Valentine’s day is just around the corner and whether you’ve got yourself a “boo” or you’re swiping right until your fingers are sore, there is plenty of music that can get you ready for the big day. Here are 10 songs to set the mood right this Valentine’s Day.
Marvin Gaye – “Let’s Get it On”
This has to be the official quintessential track of Valentine’s Day. For years, Marvin Gaye has personally been responsible for the births of children all around the world. “Let’s Get it On” has such a legacy that there is YouTube version that loops the song for 24 straight hours.
Al Green – “Let’s Stay Together”
Al Green’s gospel-roots and unique voice define this soulful 1972 track. Also, if you’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day, celebrate it with a song that the Library of Congress selected as a recording that is “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Foreigner – “Feels Like The First Time”
For those looking for more of a rock and roll type of Valentine’s Day, there is this 1977 classic from the band Foreigner. The backstory is about lead singer’s Mick Jones fresh start in life after a divorce that eventually led to meeting a new wife and moving to America.
Chris Isaak – “Wicked Games”
“Wicked Games” was released in 1989 but the song became a hit two years later when director David Lynch used it in the movie “Wild at Heart.” As Issak describes it, “It was written in a short time, because I remember that a girl had called me and said, ‘I want to come over and talk to you,’ and ‘talk’ was a euphemism.”
R. Kelly – “Bump N’ Grind”
R Kelly has been making sexually induced R&B for nearly 30 years. The pinnacle of his catalog has to be “Bump ‘N Grind” which starts out with the a capella line, “My mind is telling me no but my body, my body’s telling me yes.” If that doesn’t get you ready for Valentine’s Day, I don’t know what will.
K-Ci & Jojo – “All My Life”
This 1997 ballad was heard across high school gyms and weddings as the end of the night “slow dance.” Lucky for you, it is also doubles as a great Valentine’s Day song. You get bonus points if you get your significant other to sing it to you karaoke style.
D’Angelo – “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”
For 14 years, D’Angelo took a hiatus from music and fame. Fortunately, before the hiatus, D’Angelo released “Untitled” the lead single off 2000’s “Voodoo.” Notoriously known for its sexually charged music video, the song is an R&B standard that is just as smooth with every listen.
Ginuwine – “Pony”
For the last 26 years, Timbaland has been a part of every hit in Hip-Hop and R&B music. “Pony” is no exception, with its strange voice modulation sample and Ginuwine’s explicit lyrics. The song is a must for any love related occasion.
Usher – “Climax”
A collaboration between Usher and Diplo, “Climax” is said to be about the twist and turns of a relationship rather than the sexual overtones it presents. The EDM influenced production by Diplo along with Usher’s voice on the hook make for an excellent contemporary slow jam.
Miguel – “Adorn”
This 2012 slow groove is filled with sensual melodies and packed with sexual energy. When asked if he’s ever made love to the track, Miguel said, “I leave my own music out of the bedroom.” At least we still get to enjoy this modern classic.