Welcome to the season of love!
Whether it’s a season full of appreciation or a time of reflection and sorrow, Valentine’s Day inevitably attracts all feelings of love. Roses, chocolates filled with creams and jellies, and a nice dinner are all staples for confessing love to your partner on Valentine’s Day, but why stick to the same worn-out original idea. This year, we invite you to press play on the stereo and let the music set the mood. Here are some of our favorite love songs to share this February 14th.
1. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
First on our list is a modern love song featured in Twilight: The Breaking Dawn, Part 1. “A Thousand Years” is about what the heart is too afraid to admit. Perri begins to admit that from the moment her eyes landed on her love, she knew there was a home for her heart. She then reverts to the fear of falling in love with someone and allowing them to be broken by love again. Through fear, Perri confesses her love, assuring that no matter what, she will love him for a thousand years, then another thousand years.
Stream the song here: Christina Perri – A Thousand Years [Official Music Video]
2. “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
Arguably one of the most popular love songs, “Endless Love” is a conversational duet between Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. Originally written to accompany a film, Richie has proven himself to be a man full of love and talent eager to share it with the world. As for an artist to sing alongside Richie, who else was a better option than the one and only Diana Ross. The duo produced one of the most timeless hits, coincidentally named “Endless Love.” One thing is for sure, our love for the duo is just as endless as the love song itself.
Stream the song here: https://open.spotify.com/track/0rt0dZ11FVsvprbarag5tk?si=96b7db7dabb24e5d
3. “POV” by Ariana Grande
Not everyone will celebrate this Valentine’s Day and that’s perfectly fine! Unfortunately, this time of year can be extremely difficult for people who haven’t been lucky enough to find or share love. Current pop icon Ariana Grande has encompassed a new and original song that expresses exactly what a lot of people are feeling – the pain of not visibly seeing their own worth. Sometimes it takes a reminder of how others see us to understand how accomplished we are. If you find yourself alone this season, treat yourself to a night inside. Allow yourself to fall in love with yourself again. We would love to see you from our perspective!
Stream the song here: Ariana Grande – pov (audio)
4. “I Dream of You” by Selena
What better way to celebrate love than dreaming about someone. One of the first signs of love is when someone never seems to get away from you. Selena Quintanilla sings about exactly that sentiment in one of her greatest hits, “Dreaming of You.” Some of us may not be able to hold our loved ones every night and until then we may keep dreaming about them holding us tight. Although Selena is no longer with us today, the Latin singer’s legacy lives on forever.
Steam the song here: Selena – Dreaming Of You (official clip)
5. “I Swear” by John Michael Montgomery
We couldn’t create a list of love songs to share with a college in Texas without including a country love ballad. John Michael Montgomery’s 1994 song “I Swear” is a promise to his love that nothing will stand in his way. Montgomery swears to always be there for his love, as if he were a shadow. He alludes to his wedding vow lyrics by singing “For better or for worse, until death do us part, I’ll love you with every beat of my heart.” I swear.” Montgomery captures the true feeling of wanting to prove your love to someone. The song peaked in the top 50 of Billboard’s Hot 100 and is one of the most common first couple dance songs during dating. weddings.
Stream the song here: John Michael Montgomery – I Swear (Official Music Video)
6. “Unless It’s With You” by Christina Aguilara
Known for her iconic vocals and powerful anthems like “Fighter” and “Beautiful,” it’s no surprise that Christina Aguilara made our list for a love song. From his 2018 album Release, Aguilara becomes more vulnerable than she ever allowed us to see. The premise of the song is that she has finally found love and she doesn’t want to be part of a romance unless it’s with her new lover. The song speaks for itself and will light up your body with emotions as soon as the powerful melody reaches your ears. We definitely don’t want to celebrate Valentine’s Day unless it’s with this song.
Stream the song here: Unless It’s With You
seven. “Finally” by Etta James
Etta James’ 1960 “At Last” hardly needs description. Without a break, the three continuous minutes of instrumentalism and a clearly articulated confession of love, Etta James serves up what Valentine’s Day is all about. With just 17 lines in the song, James not only wraps the heart in warmth, but delivers minutes of what seems to be love’s greatest definition.
Stream the song here: Finally
8. “Kiss Him Better” by Rihanna
Opening with an electric guitar riff, Rihanna blends a love song, pop culture and classic R&B music. The premise of the song is that Rihanna asks her lover to keep telling her why they love her. Rihanna asks her lover to continue to praise her, to love her and to show that with every move, their love must not be broken. Excerpt from the artist’s latest album ANTI (2016), Kiss It Better is one of many songs on the album that could be considered for Valentine’s Day. Stream the song here: Rihanna – Kiss It Better (Explicit)
9. “To Be Loved” by Adele
Unlike the rest of the songs on the list, “To be Loved” is about the pain of love. Unfortunately, love is not all happiness and easy driving. Adele explains the fear of wanting to love but not wanting to be hurt. For many people, February 14 falls right after a breakup, the loss of a loved one, or just a simple inconvenience in their life. To that, I say kick off Adele and let you know that no one is alone this season of love, and you tried, just like Adele did.
Stream the song here: Adele – To Be Loved (Official Lyric Video)
ten. “HIM” by Sam Smith
Finally on our list today is “HIM” by Sam Smith. Smith is an openly non-binary singer who has taken her followers on a journey of love over the years. For the first time in 2017, Sam Smith deliberately uses the pronouns he/him to identify their lover. Valentine’s Day is about love between two people, and in this song, Sam Smith allows for an LGBTQ+ friendly song. Unlike all other love songs, “HIM” directly tackles the stigma around LGBTQ+ relationships and embraces love. Embrace the love this Valentine’s Day season!
Listen to the song here: HIM – Sam Smith (audio)
That rounds out our top picks for Valentine’s Day 2022. Enjoy the music and, as always, spread some love this year!