It’s no secret, a lot of guys who pick up the guitar have either done so to try to impress girls or have at least thought about using it to impress girls.
According to the dailymail, 33% of men across the UK have tried to impress someone by learning the guitar and playing guitar love songs.
Quite honestly, it’s for good reason because in a lot of cases, it works! Mensfitness ran a study that found that 28% of women responded positively when they saw a picture of a man holding a guitar and only 10% of women responded positively to pictures of men without a guitar.
Additionally, in the same dailymail study, one in ten girls aged 18-24 said that guitar playing skills are a “must have” in a man. Playing the guitar is undoubtedly an attractive skill to have. There’s a coolness factor to it and even simply being passionate about music has shown to be an attractive quality to others in general.
The only thing better is being able to play the guitar AND sing! If you don’t know how to sing yet but want to learn, check out our list of top online singing courses.
What Are The Best Guitar Love Songs?
If you’re someone who picked up the guitar and maybe, just maybe… plan to use it to impress your significant other, here are a few songs you’ll want to choose from to have in your toolbox.
This list of 31 guitar love songs contains some of the greatest love songs ever written.
1. “Your Body Is a Wonderland” By John Mayer
Starting off this list is John Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland”. This song is from his “Room For Squares” album and is definitely a song that girls tend to swoon over when played for them.
John Mayer certainly has a collection of songs that are not only fun to play on guitar but also work great for impressing others, both lyrically and on the guitar.
2. “Thinking Out Loud” By Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheehan is a beautiful love song that has exploded in the past couple of years.
Featured on his album entitled “X”, released in 2014, this song has been the go-to wedding dance song for a huge amount of newlyweds.
But it certainly doesn’t have to be just for the newlyweds. It’ll also work great when played for your crush. You can really hear the emotion in both Ed Sheeran’s voice and guitar playing in this one, be sure to play from the heart and you’ll be bound to impress.
3. “More Than Words” By Extreme
Ah the classic love by the band Extreme. This band’s songs mainly fall into the heavy metal / hard rock genre, however they really outdid themselves with “More Than Words”.
This song’s beautiful lyrics, strong harmonies, and simple but effective guitar progression makes for an exceptional song to impress your significant other with.
4. “You’re Beautiful” By James Blunt
“You’re beautiful” by James Blunt is a song that was released on his album “Back to Bedlam”. This song is all about a man who notices a girl and think she’s beautiful but doesn’t think he’s good enough to get her.
All girls like to be told they’re beautiful. Why not say so in song?
5. “I’m Yours” By Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz’s song “I’m Yours” is featured on his album “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.”. The song is all about professing your love and loyalty for someone and saying you’re theirs and no one else’s.
A hugely popular guitar love song that’s easy and fun to play.
6. “Crash Into Me” By Dave Matthews Band
“Crash into Me” by Dave Matthew Band was released on their album entitled “Crash”.
It is conceived and interpreted as a love song by many, however, is actually written from the point of view of a “peeping tom”.
Although not the most romantic lyrical meaning, it certainly has a heartfelt aspect to it.
7. “Wonderful Tonight” By Eric Clapton
Released on his album entitled “Slowhand”, Eric Clapton’s song “Wonderful Tonight” is a widely popular song for both proms and weddings.
The song came to Clapton while he waited for his girlfriend to try on clothes one night before going out. As she tried on the clothes she asked “do I look alright?” his response “you look wonderful tonight”.
8. “Better Together” By Jack Johnson
“Better Together” was released on Jack Johnson’s “In Between Dreams” album.
The song was originally written for his wife and ended up being one of his biggest hits. Play this one for your significant other and there’s no doubt they’ll love it.
9. “Marry Me” By Train
“Marry Me” is from Train’s album “Save me San Francisco”. Be careful with this one guys!
Although a fantastic love song with romantic lyrics, it may not be the best idea to pull this one out on the first date ;).
Nevertheless, if you’re in a serious relationship, this one will melt their heart.
10. “She Will Be Loved” By Maroon 5
From their “Songs about Jane” album, this heartfelt song will show your significant other your sensitive side.
The song is about a guy who is madly in love with a girl and keeps seeing her get her heart broken by other guys, but she doesn’t know he loves her.
11. “Heaven” By Bryan Adams
“Heaven” is from Bryan Adams’ album “Reckless”. A fantastic love ballad with hard hitting lyrics. Although certainly a fantastic choice to play for your significant other.
12. “Hey There Delilah” By Plain White T’s
“Hey There Delilah” played by Plain White T’s is from their album “All That We Needed”.
This song is a bit on the cheesy side, but hey sometimes cheesy works – and it’s extremely popular. The meaning behind this song is about a boy and a girl that are in a long distance relationship and that times are hard but how they’ll be so happy once they’re back together.
13. “Wanted” By Hunter Hayes
Diving into the Country genre, Hunter Hayes’ song “Wanted” was released on his self-entitled album “Hunter Hayes”. I
f your significant other is into Country music and you want to play a song to impress them, this is definitely a go-to.
14. “XO” By John Mayer
John Mayer strikes again with his version of XO, originally performed by Beyoncé.
His acoustic version slows things down a bit and certainly gives it a more personal, heartfelt feel as the only instruments used are an acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals.
A great rendition of this song to play for your crush.
15. “I’ll Be” By Edwin McCain
Another widely popular wedding song selection, Edwin McCain’s song “I’ll Be” is from his album “Missguided Roses”. It’s a song about always being there for someone you love no matter what.
16. “All of Me” By John Legend
“All of Me” is one of John Legend’s songs from the album “Love in the Future”. Although it is piano-based, I thought it just couldn’t be passed up in this list of love songs.
It’s certainly a touching and heartfelt love song.
17. “Stay With Me” By Sam Smith
Another piano-based song is Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”. It’s a song about falling for someone after just one night, but that person doesn’t feel the same way.
So in a way, it’s also a bit of a sad song, but definitely one of those songs that’ll get your crush’s/SO’s attention.
18. “Something in the Way She Moves” By James Taylor
James Taylor’s song “Something in the Way She Moves” is inspired by the next song in the list “Something” by The Beatles.
It’s a love song about feeling calm and comfortable in being with someone who knows you well. This is also a great guitar fingerstyle picking song, as many James Taylor songs are.
19. “Something” By The Beatles
It’s hard to create a song list without including The Beatles.
Their song “Something” from the album “Abbey Road” was dubbed by Frank Sinatra as “The greatest love song ever written”… What more do I need to say?
20. “Collide” By Howie Day
Howie Day’s song “Collide” is from the album entitled “Stop All the World Now”.
It’s a romantic song about how opposites can attract. Howie described the song as “That song lyrically is about people who come together despite being different”.
21. “Chasing Cars” By Snow Patrol
“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol is from their album “Eyes Open”. It’s a great and simple guitar love song to play. This is one that almost everyone recognizes and when played right, will definitely draw some attention your way.
22. “Open Arms” By Journey
Journey’s song “Open Arms” was released on their album entitled “Escape”.
It’s all about a couple that drifted apart but when they reconnected, they realized how much they love each other. A truly beautiful song that might just bring a tear to your SO’s eye.
23. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” By Elvis Presley
This classic love song is from Elvis Presley’s album entitled “Blue Hawaii” and was originally written by songwriter George Weiss.
If you want to play a song for someone who likes the classics, you can’t go wrong with this one.
24. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” By Aerosmith
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” is from Aerosmith’s album “Armageddon Soundtrack”.
This love song is all about treasuring every moment you spend with another person. If you want to get a sincere message across about how you feel about someone, this is a good one.
25. “Everything” By Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé’s song “Everything” was released on his album “Call Me Irresponsible” and is one of his biggest hits to date.
The song is all about the great happiness of love and being with someone that no matter what happens, they make it all worthwhile.
26. “The Only Exception” By Paramore
Paramore’s songs are usually on the moodier/edgier side of things but this song slows things down and gets a bit more personal. It was released on their album “Fueled by Ramen” in 2010.
If you’ve got an acoustic guitar and want a song where you only need to strum a few basic chords then this one is for you.
27. “This Town” By Niall Horan
You might not have been expecting a song on this list from one of the former members of the band One Direction. However, “This Town” is far from what One Direction’s music sounds like.
It’s actually a beautiful song and the music video paints a cute visual of the lyrics.
For this tune you’ll need a capo placed on the 4th fret and be able to keep a constant medium-speed strumming pattern of up and down.
That being said, it’s a great love song to play for your significant other as the song itself is pretty bare bones. All you need to perform it well is an acoustic guitar and your voice.
28. “Love Your Love The Most” By Eric Church
If you and your significant other like to joke around a bit but you still want to play them a song that shows how much you care than “Love Your Love The Most” is a great choice.
Eric sings about the things he loves like “good BBQ”, “mustard on his fries”, and “a loud honky tonk”. But the thing he loves the most is “your” love.
It’s a playful song that is sure to make your partner smile.
29. “Iris” By Goo Goo Dolls
If you were born in the 90s or early 2000s then you no doubt remember “Iris” playing on the radio stations. This song was a mega hit and sold seven million copies.
It’s one of those songs with a great hook, a heartful message, and catchy lyrics. It’s easy to see why this song was such a success.
The song itself does have a few barre chords so if you’re aren’t familar with those than you’ll need to do a bit of practicing.
29. “I’m With You” By Vance Joy
I personally really like Vance Joy’s music. It’s simple, catchy, and is fun to play.
I’m With You is a fantastic love song to play your significant other and really doesn’t require any fancy finger work.
The only chords you’ll need to know to pull this one off are C – Em – D – G – Am.
30. “You’re Still The One” By Shania Twain
Shania has made a lot of good music over the years. Her song “You’re Still The One” was released on her third studio album “Come On Over” in 1997.
Whether you’re a guy or a girl playing this for your significant other, it’s a great song either way. You may just need to take the vocal melody down an octave if you’re singing it as a male.
31. “Mystery of Love” By Sufjan Stevens
There’s something etheral and magical about most of Sufjan Stevens music. It feels like you’re in another realm when you listen to his songs. His voice is so angelic and his lyrics are just beautiful.
It’s also a really nice song to play on guitar. You can choose to just strum the chords or to fingerpick the melody albeit it is pretty fast and will probably require some practice.
Either way, you’re sure to impress your loved one if you play them this song.
This list should give you a few ideas for guitar love songs you can learn to play for your significant other. Of course, many of these songs are from the point of view of a guy singing to a girl, however, the same message can certainly get across roles reversed.
Did I miss any awesome guitar love songs on this list? Let me know what your favorite one is in the comments section below.