They both means have.

In the song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk3VQoAKMUI

有 is used first in ni wen wo ai ni you duo sen.

Latter it's followed by wo de qing ye sen

Why use 有 and then use 的?

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    的 doesn't mean 'have' . It is either a possessive marker, similar to ['s] or an adjectival marker that denotes a phrase as an adjective phrase
    – Tang Ho
    Apr 25 '20 at 16:56
  • No offense but what medium(s) are you using to learn Chinese? Apr 25 '20 at 20:40
  • This. What do you mean by medium
    – user4951
    Apr 26 '20 at 3:45

is a verb which means "to have":

I have a glass of water
yǒu yī bēi shuǐ

的 is not a verb, and is referred to as a possessive particle. For example it changes ("me") into 我的 ("mine").

My name is Emily
Wǒ de míngzì shì Emily

的 is also used after adjectives:

red apple
hóngsè de píngguǒ

In songs, a lot of poetic license is used to maintain rhythm. So they're often not a normal way of speaking. In the following case there's probably a few ways of parsing the grammar. I interpret it as a kind of topic-comment sentence:

You ask: "I love you" has how much depth?
Nǐ wèn wǒ ài nǐ yǒu duō shēn

It would be incorrect here to use 的 in place of 有, as it would change the preceding ("you") into 你的 ("your").

In the following, the possessive particle 的 turns 我 ("me") into 我的 ("mine"):

My emotions [are] also real
Wǒ de qíng yě zhēn

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