It’s Valentine’s Day – that single day of the year we all turn into die-hard romantics in the name of love, red roses and chocolates.
It can be a lot of work planning the ideal surprise for your significant other, so let us help you.
Whether you need a playlist for that romantic meal you’re cooking your beloved, you’ve forgotten to buy a present and have had the brainwave idea of throwing together a mixtape or you just love slushy tracks – date or no date – these 10 songs will see you through today.
Please note:Ed Sheeran does not feature on this list, nor does Whitney Houston.
Here are our 10 ultimate Valentine’s Day songs to get you in the mood for lovin’…
1. My Funny Valentine – Frank Sinatra
The essence is in the name but not only is it the perfect Valentine’s Day song, it’s also the perfect track to kick off the playlist and set the tone.
My Funny Valentine – Ella Fitzgerald
If Frank isn’t your man (sorry, but what?), try Ella Fitzgerald’s version of My Funny Valentine. Both are equally lovely versions.
2. Love Is In The Air – John Paul Young
You can’t find a song more symbolic of Valentine’s Day than John Paul Young’s Love Is In The Air. This iconic 1977 disco track features lyrics including ‘Love is in the air everywhere I look around’ and ‘And it’s there when I look in your eyes’, sing this tune for your loved one for brownie points.
3. How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees
You can’t let Valentine’s Day go by without a bit of the Bee Gees – and their 1977 track How Deep Is Your Love is the ideal slow song to get you and your valentine realising just how much you love each other.
4. Happy Valentine’s Day – Outkast
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about slow ballads – add OutKast’s 2003 track Happy Valentine’s Day to get the party started.
5. Can You Feel The Love Tonight? – Elton John
Recording in 1994 for The Lion King, could there be a more appropriate song for Valentine’s Day evening?
6. Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Bruno’s 2010 track.strikes the perfect balance between a lingering ballad and an upbeat disco tune. Add it onto your playlist for a modern break from the crooners.
7. Just The Way You Are – Barry White
Thirty-two years before Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are was released, Barry White released his iconic song of the same title in 1978. Featuring lyrics like ‘I love you, just the way you are’, who wouldn’t want this track played for them by their loved one?
8. Be My Baby – The Ronettes
Another track with meaningful lyrics for Valentine’s Day is The Ronettes’ 1964 track Be My Baby. Upbeat, joyful and with lovely, romantic lyrics, it’s the track to play for those that aren’t that into the slow ballads.
9. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Christina Perri’s 2011 track A Thousand Years is for the hopeless romantics among us – and those that are still rooting for Edward and Bella, of course.
10. The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett
He was hailed as the greatest singer in the world by Frank Sinatra so, with us starting our list with Ol’ Blue Eyes, it’s only fitting we finish it with Mr Bennett. His 1958 cover of Frank’s original track is as timeless as it is romantic. If you only play one track today, make it be this one.
If you do decide to make your loved one a mixtape, just make sure you learn from Chandler’s mistake, yeah?