Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and downs of being in love. This is our top list of wedding songs over the years. It's sonic proof that while musical fads and fashions will change with every generation, love -- and the songs inspired by it -- will never go out of style.
Endless Love - Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross
Producer Jon Peters and director Franco Zeffirelli asked Lionel Richie to compose an instrumental along the lines of the theme from "Love Story" for their movie starring Brooke Shields. When Zeffirelli changed his mind and asked Richie if he would add lyrics, the Motown star agreed to write some. Then Zeffirelli made one more request – to add a female singer, someone like Diana Ross.
I'll Make Love to You - Boys II Men
When the members of Boyz II Men first heard Babyface's composition "I'll Make Love to You," they were concerned about recording a song that was too similar to their previous hit, "End of the Road." Nathan Morris explains, "The record company talked us into doing it and thank God it worked."
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Houston's signature song was originally a No. 1 hit for the woman who composed the tune, Dolly Parton. Her version topped the Hot Country Songs chart in 1974 and again in 1982.
Vision of Love - Mariah Carey
Right after she was signed to Columbia, Carey wrote her debut single with Ben Margulies. She described the composition as being not so much a love song as a celebration of her life at the time.
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
After viewing the film "Up Close and Personal," Diane Warren met with director Jon Avnet to talk about her vision of the song she was to compose for his movie. The next morning in her office, she recalls, "The chorus lyrically and musically wrote itself."
Can’t Help Falling in Love - UB40
Elvis Presley's version peaked at No. 2 in 1962. Three decades later, UB40 was asked to remake the song for the soundtrack to "Honeymoon in Vegas." The producers passed over their version in favor of one by Bono of U2. The UB40 recording might have gone unreleased, but the music supervisor of another film, "Sliver," rescued the track from the Virgin vaults.
I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden
After producer Walter Afanasieff delivered the new Savage Garden album to Columbia, he was given a message to take back to the band: "It's an artistic masterpiece. But we want another 'Truly Madly Deeply.'" (the duo's first No. 1). A furious Darren Hayes went away for 10 minutes with bandmate Daniel Jones and came back with a completed song, "I Knew I Loved You" (the duo's second No. 1).
I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner
There wasn't unanimous agreement among the members of Foreigner that this song would be a great single for the group. Lou Gramm thought it might do irreparable damage to their rock image and Rick Willis thought it was "fluffy." Mick Jones told Billboard the track was released "because it was coming out at Christmas and it had the right kind of mood."
Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
Michael Masser and Linda Creed wrote this song for the film "The Greatest," a Muhammad Ali biopic. George Benson's soundtrack single peaked at No. 24 in 1977. Later, when Houston auditioned for Clive Davis, she performed the song, and then it became the B-side of her first Arista single, "You Give Good Love." Months later, radio airplay forced it out as the fifth single from Houston's debut album.
I Can’t Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
Back in 1958, Don Gibson wrote two songs one hot afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn. – "Oh Lonesome Me" and "I Can't Stop Loving You." Four years later, Charles only needed to hear the first two lines of the latter before deciding to record it for his album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music."