Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other or happily single, nothing sets the mood for the day reserved for love like music.
From emotional ballads that make you fall deeper in love with your partner to confidence-boosting tracks that promote self-love and acceptance, February 14 is the perfect day to express your feelings through song. Send melodic messages of affection to your mate or play sweet tunes of affirmation for yourself — whatever you do, let the music speak for itself.
Sure, gourmet chocolates and gorgeous bouquets are great, but heart-tugging lyrics can really soothe the soul. So, go ahead and celebrate the one you love, and let the music play with these great Valentine’s Day songs.
Your Love Is King by Sade
Sade is a smooth operator in this sultry ballad filled with sexy saxophone riffs. Good luck resisting the urge to sing along as the Grammy-winning singer professes her love for a partner who’s clearly the cream of the crop.
I’ll Make Love to You by Boyz II Men
Penned by Babyface, this timeless classic delivers passion and sensuality in a tasteful way that only Boyz II Men can bring. The song’s opening lyrics “Close your eyes, make a wish and blow out the candlelight …” instantly set the mood.
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
Enduring love that stands the test of time is at the center of this romantic Ed Sheeran song. Growing old with a significant other sounds blissful as he beautifully belts out what’s on his mind and in his heart.
All My Life by K-Ci & JoJo
Hearing that someone has waited all their lives to find you is undeniably flattering. Get lost in the captivating lyrics as R&B crooners K-Ci & JoJo perform this endearing sentiment.
I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton
Whitney Houston may have popularized this classic love song, but we have Dolly Parton to thank for blessing us with this gem. The country singer-songwriter penned and recorded this bittersweet single two decades before Houston sang it for the Bodyguard soundtrack.
Best Part by Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R.
What’s more romantic than watching a movie with your significant other? Comparing your affection to a cinematic masterpiece, of course! Canadian singer Daniel Caesar and Grammy-winning artist H.E.R. sing that if their lives were a film, their love would be the “best part.” Adorable metaphor, right?
Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
Celine Dion has a powerhouse voice that can melt hearts with a single note. This ballad of gratitude and introspection exemplifies her unmatched talent for exuding emotion and love through music.
Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars
We all have flaws. Yet, after one listen to this uplifting Bruno Mars track, every personal imperfection and insecurity become a distant memory. This song pleasantly reminds us that our partners admire our unique beauty and accept us just the way we are.
Love by Musiq Soulchild
Love is pure and should never be taken for granted. Musiq Soulchild drives that notion home with this heartfelt 2000 release.
Love on Top by Beyoncé
Beyoncé’s incomparable delivery and undeniable effervescence shine in this blissful declaration of love. Play this Grammy-winning single for your lover and they’re guaranteed to beam with glee.
You’re Still the One by Shania Twain
Imagine falling in love at first sight and never losing that euphoric feeling. That’s the emotion country pop singer Shania Twain successfully captures in this ode to everlasting passion.
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
Aerosmith brings romance to rock and roll with this chart-topping ‘90s hit. The dreamy lyrics tell a story of a love so intense that you fear falling asleep because it would rob you of precious moments with your main squeeze.
Two Occasions by The Deele
Valentine’s Day may be a special occasion, but The Deele doesn’t need a holiday to celebrate love. In fact, day and night is all that this ‘80s R&B band needs to think fondly about their heartthrobs.
Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley shows his softer side in this tender ‘60s ballad. The King of Rock and Roll lets his smooth lyrics take center stage and gives his signature upbeat, hip-shaking tunes a backseat.
All of Me by John Legend
Love is all encompassing. Nobody conveys this message as simply and lovely as John Legend in this sweet song dedicated to his wife Chrissy Teigen.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Some songs are simply timeless. This unforgettable duet by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell is one of them. We all want to know that there’s nothing that could keep our significant others from us!
If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys
Some people want diamond rings and some just want everything, but not Alicia Keys. The singer-songwriter makes it clear in this award-winning song that none of it means anything if she doesn’t have her special someone. Who doesn’t want that kind of love?
Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers
Although this sentimental song has been recorded by many, the 1965 version by the Righteous Brothers is arguably the most notable. Plus, its placement in the hit 1990 film Ghost catapulted it into pop culture history, cementing it as a romantic standard.
My Funny Valentine by Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald was a jazz legend with many accolades and classics to her name, including this rendition of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s famous song. The lyrics speak of a lover who’s not perfect (who is?), but is still their admirer’s “favorite work of art.”
Coming Home by Leon Bridges
Leon Bridges’ refreshingly retro sound soothes the soul. This rousing song gets us in our feels every time.
Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
Many roads end in heartbreak, but some paths lead to true love. Serenade your sweetheart with this Rascal Flatts’ song about finally finding your soulmate.
Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye
Want to turn the heat up? Play this seductive Marvin Gaye track and instantly set the mood.
Endless Love by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
When two hearts become one, love knows no bounds. Lionel Richie and Diana Ross don’t miss a beat with this touching tune of devotion.
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams
Going the extra mile for your significant other is always a good idea. Singer-songwriter Bryan Adams takes that concept up a notch in this song where everything he does revolves around his partner. Now that’s dedication.
Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra and Count Basie
Blast off! This Frank Sinatra and Count Basie standard has a swing feel that’s pure magic. Tell your mate how much they mean to you with these delightful lyrics.
At Last by Etta James
Finding your perfect match can be a dream come true. Etta James’ signature song epitomizes the overwhelming emotions that take over when you’ve found “The One.”
Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
Can’t imagine life without your significant other? Let them know that you’re in it for the long haul with this classic Al Green title.
Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston
Spending Valentine’s Day alone? Don’t worry. The greatest love is the one you reserve for yourself as Whitney Houston beautifully expresses in this 1985 hit.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Grab your lover and clap along to this dance-friendly smash. Queen aces this classic rock track with simple, yet poignant lyrics complemented by rhythmic guitar chords.
Cupid by Sam Cooke
When Cupid strikes, hearts don’t stand a chance. R&B icon Sam Cooke’s charming and soulful single celebrates the Roman god of love with a catchy melody that never gets old.
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