Let’s face it: love songs usually make us feel good. Whether you’re celebrating your 25th anniversary or simply saying “I love you” for the first time, a ballad may change from a regular song into the soundtrack of your relationship. What, on the other hand, makes a wonderful love song? The lyrics are the first step in the top-secret recipe.

You can listen to anything from a jazzy song that spells out letters (like Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E”) to a rock hit that deconstructs the true meaning of love (like Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is”) to a nostalgic track that makes you reflect on past relationships (like Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”). Simply, love songs have withstood the test of time for decades.

MAROON’S “SHE WILL BE LOVED” 5:This early 2000s hit ensures that the person in your life understands how much they are loved. Now, at the top of your lungs, sing, “And she will be cherished…”

TAYLOR SWIFT’S “LOVE STORY”: Taylor Swift was a country singer before she became a pop sensation, and she was known for songs like these. It’s a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, and it reminds us of our first love.

JOHN LEGEND’S “ALL OF ME”: This song from 2013 is unmistakably a love letter. Seriously, this song is dedicated to John Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen. Isn’t that romantic?

DAN AND SHAY’S “SPEECHLESS”: The country duet reminisces about seeing their wives in their wedding gowns for the first time, and it’s the loveliest thing.