That big commercial holiday known as Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. A day when florists triple their prices, and people all over the globe glare meaningfully at their partners, thinking “just you dare try forgetting…”.
If you DO forget, and have to rush out for a bank loan to buy the last bunch of flowers, the best way to ensure that you won’t have to sleep on the couch is to fire up some love songs. Get the cheesy lyrics going, build up that log fire and woo your partner with music.
You could also buy them a cool gift, read them a love poem (but no “roses are red, violets are blue” variations), or write them a sexy message. But the right mood-setting music beats all of these.
Luckily you won’t have to decide what music to play, as we have curated the best love songs guaranteed to engender romantic feelings in your significant other. Check out the list of songs below, and at the bottom of the page is an embedded Spotify playlist to save you the trouble of finding them yourselves.
How Do You Make a Spotify Playlist?
Of course you should always make your own playlists (or mixtapes, as they were called before the Internet existed), in case ours fails to hit the sweet spot. After all, Rick Astley isn’t everybody’s idea of a good seduction technique, especially if you’ve been Rickrolled in the past.
Of course there are many other streaming services other than Spotify. You can also create playlists in other streaming services such as Apple Music and Rdio. But to keep things simple, we are just going to focus on Spotify.
When choosing your songs, you should think of things such as :
- Do you have “your song”, which you both associate with meeting one another and falling in love? When I first met my wife online, I was listening to Meatloaf massacre a guitar. But I prefer to forget that. Do you have “a song”?
- What message do you want to communicate to your loved one? That you love them so much? That they drive you crazy with their inconsistent moods? That you’ll be with them once the divorce is final? Study the song lyrics carefully to make sure the correct message is being conveyed.
Find Your First Song
Find the first song you want to add to the playlist. Right-click on the song and choose “Add To Playlist–>New Playlist”
Find Your New Playlist in the Sidebar
The first song will appear as the title of the new playlist in the sidebar. Right-click on the playlist and choose “Rename” to choose a more sexier groovier name.
Rename Your New Playlist
The name field will now become editable. Type in your new sexier groovier name. Let’s go with Groovy Luvvvvv.
View Your Playlist
The playlist name will now update with the new name and you will see the song you added. Note that if you have the song stored in another Spotify list, adding it to another playlist does not delete it from the other place. It merely copies it.
Add More Songs
Now find more songs and right-click on them and choose “Add To Playlist–>NAME OF PLAYLIST”
Grab the Embed and Direct Links
As the playlist fills up, click on the circle with the three dots to see another menu. This one gives you the playlist link, and the embed code, among others.
The 50 Greatest Love Songs of All Time
Now that you know the ways of the playlist, it’s time to check out our selection of love songs sure to melt even the hardest heart.
1. I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner (1984)
Just in case you were wondering.
2. Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler (1983)
“I get a little bit nervous that the best of all the years have gone by” – So, an uplifting song then?
3. (I Just) Died In Your Arms – Cutting Crew (1986)
Well, that budding relationship was cut short, wasn’t it? Thanks, Grim Reaper.
4. You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White (1974)
What about the middle?
5. Lady In Red – Chris De Burgh (1986)
You’ll be dressed all in red? You’ll know me from the pink carnation in my lapel, and the uncontrollable wink.
6. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure (1992)
Oh, what day is it today? Will I get lucky?
7. Show Me Heaven – Maria McKee (1990)
You want to see Pizza Hut?
8. Higher Love – Steve Winwood (1986)
How high? On the roof? Do I really have to go up there? It’s windy.
9. Three Times a Lady – Commodores (1978)
Didn’t your mother teach you not to remind a lady about her weight?
10. Stop! In The Name Of Love – The Supremes (1965)
Was I speeding? Sorry.
11. I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder (1984)
An email would have sufficed.
12. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye (1973)
Oh my, you don’t waste any time, do you, Marvin?
13. Careless Whisper – George Michael (1984)
Alcohol can do that to you.
14. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton (1977)
Why, thank you. You look quite spiffing yourself.
15. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green (1971)
Great idea. My apartment rent is quite expensive. Does 50/50 sound reasonable?
16. Can’t Smile Without You – Barry Manilow (1977)
Do you need me to hold up the corners of your mouth?
17. All Out Of Love – Air Supply (1980)
Well, the store is open. Run down and get some more.
18. Hot Stuff – Donna Summer (1979)
My nickname at college! How did you guess?
19. How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees (1977)
Well, I am standing on concrete, so not that deep, unless you get me a pneumatic drill.
20. All For Love – Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, & Sting (1993)
“When it’s love you make, I’ll be the fire in your night”. WHAT a chat-up line!
21. She’s Always a Woman – Billy Joel (1977)
I sincerely hope so. Mutating humans are not really my thing, baby.
22. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond (1969)
Is she sprinkled with icing sugar?
23. The Power Of Love – Jennifer Rush (1984)
… can lead to embarrassing public marriage proposals.
24. Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love) – Alanis Morissette (2005)
OK, my schedule is pretty clear for today.
25. Baby, I Love Your Way – Big Mountain (1975)
“I can see the sunset in your eyes…” – why are you rolling your eyes?
26. The Power Of Love – Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1984)
… can lead to delusional beliefs of singing talent.
27. You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul – Modern Talking (1984)
What about the other vital organs?
28. Wouldn’t It Be Good – Nik Kershaw (1984)
That I went on a date with your sister? I’m down.
29. Groovy Kind Of Love – Phil Collins (1988)
Groovy? Have we all morphed into Austin Powers?
30. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison (1967)
Amazing the contact lenses you can get these days… I could have sworn she had blue eyes yesterday.
31. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams (1991)
Really? How about announcing your retirement?!
32. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley (1987)
Because the warranty has expired?
33. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra (1956)
I’m sure you can get some ointment for that.
34. Feeling Good – Nina Simone (1965)
Have you been on the magic mushrooms again?
35. Heroes – David Bowie (1977)
“Yes, we’re lovers, and that is that” – Man, I love your self-confidence.
36. After The Love Is Gone – Earth, Wind, and Fire (1979)
All that’s left is drudgery, despair, and no sex life. Then the divorce attorney calls.
37. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (1987)
Thank you. I try my best.
38. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston (1992)
Of course you will. You’re only human, after all.
39. Take My Breath Away – Berlin (1986)
I hate to break this to you, but breathing is kind of essential.
40. All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie (1983)
“Throw away the work to be done, let the music play on…” – it’s Friday already?
41. I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing – Aerosmith (1998)
Put your glasses on and pay attention then.
42. Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison (1964)
Stop gawking and close your mouth.
43. As Long As You Love Me – The Backstreet Boys (1997)
I’ll try, but I’m currently overloaded with requests.
44. Without You – Mariah Carey (1994)
Your life will become meaningless? Oh no!
45. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion (1997)
Go on to where? Vacation?
46. Never Too Much – Luther Vandross (1981)
Pizza? Red Bull? Mud-wrestling?
47. You’re Still The One – Shania Twain (1998)
Sorry, the aliens replaced me a long time ago. My name is General Plonk.
48. All Of Me – John Legend (2013)
“Love your curves and all your edges…” – you silver-tongued devil, you!
49. When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge (1966)
All his hair goes gray and falls out.
50. It Must Be Love – Madness (1981)
… when you’re handing over your PIN number and grinning like an imbecile.
Where’s That Playlist?
If reading the titles above has got your love potions bubbling over, then hit the links below to turbo-boost those hormones!
What Songs Would YOU Add to the List?
Curating a list of 50 songs was a very subjective exercise. After all, everybody has different ideas on what is good and what isn’t so good. Tell us which songs should be removed and what should be put in its place.
Alternatively, how will you be spending Valentine’s Day? Do you have anything special planned? Or will it be an extended gaming session with the love of your life? Please let us know in the comments section below.
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