these compilations that put a smile on the face and get our toes tapping. What a sweet collection of songs.

Thanks for sharing another Spinditty fave (you KNOW it will go there).

Oh, I just thought of one. Does "Blueberry Hill" fit?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 21, 2019:

Shawindi - I like both Taylor Swift and One Direction, too. Thank you for you kind comment! Have a great day!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 21, 2019:

Pamela - One of my readers requested more coverage of love songs, so I thought I'd deliver for them. I'm gonna move on to something else for awhile after this, but it's been fun. Thank you for your kind comment. Have a wonderful day!

Kaili Bisson from Canada on February 21, 2019:

Ah, "Night Moves"...always loved that tune. What about "Jennifer" by Styx. A classic from their Crystal Ball LP. Love your lists!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 21, 2019:

I couldn't think of any. I'm not sure what that says about me. :) After I read the list I was like "oh, duh!" Maybe I need more sleep. lol

Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on February 21, 2019:

The songs collection is perfect and Taylor Swift's every thing has changed song and all the songs of One Direction are my favorites.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 21, 2019:

This is a great list of love songs, and I bet you could have filled up many pages with all the love songs be have heard over the years. i really like many of the songs you reviewed. I have always like Bob Seger and many other artist. Thanks for some more great music.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 21, 2019:

Shannon - Great additions. Thanks for the suggestions which I've added. Hope you're doing well.

Shannon Henry from Texas on February 20, 2019:

Great list, as always. I thought for sure I'd see "Strawberry Wine" by Deanna Carter on this list. And then I just recalled "Cop Car" by Keith Urban (I love that catchy song, for some reason.) and "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" by Thompson Square