Music quite literally sets the tone of any given situation. It’s the ambiance to your first date, it’s the backdrop to your first kiss, and it’s the soundtrack to your first few steps down the aisle. The right song, with a melody that makes you move and words than give you goosebumps, can make a moment one you’ll remember for the rest of your life. But the wrong song can make it a moment you’d rather forget.
With that in mind, how do you pick the absolute perfect song for your absolute perfect moment? This Valentine’s day I’ve put together a little list of ultimate love songs. Play any of these songs to show your sweetheart how you really feel.
Contemporary Love Songs
These songs, with only a few exceptions, are fun and upbeat. If you’re looking to build a list for a playful date, these tunes are a great place to start. I play them in heavy rotation because they’ll elevate any mood.
Hand On Heart by Olly Murs
Hey There by Serena Ryder
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Make a New Dance Up by Hey! Ocean
“Make a New Dance Up” actually makes me want to make a new dance up! I’m always dancing listening to this song. At my desk, in the car, in my livingroom… if this song is playing, I’m moving! Play this and you and your sweetie will be boogying in no time.
Something I Need by OneRepublic
The Light by Sara Bareilles
Vintage Love Songs
These are classics and I’m sure you’ve heard all of them many times over by many different artists. Switch on any of these songs when you want to slow things down (except for maybe Bobby McFerrin; play him when you want to heat things up).
At Last by Etta James
If you’re looking for the theme song to your vintage wedding, look no further than Etta James. She gives me chills with this song. Serenade your sweetheart with this one to throw the romance into overdrive.
Good Lovin’ by Bobby McFerrin
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Hymne a l’amour by Edith Piaf
L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole
Stand By Me by Ben E King
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
Retro Love Songs
Some might call them cheesy, but no list of love songs is complete without these retro gems. I’m sure each of you can hum the tune to one, if not all of these. And I bet for many they bring back fond memories. Play any of these to make any moment picture perfect.
All You Need Is Love by the Beatles
Don’t Want To Miss a Thing by Aerosmith
Heaven by Bryan Adams
I’ll Be by Edwin McCain
Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel
No, the Bruno Mars version wasn’t a cover. Billy Joel has his own version of “Just The Way You Are” which he wrote for his first wife. In true Billie Joel fashion, it’s smooth. This song will make you feel like you’re living in a film.
Kathy’s Song by Simon & Garfunkel
Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton