Romantic Songs To Have On Your Valentine’s Day Playlist

by Emma W.R. on February 4, 2014

One of my favorite quotes about music is “Music Washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.” Music always brings me back to people, places and memories that put me in a happy reminiscing mood, or leaves me sad missing a few of those people, places and memories! Either way you’re touched, and the perfect time to think back on this is Valentine’s Day! So if you feel like taking a walk down love’s memory lane, make an iTunes folder and title it V-Day Music. Throw some songs in there that mean something to your past, present or future. Here are my personal selections for the  Top 10 Romantic Songs to have on your Valentine’s Day playlist!

Romantic Music

  1. “I Remember You” by Skid Row – Okay, I needed to start off with my love of 80’s/90’s hair bands (don’t judge) and had to pick my favorite monster ballad! Anyone who loved hard rockers slowing down a bit for romance will appreciate this song.
  2. “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison – Released in 1964, Pretty Woman spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The lyrics tell the story of a man who sees a pretty woman walking by. He yearns for her and wonders if, as beautiful as she is, might be lonely like him. At the last minute, she turns back and joins him. The rest as they say, is history!
  3. “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye – Whether or not you were old enough in the 70’s to remember when this song came out, it is so widely known now that it has to make the list!
  4. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley – Here’s a little fun fact: Elvis Presley’s version peaked at No. 2 in 1962. Three decades later, UB40 was asked to remake the song for the soundtrack to “Honeymoon in Vegas.” The producers passed over their version in favor of one by U2. The UB40 recording might have gone unreleased, but the music supervisor of another film, “Sliver,” rescued the track from the Virgin vaults.
  5. “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack – You may know Roberta’s version or you may know The Fugees version. If you know both, consider yourself musically enriched! In 1996 the hip-hop version of this song was a huge hit for The Fugees and played in clubs everywhere.
  6. “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin – Ever see the movie Top Gun? Of course you have! That movie made this song famous, so famous it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as a Golden Globe in 1986.
  7. “My Girl” by The Temptations – “My Girl” climbed to the top of the U.S. pop charts after its Dec. 1964 release, making it the Temptations’ first number one hit. Musically, the song is notable because of those famous six ascending guitar notes in the song’s opening.
  8. “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” by Barry White – It’s hard to get enough of Barry White’s smooth baritone voice, so be sure that this is one of the love songs on your Valentine’s Day playlist!
  9. “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison – This romantic ballad believe it or not, was featured in several movies between 1988 and 1994. Such a beautiful and soulful hit!
  10. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac – Ironically, Stevie Nicks didn’t write this song about love. She wrote it as she was contemplating going back to school or continuing on professionally with her guitarist. Proof you can take lyrics to a song, and put your own meaning and spin to it, huh?! Whether you listen to Stevie’s version or Alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins version, this song hits the heart strings – hard. The Smashing Pumpkins covered the song back in 1994, and went on to be one of the rock band’s most-beloved tracks. It even had the approval of Nicks herself. For all you Country music fans, Dixie Chicks covered “Landslide” on their 2002 album as well. Take a listen to all three versions, I guarentee at least one will take you back in time.

As you can see, some songs will remind you of love lost and some will remind you of love found. Any song you decide to have on your car cd mix, iPod or MP3 player will be nice to listen to though, especially if they bring back special memories and moments with your significant other. Go ahead, start your playlist, and get lost in love, and in music!

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Sue J. September 28, 2016 at 10:43 am

I personally enjoy anything by Anita Baker. “Sweet Love,” is one of my favorites. However, the greatest love song for me is “Unforgetable” by Nat King Cole. Now that’s a love song!

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Bert March 21, 2014 at 11:16 am

Lots of throwbacks on this list. I’m not sure I own any of them but I will have to look into getting a few!

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Jessica D February 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm

LOL – now I have half of these songs stuck in my head! Good picks – the list really could go on and on, and every couple has a playlist that’s special to them, but this is a great start. I personally love the UB40 version of Can’t Help Falling in Love, but Elvis’s will always have a special place in my heart. 🙂

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Eli February 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm

How about my wedding song, “My Love” by Paul McCartney? Also some good ones are “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder or “Best of My Love” by the Eagles. There are literally tons of songs one could choose from, for that special person.

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