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The Top Ten Love Songs of All Time

03/23/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Jul 05, 2011

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"You'd think the world would have had enough of silly love songs," sang Paul McCartney in 1976. But he looked around, saw it wasn't so, and cranked out another saccharine sweet #1 hit (McCartney is, of course, automatically forgiven of all post-Beatles sins).

But not all love songs are silly or trite. Every now and then a track can move beyond cliches and formulas and convey genuine emotion, depth and soul. A compilation of such songs follows.

Lists of this sort are, of course, subjective. They also change and evolve over time. But in honor of Hallmark...er, Valentine's Day, I submit the list of lists: a cross-genre, cross-generational unveiling of the greatest love songs of all time. Enjoy! (and feel free to debate in the comments)

10. Oh My Love- John Lennon

9. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)- Arcade Fire

8. I'll Be There- Jackson 5

7. Unchained Melody- Righteous Brothers

6. Your Song- Elton John

5. One- U2

4. God Only Knows- The Beach Boys

3. Something- The Beatles

2. Exit Music (For a Film)- Radiohead

1. Fields of Gold- Sting