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A love song is a song about being in, falling in love, heartbreak upon the end of a love, and the feelings that these experiences bring. Love songs can be found in the histories and cultures of most societies, though their ubiquity is a modern phenomenon. A highly controversial and startling explanation of the genesis of love songs can be found in Denis de Rougemont's "Love in the Western World". De Rougemont's thesis is that love songs grew out of the courtly love songs of the troubadours, and that those songs represented a rejection of the historical Christian notion of love. A comprehensive list of even the most well known performers and composers of long songs would be a large order. Noteworthy performers of love songs include Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Elton John, and Eric Clapton.