Required Listening: The Best Love Songs of 2018

And on the seventh day, God blessed us with Frank Ocean.

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We take our love songs *very* seriously, and if this past week is any indication of what this year is going to be like—we're going to need them. Whether you're looking for an "in your feels" ballad or a sultry mix to jam to with your lover, we're charting the best new love songs these next 12 months have to offer. Grab your headphones and proceed to pretend you're in a nostalgic music video with these must-listen tunes below.

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"Moon River" - Frank Ocean

Certified charmer Frank Ocean dropped this soothing ballad on Valentine's Day. The song is a cover of the Oscar-winning song 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 add to the sultry vibe of their new song, "Love Lies."

Khalid made his big debut with his 2017 album, American Teen, and we've never been the same since. The R&B artist won "Best New Rapper" at the 2017 VMAs and we have a feeling this year's going to be another big one for the 20-year-old.


"Getting Over You" - Lauv

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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

Even if you weren't a fan of Fifty Shades Freed, you were likely a fan of the soundtrack. Ora and Payne add an upbeat pop ballad, "For You," to the album and it's equally 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. Her highly anticipated singles were set for release this year—the first of them here, with rapper Future (AKA 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

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Can't forget about the country lovers out there. Quick question: Why? (Kidding.) 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."


"Heaven's Gate" - Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy isn't typically known for their love songs, but Pete Wentz certainly got in his feels with his new album, "Mania." (Also, we're still very much in the beginning of 2018.) Somehow their rock roots still shine through their slow love ballad, but that's what makes it so great.


"Morning Light" - Justin Timberlake ft. Alicia Keys

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Before you're all like, Man of the Woods? How dare you? Hear us out: This song is good. Mostly because Alicia Keys is in it, but good. It has a slight reggae tone and makes you want to sip a piña colada on the beach. Just me?


"I Want Candy" - Aaron Carter

Please remain calm. Aaron Carter dropped his first album in 15 years, LøVë, which includes a remix of his 2000 hit "I Want Candy." Prepare to say goodbye to your childhood—this will 100 percent be played at Ultra Music Festival next year, and it's iconic.

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