50 Greatest Valentine's Day Love Songs of All-Time

Perfect Love Songs for the Most Romantic Day of the Year

February 14 is the international day of love, Valentine's Day. Love is expressed in many ways, and according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)

Romance has always been the greatest inspiration for music. This list of Valentine's Day songs includes classics recorded by Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Lionel RichieSmokey Robinson, The Isley Brothers, Quincy Jones, Al GreenPatti LaBelleMariah Carey, John Legend, and many more. Stevie Wonder leads all artists with four songs on the list: "You Are The Sunshine of My Life," "As," "Ribbon in the Sky," and "Send One Your Love." Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Barry White, and Earth, Wind & Fire each have three songs.

Here are the "50 Greatest Valentine's Day Love Songs."

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Whitney Houston - "I Will Always Love You"

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Whitney Houston's 1992 recording of "I Will Always Love You" for The Bodyguard soundtrack spent 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which at the time was a record. It was the number one song of 1993, and won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.

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Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - "Endless Love"

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Lionel Richie composed "Endless Love" and recorded it in 1981 with Diana Ross. Billboard magazine declared it the greatest duet of all time. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song (theme from the movie Endless Love) and became Ross' 18th number one single.

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Stevie Wonder - "You Are the Sunshine Of My Life"

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Stevie Wonder's "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" won a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1973. Released as the second single from his Talking Book album, it became his third number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson - Tonight, I Celebrate My Love For You"

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Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson recorded "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" for their 1983 duet album, Born To Love.

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Diana Ross - Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

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In 1970, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" became Diana Ross' first number solo single and it earned a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Composed by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, it was originally recorded in 1967 by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

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Al Green - Let's Stay Together"

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Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" is the title tune of his 1972 album and was the number one R&B song of the year. In 2010, the Library Congress selected it for the National Recording Registry for music that is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." President Barack Obama is one of Green's biggest fans, and on January 19, 2012, he made headlines when he sang the opening of "Let's Stay Together" during a fundraiser at The Apollo Theater in New York City.

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Earth, Wind and Fire - "Reasons"

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Maurice White and Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire. Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images

Few songs drive audiences into ecstasy like the live performance of the Earth, Wind and Fire classic "Reasons" from the 1975 That's The Way Of The World album. Even though it was not released as a single. the song is always the highlight of their concerts, as Philip Bailey leaves the crowd in awe with the power of his amazing falsetto.

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Patti Austin and James Ingram - "Baby, Come To Me"

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The Patti Austin/James Ingram duet "Baby, Come To Me" achieved minor success when it was originally released in 1982, however it became a phenomenon when it was played as a romantic theme on the soap opera, General Hospital. The song was re-released, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.

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Stevie Wonder - "As"

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"As" is one of the singles from Stevie Wonder's landmark 1976 Songs In The Key Of Life which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

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Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway - "The Closer I Get To You"

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The Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway duet "The Closer I Get To You" was a number one hit in 1978 from her Blue Lights in the Basement album. In 2004, Luther Vandross and Beyonce won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for their cover version.

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Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - "You're All I Need To Get By"

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Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye. GAB Archive/Redferns

"You're All I Need to Get By" was the title tune of the second duet album by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell released in 1968. Written and produced by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, it remained number one for five weeks on the Billboard Hot R&B/Soul Singles chart.

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Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You"

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Produced by Stevie Wonder, "Lovin' You" from Minnie Riperton's Perfect Angel album hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975.

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The Jackson Five - I'll Be There"

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The Jackson 5 hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "I'll Be There" from their Third Album in 1970. It was their fourth consecutive number one single. Mariah Carey and and Trey Lorenz also achieved a number one hit with their live cover version in 1992.

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The Temptations - "My Girl"

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From the album, The Temptations Sing Smokey, "My Girl" became The Temps' first number one hit in 1965. Composed by Smokey Robinson, the song was inspired by his wife, Claudette Rogers Robinson of The Miracles.

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Roberta Flack - The First Time I Ever Say Your Face"

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Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1973. The song was recorded for her First Take album.

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Earth, Wind and Fire - "Can't Hide Love"

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Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire. Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

Earth, Wind and Fire's "Can't Hide Love" was recorded on their 1975 triple platinum Gratitude album. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).

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Stevie Wonder - "Ribbon In The Sky"

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Stevie Wonder recorded "Ribbon In The Sky" for his 1982 Original Musiquarium album. It was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and Wonder performed the song at Whitney Houston's funeral on February 18, 2012.

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Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - "If This World Were Mine"

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Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Echoes/Redferns

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell recorded "If This World Were Mine" in 1967 for their first duet album, United. It was re-recorded in 1982 by Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn.

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The Commodores - "Three Times A Lady"

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The Commodores hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978 with "Three Times A Lady." Lionel Richie composed the song for their Natural High album.

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Marvin Gaye- "I Want You"

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"I Want You" is the title tune of Marvin Gaye's 1976 album which hit number one on the Billboard Hot Selling Soul Singles chart. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.

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Luther Vandross/Heatwave "Always and Forever"

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"Always and Forever" was originally released by Heatwave on its 1976 debut album, Too Hot To Handle. Luther Vandross covered it for his 1994 Songs album and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

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LTD- "Love Ballad"

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LTD, featuring lead vocalist Jeffrey Osborne, recorded "Love Ballad" for its 1976 album, Love to The World. It hit number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart. George Benson released a cover version in 1979.

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Luther Vandross - "Here and Now"

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Luther Vandross earned his first Grammy Award, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, for "Here and Now" in 1991. The song was included on his 1989 album, The Best of Luther Vandross... The Best of Love. It was his fifth number one hit on the Billboard R&B chart.

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Anita Baker - "Sweet Love"

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Anita Baker earned a Grammy for Best R&B Song for "Sweet Love" in 1987. It was the second single from her 1986 album, Rapture.

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Anita Baker - "Giving You The Best That I Got"

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The title tune of Anita Baker's third album, "Giving You The Best That I Got," was nominated for Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1989. It won Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Rhythm & Blues Song.

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Boyz II Men - "I'll Make Love To You"

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"I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks in 1994, tying the record at the time set by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." The song earned a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

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The Isley Brothers - "For The Love Of You"

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The Isley Brothers recorded "For the Love of You" for their 1975 album, The Heat is On. Whitney Houston covered the song twelve years later for her second album, Whitney.

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Stevie Wonder -"Send One Your Love"

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"Send One Your Love" was the first single from Stevie Wonder's 1979 album, Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants.

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Earth, Wind and Fire - "Love's Holiday"

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Earth, Wind and Fire recorded "Love's Holiday" for its 1977 triple platinum album All 'N All which won an American Music Award for Favorite Album- Soul/Rhythm and Blues.

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Anita Baker - "Just Because"

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Anita Baker won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1989 for "Just Because." It was the second single from her Giving You The Best That I Got album, and following the title tune, became her second number one single.

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Smokey Robinson - "Being With You"

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"Being With You" is the title tune of Smokey Robinson's 1981 gold album. The song remained at number one for five weeks on the Billboard R&B chart.

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Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - "Sweet Thing"

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"Sweet Thing" was a number one hit from the 1975 album, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. Mary J. Blige covered the song in 1993.

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Barry White -"You're The First. The Last, My Everything"

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Barry White recorded "You're the First, The Last, My Everything" for his 1974 album, Can't Get Enough. It was number one on the Billboard R&B chart, and number two on the Hot 100 and disco charts.

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Barry White - "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me"

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Barry White recorded "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" for his 1977 album, Barry White Sings for Someone You Love. It remained at number one for five weeks on the Billboard R&B chart.

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Luther Vandross- "Power of Love/Love Power"

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Luther Vandross won two Grammy Awards for his 1991 single "Power of Love/Love Power": Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male. It was the ttile tune of his Power of Love album.

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Atlantic Starr - "Always"

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Atlantic Starr hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Black Singles chart in 1987 with "Always." It was the second single from their album, All in the Name of Love.

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The O'Jays - "Let Me Make Love To You"

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There is always instant euphoria among the ladies when Eddie Levert sings lead on "Let Me Make Love To You" at The O'Jays' concerts. The group recorded the song for the 1975 album, Give The People What They Want.

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DeBarge - "All This Love"

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El DeBarge composed and produced the title tune of the 1983 DeBarge album, All This Love. Patti LaBelle covered the song in 1994.

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Norman Connors featuring Phyllis Hyman - "Betcha By Golly Wow"

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Phyllis Hyman's recording of "Betcha By Golly Wow" for Norman Connors' 1976 album You Are My Starship ignited her solo career. The song was originally recorded by The Stylistics for their 1971 self-titled album.

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Patti LaBelle - "Love, Need and Want You"

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Patti LaBelle recorded "Love, Need and Want You" for her 1984 album, I'm in Love Again.

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Quincy Jones - "The Secret Garden"

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Barry White, James Ingram, El DeBarge, and Al B. Sure! recorded "The Secret Garden" for Quincy Jones' 1989 CD, Back On The Block. The song hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart, and the album won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

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John Legend - "All Of Me"

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"All of Me" by John Legend remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks in 2014. It was dedicated to his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and was the third single from his Love In The Future CD. It was the second best-selling song of 2014 in the United States with over four million copies sold.

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Norman Connors - "Valentine Love"

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Michael Henderson and Jean Carne recorded "Valentine Love" for Norman Connors' 1975 album, Saturday Night Special.

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Vanessa Williams - "Save The Best For Last"

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"Save The Best for Last" by Vanessa Williams remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks in 1992. It was nominated for Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

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Peabo Bryson - "Feel The Fire"

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Peabo Bryson recorded "Feel The Fire" for his 1977 album, Reaching For The Sky. Stephanie Mills covered the song in 1979, and Teddy Pendergrass recorded it as a duet with Mills in 1980.

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K-Ci and JoJo - "All My Life"

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Brothers K-Ci and JoJo from the group Jodeci recorded "All My Life" for their debut duo album, Love Always, in 1997. It was certified platinum and remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. "All My Life" earned Grammy nominations for Best R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song.

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Brainstorm- "This Must Be Heaven"

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Brainstorm from Detroit, Michigan recorded "This Must Be Heaven" for its debut album, Stormin', in 1977. Although it was not released as a single, it has become a staple of the "Quiet Storm" R&B radio format.

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Mariah Carey - "Vision Of Love"

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"Vision of Love" was Mariah Carey's first single from her 1990 self-titled debut album. It was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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Michael Jackson - "I Can't Help It"

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Michael Jackson recorded the Stevie Wonder composition "I Can't Help It" for his 1979 album, Off the Wall. The album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and was inducted in the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame in 2008.

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The Isley Brothers - "Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love)"

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The Isley Brothers recorded "Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time for Love)" for their 1980 album, Go All the Way.