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Valentine’s Day Hits by the Decade

By Rachel Wolk | February 14, 2024


Photo Credit: GDJ on Pixabay


In need of a tune this Valentine’s Day? New music to listen to? You have arrived at your destination. These love songs have spanned across generations and new ones have taken the world by storm. Maybe Valentine’s Day isn’t your jam, but these songs sure will be! Love songs have remained timeless and effervescent. 


“That's Amore” - Dean Martin, 1953


A slow jazz tune, a classic that you would certainly hear on a jukebox. Martin’s suave, calming voice truly tells you that love can be defined by anything. 


“Fever” - Peggy Lee, 1958


Fever shares the story of a woman who feels she is put under a love spell by a man who gives her “fever.” You may have heard this song in “The Queen’s Gambit,”  a Netflix original that was released in 2020. 


“Can’t Help Falling In Love” - Elvis Presley, 1961


This song has prevailed through generations of households and shows how love can be so strong especially when you have met the person of your dreams. 


“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, 1967


If you’re a film buff, you might recall this song from “10 Things I Hate About You” when Patrick Verona gets on the bleachers and sings this song to Kat Stratford. A classic as well, it shows that someone can just be too good to be true. Sometimes you can’t take your eyes off of them.


“Your Song” - Elton John, 1970


“Your Song” is devoted to someone who has done so much for their lover and their thankfulness goes beyond words. This is the perfect piano melody to sing to the one you love. 


“How Deep is Your Love” - Bee Gees, 1977


A slow-tempo, disco groove that testifies if a lover’s intentions are true to the one they are with. 


“Can’t Fight This Feeling” - REO Speedwagon, 1984


The song is about someone who has fallen hard for somebody that they are very close with and whose feelings cannot be hidden in plain sight. 


“Head Over Heels” - Tears For Fears, 1985


This 1985 classic focuses on a man who has found himself attracted to a woman and wants to understand her more on a personal level. He craves her attention and feels saddened by her emotional distance. 


“Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” - Bryan Adams, 1998


A song originally featured in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” this song portrays someone’s expression of their love and feelings towards another. 


“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” - Aerosmith, 1998


Another song that comes from a film, “Armageddon” brought us this compelling, strong love song. We sense the feelings of closeness and adoration through two people who crave each other’s attention. 


“Crazy In Love” - Beyonce, 2003 


Beyonce’s 2003 hit proves that love can make your mind race and consume all your thoughts. When you meet the person of your dreams, sometimes all you can think about is them. 


“Accidentally In Love” - Counting Crows, 2004


The first thought coming from this song might be “Shrek.” However, there’s more meaning to it than the scenes of Shrek and Fiona. Sometimes love just happens out of nowhere. 


 “Just The Way You Are” - Bruno Mars, 2010


The doo-wop hit is all about the professing of love and how one’s feelings for somebody can go beyond compare. 


“Lover” - Taylor Swift, 2019


Taylor Swift’s “Lover” feels very old-timey and vintage with descriptions of two lovers always wanting to be close and almost makes you feel like you want to slow dance around your room. 


“Until I Found You” - Stephen Sanchez and Em Beihold, 2022


This song sounds like the perfect wedding anthem as the bride walks down the aisle to the groom. The duo of Sanchez and Beihold singing blends two beautiful, soothing voices as they share the story of undying love. 


“Golden Hour” - JVKE, 2023


This newer hit describes the feeling of being in love and how all is golden around you when in that state of mind. The tune of “Golden Hour” sounds very fantasy-like and makes you feel as if you are in a fantasy land where all is bright and joyful. 


Be sure to include these songs in your Valentine’s Day listening! Happy Valentine’s Day, UAlbany!

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