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These days, finding a good love song on the radio is like locating snow in Nevada. Sure it happens but you have to go to great lengths to see it. Unless you’re listening to an old school hour, the love songs of today leave a lot to be desired. But they are out there; so in the spirit of 2011 coming to a close, we’ve taken the time to compile some of the best love songs this year had to offer.

I can feel the sun whenever you’re near

Every time you touch me I just melt away

Now everybody asks me why I’m smiling out from ear to ear.

(They say love hurts)

But I know

(It’s gonna take a little work)

I’m going to be real. We had something of an office listening party for Beyoncé’s “4″ album and honestly I was not a fan… at all. But Beyoncé has a way of growing on you. Her star power cannot be denied. Anyway, when I took the time to listen to the album again on my own, “Love on Top” quickly became my jam and I played it on repeat. It’s so upbeat and fresh. It’s about being in love for a minute but still maintaining that “just met” newness. She really stretched her vocal cords on this one. Then to add that final stamp of King Bey magic to the track, she announced her pregnancy after performing this song at the MTV awards.

1. “So in Love”

Jill Scott Feat. Anthony Hamilton

I love your mannerisms, babe,

The way you handle them

Oh, I’m so proud to be with you

So attracted to you too…

Is it really a surprise that these two members of the royal family of soul would produce the smooth groove of the year? Jill and Anthony have been on my fantasy collaboration list for a very long time. So I was excited to see them working together. If you’ve been known to step, this song was made just for you.

2. Love on Top – Beyoncé

I can feel the sun whenever you’re near

Every time you touch me I just melt away

Now everybody asks me why I’m smiling out from ear to ear.

(They say love hurts)

But I know

(It’s gonna take a little work)

I’m going to be real. We had something of an office listening party for Beyoncé’s “4″ album and honestly I was not a fan… at all. But Beyoncé has a way of growing on you. Her star power cannot be denied. Anyway, when I took the time to listen to the album again on my own, “Love on Top” quickly became my jam and I played it on repeat. It’s so upbeat and fresh. It’s about being in love for a minute but still maintaining that “just met” newness. She really stretched her vocal cords on this one. Then to add that final stamp of King Bey magic to the track, she announced her pregnancy after performing this song at the MTV awards.

3. How to Love (Lil Wayne)

See you had a lot of crooks tryna steal your heart

Never really had luck, couldn’t never figure out

How to love, how to love

See you had a lot of moments that didn’t last forever

Now you in this corner tryna put it together

Anyone who knows me, knows that I think Lil Wayne, while talented, is severely overrated. But even I had to give it up on this one. My main complaint about the brotha is that he rarely says anything. There’s no substance behind 85 percent of his work but “How to Love” is certainly a break from tradition for him. He really tapped into issues so many women (and men) are facing. The lyrics in combination with a downright masterful video made this song a true work of art for me and quite a few other people.

4. Fool for You Cee Lo Green Feat. Melanie Fiona

What?! That real, that deep, that burning, that amazing unconditional, inseparable love

That feel like forever, that always emotional but still exceptional love

Can’t nobody tell me nothing it is what it is

And any mistake you make I, I just may forgive

If you don’t know this song, it’s about time you get familiar. While “F*ck You” was by far the standout song on Cee Lo’s “Lady Killer” album, “Fool for You” was the bee’s knees in my opinion. I apologize for the cliche but it was literally the only song I listened to for a two day period. I craved the song. It’s so funky, so passionate so powerful. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who felt this way, it debuted at 13 on the R&B/Hip Hop Billboard charts this year.

5.  Sure Thing Miguel

Even when we’re down to the wire babe

Even when it’s do or die

We can do it baby simple and plain

Cause this love is a sure thing

Miguel’s voice is not particularly memorable, but the clever lyrics in this song are bound to catch your attention. The metaphor of notorious pairs is catchy, plus his delivery is believable. And we can’t help but love the deep-voice repeating, “you can bet that, never gotta sweat that.” It’s a head-nodder.

Find More Of “The Best Love Songs From 2011” On: MadameNoire

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