Romance can take many shapes and forms. A simple romantic gesture like turning on their favorite song, lighting a few candles or picking their favorite flower can show exactly how you feel without too many frills. This Valentine’s Day, use romantic songs to create a special moment with your love.

Listening to music can engage not only your auditory system but many other parts of your brain as well. These parts are responsible for movement, language, attention, memory and most importantly emotions. “Like peacock feathers, music is used by humans to attract others and we’ve been writing love songs for centuries,” says music psychologist, Dr. Sandra Garrido, of the University of Western Sydney.

Nothing gets the romance flowing like some good tunes. It doesn’t matter if you like classic love songs or current hits, upbeat pop or smooth R&B, we have you covered with over 100 of the best love and romance songs to woo your love! Don’t forget the roses for a perfect Valentine’s filled with romance.

Use the table of contents below to navigate to your love’s favorite genre of music. Unfamiliar with their favorite type of tunes? Simply choose our go-to love songs that have stood the test of time! Every love matters, so no matter who you are charming this year, tailor a romantic moment to their favorite love songs!

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Classic Love Songs

I can't help falling in love with you

For generations, songwriters have shared their experiences with romance and love through their lyrics and musical composition. For the lover of timeless hits, choose one of these classic love songs to serenade your valentine.

  1. “When I Fall in Love” by Nat King Cole (1956)
  2. “At Last” by Etta James (1959)
  3. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Fred Astaire (1964)
  4. “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes (1966)
  5. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (1967)
  6. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley (1969)
  7. “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor (1975)
  8. “Is This Love” by Bob Marley and The Wailers (1978)
  9. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston (1992)
  10. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion (1997)
  11. “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (1997)

 

Best Romantic Songs + Ballads

You are so beautiful to me

Ballads are known for sparking emotion and are often heard at weddings and in our favorite rom-coms. Play these slow but romantic songs to ignite a special moment this Valentine’s Day.

 

  1. “Your Song” by Elton John (1970)
  2. “These Arms of Mine” by Otis Redding (1962)
  3. “Bring it On Home to Me” by Sam Cooke (1960)
  4. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green (1972)
  5. “Dreaming of You” by Selena (1995)
  6. “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur (2016)
  7. “Skinny Love” by Birdy (2011)
  8. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith (2014)
  9. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton (1977)
  10. “Everything” by Micheal Buble (2007)
  11. “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Crocker (1974)

 

Iconic Romantic Pop Songs

I have loved you for a thousand years.

Romantic songs don’t always have to be slow and somber. One of the most romantic ways to share how you feel is getting up on your feet and dancing together. Try one of these pop romantic songs to put a smile on your sweetheart’s face and get their heart pounding.

 

  1. “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton (2002)
  2. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri (2011)
  3. “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson (2006)
  4. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran (2017)
  5. “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones (2002)
  6. “Lucky” by Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz (2008)
  7. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift (2009)
  8. “Love On Top” by Beyonce (2011)
  9. “Drops of Jupiter” by Train (2001)
  10. “The Way” Ariana Grande and Mac Miller (2013)

 

R&B Love Songs

all of me loves all of you

R&B love songs are a great way to spice up an evening and create a few goosebumps. Share your feelings for your person with one of these R&B love songs.

 

  1. “No One” by Alicia Keys (2007)
  2. “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey (1995)
  3. “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boys II Men (1994)
  4. “My Boo” by Usher and Alicia Keys  (2004)
  5. “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis (2007)
  6. “All of Me” by John Legend (2013)
  7. “XO” by Beyonce (2013)
  8. “Fallin” by Alicia Keys (2001)
  9. “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce and Jay-Z (2003)
  10. “Let Me Love You” by Mario (1990)
  11. “Hate That I Love You” by Rihanna and Ne-Yo (2008)
  12. “All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo (1997)

 

80s Love Songs

baby you're all that I want

If your love is stuck in the 80s, use lyrics from an icon like Prince or Diana Ross to set the mood. These 80s love songs will take you back and remind you of fond memories and young love.

 

  1. “Purple Rain” by Prince (1984)
  2. “Faithfully” by Journey (1983)
  3. “Careless Whisper” by George Michael (1984)
  4. “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross (1981)
  5. “Heaven” by Bryan Adams (1984)
  6. “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson (1987)
  7. “All Out of Love” by Air Supply (1980)
  8. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper (1983)
  9. “I Just Died in Your Arms” by Cutting Crew (1986)
  10. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley (1987)
  11. “Almost Paradise” by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson (1984)
  12. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder (1984)
  13. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston (1987)

 

Rock Love Songs

sweet like candy to my soul

Couples who headbang together stay together. Attend a concert together or play some rock love songs for you both to enjoy!

 

  1. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler (1983)
  2. “What About Love?” by Heart (1985)
  3. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith (1998)
  4. “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner (1984)
  5. “Something” by The Beatles (1969)
  6. “Yellow” by Coldplay (2000)
  7. “I’ll Stand by You” by The Pretenders (1994)
  8. “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band (1996)
  9. “Always” by Bon Jovi (1994)
  10. “More Than Words” by Extreme (1990)
  11. “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac (1981)
  12. “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin (1990)

 

Romantic Country Songs

All I need in this life is your crazy love

From cute odes to deeply romantic music moments, romantic country songs are tried and true for triggering emotions and a feeling of love. Pick one of these romantic country songs to convey your love for your valentine.

 

  1. “Remember When” by Alan Jackson (2003)
  2. “Check Yes or No” by George Strait (1995)
  3. “Greatest Love Story” by Lanco (2018)
  4. “The Dance” by Garth Brooks (1989)
  5. “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain (1997)
  6. “Bless The Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts (2000)
  7. “When You Say Nothing At All” by Keith Whitley (1988)
  8. “Remind Me” by Brad Paisley ft. Carrie Underwood (2011)
  9. “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett (2015)
  10. “She’s in Love With the Boy” Trisha Yearwood (1991)
  11. “Your Man” by Josh Turner (2006)
  12. “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter (1996)
  13. “Loving You Was Easier” by Willie Nelson (1979)
  14. “Crazy” by Patsy Cline (1961)
  15. “Do I” by Luke Bryan (2009)

 

Love Songs for Her

Your amazing just the way you are

If you aren’t sure what her favorite type of music is, cater your love song for her to be one that is written specifically for a woman. Woo her with songs that describe women as beautiful and amazing!

 

  1. “My Girl” by The Temptations (1965)
  2. “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge (1966)
  3. “A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin (1967)
  4. “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls (1998)
  5. “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz (2008)
  6. “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars (2010)
  7. “When You Look Me In The Eyes” Jonas Brothers (2007)
  8. “1,2,3,4” by Plain White T’s (2008)
  9. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (2017)
  10. “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 (2011)
  11. “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley (1956)
  12. “She’s Always a Woman To Me” by Billy Joel (1977)

 

Love Songs for Him

no handsome face could ever take the place of my guy

Wondering what the best love song for your boyfriend or husband is? Choose a melody that specifically shares how much you love your man.

 

  1. “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer (1997)
  2. “Love On The Brain” by Rihanna (2016)
  3. “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Fugees (1996)
  4. “Forever And Always” by Shania Twain (2002)
  5. “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift (2008)
  6. “My Guy” by Mary Wells (1964)
  7. “We Found Love” by Rihanna and Calvin Harris (2011)
  8. “Let’s Hear It for the Boys” by Deniece Williams (1984)
  9. “Look At Me” by Carrie Underwood (2009)

 

This Valentine’s Day, let music assist you in capturing a romantic moment. Every love matters, and now you can choose a love song that caters to your special person. Not sharing Valentine’s Day with someone this year? Create your own Galentine’s Day or Guys Night playlist and celebrate with your closest friends! Whatever you do, celebrate love with those who mean the most to you!

 

Sources: Harvard HealthABC News