It started when I heard the song "More Than Words" on the radio. Now, this song has been around since I was in high school. I have never been a big fan of it - perhaps because in the context of high school it was sometimes interpreted as "If you really loved me, you'd sleep with me, you tease!" But I had an epiphany and began to see it in a different light. "Darling, it's great you say you love me," it seems to say "But what I really need to FEEL loved is for you to hold me." And I realized there were other songs like that.
Physical Touch - "The Shoop Shoop Song." Sexual Healing.
And then I started to think about other categories. I brainstormed with gentlescholar and I think it's fair to say that half of the love songs we could think of fell into one of these categories. I'm including the best examples.
Words of Affirmation - "I Just Called to Say I Love You", "Tell Her About It"
Quality Time - "Thank You", "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing".
Acts of Service - "Lean On Me," I'm Your Man (And yes, I used the Secretary version of that, which is NSFW.)
Gifts - There don't seem to be quite as many songs about the loving power of gifts. I think this is because most musicians are grossly underpaid. :) The ones I could think of were mostly about IF I had the money, I would buy you nice things. "Your Song","If I had $1,000,000."
What's your favorite love song? Does it fit into one of these categories? What obvious examples am I missing?