45 Valentine's Day Love Songs for Your 2024 Playlist

Tell your S.O. how you feel with the ultimate Valentine's Day playlist.
Best Valentine's Days Songs for a 2024 Valentine's Playlist
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Diane Hall
diane hall senior editor and wedding expert the knot worldwide
Diane Hall
Contributing Senior Editor & Wedding Expert
  • Diane writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in weddings, party planning and couple lifestyle.
  • She produces editorial content for The Knot, The Bash and WeddingWire Canada.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, she was the publisher of 2life Magazine and WeddingBells Magazine.
Updated Jan 24, 2024
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Valentine's Day is all about spreading love. To get you in the mood, we've selected the best Valentine's Day songs from every genre including pop, country, R&B, and alternative rock. From classic Valentine's Day songs like "My Funny Valentine" to the greatest love songs, you'll discover upbeat tunes and slow jams to celebrate with your dearest. We've even got details on how to commission an original, custom Valentine's song to surprise your sweetheart.

Whether you're spending Valentine's Day having dinner with your S.O. at home, hitting the road for a romantic getaway or planning a Galentine's get-together, cue up our Valentine's Day music playlist for lovey-dovey vibes or add your favorite songs to your own Valentine's playlist. So, get ready to spark romance and create new memories together when you play these 45 dreamy love songs for Valentine's Day 2024. Happy Listening!

Valentine's Day songs in this article:

Best Valentine's Day Songs for 2024

This past year, there were some great new releases including intoxicating duets and, of course, there was Taylor Swift's Eras tour that had everyone loving "Lover" again. Here are a few of our fave tracks to add to your 2024 Valentine's Day playlist.

"Love You For A Long Time," Maggie Rogers

Lyrics you'll love: "Oh, I never knew it, yeah, you took me by surprise/While I was gettin' lost so deep inside your diamond eyes/So many things that I still wanna say/And if devotion is a river, then I'm floatin' away"

Why we love it: In the words of Maggie Rogers, the song is about more than just romantic love, "It's a song about love in all its forms - romantic love, the love I feel for my friends, the love I feel for my band, and the love I've shared with all of you.", making it a Valentine's song for all the love in your heart.

"Lover," Taylor Swift

Lyrics you'll love: "Can I go where you go?/Can we always be this close forever and ever?/And ah, take me out, and take me home/You're my, my, my, my Lover"

Why we love it: The title track of Swift's seventh studio album showcases some of Swift's most powerful songwriting. Use it to set the tone for Valentine's Day.

"The Way " Ariane Grande featuring Mac Miller

Lyrics you'll love: "You give me that kind of something/Want it all the time, need it everyday/On a scale of one to ten I'm at a hundred/Never get enough, I can't stay away"

Why we love it: Ariana Grande's 2023 version of "The Way" from her Yours Truly (Tenth Anniversary Edition) album features the late Mac Miller (her former flame) on this track for a heartfelt duet that gives us all the feels.

"Slow Jam," Usher & Monica

Lyrics you'll love: "The magic in your eyes, made me realize/That everything I feel, has got to be real/And we danced and fell in love/On a slow jam"

Why we love it: We're stoked to see what Usher performs at the Super Bowl 2024 Halftime Show just before Valentine's Day. No doubt he'll sing a love song or two.

"If You Were Mine," Miranda Lambert & Leon Bridges

Lyrics you'll love: "You're a needle in a haystack/You're so damn hard to find/Candy apple red Cadillac/You're one of a kind"

Why we love it: This love ballad blends the artists' vocal styles in a harmonious duet that explores the ups and downs of a passionate romance.

"Fall in Love Alone," Stacey Ryan

Lyrics you'll love: "I'm familiar with unrequited/I know you got a heart that's undecided/Just like mine, it takes its sweet time/I've been shy to dive into the deep end/'Cause I don't really wanna lose a good friend/But I might find something divine"

Why we love it: Most of us have been there. The transition from friends to lovers has its risks but also could lead us to "the one".

"My Love Mine All Mine," Mitski

Lyrics you'll love: "Moon, tell me if I could Send up my heart to you?/So, when I die, which I must do/Could it shine down here with you?"

Why we love it: This poetic lyric explores the idea of immortalizing the love we feel.

"Born for Loving You," Big Thief

Lyrics you'll love: "'Cause I was born for loving you/Just something I was made to do/Doesn't matter what dreams come true/
I was born for loving you"

Why we love it: This new release from the creative Grammy-nominated Indie band charms with a sweet country vibe.

"I Like You (A Happier Song)," Post Malone with Dojo Cat

Lyrics you'll love: "I like you, I do/I'll hit you when I land, can you fit me in your plans?/I like you, I do/We went over to France and we woke up in Japan/I like you, I do (I do, mm, mm)"

Why we love it: A vibrant hip-hop song about living in the fast lane but yearning for companionship.

"Lipstick Lover," Janelle Monae

Lyrics you'll love: "I like lipstick on my neck/It let me know I'm your number one select/I like lipstick on my neck/Hands around my waist, so you know what's comin' next"

Why we love it: We're here for Janelle's "joyous celebration of queer Black sexual liberation" with this sexy song from the Grammy-nominated singer's latest album, The Age of Pleasure.

Classic Valentine's Day Songs

Classic Valentine's Day songs stand the test of time. Here, we share some of the greatest love songs of all time including the "My Funny Valentine" lyrics in their entirety.

"My Funny Valentine," Chet Baker

Lyrics you'll love: "My funny valentine/Sweet comic valentine/You make me smile with my heart/Your looks are laughable/Unphotographable/Yet, you're my favorite work of art/Is your figure less than Greek?/Is your mouth a little weak?/When you open it to speak/Are you smart?/But don't change your hair for me/Not if you care for me/Stay, little valentine, stay/Each day is Valentine's Day"

Why we love it: "My Funny Valentine" is a show tune from the 1937 musical Babes in Arms first performed by Mitzi Green. The song became a popular jazz standard with legendary performances by Etta James, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. However, you'll love Chet Baker's stripped-down 1956 version—it's soft, delicate and serene.

"My Valentine," Paul McCartney

Lyrics you'll love: "As days and nights/Would pass me by/I tell myself that I was waiting for a sign/Then she appeared/A love so fine,/My valentine"

Why we love it: The romantic lyrics set to a melody by a music legend make this an all-time classic Valentine's Day song.

"Make You Feel My Love," Adele

Lyrics you'll love: "I could make you happy, make your dreams come true/Nothing that I wouldn't do/Go to the ends of the Earth for you/To make you feel my love"

Why we love it: Beautifully performed by Adele, this song could apply to a few loved ones in your life.

"Let's Get It On," Marvin Gaye

Lyrics you'll love: "There's nothing wrong with me/Loving you, baby no no/And giving yourself to me can never be wrong/If the love is true, oh baby"

Why we love it: Reminds us of the Bridget Jones movies, and totally still want to listen to it with our S.O.

"Your Song," Elton John

Lyrics you'll love: "And you can tell everybody this is your song/It may be quite simple, but now that it's done/I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind that I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you're in the world"

Why we love it: Super romantic and ideal for a sing-along, it's the ideal Valentine's Day song.

"Because You Loved Me," Celine Dion

Lyrics you'll love: "You were always there for me/The tender wind that carried me/A light in the dark shining your love into my life/You've been my inspiration/Through the lies you were the truth/My world is a better place because of you"

Why we love it: A classic that will stay on our Valentine's Day playlist for the rest of our days, you just can't beat a bit of Celine and this is our fave.

"Come Away with Me," Nora Jones

Lyrics you'll love: "Come away with me and we'll kiss/On a mountaintop/Come away with me/And I'll never stop loving you"

Why we love it: Whimsical and dreamy, it's easy to imagine falling in love to this song!

"A Case of You," Joni Mitchell

Lyrics you'll love: "I remember that time you told me/You said, "Love is touching souls"/Surely you touched mine/'Cause part of you pours out of me/In these lines from time to time"

Why we love it: Quirky and alternative, this live version of this song by Kris Kristofferson featuring Brandy Carlile is the perfect backing track for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.

R&B Valentine's Songs

The soulful sounds of these R&B love songs are guaranteed to set the tone for a romantic Valentine's Day and night.

"Leave The Door Open," Silk Sonic

Lyrics you'll love: "Ooh, baby, don't keep me (waiting)/There's so much love we could be making (shamone)/I'm talking kissing, cuddling/Rose petals in the bathtub/Girl, let's jump in, it's bubbling"

Why we love it: The cheeky lyrics, 70s vibe and smooth blend of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak's vocals make this Grammy Award-winning song a must for your Valentine's Day playlist.

"Best Part," Daniel Caesar & H.E.R.

Lyrics you'll love: "You're the coffee that I need in the morning/You're my sunshine in the rain when it's pouring/Won't you give yourself to me/Give it all, oh"

Why we love it: A simply beautiful modern love song.

"Loveeeeeee Song," Rihanna & Future

Lyrics you'll love: "Come hold me tight and when I'm drowning, save me/Give it to me on a daily/If I'm your girl, say my name boy, let me know I'm in control/We both grown so how we feel we can let it show"

Why we love it: In this slow sci-fi R&B song, Rihanna's distinct vocals go with Future's sinfingstyle kinda like love and affection.

"Love on Top," Beyoncé

Lyrics you'll love: "Baby, baby/I can hear the wind whipping past my face/As we dance the night away/Boy, your lips taste like a night of champagne/As I kiss you again, and again, and again, and again"

Why we love it: Romantic and upbeat, this Beyoncé track is a great one to dance to in the kitchen after a glass of bubbles or three with your spouse-to-be.

"All of Me," John Legend

Lyrics you'll love: "Darling, you're with me, always around me/Only love, only love/Darling, I feel you, under my body/Only love, only love"

Why we love it: A first dance fave, it perfectly communicates how we feel about our spouse-to-be. P.S. Check out our tips for How to Celebrate Your First Valentine's Day as an Engaged or Married Couple.

"Heartbreak Anniversary," Giveon

Lyrics you'll love: "I'm buildin' my hopes up/Like presents unopened 'til this day/I still see the messages you read, mmm/I'm foolishly patient/Can't get past the taste of your lips/Don't wanna let you out my head"

Why we love it: If there's one song to send to the one that got away this Valentine's Day, this is the one. Packed with longing and nostalgia, Giveon's baritone voice sings love lyrics with deep emotion and hope for winning his lover back.

Pop Songs for Valentine's Day

You can always count on pop artists to deliver upbeat Valentine's Day jams, as well as deeply romantic slow dance love songs. Here are a few of our favorites.

"Everything Has Changed," Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran

Lyrics you'll love: "'Cause all I know is we said, "Hello"/And your eyes look like comin' home/All I know is a simple name/And everything has changed/All I know is you held the door/You'll be mine and I'll be yours/All I know since yesterday/Is everything has changed"

Why we love it: It kind of makes us feel as though we're in a high school rom-com, in a good way.

"Shallow," Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

Lyrics you'll love: "I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in/I'll never meet the ground/Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us/We're far from the shallow now"

Why we love it: Every time we listen to this track it takes us right back to that stunning Oscars performance. Swoon!

"Señorita," Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes

Lyrics you'll love: "Ooh, when your lips undress me/Hooked on your tongue/Ooh, love, your kiss is deadly/Don't stop"

Why we love it: There's no denying the chemistry between Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes in the steamy music video. If you're looking to play a sexy song to heat things up, add this one to your playlist.

"2 Become 1," Spice Girls

Lyrics you'll love: "Candlelight and soul forever/A dream of you and me together/Say you believe it, say you believe it"

Why we love it: From first crushes at the school dance to our current S.O., this nostalgic hit has seen us through every romance.

"I Really Like You," Carly Rae Jepsen

Lyrics you'll love: "'I really, really, really, really, really, really like you/And I want you, do you want me, do you want me, too?"

Why we love it: Send it to your S.O. or your maid of honor, either way, it totally works and will be greatly appreciated!

"Over and Over Again," Nathan Sykes, Ariana Grande

Lyrics you'll love: "From the heat of night to the break of day/I'll keep you safe and hold you forever/And the sparks will fly, they will never fade/'Cause every day gets better and better"

Why we love it: It's SO romantic and beautifully performed. Top tip: Grab a hairbrush and perform this in front of the mirror, it makes it about 10X more enjoyable. Promise.

"You're Beautiful," James Blunt

Lyrics you'll love: "You're beautiful/You're beautiful/You're beautiful, it's true/I saw your face in a crowded place/And I don't know what to do/'Cause I'll never be with you"

Why we love it: We could totally get on board with the idea of random strangers telling us we're beautiful in song form.

"Truly Madly Deeply," Savage Garden

Lyrics you'll love: "I'll be your dream, I'll be your wish, I'll be your fantasy/I'll be your hope, I'll be your love, be everything that you need/I'll love you more with every breath, truly, madly, deeply do"

Why we love it: Quite simply, it's one of the best love songs of the 1990s.

"Kiss," Prince

Lyrics you'll love: "You don't have to be rich/To be my girl/You don't have to be cool/To rule my world/Ain't no particular sign/I'm more compatible with/I just want your extra time and your/Kiss"

Why we love it: It's fun, cheeky, and a Valentine's Day song we can boogie to!

Alternative Valentine's Songs

For indie and alternative rock music lovers, cue up some recent tracks and some oldies, too.

"I'm In Love," Jaleni Aryeh

Lyrics you'll love: "Feel like screaming/Darling, my chest is burning/But can't find the words to say it/Can't find a way to make much sense out of this"

Why we love it: This upbeat alternative Valentine's Day is by an exciting artist on the rise.

"Wherever You Will Go," The Calling

Lyrics you'll love: "I know now, just quite how/My life and love might still go on/In your heart, in your mind/I'll stay with you for all of time"

Why we love it: An oldie but a goodie, we love this rock take on a love song.

"XO," John Mayer

Lyrics you'll love: "Your heart is glowing/And I'm crashing into you/Baby, kiss me kiss me/Before they turn the lights out"

Why we love it: Laidback cool couples are all over this indie take on Beyoncé's hit.

"Kiss Me," Sixpence None The Richer

Lyrics you'll love: "Oh, kiss me, beneath the milky twilight/Lead me out on the moonlit floor/Lift your open hand/Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance/Silver moon's sparkling/So kiss me"

Why we love it: Because sometimes a good smooch is all you need on Valentine's Day!

"Only Love," Ben Howard

Lyrics you'll love: "Darling, you're with me, always around me/Only love, only love/Darling, I feel you, under my body/Only love, only love"

Why we love it: Why we love it: We think this one will give alternative couples all the feels.

"My Funny Valentine," Sting

Lyrics you'll love: "But don't change your hair for me/Not if you care for me/Stay, little valentine, stay/Each day is Valentine's Day"

Why we love it: Sting's cover of this song featuring Herbie Hancock gives it a distinct sound that fans will appreciate.

"With or Without You," U2

Lyrics you'll love: "Through the storm, we reach the shore/You give it all but I want more/And I'm waiting for you"

Why we love it: It always takes us back to Ross and Rachel, so it makes sense that we want to listen to it with our lobster too!

Country Valentine's Songs

There's no shortage of country love songs to choose from, but we managed to narrow it down to these country Valentine's songs to add to your list.

"You're Still the One," Shania Twain

Lyrics you'll love: "When I first saw you, I saw love/And the first time you touched me, I felt love/And after all this time/You're still the one I love"

Why we love it: Shania knows how to write a love song and this one helps us let our long-term partners know that they're still our everything.

"Love Story," Taylor Swift

Lyrics you'll love: "You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess/It's a love story, baby, just say, 'Yes'"

Why we love it: Because it seems you can never go wrong with a little Taylor Swift in your lives.

"It's Your Love," Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Lyrics you'll love: "It's your love/It just does something to me/It sends a shock right through me/I can't get enough/And if you wonder/About the spell I'm under/Oh it's your love"

Why we love it: Tim McGraw's duet with the love of his life, Faith Hill, makes the lyrics resonate even more.

"Butterflies," Kasey Musgraves

Lyrics you'll love: "Kiss full of color, makes me wonder where you've always been/I was hiding in doubt 'til you brought me out of my chrysalis/And I came out new/All because of you"

Why we love it: This sweet, slow song beautifully describes what it feels like to fall in love.

"Forever After All," Luke Combs

Lyrics you'll love: "They say nothing lasts forever/But they ain't seen us together/Or the way the moonlight dances in your eyes"

Why we love it: Inspired by Luke Combs and his wife's personal story, it reflects on the power of enduring love.

How to Create a Custom Valentine's Day Song

Sure you could give your loved one a funny card, the cutest gift, or a bouquet of flowers but we have a unique idea for music lovers. Give your loved one a custom song written and recorded, especially for them. With Songfinch, you can easily commission an original song to be written and recorded by a professional musician. All you have to do is select an artist based on genre, tell them your love story and they'll deliver a quality recording within 7 days.

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