A good, passionate romance is the backbone of any soap opera. So when compiling a list of the best of the best, it was hard picking just 20. There are just so many to choose from, and since we are not exactly looking for soul mates here, just a great love story, the pool got even wider. We have definitely left a few out, so let us know who your favorites are in the comments below. In no particular order, here are Hollie's picks for Top 20 Romances of all time:
20. Haley and Mateo, "All My Children:"
This couple has to be on the list if only for the simple fact portrayers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos tied the knot in real life ─ and have stayed married for 16 years. Not surprise considering their chemistry as Haley Vaughn and Mateo Santos. They fought through her airplane kidnapping by his best friend, his lying ex-wife and a bout with Libidizone. After eloping in 1996, Ripa and Consuelos have three children and seem hotter than ever.
19. Luke and Laura, "General Hospital:"
Can you have a list like this and not include them? Even people who claimed to not watch soap operas knew who this super couple was. Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and Laura Webber (Genie Francis) are considered by many to be the golden standard of daytime pairings, despite their controversial beginning when he raped her. But their characters fell in love, got married (in front of 30 million viewers!) and stayed that way for more than two decades.
18. Robin and Stone, "General Hospital:"
Played by Kimberly McCullough and Michael Sutton, this pairing was puppy love with some serious bite. Just a teenager when she fell for bad-boy Stone, her crush developed into something so much more. Stone was diagnosed with AIDS, and it was through him she got HIV. In fact, it was on his deathbed where she revealed to him her diagnosis. Despite his death, their relationship has always been a part of who Robin is.
17. Greenlee and Leo, "All My Children:"
From the moment Greenlee Smythe (Rebecca Budig) and Leo du Pres (Josh Duhamel) shared the screen together, they simply sizzled with chemistry. An old plotline (helping each other win over their true loves) was new and fresh with the easy banter and sparks these two generated. And when he fell into Miller’s Falls trying to save Greenlee from his mother Vanessa, scores of fans were devastated along with Greenlee.
16. Tad and Dixie, "All My Children:"
Considered one of the greatest soap loves of all time, Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) and Dixie Cooney (Cady McClain) seemed to share a true affection that everyone could feel. What started off as true and tender friendship developed into so much more as their love was allowed to slowly build over the years. Their love even transcended death when, after a run in with the Satin Slayer’s poisoned pancakes) Dixie came back to life at the hands of Dr. David Hayworth, allowing the couple to be together at the end of “AMC.”
15. Erica and Dimitri, "All My Children:"
Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey) fanatics are sure to be in up in arms, but Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) was never able to really let him be the man in the relationship, even at the end. But when she was with Hungarian Dimitri Marick (Michael Nader), he was always in control. Except that time when she stabbed him. The heat that fired their initial hatred of each other (he tried to take over Enchantment) is also what made their relationship exciting and fiery.
14. Doug and Julie, "Days of Our Lives:"
The pairing of Doug Williams (Bill Hayes) and Julie Olson (Susan Seaforth Hayes) was almost inspired. In fact, the two took up together off-screen and even eloped before their characters married on the show. Writers still delayed their wedding, (he was married to her mother) making the anticipation even greater for these star-crossed lovers to finally tie the knot. And when they did, the event was a full-blow soap confection.
13. Josh and Reva, "Guiding Light:"
Josh Lewis (Robert Newman) and Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) were simply irresistible. Childhood sweethearts turned longtime loves ─ barring a divorce or three ─ their stormy romance held “GL” viewers captivated until the end when they literally drove off into the sunset together. They survived an Amish clone, amnesia and cancer to have two children and one of the more memorable Daytime romances.
12. Sami and Lucas, "Days of Our Lives:"
While Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) has undeniable chemistry with a few different men in Salem, it is her longtime love Lucas Roberts (Bryan Datillo) that has Lumi fans tap dancing over their current reconnection. The two met backstage at a Cherish concert when she walked in on Lucas having sex with the singer. Since then they have dealt with his spiteful mother Kate, swapped paternity results and attractions to a slew of other people. Still, their easy connection and scheming ways keep us on our toes and we can’t wait to see what is next.
11. Theresa and Ethan, "Passions:"
Despite “Passions” fairly short run, fans quickly became obsessed with the pairing of Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald (Lindsay and Ethan Crane (Travis Schuldt and Eric Martsolf). People are even rabid about their allegiance to one Ethan or the other. Their classic rich boy meets girl from the wrong side of the tracks storyline involved the most out-there obstacles, which made their wedding at the end of the soap that much more sweet.