Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches, and what better way to celebrate than listening to timeless love songs? From classic ballads to modern anthems, the power of music to express affection knows no bounds. As couples everywhere prepare to celebrate their affection, let’s take a moment to appreciate the timeless melodies that have defined this day of love for generations. Here is a list of some of my favorite love songs. 

“Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield

This early 2000s empowering anthem is such a classic in my book. I have always loved this song but it has especially gained popularity after being featured in the new romcom “Anyone But You” starring Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell. This is known as Powell’s serenity song and it is mentioned throughout the entire film. I know that I was jamming out to this song for weeks after watching the movie– it’s such a feel-good love song that will get anyone on their feet. 

“Until I Found You” by Stephen Sanchez

This is such a heartfelt ballad that truly captures the journey of finding love. Sanchez’s powerful vocals combined with the song’s poignant lyrics could make anyone emotional. I promise that you will fall in love listening to this song, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. 

“Can You Feel The Love Tonight” The Lion King

Unpopular Opinion, but “The Lion King” is the best Disney movie. I know I cry every time Mufasa falls off the cliff and dies. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” beautifully encapsulates the love story of Simba and Nala. This song is pure Disney magic and always fills me with nostalgia when I listen to it. 

“Valerie” by Amy Winehouse

Maybe “Valerie” isn’t one of the greatest love songs of all time, but it’s so much fun to get up and dance to. This energetic track captures the essence of longing. With its catchy melody and upbeat energy, my mood is instantly brightened when this song comes on. 

“With Or Without You” by U2

Does anyone think of that one “Friends” episode when Ross and Rachel had just broken up and this song plays as Rachel stares out the window? No? Just me? I have loved that song since I first watched that episode – it is a hauntingly powerful masterpiece about longing for and losing the one you love. Even though this is on the sadder side of my list, it’s still a wonderful love song- plus this is one of my mom’s favorites. (Shoutout to you mom!)

“Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer

If this love doesn’t capture all the early 2000’s feels then I don’t know what will. “Kiss Me” is a charming and romantic song that provokes the innocence of love. This song will always remind me of “Gilmore Girls”, specifically Rory and Jess. 

“Love On the Brain” by Rihanna

Hands down, the best Rihanna song ever written– “Umbrella” is a close second. The amount of times I have listened to this song is quite concerning. “Love On The Brain” is the perfect song to blast in the cars with your windows down. Rihanna’s vocals are absolutely insane and the complexities of love and addiction are enthralling. 

“Slipping Through My Fingers” by ABBA

For this last song, I decided to choose one that focuses more on platonic love rather than romantic. “Slipping Through My Fingers” is genuinely one of the most gut-wrenching songs I have ever heard. This song beautifully portrays the relationship between a mother and daughter as the daughter grows up. The tender melody and heartfelt lyrics make me want to cry every time I hear it. I love the ABBA version, but there is something so special about hearing Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried sing this together in “Mamma Mia.”

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the enduring appeal of love songs continues to captivate people worldwide. I hope you enjoy this list of some of my favorite songs, and maybe even give some a listen!

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