Lionel Richie and Diana Ross have the most enduring love song of all time.
The Motown icons’ 1981 ballad, “Endless Love,” ranks No. 1 on Billboard’s list of Top 50 Hits About Love (or with it in its title).
The music industry trade publication based the list on weeks at No. 1 and covered songs from all eras of the chart’s history, with the oldest song being “To Know Him Is To Love Him” from 1958 by The Teddy Bears.
The most recent song on the full list is Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi’s 2019 hit “Someone You Loved.”
Written by Richie, “Endless Love” was used as the theme for Franco Zeffirelli’s 1981 romantic drama of the same name starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt.
Released as a duet with Ross, the song spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominations for original song.
It was the best-selling single of Ross’ career. The Detroit-born diva recorded a solo version of the ballad which was released on her RCA debut album, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love.”
The following year, Richie would record a solo version of the five-time Grammy-nominated song, which would later be covered by Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey, and country crooner Kenny Rogers.
In 2011, Richie recorded a country version of the song with Shania Twain for her album “Tuskegee”.
Other notable entries include “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder at #44, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner at #35, “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce and Jay -Z at No. 35. 26, and Barbra Streisand’s “Woman in Love” at No. 15.
Billboard’s top 10 love songs of all time are below:
10. “The Best of My Love” – The Emotions
9. “I like rock n’ roll” – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
8. “Because I Love You (The Postman’s Song)” – Stevie B.
7. “Let Me Love You” – Mario
6. “I will always love you” – Whitney Houston
5. “Silly Love Songs” – Wings
4. “We Found Love” – Rihanna with Calvin Harris
3. “How deep is your love” – Bee Gees
2. “I’ll make love to you” – Boyz II Men
1. “Endless Love” – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
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