Required Listening: The Best Love Songs of 2018

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We take our love songs very seriously, and if the past few months are any indication of the bullsh*t we'll encounter this year, we're going to need them. Of course, there will always be a special place in our hearts for the classics, but we've still got plenty of room for some new swoon-inducing jams. Whether you're looking for an "in your feels" ballad or a sexy song to kick back to with your S.O., we've rounded up the best new love songs 2018 has to offer. Hit play and pretend you're in a nostalgic music video with these must-listen songs, below.

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"The End of Love" - Florence + The Machine

"I've always been in love with you / Could you tell it from the moment that I met you?" Feel the depths of your soul come alive when you listen to "The End of Love" from Florence + The Machine's new album, High As Hope. This song is as delicate as it is heartbreaking—maybe because Florence is a literal walking angel (definitive proof here), or because it's her most intimate album yet.


"Back to You" - Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez made her first true summer anthem with "Back to You," which is accompanied by a very Old Hollywood rom-com-esque music video (see above). As MarieClaire.com's culture editor notes, "stylistically it's very Call Me By Justin Bieber’s Name." For a more lighthearted but still lovey vibe, hit play on this one with the windows down.


"Summer Games" - Drake

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We learned two things from Drake when he dropped his new album, Scorpion, on June 29: 1) He's officially a #daddy and 2) "Summer Games" is one of the best songs on his 25-track album. Yes, it has a semi-upbeat mix, but don't let that distract you from the heartbreaking lyrics like, "You said 'I love you' too fast / So much for that, girl, summer just started / And we're already done." It's relatable for anyone who has ever ended a relationship before it even started.


"New Light" - John Mayer


When you're not laughing at John Mayer's music video for "New Light"—which deserves to be played at every bar mitzvah until the end of time—you'll be reminded that, at its core, the song is a wholesome plead to his crush to see him in a new way.

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"Stay" - Post Malone

Question number one: Why am I crying in the club? Question number two: How did Post Malone go from "White Iverson" to "Stay?" The simple answer: He's always tired, and probably wanted to tone it down a bit from the rest of his album, Beerbongs & Bentleys.


"Boo'd Up" (Remix) - Ella Mai, Nicki Minaj, and Quavo

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If you don't know who Ella Mai is, it's time to queue up her playlist on Spotify. The 23-year-old British R&B singer released her biggest single, "Boo'd Up," in 2017 and this year Nicki Minaj and Quavo joined the young artist to make a sultry remix of it. After you hear Quavo's verse, you'll realize how lucky you are to be #blessed with two different versions.


"Girls Like You" - Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B

Enter: the moment in the club where every single girl is like, "Oh my god, I love this song!" Maroon 5's Adam Levine created a catchy love song dedicated to women everywhere with his band's single, "Girls Like You." The music video features 25 badass women, but let us not forget he's really singing the song to his wife, Behati Prinsloo.

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"Help Us to Love" - Tori Kelly ft. The Hamiltones

Like I mentioned earlier, 2018 has been one hell of a year between Trump's blatant mock of the #MeToo movement, his immigration policy that kidnaps children from their parents, a series of tragic acts of gun violence that have yet to inspire action from Congress, and his wife Melania Trump's tone-deaf jacket, amongst many other things.

All of which makes Tori Kelly's "Help Us to Love" required listening now more than ever. We very much appreciate its soothing gospel vibes and lyrics like, "This world is weeping, hurting, broken and begging for change / Oh yeah / But still we marching, praying, dying, and things stay the same / When will we see / Till everyone's free / There'll never be peace between you and me."

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"Call Out My Name" - The Weeknd

The Weeknd's My Dear Melancholy is essentially a six-song love note dedicated to his exes Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid (though maybe he's back together with the latter?). "Call Out My Name" is specifically directed at Gomez when he sings, "I almost cut a piece of myself for your life / Guess I was just another pit stop," referring to her kidney transplant. It's definitely one of those "you'll regret losing me" songs all of us need to play on-repeat every once and a while.


"Moon River" - Frank Ocean

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Certified charmer Frank Ocean dropped this soothing ballad on Valentine's Day. The song is a cover of the Oscar-winning tune that made its debut in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's, and it may or may not make you tear up on the spot from its goodness.


"Love Lies" - Khalid & Normani

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"Sorry if it's hard to catch my vibe / I need a lover to trust, tell me you're on my side / Are you down for the ride?" Khalid's unique voice paired with Fifth Harmony member Normani's powerful vocals create a sultry vibe on their new song, "Love Lies." Khalid made his big debut with his 2017 album, American Teen, and we've never been the same since.


"Getting Over You" - Lauv

Lauv isn't as popular as the two artists above, but the 23-year-old's music certainly doesn't disappoint. "Geting Over You" is a slow pop head-bobber (yeah, you know) and will definitely bring up some...memories.


"For You" - Rita Ora and Liam Payne

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Even if you weren't a fan of Fifty Shades Freed, you were likely a fan of the soundtrack. Ora and Payne contributed an upbeat pop ballad, "For You," to the album and it's equally as sexy as it is catchy.


"Faded Love" - Tinashe ft. Future

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Tinashe put herself on the map with her hit 2014 single, "2 On," and has been working on new music ever since. Several highly anticipated singles are set for release this year—the first of them here, with rapper Future (a.k.a. the music duo you didn't know you needed). Bold prediction: She'll soon be on the same level as Cardi B and Beyoncé.


"You Make It Easy" - Jason Aldean

Can't forget about the country lovers out there. Jason Aldean's newest single from his upcoming album Rearview Town is very romantic. "With every little thing you do / You're my sunshine in the darkest days / My better half, my saving grace / You make me who I wanna be / You make it easy." Sigh.

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