There’s such an innocence about young love that makes it so unique. It’s usually the first time you experience such strong feelings towards a person, and without any prior relationship experience, both romance and chaos come with it. Whether you’re still young or an adult now, listening to these songs about young love will take you back to these special and innocent times.
They bring back all the memories of the love you experienced when you were younger when everything was simple and carefree. Here’s a list of songs from across all music genres.
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1. Young Love by Kip Moore
The first song on the list is obviously “Young Love” by Kip Moore, I mean, it’s in the title! I love this song; it reminds me of how innocent and naive young love is. We’ve all at least once felt this pure and hopeful type of love that Kip Moore talks about in this warm ballad, and whilst people around us may not have taken it seriously at the time, the feelings were very strong, and you believed that it would last for a lifetime.
2. Baby by Justin Bieber
|Album||My World 2.0|
Who doesn’t remember that super catchy song by that Canadian kid who took over the world? Justin Bieber broke records with his hit song “Baby”, one of the most popular songs of 2010. This song is the epitome of young love as Bieber daydreams about the girl he is trying to date and imagines her playing hard to get, but eventually realizing that she just wants to be friends. Ludacris also brings a different angle to the song by talking about his first young love, which also ended in him being heartbroken, I think we all kind of relate to that!
3. Location by Khalid
“Location” by Khalid is a song that purely focuses on young love.
In an interview, he said that the song is about the kind of love that would make a person “travel all over the country” to find. The lyrics were inspired by a girl in Khalid’s hometown in Texas, which whom he had a very special connection, but issues between them didn’t make it possible for a relationship to form. In the song, he talks about that longing to be with her physically in the same location wherever she is.
4. September Song by JP Cooper
|Album||Raised Under Grey Skies|
Jp Cooper is one of the most underrated artists of this time! “September song” is his hit nostalgic song that takes us back to the innocence of young love and how simple it was. He wrote it from his perspective as an adult, now looking back and remembering when he was a kid going back to school in September after a long summer break, missing the girl he likes, and looking forward to seeing her again. In an interview, he explained that he wanted to write a song that’s “sweet and innocent and not overly sexualized, ” a breath of fresh air from today’s pop hits.
5. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson
|Album||Curiosity (EP)/ Kiss|
Call Me Maybe is a song by Canadian singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepson. I’m sure you’re familiar with the chorus of this song! In this teen pop song, she talks about a love at first sight type of situation, which leaves her waiting for a call back from her crush. In the music video, she tries to get the attention of a boy next door she’s infatuated with, reminding us of passionate young love and how we would meet someone for the first time and just imagine a whole life with them and start creating scenarios in our head of what it would be like with them.
6. Old Flame by Arcade Fire
This song is a deeper addition to the list of songs about young love. Old Flame by Arcade Fire talks about young love, but the kind that’s not just rainbows and butterflies, the inexperienced kind. The kind of relationship we learn from, the on and off toxic relationship that a person keeps running back to. I think most people experience that sort of relationship at least once in their life, usually at a young age when emotions run high, and your life is still unstable. In the song, he explains that they were attracted to each other immediately and says she has “such pretty wings” which means he finds her beautiful, but then he calls her a “moth” “flying into the same old flame again,” falling for his same tactics and repeating the same relationship cycles and patterns that don’t serve anyone.
7. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
“Shape of you” is a song about a boy meeting a girl at a bar. It was supposed to be written for another artist, but Sheeran loved it so much and thought it was different than his usual songs so he took It for himself! The song mainly describes the fun parts of a relationship where it starts physically, but then they go on to dating and having fun together.
8. We Don’t Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth
|Album||Nine Track Mind|
Charlie Puth wrote this song about a young love that was so passionate but damaging at the same time, both causing pain to one another. The lyrics talk about the girl realizing that and quickly moving on to another relationship, while he wonders about what she’s doing with that new person and how they don’t talk anymore like they used to.
9. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel
This is one of my favorite songs on this list! Billy Joel talks about young love from a completely different angle, and it’s so refreshing. The song is about two past lovers who meet again at their favorite spot and reminisce about the good times they had when they were younger. I can’t help but feel nostalgic when you hear the lyrics, “Remember those days hanging out at the village green? Engineer boots, leather jackets, and tight blue jeans. Drop a dime in the box and play a song about New Orleans. Cold beer. Hot lights. Nice sweet romantic teenage nights.” The song’s second half is about how they used to be at their best, good-looking, popular, with their whole lives in front of them, imagining all the opportunities the world had to offer them.
10. Young Love by Air Supply
|Album||Now and Forever|
Young love by Air supply is a song about a guy experiencing love for the first time and trying to describe that strong flush of emotions. The lyrics invite the woman to take that leap of faith with him and risk her heart for someone special. It’s such a simple song but describes young love beautifully.
11. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
|Genre||Soft Rock, Pop Rock|
|Album||Blowin’ Your Mind!|
The famous Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison was once called “brown-skinned girl,” a song about an interracial fling. However, that would’ve caused a lot of controversy at the time and would’ve impacted the song’s success and radio play, so Morisson went with “Brown Eyed Girl” and kept it like that. This song is definitely a bop, and as the title says, it talks about a girl with brown eyes that he had a fun relationship.
12. Puppy Love by Paul Anka
|Album||Paul Anka Sings His Big 15|
This song came to my mind instantly when I started putting this list together. I used to love the S Club 7 version as a kid, and it always reminded me of my childhood crushes and good times. It’s such a pure and innocent song in the way that it’s sung. You can feel that instantly when you listen to it. The song is about Paul Anka and Anette Funicello’s secret relationship. At the time, Funicello was a member of Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club and wasn’t allowed to date before she turned 16, so at 17, they started dating, and everyone thought their relationship was so silly, and as much as they felt so strongly towards each other, people thought it’s only a matter of time till they grow up and go separate ways, which was what inspired him to write “Puppy Love.”
13. Heat Waves by Glass Animals
|Genre||Pop, Psychedelic Pop|
Heat Waves is the hit song of 2022, it’s all over Tiktok and Instagram, so I thought I’d include one of those on this list! It’s about a guy reflecting on his past relationship and how he couldn’t give his partner what she needed. Throughout the song and also in the video is an overarching feeling of pondering and reflecting on his past relationship.
14. The Only Exception by Paramore
|Album||Brand New Eyes|
The Only Exception is a legendary song, I remember so vividly listening to it on the way back home from school and thinking I’ve never related more to a song in my life! The song is about growing up and not believing in love due to not having seen healthy relationships around you. Many people can relate to being young and being so close to love and romance because of their family history. The happy ending is having the right person come along and change all that, “the only exception” that makes you believe in love again.
15. One Thing by One Direction
|Album||Up All Night|
One thing by One Direction encapsulates a feeling we all know way too well. It’s that feeling of something special in someone, but you can’t put your finger on it. It’s what makes someone tick. The song talks about that “one thing” that the person has that you love so much and can’t find in anyone else. It describes that thing not necessarily related to physical beauty that makes you drawn to the person you like/love!
16. First Kiss by Kid Rock
|Genre||Rock, Pop Rock|
The meaning is in the title itself, this song is about a man’s first kiss with his girlfriend in high school, who still happens to be with him now. It’s such a special thing to have all your firsts with somebody, which is the case in this song. “First Kiss” was inspired by Bryan Adams’ “Summer of 69,” telling a nostalgic story about remembering his hometown while driving around town with the girl he likes.
17. Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter
|Album||Did I Shave My Legs For This?|
First of all, can we just talk about how awesome the album name is? Deana Carter is just amazing, and ”Strawberry Wine” is a beautiful sentimental ballad off her album “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” She tells the story of her adolescent years and how there came a time when she was growing up when she felt she lost her innocence. In her lyrics, she nostalgically remembers how young she was on her grandmother’s farm with the passion for experiencing love and drawing similarities between love and strawberry wine.
18. Favorite Year by the Dixie Chicks
|Album||Taking The Long Way|
“Favorite Year” is about young relationships where people are so in love and happy. They’re so convinced that this love will last, but they look back and see a different perspective of how life changed and reality set in. This song carries a bittersweet type of energy, the feeling of knowing something wasn’t right for you, but at the same time, you miss the version of yourself when you were at your best. The song also talks about how you would hope that this person also looks back at the relationship and the memories you’ve shared and feels positive feelings.
19. Perfect by Ed Sheeran
Is it just me, or does everyone like this song? I haven’t met someone who doesn’t like this song, and It’s always a fan favorite on karaoke nights! All songs that hit a chord in your heart probably came from a real-life situation; this song is no different. Ed Sheeran wrote this song about his childhood friend and past love and how he had feelings for her since “they were just kids.” He explains that he sees her as “perfect” despite any insecurities she might have or how she sees herself. But perhaps the most relatable thing about this song though is how he describes letting the opportunity to have a relationship with her slip away because he didn’t know better at the time.
20. Crush by David Archuleta
The good ol’ times! This song used to be my jam when I was younger. I think I’ve probably said that about most songs here but hey, this list is right up my hopeless romantic alley. “Crush” by David Archuleta is probably the most perfect pick for this list. It’s about having a best friend who means a lot to you, but you suddenly start having romantic feelings towards them. Then you find yourself in this dilemma of, should I go for it, should I just stay friends, does she feel the same way? As romantic as it sounds, I wouldn’t wish this situation on anybody, and I hope it was a happy ending for David!
21. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script
Another one of my favorites, this song is phenomenal, in my opinion. It just captures that “I need to do something, anything, because this is real and one of a kind” feeling. Have you ever felt that? I know I have. This song speaks of true love and believing that you’re destined to be with someone, that the universe will conspire to bring you two together once again. That bridge that goes like, “Maybe I’ll get famous as the man who can’t be moved. And maybe you won’t mean to, but you’ll see me on the news. And you’ll come running to the corner, and you’ll know it’s just for you” is just genius.
22. You & Me by Lifehouse
“You & Me” by Lifehouse should absolutely be everyone’s future wedding song. This is such a feel-good love song, but it also makes you feel safe at the same time like you’ve arrived where you need to be. It’s also about feeling so alive that time and space are completely irrelevant. It’s about when you’re in the presence of someone you love, and you get all giddy, and you want to say something, but all the words come out jumbled up, and you’re a good kind of nervous because you are so in love.
23. She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
|Album||Songs About Jane|
Adam Levine wrote this song about a guy and girl he knew who were in a relationship together. He observed their relationship, and how the girl was going through a lot, her partner stayed with her supporting and loving her throughout. To me, that’s a mature kind of love for sure.
24. The One That Got Away by Katy Perry
We all have that one that got away, don’t we? This song is a pop type of ballad bout a young love that’s been lost. It’s quite deep and makes me feel like it’s meant to be a song about your first love, the kind you never forget. The first part kind of tells us the little details of their relationship, how they met, and what they did together. Then the second part lets us know that she’s looking back at it and that things have changed.
25. Fifteen by Taylor Swift
This is a story about young love but not the typical kind. This song is about Taylor Swift’s lifelong friend Abigail Anderson and how special their friendship is. They first started being friends when they were in freshman year at Hendersonville High at fifteen, and ever since then, they’ve been friends. I think that’s a form of young love that people sometimes take for granted but is worth writing about.
26. Summer Nights by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
|Genre||Musical Theatre, Pop|
|Album||The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture|
When I was thinking up songs for this list, this song came to mind instantly. I was thinking back on the songs I used to listen to that impacted me as a teenager, and this was one of them. Grease is an iconic movie, and “Summer Nights” is an ode to young love. The song is about a guy and a girl who have feelings for each other and gossiped to their friends about what happened between them, how they met, and their love affair. A summertime love that their friends can’t get enough of hearing about and ask them to “Tell me more, tell me more”!
27. As Long as You Love Me by the Backstreet Boys
|Album||The Backstreet Boys|
Who used to sing their hearts out to this song in the 90s? “As Long as You Love Me” is a classic! The backstreet boys are singing about the pure and unconditional love a guy has for his girlfriend no matter what her past is or what mistakes she’s made; true love transcends all that. Naive and innocent, with catchy melodies and silky harmonies, this song just makes you want to call your significant other right now and profess your unconditional love to them.
28. You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
Another Taylor Swift hit makes it onto this list, “You Belong With Me” is the country-pop hit everyone loves. The song talks about young love but a love that isn’t reciprocated. The lyrics are super straightforward, refreshing, and tell a story of a girl interested in the guy dating the popular cheerleader. It’s the typical high school love triangle. However, from her perspective, she wants him to realize that she is the one who truly gets him and can give him the love he deserves.
29. Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
“Teenage Dream” is such an iconic song about being a teenager in love. It tells a story of falling in love for the first time, which everyone can relate to, but also staying in the present and having fun. At first, you may feel she is talking about a past love, but as you go through the song, you learn that she is talking about a current love that she keeps falling for over and over again.
30. What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
|Album||Up All Night|
This is a song about a boy telling his girlfriend that she is beautiful just the way she is, even though she may not realize it. And obviously, any song by One Direction makes us all want to be young and in love again! What’s cool about this song is that it’s both romantic and also makes you want to dance your heart out.
31. Love You Like a Love Song by Selena Gomez & the Scene
|Album||When The Sun Goes Down|
Whenever I read the title of this song, it automatically plays in my head. Such a catchy song about young love, a new relationship forming, and all she can think about is him. He is on repeat in his mind, probably daydreaming all day at school. We’ve all been obsessed over a crush as teenagers, and most of the time, the thoughts are like a song stuck on repeat. You keep circling back to it.
32. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
|Genre||Pop, Film Soundtrack|
|Album||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
“A Thousand Years” is a song written for The Twilight Saga. It’s about Edward and Bella’s relationship, showing how young love can often be scary. It talks about how scary it is for Bella to let go of her fear of falling in love and getting her heart broken. Later she says, “All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow,” which gives us the impression that she believed she found the right person for her who makes her feel safe.
33. Apartment by Young The Giant
|Album||Young The Giant|
This song is a bit different, the lyrics are a guy’s train of thought while walking back home from his girl’s apartment. It starts with him being still encapsulated in all the passion and emotion, but then other feelings and thoughts start to rise. He talks about how he feels lonely or maybe weighted down, but those feelings never resolve throughout the song, and it just leaves us hanging, which I thought to be refreshingly realistic.
34. Catching Feelings by Justin Bieber
Let’s just get it out of the way, this song was definitely written about Selena Gomez, or at least there’s been some speculation. Justin tells us about his young love and the butterflies he feels in his stomach when he is with her. This was meant to be the gushy romantic pop song that captures the hearts of all of Justin’s fans.
35. Young by The Chainsmokers
|Album||Memories…Do Not Open|
“Young” by The Chainsmokers is about a young dysfunctional relationship. It talks about how when they were young, they were very emotionally charged. They felt all the highs and all the lows. He talks about going too far, like wrecking her car but also asks her to own it and look back at their relationship, take the lesson, and move forward with it.
36. Driver’s License by Olivia Rodrigo
A true GenZ anthem, “Driver’s License” by Olivia Rodrigo, talks about her experience with teenage love. She is in love with someone who has already moved on to another person. It reminds me of all the teenage heartbreak songs of my time, most probably by Taylor Swift. This song is very relatable, and I feel that the reason for its success is because everyone has gone through that experience of loving someone and not having our feelings reciprocated. The song also has this cool rock type of vibe, which is different from all the pop songs nowadays.
37. Love Is A Battlefield by Pat Benatar
|Album||Live from Earth|
“Love Is A Battlefield” is a classic song about young love, and I just had to include it on this list.
When you decide to open your heart for love or to get into a relationship, you are taking a big risk, you are risking heartbreak and pain. She uses the metaphor to talk about her love for her partner, although there might be some troubles in their relationship. However, in the second verse, she talks about wanting to protect her heart until he shows her he is committed to her.
38. Wouldn’t it Be Nice by Beach Boys
I love this song and the innocence it has in the lyrics. “Wouldn’t it Be Nice” is a conversation he’s having with his sweetheart, asking her to imagine what life would be like if they were just a little older and living together. He asks her to fantasize about being married, not having to say goodnight, and leaving each other every night. It’s a beautiful and innocent song about two people in love and wishing they were just a little older to be independent and make their relationship work.
39. Youth by Troye Sivan
Who didn’t fantasize about falling in love with someone while you’re young, going off and running away together, and creating your happy ending? I think everyone did, and that’s what this song talks about. He talks to the girl he loves and tells her she is the “master” of his youth, which I think is a beautiful and unique statement to make about being young and in love.
40. A Teenager In Love by Dion and The Belmonts
|Album||Presenting Dion and the Belmonts|
This song is about being a delicate teenager in love and how everything is so emotional and wishing it wasn’t that hard. Usually, during your teenage years, hormones are flying everywhere. You are still growing up, learning about regulating your emotions, and experiencing all types of things. Often relationships are emotional rollercoasters, with people getting hurt and putting their partners through a lot.
41. Young, Dumb & Broke by Khalid
In this song, Khalid tries to convince the girl he loves that love is all they need to be happy together. He is singing in a carefree manner and saying that they can be young, dumb, and broke, but their love is what will make the difference. This is a common way of thinking when you are young, and he is definitely embracing this phase in his life.
42. Memories Are Made Of by Luke Combs
|Album||This One’s For You|
Luke sings about his teenage years and that they made him into the person he is now. He remembers his first relationship and all the adventures he had with his friends. He talks about wanting to go back to experience those years again when everything was simple and innocent. If you’re looking for country songs about young love, then this is one you’ll definitely want to listen to.
43. The First Cut is the Deepest by Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens always writes very deep and heartfelt songs, and this one goes straight to the feels. In this song, he describes his first love and how it gets harder to open your heart and love again after you’ve been hurt by your first love. Anyone who has experienced heartbreak for the first time will relate to this song. Sheryl Crow also sang this song, however, the original version is by Cat Stevens.
44. First Love by Jlo
“First Love” by Jlo talks about her experience in relationships when they’re hard, but they force you to learn big life lessons from them. She also says that she wishes her current love was her first one so she wouldn’t have gone through many relationships and gotten hurt.
45. Remember When by Alan Jackson
|Album||Greatest Hits Volume II|
This song was written about Jackson’s wife Denise who he met when they were young. They fell in love, got married, and he wrote this song to celebrate their love. He talks about how life and love change continuously, he also talks about their kids and the conversations they’ve had about them.
46. Beautiful Soul by Jesse McCartney
“Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney is about a guy who falls in love with a girl because of her essence and soul. He talks about the fact that physical appearances don’t matter and the only thing that matters to him is his love’s beautiful soul. This song is beautiful and truly captures what love is all about, which is falling in love with someone’s heart, soul, and personality, rather than being in a superficial relationship.
47. Can’t Help Falling by Elvis Presley
This song is about how you can’t control how much you love the person you love, no matter how much they hurt you; it’s not logical. You don’t choose to love someone, but that feeling just encompasses your whole being, and the person is suddenly in your thoughts the whole time.
48. First Time by Kygo and Ellie Goulding
|Genre||Tropical House, EDM|
This song by Kygo and Ellie Goulding talks about a wild kind of young love. It talks about two lovers who were reckless and having fun, without a care in the world. The lyrics are about all the adventures they had, all the crazy things they’ve done, and how if she’d go back, she would do it all over again.
49. Too Damn Young by Luke Bryan
|Album||Tailgates & Tanlines|
“Too Damn Young” talks about the other side of young love, which is often naive and immature. He tells a story about a love that ended although they both thought they would be in love forever. It’s about how when you’re young, and in love, you are often blinded by your feelings, and ultimately you don’t see things as clearly as they are.
50. Start Of Something New by Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron
|Album||High School Musical|
I grew up listening to this song and watching High School Musical on Disney. This song is when they come together for the first time, singing it together on stage and sharing this beautiful connection to music. They are embracing the start of something new, a new opportunity for love and a relationship to flourish.
51. Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
|Album||Doo-wops & Hooligans|
“Just The Way You Are” is the song that introduced me to Bruno Mars, and I’ve been a fan ever since! It’s such a simple and catchy song that he sings to the girl he loves, letting her know that she is beautiful just the way she is. He is telling her not to worry if she doesn’t think she is perfect because the person who loves her loves her just the way she is, flaws and all.
52. Only Hope by Mandy Moore
|Album||The Best of Mandy Moore|
Although people usually think this song is about finding love, which it definitely could be interpreted as such, however, the real meaning of it is finding god. She sings about how god is her only hope; however, many people also believe it is finding a love that heals your soul.
53. Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
I feel like we can all relate to this song, we all had that crush during high school which we felt was unattainable, and we continued to like them. The song also talks about being rebellious, following your heart, and not caring what other people think of you.
54. Mary’s Song (Oh My My) by Taylor Swift
In an interview, Taylor said that she wrote this song about her neighbors, who were a cute couple that had been married for a long time. They had told her the story of how they met when they were still really young, fell in love, and decided to get married. She thought it was a great story to tell about a healthy relationship that started when they were just little kids.
55. Love Story by Taylor Swift
“Love Story” is a song that was written by Taylor Swift in her bedroom with a guitar, but it instantly became a hit and made her career. She wrote the song while she was in high school about a romance she had which she thought reminded her of the story of Romeo and Juliet. She wanted to give the song a happy ending instead of a tragic ending which she thought ruined what could’ve been the greatest love story.
56. Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s
|Album||All That We Needed|
This song is the most straightforward love letter about young love and its intensity. He is singing to his sweetheart whom he is in a long-distance relationship with, reassuring her about their future, his love, and everything he would do to be with her no matter what. He wants her to trust him, believe in their love, and be patient with him until he can secure a future where they can be happy together.
57. When We Were Young by Adele
This song pulls on my heart strings in every way, but maybe it’s because it’s Adele singing, and she just pours her soul into every song. “When We Were Young” is from her album “25”, and she is singing about meeting up with a close friend from the past and making amends with them. I believe the song is a metaphor for making amends with the past in general.
That does it for this article. Let us know if there are any great songs we missed in the comments below!
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