20 essential love songs for your Valentine’s Day playlist

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and lovers all over the world are already starting to make plans to celebrate their loved one. Once you’ve picked the perfect meal and the perfect gift, it’s important to set the mood right with a playlist filled with some of music’s most legendary love songs.

From Elton John to Celine Dion to Stevie Wonder, browse the slideshow to discover 20 iconic tracks perfect for celebrating the one you love with a super sweet Valentine’s Day playlist.

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Originally written by Dolly Parton and directed by R&B legend Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You” is considered by many to be the greatest love song in the world.

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“Because you loved me”, Celine Dion

"Because you loved me" Celine Dion

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A perfect anthem for an ever-supportive partner, Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” is a great way to show your loved one how much you appreciate them always being in your corner.

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“When a Man Loves a Woman”, Percy Sledge

"When a man loves a woman," Percy Sledge

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Fancy a little slow dancing in the living room for Valentine’s Day? Music “When a man loves a woman”, a tender hit that Percy Sledge propelled to the top of the charts in 1966.

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“Be my baby”, the Ronettes

"Be my baby" The Ronettes

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Powered by the iconic voice of the late Ronnie Spector, “Be My Baby” is a perfect pop love song.

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“You make me feel like a natural woman”, Aretha Franklin

"You make me feel like a natural woman," Aretha Franklin

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Few artists have ever boasted the ability to convey emotion through song like Aretha Franklin. If you needed proof, just line up for her sultry 1968 hit “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” on a romantic date night.

"All of me," john legend

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This endearing ballad about loving all your partner, flaws and all, is a realistic love ballad perfect for the modern age. Dedicated to John Legend’s wife, model, and TV personality Chrissy Teigen, the song is totally relevant to new couples and partnerships that have been going on for years.

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“Unchained Melody”, The Righteous Brothers

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No Valentine’s Day playlist would be complete without “Unchained Melody”, the Righteous Brothers’ legendary 1955 love ballad. The song has been covered countless times but by hundreds of artists, a testament to its longevity as a pure and perfect love song.

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“God only knows”, the Beach Boys

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Beneath the sweet, heartfelt lyrics of this song lies a sonic complexity that could only have been created by the brilliant Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. Using everything from cups to clarinets to achieve the song’s classic sound, the band scored a hit that became one of music’s most legendary tracks.

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“Your Song”, Elton John

"Your song," Elton John

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Whether or not you date a musician who writes you your own anthem, everyone can enjoy the effortless beauty of “Your Song.” Co-written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, the song was a hit upon its release and has continued to find an audience among dreamy lovers over the decades.

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“When You Say Nothing At All”, Keith Whitley

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Focusing solely on the special, unsaid moments of a romance, Keith Whitley scored a No. 1 hit with “When You Say Nothing At All” in 1988. Whitley’s emotive vocals and the song’s moving lyrics pay homage breathtaking to the one you love.

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“Finally”, Etta James

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A favorite at weddings and love celebrations of all kinds, there is perhaps no more recognizable ballad than Etta James’ “At Last.” It’s the perfect soundtrack for a romantic dinner or a decidedly cozier arrangement.

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For anyone looking to remind their longtime partner how much they love them, Shania Twain’s “Your Still The One” is a great option. “You’re always the one I run to, tthe one I belong to,” Twain sings.”You are still the one I want for life.”

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“How Deep Is Your Love”, Bee Gees

"How Deep Is Your Love," Bee Gees

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There’s perhaps no better soundtrack to a romantic evening than the sweet harmonies of the Gibb brothers, making “How Deep Is Your Love” an essential part of any Valentine’s Day playlist. Don’t be surprised if you have a sudden urge to dance cheek to cheek after pressing play.

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“Try a little tenderness”, Otis Redding

"Try a little tenderness," Otis Redding

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A good reminder to be a little more tender in these trying times, Otis Redding’s version of “Try A Little Tenderness” brings a solid soulful ballad to the mix.

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Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love in all its forms, not just couples. Written about Stevie Wonder’s newborn baby in 1976, “Isn’t She Lovely” is one of music’s most touching love anthems.

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“Making You Feel My Love”, Adele

"Make you feel My Love," Adele

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Originally written by Bob Dylan, British superstar Adele brings a special touch of moving soul to her rendition of “Make You Feel My Love.” It’s a song about true devotion, the kind worth celebrating on a holiday that’s about love.

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“Yellow”, Coldplay

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Coldplay frontman Chris Martin says even the stars recognize the beauty of his love in “Yellow,” a huge hit for the band in 2000. Just try not to remember it was probably written about his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow, from whom Martin separated in 2015.

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Thanks to Presley’s distinctive baritone and a perfect melody for the slow dance, “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” is always a solid choice when trying to convey to your loved one how truly special they are.

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“There is no mountain high enough”, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

"There is no mountain high enough," Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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The title of the song says it all – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – if there’s nothing you wouldn’t do for the one you love, fire up this 60s soul classic and shout your devotion to the rooftops.

"Something," The Beatles

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A hymn to all the little things we love about our partners, “Something” is the kind of love song that manages to convey the importance of those seemingly insignificant details without being cheesy.