True yearners know that there is no rest for the romantic, and never a bad time to discover new music that gets you in your feelings and keeps you there. Here are the best new love songs of 2024 that will accomplish just that.
That said, the year is still young. So much could happen in 2024. So many songs could change the course of our entire lives with a romantic lyric or harmony that makes you cry. There are some exciting new releases from bands and artists like Sleater-Kinney, Jennifer Lopez, MGMT, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Brittany Howard and Billie Eilish that will surely get our hearts beating. I kind of have a feeling that there's going to be a banger of a twisted little love song in the Joker movie sequel that stars Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn. We should seriously be girding our loins for that.
But until then, here are the new releases you can add to your mushiest playlist from romantics like James Arthur, Suki Waterhouse, and Green Day. How else are we going to get ready for Valentine's Day?? (By buying candy, I know...shhhh)
"Bobby Sox" by Green Day
Was nobody going to tell me that Green Day's new album has a song about kissing boys and girls? It's as sugar-sweet as an episode of Heartstopper (that's a compliment) and I kinda love it.
Most romantic lyric: You can drive me crazy all over again, and I'll bore you to death. It doesn't matter when we are in love.
"Heather on the Hill" by Nathan Evans
Yes, this is the guy who brought ShantyTok into your life. He's back in 2024 with a lush little love song. It's not overly complicated, but that's the appeal! Romantic vibes alert.
Most romantic lyric: Oh, my love said to me, "Will you meet me by the sea? You can kiss me underneath the misty moon."
"Skin and Bones" by David Kushner
Okay Mr. Deep Voice, sing to me about toxic love again. Kusher's songs are a little intense. He should maybe try a relationship that's... normal? A woman who's not, according to him, trying to eat him alive? But not right now. Let me wallow right quick first.
Most romantic lyric: Wrap me in your skin and bones, yeah, you're electrical, Oh, I'm gonna lose control, yeah, as you pull me close
"Not My Fault" by Renee Rapp feat. Megan Thee Stallion
This riff on "it's not my fault you're like in love with me or something," which plays during the Mean Girls musical's end credits, absolutely rips. It takes a homophobic microaggression from the original Mean Girls film–which was the point, Cady is being a mean girl–and turns it into a queer anthem and casual, cool love song.
Most romantic lyric: We can share, babe, there's enough for us all Told you who I am and what it is, that's not my fault
"Love Me Enough" by Nikki Minaj (feat. Keyshia Cole and Monica)
Nikki Minaj's new album Pink Friday 2 has an anthem with collabs from Keyshia Cole and Monica that's perfect for Galentine's Day or treating yourself (why are all of the best self-love references from Parks and Recreation??) when you need to be your own romantic interest.But for the yearners, "Last Time I Saw You" is also there for you on the new album!
Most romantic lyric: But, lately I've been thinkin' maybe no one needs to save me 'cause I love me enough for all of y'all
"Tiny Moves" by Bleachers
So maybe the most romantic thing about the song is Jack Antonoff's dancer and actress wife Margaret Qualley collaborating with him for the video–with some pretty big moves IMHO.
Most romantic lyric: The little brush right down the avenue, a tiny twist of faith will come and shake you
"Bitter Sweet Love" by James Arthur
This is a bit of an angry love song. It's a little bit toxic. But when love feels like drowning, pressure, painful and bittersweet? That's when we need music the most, to sing and dance through it!
Most romantic lyric: tell me why do you feel the need to run me through the ringer when I'm hook, line, and sinker, babe
"Scared to Start" by Michael Marcagi
If the title didn't pull you in immediately (starting is the scariest part of love, IMHO) then the storytelling in the song will.
Most romantic lyric: Don't you wait to try it. Are you scared to find it?
"Dance You Outta My Head" by Cat Bello
I love songs about having a crush! I love foolishly thinking that you could just shake away those gripping romantic feelings on the dancefloor. Might as well try it, right?
Most romantic lyric: I catch a glimpse of your face in the neon
Suddenly, beggin' please, set me free from your eyes, your touch, history, secret crush, I've got to hide
"To Love" by Suki Waterhouse
This love song is for those who watched Past Lives and felt weirdly better about all the "what ifs" in their love life. It's for those who have wondered if they would find their person in every universe, but aren't too worried because they found them in this one. An epic, rocking, romantic ballad.
Most romantic lyric: While the world's falling apart you make you so easy to love
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