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"I Will Always Love You?" Been there.
"My Heart Will Go On?" Done that.
The same old love songs have been clogging homemade mix CDs and playlists for years. If you're ready for some new ways to say "I love you" to that special someone this Valentine's Day -- and if you're reaching for Captain & Tennille's greatest hits, that's you -- here are 10 fresh love songs that we wholeheartedly approve of from this decade.
The English songbird makes a list of the things she could have been -- a poet, a scientist, a gambler -- but decides her destiny is right at home with her husband in this understated ode to devotion.
Ne-Yo proves he's the best of the new young R&B singers with this cool club hit which is grown, sexy and -- most important of all -- classy.
Best New Artist Grammy winner Adele tackles Bob Dylan's lovely original, and mixtape maestro Mick Boogie adds a sparse backbeat of hip-hop drums. The result proves Adele should Boogie more often.
Underneath that mangey knit cap, Badly Drawn Boy is a romantic at heart, and this mid-tempo piano ballad includes references to Troy Donahue, Sandra Dee and Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road."
Not all love songs have to be mushy, and Kelly Clarkson's latest is like a vitamin B12 shot to the arm of the typical love song. And really, isn't saying "I love you" just another way of saying "My life would suck without you"?
Blink wasn't all just midget jokes and male nudity gags, and this plaintive ballad from the last album is a hauntingly beautiful tale of rediscovering lost love. Plus, who else would write a love song about "The Nightmare Before Christmas"?
The recipe for romance on this deceptively simple 2007 hit? An acoustic guitar, a quivering falsetto and a chiming bell. Sounds easy, right? Yeah, you try it sometime.
The ultra-sassy Lily Allen brushes the chip off her shoulder (temporarily, at least) and gets unusually sentimental while waxing about the simple pleasures of relationships -- hanging out, watching TV, eating Chinese.
Funky beard rockers need love, too! My Morning Jacket wears its heart on its sleeve (or, in the case of lead singer Jim James, on its cape) on this sweet ballad from the band's latest.
For my money, the most romantic song of all time. There's a reason it's so popular at weddings -- well, the cool ones, at least. "You think I'd leave your side, baby?" Sade asks, in her warm, seductive purr. "You know me better than that." 'Nuff said.