16. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
“And darling I will be loving you ’til we’re 70
And baby my heart could still fall as hard at 23
And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Oh me I fall in love with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am.”
Love isn’t just about here and now. It’s a promise that tomorrow, when the world shifts, when you’re different and so am I, when the faces we see in the mirror are not the same as the ones we see now, I will still have you.
17. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
“Some day, when I’m awfully low
When the world is cold
I will feel a glow just thinking of you
And the way you look tonight.”
It never fails to baffle me how merely seeing another person can light up your whole world.
18. Cecelia And The Satellite by Andrew McMahon
“Don’t be afraid, Cecelia,
I’m the satellite
And you’re the sky…
…For all the things my hands have held
The best by far is you.”
They seem nothing short of a miracle of nature. And I know they say nobody is perfect, but I swear to God they haven’t met my SO.
19. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
“Love can touch us one time
And last for a lifetime…
…Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on.”
This has always been a classic. It tugged at our heartstrings in Titanic, and has always occupied a soft spot in our heart.
20. The Book Of Love by Peter Gabriel
“The book of love has music in it
In fact, that’s where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb
But I, I love it when you sing to me
And you, you can sing me anything.”
This song is genius. It didn’t glorify love, and portrays it in all its normalcy. Gabriel says that it’s complicated, and boring, sometimes, but there isn’t a chance of it not being beautiful.
21. You Are My Sunshine by Johnny Cash
“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away.”
I first heard this song in the TV series, Boston Legal, and even in the most corporate of atmospheres, it made my heart swell. It speaks honestly.
22. Fix You by Coldplay
“Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you.”
That’s all you need, right? One band-aid-person on the Highway To Hell.
23. A Sky Full Of Stars by Coldplay
“Cause you’re a sky, ’cause you’re a sky full of stars
I wanna die in your arms
‘Cause you get lighter the more it gets dark
I’m gonna give you my heart.”
I call dibs on this as a wedding song. There’s something about it that brings out the desperately beautiful mess we all are.
24. I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For A Cutie
“If Heaven and Hell decide that they both are satisfied
Illuminate the no’s on their vacancy signs
If there’s no one beside you when your soul embarks
Then I’ll follow you into the dark.”
It’s us against the world, eh?
25. Love And Some Other Verses by Iron and Wine
“Love is a dress that you made
Long to hide your knees
Love to say this to your face
I love you only.”
This song almost hypnotizes you with how beautiful and calm it is.
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26. I Won’t Let You Go by James Morrison
Open up your heart to me now
Let it all come pouring out
There’s nothing I can’t take.”
Because your SO is the one person you don’t need your shield for.
27. Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
“And I don’t want the world to see me
‘Cause I don’t think that they’d understand
When everything’s meant to be broken
I just want you to know who I am.”
Even when the world is going to the dogs, you hope they’re the one person standing by you.
28. Tangled Up In You by Staind
“You’re my world
The shelter from the rain
You’re the pills
That take away my pain
You’re the light
That helps me find my way
You’re the words
When I have nothing to say.”
They’re worth being tangled in, forever.
29. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
“If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”
No, they’re not just talking about procrastination. Sometimes, when the world gets too much, they help you escape.
30. The Reason by Hoobastank
“I’ve found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is you.”
A lot of times, they make you want to be better people, and that’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve witnessed in humanity.
I hope this list of songs to get you in the mood adds to what I’m sure is already a brilliant Valentine’s day.
“Oh, baby, we found love right where we are.”
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