Ed Sheeran's "Perfect"
This chart-topping British singer-songwriter seems genetically created to produce the kind of simple yet timeless sonic gems that will punctuate wedding receptions for years to come. His huge new #1 hit "Perfect" is no exception, with lyrics like, "Just kiss me slow, your heart is all I own/And in your eyes you're holding mine," this song is just begging to be slow-danced to with your crush.
Jason Aldean's "You Make It Easy"
This country crooner from Georgia is pretty committed to his signature cowboy hat but he's even more committed to you because, as the lyrics state, “You make it easy loving up on you/Make it easy with every little thing you do/You're my sunshine in the darkest days/ My better half, my saving grace,” and although we cannot condone the use of the corny phrase "loving up on you," we can confirm this track has a romance factor that's off the charts.
Niall Horan's "Slow Hands"
Never, ever, has anyone, ever, in the history of music, sung about dirty laundry and made it sound sexy as all heck. Witness the chorus of this ex-1Ders solo smash hit: "Like sweat dripping down our dirty laundry/No chance/That I'm leaving here without you on me, I know/Yeah, I already know that there ain't no stoppin'/Your plans and those/Slow hands." Woo, indeed!
"Marry Me" by Thomas Rhett
The title alone reads like this is a Valentine's heavy hitter that's not for the faint of heart and indicates that this jam is only for the very committed who are about to get even more so. But no! This is a melancholy song for those of us who feel forever alone. "I remember the night when I almost kissed her/Yeah, I kinda freaked out, we'd been friends for forever/And I always wondered if she felt the same way/When I got the invite, I knew it was too late/And I know her daddy's been dreading this day/Oh, but he don't know he ain't the only one giving her away," ooh those lyrics offer the sweetest heart-grabbing sorrow. On the bright side, Rhett's playing the Boots and Hearts Festival this August in Oro-Medonte.
"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
If EDM and Brit rock can come together in perfect harmony like they did in this #1 hit collab, then there's hope for all of us, right? We love the lowering of the bar that's expressed in lyrics that impart we're not looking for a superhero, we just want someone to kiss. Maybe there's a lesson in there for all of us this Valentine's season: Settle.
Selena Gomez's "Wolves"
Okay, a lot has been made of this song because the lyrics say, "I've been running through the jungle/I've been running with the wolves/To get to you, to get to you," because, you know, like, wolves don't live in jungles. But we think this just shows total resolve: To prove her love, she brought wolves to a jungle and then also ran through the jungle with them. Put a ring on it, Bieber. That's true romance.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Cut to the Feeling"
"I wanna play where you play with the angels/I wanna wake up with you all in tangles, oh/I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah!" sings the Mission, B.C. pop superstar on this punchy, poppy 2017 hit about those first pangs of love.
"Havana" by Camila Cabello Featuring Young Thug
This is the sexiest, most sultry entry on our list and it has swoon-worthy lyrics like, "He said there's a lot of girls I can do with/But I can't without you/I knew him forever in a minute/That summer night in June." But definitely, the best part of the song is that Cabello just really digs that this guy is polite: "Oh, but my heart is in Havana/There's somethin' 'bout his manners." We'd like some of that, please and thank you.
DJ Khaled's "I'm the One," featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne
Not all romantic songs are slow songs but all songs sung by these, our five imaginary music boyfriends, are romantic songs. Plus, some of these lyrics are positively squee!-worthy: "We go back, remember criss-cross and hopscotch?/You the one that hold me down when the block's hot/I make your dreams come true when you wake up/And your look's just the same without no make-up." You can be our one this Valentine's. All five of you.
Kendrick Lamar's "LOVE."
Did the Compton rap star extraordinaire pen this introspective piece featuring the soulful crooning of Zacari for his longtime lady friend, Whitney Alford? All signs point to yes. Turns out K-Dot has a serious soft side.