Let's Take a Moment to Appreciate the Best Love Songs of 2019 So Far

Rachel Epstein
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From Marie Claire

Maggie Rogers' Heard It in a Past Life is a dream, Ariana Grande dropped a second album less than six months after Sweetener, and Maren Morris' GIRL is a breath of fresh country air. These women are passionate, soft, and fierce—much like their new love songs, below, that you and I both know we have no shame playing on repeat.

Enjoy the best love songs of 2019 so far, and make sure to check back for updates with our favorite hits throughout the year.

"The Feels" - Maren Morris

Surprise: Not all love songs have to be depressing, angsty, or moody. Maren Morris proves this in "The Feels," which deserves to be played during you and your S.O.'s honeymoon phase. Just try not to play it around your single friends too much.

"If I Can't Have You" - Shawn Mendes

If you feel like Shawn Mendes is literally everywhere, you're absolutely right, thanks to his newest single, "If I Can't Have You," and his relationship (please see the poll above and get back to me) with Camila Cabello. "If I Can't Have You" will bring you right back to your high school days without being mad about it, and if that's not the definition of a perfect love song I don't know what is.

"Are We Still Friends?" - Tyler, the Creator

Tyler, the Creator is out here asking the important questions: Are we still friends? Can we be friends? Are we still friends? The answer is yes, Tyler, if you play this on your IGOR tour, which kicks off on Labor Day weekend.


"Bags" - Clairo

Twenty year old Claire Cottrill, known as Clairo, released her "Pretty Girl" single on YouTube in 2017, garnered 35 million views, and has pretty much been unstoppable since. "Bags," from her recently released album Immunity (out August 2), isn't the lovey-dovey love song we're used to playing on repeat during the hot summer days. Instead, she's letting you know she's tired of playing games.

"Do You Remember" - Chance the Rapper ft. Death Cab for Cutie

While Chance and Death Cab for Cutie's "Do You Remember" from Chance's debut album, The Big Day, may not be directed towards a specific person, it is a love song to our youth. And, let's be honest, nostalgia can be the most heartbreakingly beautiful love story of all. "Do you remember / How when you were younger / The summers all lasted forever? / Days disappeared / Into months, into years / Hold that feeling forever."

"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo

Unless you've been living under a rock (or successfully retreated to a remote island to escape our current administration), you know that Lizzo has finally received the recognition she deserves with the release of her third studio album, Cuz I Love You. The single, of the same title, is just about as real as it can get when it comes to falling in love unintentionally and feeling all of the feels for the very first time. "Never been in love before / What the fuck are fucking feelings yo? / Once upon a time, I was a ho / I don't even wanna ho no mo'."

"Say It" - Maggie Rogers

Just as Maggie Rogers can't seem to pull away from her lover in "Say It," I can't seem to stop listening to her album, Heard It in a Past Life. Right when you think you'll be listening to a slow, intense three-and-a-half-minute song, suddenly you're hit with an upbeat chorus, as if Rogers is making an audible metaphor for her unpredictable feelings.

"7 Rings" - Ariana Grande

Look closely in Ariana's "Thank U, Next" music video, and you'll notice the car in the Legally Blonde scene had the words "7 Rings" on the license plate. Grande so brilliantly alluded to her single from her upcoming album, Thank U, Next, which is essentially a love song dedicated to herself. "My wrist, stop watchin' / My neck is flossin' / Make big deposits / My gloss is poppin.'"

"Dancing with a Stranger" - Sam Smith & Normani

Hello, Sam Smith and Normani collab I didn't know I needed. The resident Good Brit™ and ex Fifth Harmony member teamed up for "Dancing with a Stranger" to create some upbeat love in the club. (Seriously, it's about meeting that stranger in the bar you may or may not end up having a thing for.) "I wasn't even goin' out tonight / But, boy, I need to get you off of my mind / I know exactly what I have to do."

"If My Heart Had a Heart" - Cassadee Pope

Cassadee Pope—the former lead singer of that band Hey Monday from your teens who also happens to be the first female winner of The Voice—is here to tug at your heartstrings with her newest song, "If My Heart Had a Heart." It's one out of three great singles (she also dropped "Take You Home" and "One More Red Light") from the country artist's album, Stages, released on February 1.

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