The 35 Best Valentine’s Day Songs To Get Your Lover in the Mood
Valentine’s day is just around the corner and there is no better way to show your partner how much you love them than by crafting a mixtape of classic Valentine’s day songs. While jewelry or flowers will surely keep her happy, curating a collection of songs really shows how much she means to you and is sure to put a smile on her dial. Knowing you have spent time picking the songs and creating the playlist shows the commitment you have to her and your relationship. So what songs should you include? I’m glad you asked.
Whether she is a fan of pop music, hip-hop, or rock, there are songs across all genres that deal with love. Some are heartfelt ballads while others are spicy, sexually charged anthems, whatever your poison, there will be a song to show how you feel this Valentine’s day. The collection of songs below covers all bases and includes songs from big hitters such as Elvis Presley, Beyonce, and Bryan Adams.
1. Frank Sinatra – My Favorite Valentine
If you are going to have a list of Valentine’s day tunes, you have to include this gem from old blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Originally written by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart and covered by over 600 artists (including Chet Baker, Kenny Rogers, and Ella Fitzgerald), Sinatra lends a feeling of comfort and security to this ditty about every day being Valentine’s day.
2. The Beatles – All You Need is Love
It’s all in the title. This short and easy to sing along with song from The Beatles is a fantastic tune about love and how good it is. When it comes down to the bare bones, love really is all you need, so let your partner know with this joyous Beatles release that got a second wind in 2003 thanks to being featured in the hit film Love Actually.
3. Haim – Little of Your Love
Here is a sweet love song from the awesome Haim sisters. Little of Your Love was meant to feature in the film Trainwreck, but when it didn’t make the cut became part of the group’s sophomore album Something To Tell You. It is the sister’s ode to classic 50s rock songs and is sure to have you and your lady up and dancing.
4. Elton John – Your Song
If writing an actual love song isn’t within your capabilities, just use this cracker from Sir Elton John to set the scene. It’s a classic love song with Elton’s voice paired with delicate piano playing, resulting in a masterful expression of his talent as a singer and musician.
5. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Yeah, this one is a bit cheesy and will probably only resonate if your lady loves a bit of pop music or the Twilight saga, but it had to be included. Any song with the lyrics “I have loved you for a thousand years” and “I’ll love you for a thousand more,” gets the tick of approval for a Valentine’s day love song playlist in my book.
6. Harry Styles – Adore
The most successful member of One Direction has carved out quite the solo career for himself. Harry Styles has plenty of songs that could land on this list (Watermelon Sugar for those wanting something a little more naughty) but Adore suits best thanks to the lyrics, “I’d walk through fire for you, just let me adore you like it’s the only thing I’ll ever do.” How sweet.
7. Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender
Let Elvis Presley serenade your lady with his dulcet tones with this hit single from 1956. Love Me Tender is a heartwarming tune and is the soundtrack to the film of the same name starring The King of rock and roll. Despite the track being a sweet ballad, there is a sensuality to Elvis’ voice that gives this song an extra edge.
8. Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
A surprise hit when released in 2002, A Thousand Miles is piano balled about an all-consuming love. The song propelled Vanessa Carlton into the limelight and is still her biggest hit. Supposedly about a crush she had on a famous actor while attending The School of American Ballet, it remains a karaoke favorite and one of 2002s best tunes. If your lady is more of a hip-hop fan, you can always try this version from Cam’ron that samples A Thousand Miles.
9. Mac Miller – My Favorite Part (ft. Ariana Grande)
Released at the height of their relationship, this is a gushing love song featuring both the late Mac Miller and Ariana Grande. Miller drops the rapping and gives singing ago on this low-key R&B flavored tune that features Grande on the final chorus.
10. Roberta Flack – First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
This classic from the great Roberta Flack is all about how powerful love is and what you can overcome with it. Although a cover, Flack turned the song into her own and broke out into the mainstream with this pearler, hitting the number one spot in America, Canada, and Australia.
11. Drake – Best I Ever Had
Let her know how you really feel with this 2010 joint from the one and only Drake. Taken from his debut EP, So Far Gone, this track is all about how much Drake loves his lady, complete with sexual innuendo and enough ‘fucks’ to keep the rap fans placated.
12. John Legend – Love Me Now
Old mate John Legend is one of those guys who has a dozen songs that you could use to demonstrate your love for your partner. He just has a knack for writing sweet love songs, as is the case with Love Me Now. This one is all about loving your partner and making the most of your time together, with the film clip featuring various couples from around the world, along with Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, celebrating the birth of daughter Luna Simone Stephens.
13. Bruno Mars – Marry You
If you are looking to pop the question on Valentine’s day then there is no better song to use. Bruno Mars’ Marry You has been used during hundreds of proposals and heard at just as many weddings. It is a simple and catchy tune about impulsively getting hitched with your lover.
14. Diana Ross and Lionel Richie – Endless Love
Two of music’s greats collaborated on this incredible R&B tune. Diana Ross and Lionel Richie declare their “endless love” for each other which is sure to get your lady smiling as she understands how much you love her.
15. Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves a Woman
Inspired by Percy Sledge’s girlfriend who left him after she got a modeling contract, this heartwrenching love song is an absolute classic. You can feel Sledge’s emotion as he croons his way through this 60s favorite.
16. Berlin – Take My Breath Away
Best known as that song from Top Gun, Take My Breath Away is everything you want from an 80s rock ballad. It has a soaring chorus, cheesy lyrics, and power chords that just don’t give up. Berlin might be classified as one-hit wonders, but they gifted us an absolute banger that should be on every Valentine’s day playlist.
17. The Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You
If your partner is worried you might do a runner, play this tune to her and let her know you aren’t going anywhere. The Pretenders, or more specifically, frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, sings about being there for her partner even in the darks the times. A rock and roll favorite.
18. Beyonce – Drunk in Love
One of the best cuts from Beyonce’s self-titled album, this funky banger will have you and your lady getting into the mood. Chock full of sensual lyrics and a guest verse from her husband Jay-Z, this is just the type of song you want to play before hitting the bedroom.
19. The Temptations – My Girl
Remind her whose girl she is with this gem from The Temptations. The band’s first number-one single is a soulful ditty that has been selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.”
20. Bruce Springsteen – Valentine’s Day
Another song focused around February 14, this is an earnest guitar ballad from the great Bruce Springsteen. Taken from his Tunel of Love album, Valentine’s Day is about a man analyzing his life and wanting to commit to a relationship with his loved one. A great song to show how much you love your partner.
21. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
One of Al Green’s most successful songs that has been covered by everyone from Tina Turner to Seal to Maroon 5, Let’s Stay Together is another sultry R&B song love song. A 70s soul staple, it was Green’s only number one hit and is perfect for serenading that someone special.
22. Doja Cat – Kiss Me More (ft. SZA)
Here is an upbeat and modern love song about macking on with your partner. Doja Cat and SZA combine for a catchy pop hit that will encourage the two of you to lock lips.
23. The Ronettes – Be My Baby
This is a must if you are in the courtship period of your relationship. This 1963 pop smash from The Ronettes is a great way to show your lady friend how you feel and that you want them to be your baby.
24. Boyz II Men – I’ll Make Love To You
One of the seminal R&B groups of the 90s, Boyz II Men had a multitude of hits during their reign atop the charts. I’ll Make Love To You is one of their biggest and pretty much lets your partner know what you want to do to them. This Grammy award-winning song features the quartet’s incredible harmonies and a film clip that is just about as 90s as you can get. Amazing!
25. Sade – Your Love Is King
Here is one for the saxophone lovers. Sade’s unmistakable vocals draw you in over this playful 80s beat. This jazz-infused track is made all that much better when the sax solo kicks in towards the end.
26. Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston may have made this a hit record, but Dolly Parton’s original is still the best version. A classic love song in every sense of the word, I Will Always Love You is a sentimental track sure to bring a tear to your partner’s eye.
27. Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing
This monster rock ballad revived Aerosmith’s faltering career and helped propel the Bruce Willis starring Armegeddon to worldwide box office success. The song describes a love so great that the protagonist doesn’t want to fall asleep in case he misses a moment. Slightly creepy, but hey, I’m sure your partner will love it.
28. Alica Keys – If I Ain’t Got You
One of the great voices of the past two decades, Alicia Keys has had a multitude of hit singles about love and relationships. One of her very early songs clearly demonstrates this. If I Ain’t Got You finds Keys expressing how material possessions mean nothing when compared to real love. A piano ballad for the ages.
29. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
Modern-day soul crooner Leon Bridges hits the nail on the head with this 60s era slice of soul. In a nutshell, this one is about coming home and enjoying life with your friends and family, as well as your lover. A soulful treat.
30. Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Let the great Bryan Adams tell your partner how much you love them and that you will do it all for them with this epic 90s track. Clocking in at six and a half minutes long, this power ballad is one of the best-selling singles of all time, and rightly so.
31. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
The ginger ninja himself, Ed Sheeran, gets mushy on this track taken from his third album. A dedication to his wife-to-be, this has featured at many wedding ceremonies since its release and is a great song to serenade your partner with.
32. Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Written for the Nicholas Cage starring City of Angles, this love song is 90s alt-rock at its best. The lyrics reflect the film, which is about Cage’s character giving up his immortality for the chance to be with his true love. It’s sappy and a bit cheesy but a sure-fire hit for any Valentine’s day playlist.
33. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
One of the most celebrated loves songs of the past 20 years, Snow Patrol hit the big time with Chasing Cars. Frontman Gary Lightbody claims it’s the purest love song he has ever written, and it is hard to disagree. All he wants to do is lay with his partner in the garden and forget the world.
34. Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter
This yearning folk number is rumored to be about Damien Rice’s daughter’s music teacher who he was involved with at the time of recording his debut album. It became a hit after featuring in the movie Closer and contains the romantic lines “I can’t take my eyes off of you” and “I can’t take my mind off of you.”
35. Outkast – Happy Valentine’s Day
Who doesn’t want to hear Outkast rapping “Happy Valentine’s Day” on wax? Proudly turn this one up on February 14 and let your lady know what day it is. With references to Cupid, the Easter Bunny, and even leprechauns, it doesn’t get much better than this banger from the Atlanta duo.
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