Valentine’s Day: The 12 Most Romantic Songs for Literature

Hey, Lovelies!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you all had a great day and got to spend some quality time with that special someone in your life. I’m going to continue my Valentine’s Day tradition this year by introducing you to some underrated and not so underrated romance songs that you can incorporate into your stories.

Music has the power to set the mood, not only in real life but in fiction as well. Lyrics or even the composition of the song can bring out a feeling. Even the title of a well-known can help you establish a scene without having to delve too deep into the details. Here are 12 of the most romantic songs, in my opinion, but feel free to disagree:

  1. Knock on Wood” by Tyrone Davis. This is a great getting ready for a sexy date kind of song. Slow mood, rich tones croon to you as Davis talks about his anticipation for picking his date up for the evening.
  2. I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. I don’t know why, but I always picture some girl eating cupcakes while bawling her eyes out to this song. The song does, however, make for a great romantic moment in your love story.
  3. At Last” by Etta James. It’s an American classic for a reason. James’ voice lends a sultriness that makes it perfect for a chuckle-inspiring internal monologue scene or a timeless wedding dance song for when your characters finally take the plunge into matrimony.
  4. L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole. This was the song that played during the opening scene of The Parent Trap (1998). I think it’s the perfect song to have your characters fall in love with each other to while dancing in a crowded room.
  5. Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran. A more modern and slightly less popular option, “Tenerife Sea” is an excellent song for a long drive that the characters take.
  6. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli. This would be a good song for a serenade a la Easy A-style.
  7. My One and Only Love” by Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane. With its sultry tune, “My One and Only Love” is the perfect song to be playing in the background for a romantic dinner in or out for your characters.
  8. Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. What can I say – it’s a classic and suitable for many situations.
  9. My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. What character isn’t going to murmur this song or sing it when they’re with the love of their life on a boat?
  10. Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer. It’s a good one for a teenage girl daydreaming about that not-so-special guy she wants to kiss.
  11. Lady in Red” by Chris de Burgh. Good slow dance song for a prom date scene.
  12. When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge. Just picture it: a cozy fire crackling in a fire pit, two glasses of wine sitting nearly empty on the coffee table, and a pile of pillows and blankets are stretched out in front of the fire. A man lazily traces circles into the skin of his lover as they talk about sweet nothings as they come down from their high. They laugh softly as the song starts to play, and he leans down to touch his mouth to his lovers before igniting the passion one again.

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Well, there you have it! That’s my list of songs that you can use to set the mood in your writing for several situations. Hopefully, you use one of the songs on this list in your next story to set the mood.

If you’d like to check out the posts of Valentine’s Day past, click on the links below:

Until next time!



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Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams is a writer and editor for a local marketing agency. She has formerly worked as a writer for the Investing News Network and as an editor for Whetstone, a bi-annually published literary magazine. Aside from writing, Danielle has an unabiding love for all marine life and the outdoors. She loves taking long hikes with her husband and cooking delicious meals in the kitchen.


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