9 Songs That Prove Love Doesn't Have to Last Forever

The love may have been fleeting, but the songs are going to be around forever. We teamed up with Genius, the lyric masters, for this week's playlist about one-night love. Here, the Genius community—including some of the artists in question—takes us *behind the lyrics* of a batch of songs about one-night romances.

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"One Night" by Lil Yachty

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On "One Night," rising Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty says he's not ready for a long-term relationship.

"I know you want this for life / Taking pictures with all my ice / But I can't have no wife / I just want you for the night"

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"Drunk in Love" by Beyoncé ft. Jay Z

Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z celebrate both alcohol and romance in "Drunk in Love." The night they got engaged, Bey took Jay Z to a strip club.

"We be all night, last thing I remember / Is our beautiful bodies / Grinding up in that club, drunk in love"

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"Stay the Night" by Zedd ft. Hayley Williams

"'Stay the Night' is about a couple spending their last night together, though they know it's not really the right thing." — Zedd

"Why're you gonna stay the night? / Are you gonna stay the night? / Doesn't mean we're bound for life"

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"In the Name of Love" by Martin Garrix ft. Bebe Rexha

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Rexha told Elle, "Especially in pop culture, we're brought up to think that a normal pop star is this pretty, well-kept-together girl. People really appreciate seeing the grittier side of what we're really about. We don't wake up happy and looking absolutely perfect and feeling amazing every day."

"Would you let me lead you even when you're blind? / In the darkness, in the middle of the night / In the silence, when there's no one by your side / Would you call in the name of love?"

"I Don't Wanna Live Forever" by Zayn and Taylor Swift

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When Zayn recorded this song, he had not seen this film or its predecessor, Fifty Shades of Grey.

"Baby, baby, I feel crazy / Up all night, all night and every day / Give me something, oh, but you say nothing / What is happening to me?"

"How Many Times" by Tinashe ft. Future

Tinashe remade Janet Jackson's "Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)" as "How Many Times." She made the lyrics more explicit and added a guest verse from Future, but kept the melody, beat, and structure.

"As I look into your eyes / It's like I'm staring in another galaxy / I don't know what's on your mind"

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"We Don't Talk Anymore" by Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez joins Charlie Puth on this duet about ex-lovers who still care for each other but don't talk anymore. Puth said the story was inspired by a friend who'd "just broken up with this girl."

"Don't wanna know / What kind of dress you're wearing tonight / If he's holding onto you so tight / The way I did before"

"Run Away With Me" by Carly Rae Jepsen

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"The song's about being away from someone for so long and having to make this one weekend together count." —Carly Rae Jepsen

"Cause you make me feel like / I could be driving you all night / And I'll find your lips in the streetlights / I wanna be there with you, ooh"

"Lean On" by Major Lazer

Major Lazer recruited DJ Snake and MØ to collaborate on what would become Spotify's most streamed song of all time. Diplo shopped the "Lean On" beat to both Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, but neither was interested.

"When the nights are long / Longing for you to come home / All around, the wind blows / We would only hold on to let go"

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