These Songs Are Great For Valentine's Day Whether You've Got A Date Or Not

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Ah, Valentine’s Day. Some might think of it as the perfect time to dote on their love, and some of us just think of it as a day to get some great deals on chocolate. But however you view the annual red-heart-laden holiday, it’s a great time to celebrate love. One of the best ways to do that, minus dinner and a movie, is to listen to some lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day love songs.
Now, of course “love” can mean many things. There’s the very first time you fall in love — exciting, innocent, and sweet, like an early Ed Sheeran song. There’s the deep love that consumes your every thought, kind of like an Ariana Grande. There’s also more tenuous, or impossible love (the kind you go all in for anyway), like every song from A Star Is Born. There's also the love that you feel for yourself when you're belting out a Whitney Houston ballad (which can feel as good as snuggling the one you love — yes, Whitney is that powerful), whether you're boo'd up or not.
These songs make for a good set for a cozy, rosy-cheeked Feb. 14 (and beyond, honestly). There are some new classics, some '90s songs for that nostalgic feel, and even a few genuine oldies (love knows no age, right?), but they'll all give you that lovin' feeling. So go forth, put these in your playlist, and get in the mood for love.
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“I Swear” — All-4-One

“For better or worse, till death do us part / I'll love you with every beat of my heart / And I swear”

This is a true '90s bop. It’s a sweet melody, which can easily be used for a slow-dance or just chilling out with your love. It’ll certainly bring back some memories if you’re a '90s baby, plus the words are so heartfelt, it’s almost too much to bear. It swells to an epic close, which makes for a great love song to play on Valentine’s Day.
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“Boo’d Up” — Ella May

“Oh, how many ways can I say that I need you? Baby, it's true / I think I might die without you”

Going from one R&B classic to a modern R&B hit: “Boo’d Up” was pretty big in 2018, an anthem for young fools in love. The song talks about an all-encompassing infatuation with someone, that very first stage of a relationship when you can’t stop thinking about how cute that person is to you. If you’re newly boo’d up this V-Day, this one’s especially for you.
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“Best Part” — Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R.

“You're the coffee that I need in the morning / You're my sunshine in the rain when it's pouring / Won't you give yourself to me / Give it all, oh”

This sweet song is about a love that is deep, yet rational. It's just so wonderful to be in love with someone who puts you in a good place, is the best part of anything, and reminds you of everything else that you love. The words are not only beautiful, but Caesar’s and H.E.R.’s harmonies are out-of-this-world intoxicating.
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“Tenerife Sea” — Ed Sheeran

“Should this be the last thing I see / I want you to know it’s enough for me / 'Cause all that you are is all that I’ll ever need”

Ed Sheeran does a great job of creating love songs that make you feel mushy even just reading the lyrics. He really gets how to express his feelings with words, and this song is a perfect example of why you can't go to a wedding without hearing his voice on the playlist. “Tenerife Sea” is all about a man who is so enamored by his love’s appearance and her being. He’s so happy and in love and it’s just so darn cute.
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“Island In The Sun” — Weezer

“We'll run away together / We'll spend some time forever / We'll never feel bad anymore”

The beginning guitar strumming and soft coos of “Hip-Hip” are enough to get those childhood memories flowing. It’s a sweet, sweet song, that feels like a summer love in high school. You might remember it from the 2006 mermaid movie Aquamarine, in which case you get to pair visuals of that dreamy dance with the movie's beachy heartthrob with the sweet song.
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“Helpless” — Phillipa Soo, Original Hamilton Cast Recording

“Look into your eyes and the sky's the limit / I'm helpless… Down for the count and I'm drownin' in 'em”

You’ve probably heard of a little musical called Hamilton that’s been making the rounds on Broadway. But you don’t need to really know the story to listen to this song and get that instant feeling of helplessness that comes with falling so hard for someone so fast. The lyrics “I am so into you” are certainly relatable, and the upbeat vibe will get you through whatever you have planned for Valentine’s Day.
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“You Are The Best Thing” — Ray LaMontagne

“Our hearts are strong and our hearts are kind / Let me tell you just exactly what is on my mind”

Ray LaMontagne’s voice just makes you feel so many things. And it works so well in this (rare, for LaMontagne) that focuses on the positives of a romantic relationship. “You Are The Best Thing,” is all about lifting up your partner. That’s it! But when a song is this feel-good, that’s all you really need.
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“Lights Down Low” — MAX

“Heaven only knows where you've been / But I don't really need to know / I know where you're gonna go”

The music video for this song is a perfect way to set the scene for Valentine’s Day. It follows the exploits of this man in his apartment until he finds the love of his life, paired with the lyrics about these two people deeply in love, ready to embark on whatever journey is ahead for them. Romantic as hell.
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“Rewrite The Stars” — Zac Efron and Zendaya

“All I want is to fly with you / All I want is to fall with you / So just give me all of you / It feels impossible / It's not impossible”

The Greatest Showman was certainly a sleeper hit in theaters, and this song, performed by Efron and Zendaya, might have been the best thing to come out of it all. It’s of course built off of tension (Zendaya does play a trapeze artist, after all): what would happen to them if they tried to have a relationship when so many obstacles stand in their way? They ultimately decide that they can create their own destinies and let their love flourish, against the odds. *Swoon*
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“Be My Baby” — The Ronettes

“Oh, since the day I saw you / I have been waiting for you / You know I will adore you 'til eternity”

Yes, it's a bit old fashioned and steeped in the rhetoric of courting in the 1960s, but “Be My Baby” has an infectious ring to it. It’s a classic, and captures that fluttery feeling we all get when we're about to ask out someone new. It’s a tad persistent, but it comes from a playful place.
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“A Thousand Miles” — Vanessa Carlton

“If I could fall into the sky / Do you think time would pass me by? / 'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles / If I could just see you / Tonight”

The music video — you know, the one where she’s on a piano in traffic? — is just as iconic as the song at this point. The folksy melody has been featured in movies, memes, vines, and more, but the jokes aside, it’s a love song at its core. Who wouldn’t want someone to be willing to go to great lengths for them (within reason — let's keep it non-toxic)?
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“I Only Have Eyes For You” — The Flamingos

“My love must be a kind of blind love / I can't see anyone but you.”

If you’re a Buffy fan, you might recognize this song from a pretty pivotal Angel & Buffy episode in the second season, but it’s actually from 1959. It is a bit haunting, but in a good way. The harmonies are perfect, and the affirmation of love is dreamy.
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“I Could Fall In Love” — Selena

“Cause the way I feel I might / Lose control and let you stay / Cause I could take you in my arms / And never let go”

“I Could Fall In Love” tells the story of someone who knows they are on the precipice of falling head over heels for someone. Everyone’s gone through this stage at one point, and if you’re celebrating with an S.O. on Feb. 14, you've definitely done what Selena is scared to do and made that leap.
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“Kiss Me” — Sixpence None The Richer

“Oh, kiss me, beneath the milky twilight / Lead me out on the moonlit floor”

This dreamy '90s classic is a requirement for any Valentine’s Day playlist you’re making. It really captures the joy and euphoria behind a first kiss or, at least, one that you’ve been waiting a while for.
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“I Have Nothing” — Whitney Houston

“You see through, right to the heart of me / You break down my walls with the strength of your love”

Whitney Houston has a voice that can make anyone cry, regardless of what she’s singing. However, when you mix it in with heartfelt, earth-shattering lyrics, it’ll bring the house down. This power ballad can't help but make you powerful and super confident, and of course, romantic.
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“Tattooed Heart” — Ariana Grande

“And kiss me underneath the moonlight / Darling, let me trace the lines, on your tattooed heart”

If this song doesn’t give you goosebumps, you should get that checked out. It comes from Ariana Grande’s first album and has a 1950s retro feel, but with her sultry voice added to the mix, it has an updated feel. It’s sweet, it’s sincere, and is all about how she doesn’t need anything from this person except for their love and devotion. It's a far cry from "Thank U, Next", and kinda perfect for that Valentine's Day vibe.
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“All Or Nothing” — O-Town

“I've had the rest of you, now I want the best of you / It's time to show and tell”

So this one is more of a pre-breakup/tough times song, but it's still somewhat hopeful, plus the clear passion in the music just makes you want to belt it out for the last minute and a half. Plus, despite the troubles the couple in the song is going through, the singer is asking their S.O. to give them all they have to save the relationship that used to be so good. There’s hope, for sure, and there's romance in that.
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“Truly Madly Deeply” — Savage Garden

“I'll be your dream, I'll be your wish / I'll be your fantasy / I'll be your hope, I'll be your love / Be everything that you need”

Ah yes, one more throwback song for the road. This song has that '90s beat machine going, along with a great melody. The song is all about expressing the immense feeling of affection you’re feeling, and if you’re having a hard time telling someone that this Valentine’s Day, it will probably help you out.
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“I’ll Never Love Again” — Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

“Don't want to give my heart away / To another stranger / Don't let another day begin / Won't let the sunlight in”

Need a good cry? Scratch that — an all-consuming sob? Check this one out. If you’ve seen A Star Is Born, then you've probably already run off and buried your head in a pillow at the first mention of the lyrics. But even if you haven’t seen the movie, the song has a beautiful message. Despite the tragic love story it’s tied to, it’s about having a love so deep, you can’t imagine ever loving anyone in the same way.
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“Wild Love” — James Bay

“I wanna give you wild love / The kind that never slows down / I wanna take you high up / Let our hearts be the only sound”

Let's close it out with a little soulful, genuine James Bay. This one is a bit of a departure from his other songs, but the singer still manages to that tug at your emotions. After all, giving is a major part of Valentine’s Day, so a song that expresses such loving generosity is a great note to end on.

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