Valentine’s Day music playlist

By Kevin Bartelt

Seasonal music can be easy to categorize. “Jingle Bell Rock” is Christmas music. “The Monster Mash” is Halloween music.

What about Valentine’s Day music?

According to, Chad Swiatowicz, a University of Florida student with a master’s thesis for love in music, found that “24 of the 40 songs in the modern era—60 percent—and half the songs of the classic era were devoted to the subject of love and relationships.”

Finding mainstream love songs are easy–I can pull any Taylor Swift song out of a hat, but no one will be impressed by that.

Wait, those are breakup songs, too. Touché, Taylor. Therefore, you definitely should start with a throwback.

With so many options, what are best songs for Valentine’s Day? Here are a few recommendations from students and professors.

“Your Song” by Elton John

“Your Song” by Elton John was suggested by junior journalism major Mike Pastrana. I don’t know if you saw Elton’s performance of the “The A Team” with Ed Sheeran at the Grammys, but spoiler alert: He’s still got it. “Your Song” is pretty, poetic and emotional.

One time I saw someone listening to the song and he did not have tears in his eyes. He was a robot with no soul.

“I Would Do Anything For You” by Foster the People

Foster the People’s “I Would Do Anything For You” was recommended by junior elementary education major Colin Wright. That’s right, the band has songs other than “Pumped Up Kicks.”

This is a cool, upbeat love song. I feel hopeful and happy when listening to this track. The positive lyrics express the feeling of how falling in love is unforgettable.

“Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra

“Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra is a favorite of Judy Santacaterina, director of the bachelor general studies program.

Although Sinatra passed away 15 years ago, his music is still adored today. His songs are timeless and appreciated by all generations. This simple yet sweet song always brings a smile with its ending lyrics, “In other words. In other words. I love you.”

Love songs can be difficult to recommend. It’s like choosing your favorite child; it’s just not right. Each suggestion is derived from someone else’s experiences with the song.

Although you can have a positive experience with these songs, I challenge you to find a song that’s special to you.

Like Santacaterina, I had a similar situation with Sinatra. I listened to tracks like “Summer Wind” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” all the time but I never really stopped and thought about the beauty of the song.

The next time you hear a love song, don’t just hear it–listen.