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Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and what’s a holiday all about love without music? In the month of candy hearts and celebrating love, here’s a playlist of songs to listen to to get yourself in a lovey headspace.


So Into You – Tamia

This song has many variations. There’s one with Fabolous and Ashanti, and an obscure Childish Gambino cover on Soundcloud. However, the original version by Tamia is where it all began, of course. This ode to her SO was released in 1998, and still sounds beautiful today.


I think you’re truly something special, just what my dreams are really made of

Let’s stay together, you and me boy, there’s no one like you around 

I really like what you’ve done to me, I can’t really explain it

I’m so into you 


A Thousand Years – Christina Perri 

For every Twilight fan… if your idea of romance and the epitome of love is the picture of Bella walking down the aisle to Edward, this one’s for you. 


And all along I believed I would find you 

Time has brought your heart to me, I have loved you for a thousand years

I’ll love you for a thousand more


(At Your Best) You Are Love – Aaliyah 

Aaliyah, who passed away tragically in a plane crash in 2001, was a wildly successful R&B singer throughout the 1990s. One of her most popular songs is (At Your Best) You Are Love, which details a relationship that – while it has its downs, it makes each person their best self. 


But at your best, you are love

You’re a positive motivating force within my life

If you ever feel the need to wonder why, let me know 


Differences – Ginuwine

This song is a classic. Ginuwine released this in 2001, and it’s been playing at weddings ever since. 


My whole life has changed, since you came in 

You were that special one, so deep in love, so deep in love

You made my life complete, you are so sweet, no one competes

Glad you came into my life, you blind me with your love


You and Me – Lifehouse 

This song has been around for ages, and has been featured on many TV shows. Most notably, it reminds Grey’s Anatomy fans of the tumultuous love story of Meredith and Derek. If you’re wanting ~all the Derek Shepherd vibes~ this is the song for you. 


There’s something about you now, I can’t quite figure out

Everything she does is beautiful, everything she does is right


Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys

This classic love song cover from the Arctic Monkeys, is an old-timey romance feel. Released in 2006, it’s still such a happy and timeless song. 


Baby I’m yours, and I’ll be yours, until the stars fall from the sky 

Yours, until the rivers all run dry

In other words, until I die


The Two of Us – Omar Apollo 

This short song is the last track on Omar Apollo’s latest album, Apolonio. It’s lighthearted and short, and it emphasizes the feelings of being young and in love. 


Young and in love

Got someone that I can trust

And I know that you can feel the two of us


Donchano – Steve Lacy 

On Steve Lacy’s new album, The Lo-Fis, Donchano is a romantic short song. 


But honestly girl I believe that you’re 100 out of 10

You’ve been going through some things (I want you to feel better)

If you’re feeling cold (here put on my sweater)

But when you’re feeling down (I hope you can remember)

I hope you can remember this

Donchano, you’re beautiful


Diary – Alicia Keys 

Alicia Keys has been revered in the music world since her first album in 2001. Following her debut, she released The Diary of Alicia Keys, which has beautiful tracks detailing love and life of a young woman. One of the most intimate and underrated tracks on the album is called Diary, which is her showing support to her SO. 


I won’t tell your secrets

Your secrets are safe with me

I will keep your secrets

Just think of me as the pages in your diary


Every Kind of Way – H.E.R.

This song, on H.E.R’s album H.E.R. vol 2 was released in 2017, and it is also a slow and sweet ode to her SO.


Holding me closer than we’ve ever been before

This ain’t a dream

You’re here with me

Boy, it don’t get no better than you


Reasons – Khalid 

Khalid has a unique voice, and is incredibly talented. In 2016, he sampled 2Pac’s Do For Love and slowed it for a love song called Reasons. If your SO is a Khalid fan, this song is the perfect one for you to share in the sweetest moments.


There’s millions of reasons to love you

There’s millions of reasons 

You give me a reason to want you 

You give me a reason 


Among the thousands of love songs I wish I could include in this article, these are a few of my favorites. If you want a complete playlist, check out my Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5bNqSKu22JcEYeyy5SliBm?si=OZ2_3ynAQwyNXF5izD2oLA

Caitlin Rhodes

Coastal Carolina '22

Caitlin is a double major in Political Science and Health Communication at Coastal Carolina. She is from the Chicago area and loves exploring the city, being outdoors, and listening to all kinds of music. She is centered around activism and hopes to spread awareness on the issues she is most passionate about through writing!
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