Looking for a date night playlist? Like every music blog, we’ve got you covered with the best love songs to make your SO swoon, and we promise our list is the best.
14. Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
Would this even be a complete list if we didn't throw in REO Speedwagon's classic, 80's rock power ballad? Just be sure not to break out into song if your date isn't expecting it.
13. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Every list of love songs needs something a little lighthearted. Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" adds some fun to our list with Freddie Mercury's classic style. Another 80's classic, this track is less power ballad and more rockabilly, which makes it perfect for dancing in the kitchen with your SO this Valentine's Day.
12. Lovesong - The Cure
I swear this isn't an 80's playlist, but The Cure hit the nail on the head with the simplicity of "Lovesong," with a killer bass riff to boot. It's an emotional love song, but one that you can dance (and rock) to. And while Adele's version is nothing to sneeze at, it's undeniable that The Cure did it best.
11. Love Song - Sara Bareilles
This one had to be included, because we all have to experience a little self love on Valentine's Day. This hit song came out in 2007 and swung Bareilles two Grammy nominations, but it's not about a lover at all. "Love Song" is actually about her record label. In 2008, she told MTV, "I just wasn't having any luck...and I was just getting a really sort of blasé reaction to everything. I started to get really insecure about it, and then I got really pissed off at myself for caring what anybody thought...I went to a rehearsal space one day. I sat down and wrote something for me." The result? A banger, fuck-you, self-love anthem.
10. You Make Loving Fun - Fleetwood Mac
This was hard, because let's face it: Fleetwood has more than a few good love songs to choose from. But, this classic from Rumours made the cut because every good V-Day playlist needs some groove, and who can resist Christine McVie's croons?
9. Your Song - Elton John
When you're in love, just knowing your significant other exists can make you feel like you're on top of the world. Elton John's "Your Song" captures that feeling seamlessly: "I hope you don't mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you're in the world." If this playlist had a theme (other than Valentine's Day, obviously), it would be treasure what you have, and this is the perfect song to let your SO know how much they brighten your day.
8. Butterflies - Kacey Musgraves
"Butterflies" is a dreamy addition to our list from the rainbow queen herself. Somehow, Musgraves manages to make the line "You give me butterflies" sound completely original in this thoughtful, spacey love song.
7. If She Ever Leaves Me - The Highwomen
Staying on our country kick for a moment, let's take a second to appreciate Brandi Carlile's ode to her lover by The Highwomen. Not only is this song absolutely gorgeous, but it's an amazing LGBTQ+ ballad. Carlile can bring anyone to tears as she belts "I've loved her in secret, and I've loved her out loud. The sky hasn't always been blue." This song is an important reminder that love comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and is for all kinds of people.
6. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
The title track from Norah Jones' debut album absolutely deserves a spot on our list. Though Jones was only 23 when this record released, her jazzy singer/songwriter sound and insightful lyrics make for the perfect love song. "Come away with me and I'll never stop loving you," she sings, and it's easy to picture a slow walk on the beach or a rainy evening curled up with your SO.
5. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
When people are in love, it's natural for them to be amazed by everything their SO does. That's the feeling Clapton captures in "Wonderful Tonight," as he reassures his lover that everything she does is wonderful. It's a slow, timeless ballad that captures the simple details of a relationship that make it, well, wonderful.
4. If We Were Vampires - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
No, this song isn't about Twilight. Instead, it's a gorgeous love song about two lovers facing their own mortality. "It's knowing that this can't go on forever. Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone," Isbell sings together with his wife Amanda Shires. It may have a sad tinge to it, but it's a good reminder to love what we have while we're here to love it.
3. Something - The Beatles
Who can make a "best love songs" list and not include "Something" by The Beatles? "Something" was written by George Harrison, and it's arguably one of the most famous of their songs, period. Not only is this song a classic, but it has one of the best guitar solos of any Beatles song. So, what's the "something" you find best about your SO?
2. Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
The oldest song on our list is also one of the best. With The King crooning and a dreamy backtrack, who can't help but falling in love when this song plays? "Take my hand, take my whole life, too. For I can't help falling in love with you," Presley sings. This song is the perfect soundtrack for your Valentine's Day date.
1. Girl From the North Country - Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash
Not only is this song appropriate for our blog (it's on Dylan's album Nashville Skyline), but its also a beautiful duet between Dylan and Cash that often goes overlooked. The song is about a long lost lover. The song, which was inspired by several English Ballads, was originally recorded solo by Dylan, but rereleased with Johnny Cash for Nashville Skyline. Like many of the songs on our list, there's a tinge of sadness, but, like "If We Were Vampires," the song reminds us to cherish what we have this Valentine's Day.
That concludes our list! If you're looking for the best Valentine's Playlist, look no further. We've compiled our list into a convenient Spotify playlist for you to listen to below: