Top 14 Valentine's Day Love Songs
'Hey There Delilah'
Plain White T's
A song about love lost, the Plain White T's' 'Hey There Delilah' is so beautiful and uplifting, we had to include it on the list. The song, from the band's 2005 debut, 'All That We Needed,' was written after singer Tom Higgenson met, and became smitten with, a girl name Delilah DiCrescenzo. Unfortunately, she couldn't return the affection. Higgenson eventually came to terms with the heartbreak. He says, "If we had lived happily ever after, then what would my next song be about?"
Released as the first single from Alicia Keys' third studio album, 'As I Am,' 'No One' is undoubtedly the most popular song Keys has ever released. Lyrics like "You and me together, through the days and nights/I don't worry 'cause everything's gonna be all right" say it all.
'I Am ... Sasha Fierce' had many hits for Beyoncé Knowles ('Single Ladies'), but only one sticks like meat on the bones during Valentine's Day: 'Halo' is one popular song. Florence and the Machine covered it, New York rockers Harper Blynn play their melodic version live from time to time, and the song has been featured as a mash-up with Katrina and the Waves' 'Walking on Sunshine' on 'Glee.'
'Read My Mind'
Off their second full length, 'Sam's Town,' 'Read My Mind' is a love note for lovers apart. The video, shot in Tokyo, still exudes the were fans, too, and remixed the track, which appears on their 2007 release 'Disco Four.'
Written by Taylor Swift, 'Love Story' is a lyrical fairy tale. Of course, all of Swift's songs come from real-life experience. "This is a song I wrote when I was dating a guy who wasn't exactly the popular choice," says Swift. His situation was a little complicated, but I didn't care. I started this song with the line "This love is difficult, but it's real." When I wrote the ending to this song, I felt like it was the ending every girl wants to go with her love story. It's the ending that I want."
No. 8 on our Valentine's Day love songs list, this 2005 release is a powerful ballad about an intense love affair. Taken from James Blunt's debut, 'Back to Bedlam,' it's the first song by a British artist to reach No. 1 in the US since Elton John's 1997 hit 'Candle in the Wind' and one of those perfect Valentine's Day dedications.
Justin Bieber's 'U Smile' is sweet, but 'Baby' tugs at the heartstrings a little bit more. It's prepubescent love. It's adult love. Either way, it's about a simple crush or finding your true love. This song brought on the 'Bieber Fever' full force.
'Underneath It All'
'Knock You Down'
No matter what you think of Enrique Iglesias, or even the celeb-heavy video with the singer's then-love, Jennifer Love Hewitt, as well as Mickey Rourke as the villain, 'Hero' is a beautiful song. The song reached deeper than most and was one of the most played on the radio to honor the heroes of 9/11.
Love is sharing your umbrella. Rihanna shares her umbrella in love, singing, "There's no distance in between our love/So go on and let the rain pour/I'll be all you need and more." Rain gear manufacturer Totes even put some Rihanna umbrellas on the market in honor of the song.