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Love is in the air: 20 essential love tracks to soundtrack your Valentine's Day
Here are the best songs to soundtrack your Valentine’s Day.
Last updated: 14th Feb 2023
Love is in the air! It’s Valentine’s Day, folks, so it’s time we showered our loved ones with the affection they deserve, wine and dine them, and then enjoy the perfect Valentine's playlist together. Since we all share a love of music, it only makes sense to kick off the celebrations with loved-up bangers.
If cupid’s got you in a chokehold, you’re in the right place. From sexy songs to romantic records, here are some tunes you can enjoy together this Valentine’s Day.
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
A timeless classic. He really smashed it with this one! The lyrics are sweet and romantic but not so sweet you’re left with a toothache, the slap bass is tasty, the vocals are smooth - the whole vibe is immaculate.
Wickedest - Tamera
A more sultry one, Wickedest is stripped-back, intimate, and just an all-around tune.
Queen Bey is no stranger to penning love tunes. So if you don’t fancy a bit of Love On Top, you’ve got plenty of others to choose from - Crazy In Love, Halo, or if you’re looking for spicier tunes, Drunk In Love, Naughty Girl, and Baby Boy. But Love On Top is a banger. We love a good key change.
If you're a hip-hop fan, this is the one. Penned for his girlfriend Rihanna, ASAP Rocky’s D.M.B features lyrics such as, “My angel and my Goddess, when my head get clouded / You're my soulmate, my Goddess.”
Back to more traditional love songs, this banger by Alicia Keys is a must on your Valentine’s Day playlist. This is a song you can slow dance to, drunkenly serenade your significant other with when it plays in a bar, or snuggle up and appreciate together.
Taken from one of the sexiest albums to date, R U Mine? is a top song choice this Valentine’s Day. A song about craving, lust, and the desire for all the “deeper” parts of a relationship, it nails every vibe we need.
We all love a bit of Amy, don’t we? Bringing the reggae vibes fused with pop and a dash of ‘50s doo-wop, Our Day Will Come possesses an “it’s our world and everyone else is living in it” feel with lyrics like, “Our dreams have magic / Because we'll always stay in love this way.”
A love song to rival all others, Get You is perfect. Not just as a love song, it's perfect in general. “Kingdoms have fallen, angels be callin' / None of that could ever make me leave.” Pure poetry, sexy, and tender all in one, we’ll have this on repeat all day.
Baby, I’m Yours - Barbara Lewis
Taking it back a bit to a time when love songs were a bit sappier (although Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for sappy, really), this is an absolute classic. If you’re a fan of indie music, you can check out the cover Arctic Monkeys did.
Nothing says romance like a soft slow jam with a smooth bass line up front and centre. Lyrically, this one’s super sensual with flickers of romance. Cleo’s voice is soft, angelic, and clearly meant for these sultry tunes.
Throwback time! Is there anyone who doesn’t love this song? Possibly, but we don’t need that kind of negativity in our lives. This banger of a tune has stood the test of time and is one of the best examples of hip-hop/pop fusion. Ever. On a separate note, you’ve got to love Kelly getting angry at her man for not responding to the text she "sent" him over Excel in the music video. Iconic.
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