The most romantic time of the year is just around the corner! This Valentine’s Day, why not surprise that special someone in your life with one of our Top 10 Valentine’s Day songs. We have everything from powerful ballads to gentle and meaningful tunes that will really set the tone for a magical evening. Or you may wish to play these songs live at your next gig, open mic, or record them as covers. Either way, here we have some timeless Valentine’s classics to be inspired by!
Bob Dylan – Make You Feel My Love
Simple, yet effective! This 90s classic by Bob Dylan has been covered by countless artists, including, Billy Joel, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and many others. Its initial arrangement is quite minimal, and the song is mostly being carried by the emotion of the performer. That’s what makes it so endearing, quietly understated and the perfect song to cover this Valentine’s Day. It leaves plenty of scope for you to sing softly or use your full vocal power – there’s lots of vocal styles and deliveries that will work great with this tune.
Etta James – At Last
Many know this song thanks to Etta James’ version, which was released in 1960. But this beautiful, powerful ballad was actually written in 1941 for the musical film Sun Valley Serenade. Mack Gordon and Harry Warren wrote the initial version, performed by Glenn Miller. Since Etta James’ release, the song has become a timeless classic, performed by many aspiring and professional vocalists, including Celine Dion and Beyonce. The song is featured in the Grammy Hall of Fame. This is an ambitious piece, but one that will impress anyone you sing it to this Valentine’s Day!
Norah Jones – Come Away with Me
Another understated but truly beautiful piece on our top 10 Valentine’s Day songs! The soft, smoky vocals are accompanied by minimal piano and quiet jazz drums, setting the perfect mood for a romantic evening. It has a lovely jazz arrangement and, while seemingly simple, it is a great exercise for pitching due to its unique melody.
Audrey Hepburn – Moon River
Who could forget this Audrey Hepburn classic from Breakfast at Tiffany’s! Originally composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, it has been covered by artists like Barry Manilow, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong and many more. Most recently, covers by Frank Ocean and Jacob Collier have also garnered a lot of attention. Since its release in 1961, Moon River has truly stood the test of time and is a great choice for many vocal styles.
Celine Dion – It’s All Coming Back to Me Now
This power ballad has, quite literally, made its comeback via TikTok and it’s easy to see why! Written by Jim Steinman, it was always intended to be the most passionate and romantic song he could ever write. The song was inspired by Wuthering Heights, exploring the darker and more obsessive side of love. We can’t get enough of it due to its powerful belts and runs that take you on a rollercoaster ride! This is a very ambitious song to sing, but an impressive challenge for those who really want to make an impact.
Sam Cooke – You Send Me
For the soul music fans this Valentine’s Day, have a go at singing Sam Cooke’s ‘You Send Me’. A wonderfully endearing love song, this is sure to impress that special someone in your life. Released in 1957, it has stood the test of time to this day, and has been resampled and covered numerous times. Not to mention, it was ranked number 115 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 2010 list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Whitney Houston – I Have Nothing
While ‘I Will Always Love You’ is Whitney’s most popular song, we’d like to suggest ‘I Have Nothing’ for a different power pop ballad by the famous singer. Written by David Thompson and Linda Foster, this classic is from the famous film, The Bodyguard. One of the most ambitious numbers on our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Songs list! Not only does it require a powerful belting range, but there is also a key change at the end for the ultimate, impactful ending.
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
A relatively recent love song, ‘Thinking Out Loud’ was released in 2014 and it has already become a staple at weddings, especially, first dances. This romantic ballad was the first song in 2015 to have spent an entire year in the UK Top 40! It has won several Grammys and was co-written by Amy Wadge, whom Ed Sheeran knew since he was 17 years old. Try this wonderfully written pop song!
Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling in Love
Written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss and recorded by Elvis Presley for his Blue Hawaii album, this 1961 single has captured the hearts of many. But the origins of this song date much further back, since the melody is based on a 1784 French love song, ‘Plaisir d’amour’. This makes the song that much more special and gives it a special tie to the language of love.
Elton John – Your Song
Last but by no means least, this single by Elton John is one of the sincerest love songs out there. With simple, honest lyrics and an understated quality to it, there’s something quite personal and vulnerable about ‘Your Song’. This would work perfectly serenaded to your loved ones with piano or guitar as accompaniment. The song has since been covered by artists like Lady Gaga and Ellie Goulding and remains a timeless love song classic.
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