15 Classic Love Songs to Add to Your Sweetheart's Valentine's Day Playlist
With Valentine's Day just a few days away, some of you may be looking for a more creative and unique gift for your special someone. Why not create a personalized playlist for your loved one? Creating a personalized playlist with beautiful love songs dedicated to your sweetheart is sure to score you some bonus points. I remember a couple of years ago, my boyfriend and I were low on cash and really couldn't afford any gifts for each other for Valentine's Day. I forgot what I gave him, but he gave me a mix CD he had made with some of our favorite love songs on it. It was a really nice surprise. I love that CD and I still have it, and listen to it. Even though it didn't really cost anything, it was one of the sweetest and most thoughtful gifts I've ever received.
Your better half will be very appreciative that you took the time to think of them and pick some songs out especially for them. Plus, every time they listen to the playlist you created they'll automatically think of you. Mind you, you don't have to wait for Valentine's Day to do this. This would be a nice surprise for their birthday, your anniversary, or even for a time when they are feeling down.
Here is a list of 15 beautiful, classic love songs to add to your sweetheart's Valentine's Day playlist. Some of these classics are well known, some not as much as others. Hopefully, you can find a song or two on this list that you can add to that special playlist.
1. Forever Darling - Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra With Backing Vocals From The Pied Pipers
"Forever Darling" was the main theme song for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball's 1956 film Forever Darling.
This has to be my favorite love song of all time. I have loved it ever since I first heard it. If I ever get married, I want this to be played at my wedding. I always get emotional when I hear this song. The lyrics are absolutely beautiful. Desi's voice along with the backing vocals from The Pied Pipers blend together beautifully and make this the perfect love song.
2. "Midnight, The Stars and You - Al Bowlly and The Ray Noble Orchestra
"Midnight, The Stars, and You" was recorded by Al Bowlly and The Ray Noble Orchestra for Victor Records on February 16th, 1934.
I have loved this song ever since I heard it in the Stanley Kubrick film The Shining. A lot of people may not consider this song "romantic" because it was used in a horror film but I think it's a beautiful love song. The orchestra combined with Al Bowlly's vocals make this song hauntingly beautiful.
3. My Funny Valentine - Frank Sinatra
"My Funny Valentine" was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the 1937 musical Babes In Arms. Frank Sinatra recorded his version of this classic show tune on November 5th, 1953 for his 1954 album "Songs For Young Lovers".
This is one of my favorite Frank Sinatra songs. The lyrics in the song are beautiful and his beautiful voice brings real emotion to the song.
4. Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
"Love Me Tender" was written by Ken Darby under the pseudonym "Vera Matson", which was his wife's name, and Elvis Presley. "Love Me Tender" was written for the film Love Me Tender, in which Elvis Presley starred. "Love Me Tender" is an adaptation of the Civil War song "Aura Lee", which was published in 1861.
This is one of Elvis Presley's most popular songs, and it's not hard to see why. It's a beautiful, timeless love song.
5. Little Things Mean A Lot - Kitty Kallen
"Little Things Mean A Lot" was written by Edith Lindeman and Carl Stutz in 1953. Kitty Kallen's 1954 recording of "Little Things Mean A Lot" is the most popular and well known recording of this song.
I am sure that many women can relate to the lyrics of this lovely song, I know I do. I agree with Kitty, little things mean a lot.
6. No Other Love - Jo Stafford
"No Other Love" was written by Bob Russell and Paul Weston. The music is actually derived from Frederic Chopin's "Etude No. 3 in E", Op. 10. Jo Stafford, who was Paul Weston's wife, recorded this song in 1950.
This is a very beautiful and relaxing love song. Jo's voice is perfect for this lovely tune.
7. That's All - Peggy Lee
"That's All" was written in 1952 by Alan Brandt and Bob Haymes. "That's All" is part of 'The Great American Songbook". Peggy Lee recorded "That's All" for her 1957 album "The Man I Love".
This song has been recorded by several people but Peggy's version is my favorite. Her sultry voice suits this song perfectly.
8. Embraceable You - Judy Garland
"Embraceable You" was written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1928. Judy Garland recorded "Embraceable You" in 1940 for Decca Records.
This is another song that has been covered by several artists, but Judy Garland's version is my favorite. Her voice brings an innocent sort of passion to the song.
9. No Other Arms No Other Lips - The Chordettes
The Chordettes recorded "No Other Arms No Other Lips" in 1959 for Cadence Records.
The lyrics to this song are absolutely beautiful and I think most couples can relate to the words of this song.
10. La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf wrote the lyrics to the song "La Vie En Rose" and the melody was composed by Marguerite Monnot and Louis Guglielmi in 1945. "La Vie En Rose" was released as a single in 1947 and ever since then it has been known as Edith Piaf's signature tune.
The title of the song can be translated to "Life In Rosy Hues" or "Life Through Rose Colored Glasses", but the accurate meaning of the title is "Life In Pink".
This is one of the most timeless and beautiful love songs ever recorded. Edith's beautiful voice is so full of emotion that she brings life to this song. Also, the song is written and sung in French, the language of love, which makes it even more romantic.
11. Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
"Unforgettable" was written in 1951 by Irving Gordon. This song was popularized by Nat King Cole who recorded it in 1951. "Unforgettable" became one of Nat's most popular songs. Aside from the lyrics, Nat's smooth, velvety voice really make this beautiful love song.
12. You Belong To Me - The Duprees
"You Belong To Me" was written by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, and Redd Stewart in 1952. The Duprees recorded their version of this classic loved ballad in 1962.
The Duprees' soft vocals work beautifully with this song. I love the lyrics to this song and how they remind your special someone that no matter where they go, who they meet, and whatever they experience, they belong to you.
13. Only You - The Platters
"Only You" was written in 1954 by Buck Ram, The Platters' manager. The Platters recorded "Only You" in 1955 for Mercury Records, and they scored an instant hit with this song.
I have been a fan of The Platters ever since I was a little girl, and this has always been one of my favorite love songs.
14. True Love Ways - Buddy Holly
"True Love Ways" was written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty in 1958. Buddy Holly wrote "True Love Ways" as a wedding present for his wife. The song was recorded in October, 1958, only four months before Buddy Holly's death.
It is believed that "True Love Ways" is one of the most popular songs to be played at weddings. The lyrics to this song are beautiful and full of love. I believe most couples can relate to the words of this song.
15. Let It Be Me - Skeeter Davis and Bobby Bare
"Let It Be Me" is a popular love song that was originally written in French, and was originally titled "Je t'appartiens". The English version used lyrics written by Mann Curtis in 1957. Skeeter Davis and Bobby Bare recorded this song in October, 1964, for RCA Records.
The Skeeter Davis and Bobby Bare version of the song is my personal favorite. This is such a beautiful love song, even thought it has a slight melancholy sound to it. I always get teary-eyed whenever I hear this song.