There is no better time to channel your inner romantic than this Valentine's Day. So instead of sending the typical bouquet of roses and box of chocolates, take the unconventional approach and give her the gift of music. But mind you, not all love songs are made equal. Lucky for you we've compiled the perfect playlist for a romantic candlelit dinner this Valentine's Day. After all, who needs cupid when you've got a great romantic music playlist?
“A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway
You gotta start with a classic, right? If you're hoping to seduce the person of your dreams, dim the light down, grab some red wine and this Donny Hathaway tune, "A Song for You." It's kind of dark and brooding but in a really romantic way. It'll work, trust us.
“You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate
This song has been a longtime standard for wedding receptions and party playlists, but there’s no harm in queuing it up on this most lovey-dovey of days. Everyone knows the words and you can’t help but smile when the beat comes in. Even the band’s name is Valentine’s Day. Quite appropriate, isn’t it?
“Every Time I Close My Eyes” by Babyface & Mariah Carey
No one knows love like Babyface. Get him to join forces with Empress of Everything, Mariah Carey, and you've got yourself a timeless love song. Simply outstanding.
“Justify My Love” by Madonna
In this hit, Madonna sings "I want to kiss you in Paris / I want to hold your hand in Rome / I want to run naked in a rainstorm / Make love in a train cross-country / You put this in me / So now what, so now what?" Too romantic!
“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding
Before you think that this list is only about old picks, here’s a hit from the recent times. Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" is not only one of her best songs, ever, it's catchy and sentimental as hell.
“Love on Top” by Beyoncé
If anyone can make a love song totally iconic, it’s Beyoncé. “Love on Top” is triumphant and honest, too. “Nothing’s perfect but it’s worth it,” she sings in the fan favorite love song. It’s also sentimental, when she sings, “Baby, it’s you/you’re the one I love/you’re the one I need/you’re the only one I see.” Timeless.
As Long As You Love Me" by the Backstreet Boys
It wouldn’t be a love songs playlist without a throwback or two to the golden era of teen pop, the late ‘90s, and this Backstreet Boys classic will never go out of style. “I don’t care who you are / where you’re from / what you did / as long as you love me,” BSB sang.
“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
Arguably the most well-known love song of all time, it sometimes seems as though every person in the world knows every single lyric to this Whitney Houston classic. Listening to it is an incredible experience and even more than 20 years later, you can feel Whitney’s emotions in her voice as she sings.
“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
It’s the perfect song for somebody who wants to express to their partner that they want to be with them forever, with the lyrics “darling I will be loving you, till we’re 70” really striking a chord with the incorrigible romantics out there.
“Everything I do, I do it for you” by Bryan Adams
Though it has been outrageously overplayed in the last 25 years, the romance of the song is still strong and it packs a really sweet, romantic message.
“Love” by Lana Del Rey
As epic as any film score, with a soaring hook that'll make your heart take flight, LDR will take you back to the cocoon of first love, when being together is all that matters.
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
While the Bob Dylan original made so many women swoon with delight, it’s this version of Adele that might make your man fall even more in love with you. The lyrics talk about all the things you would do just to let your man know how much you love him. And with Adele’s powerful yet emotional vocals, your man is sure to feel each line.
“Come Away with me” by Norah Jones
Now for something truly romantic and jazzy, this Norah Jones hit is right up your alley. Come Away with Me is about wanting to run away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just being together. It’s possibly one of the sweetest and most romantic songs ever written, and yet its simplicity is what makes it so unforgettable.
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