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9 Most Romantic Lines From '80s Love Songs

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Anyone who's tired of today's music, with its B-words, booties, and hoes would do well to get oneself into a metaphorical time machine and head back to the 1980s. It was a time when female pop stars showed off one shoulder rather than their full derrieres. A time of fun and very lively dance moves. And time of romance! 

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Let's go back to the days when LL Cool J told us just how much he needed love (it was A LOT) and George Michael made us swoon for a guilty-hearted cheater (he didn't mean it!). Sinead O'Connor gave us the most heart-crushing breakup song we ever heard, and Whitney Houston made us feel like saving all our love was the most beautiful thing we could do for someone we loved. This was the '80s. The wonderfully imperfect but ever romantic '80s. 

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While Kanye West's dirty mouth might be considered romantic nowadays, back in the '80s songs had soul, my friends. Romantic soul! Don't believe us? Here are nine of the most romantic song lyrics from the '80s.

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1Kiss On My List

The song was a number 1 single for Hall & Oates in 1981, probably the biggest pop duo of the 1980s. Now who doesn't want their kiss on a Best Of list?!

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2Every Breath You Take

A number one song for The Police in 1983, it doesn't start to get creepy until you hit adulthood and realize it's probably written from a stalker's point of view. But when you're 13, it's super romantic!

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3I Need Love

This 1987 song by LL Cool J is widely considered rap's first love ballad. And how cute is it to let a lady walk on your jacket over a puddle??

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4Sweet Love

Aww, nothing like Anita Baker's "Sweet Love" to put you in the mood for sweet love.

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5Careless Whisper

Again, it's not quite until you're grown up that you realize this George Michael song is about a cheater, but when you're a kid, it sounds sooooo romantic. He'll never dance again!

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6Bizarre Love Triangle

Although this 1986 dance tune from New Order might seem the perfect thing to groove to, it's got some of the most heartrending lyrics of the '80s.

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Who can forget Journey's paean to their women at home while they were on the road? At least I assume that's what it's about. But when we sang it in high school, it was just about us and our crushes.

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8Nothing Compares 2 U

Just thinking of Sinead O'Connor's heartbreakingly beautiful voice and her simple video filled with nothing but her emotion-filled face makes us all giddy with feels.


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