On this topic, the legendary Paul McCartney was right on the money: There's no way that the world has had enough of silly love songs.
And what's wrong with that? Music won't add inches to your waistline, like a box of chocolates will. It won't wither and die, the inevitable fate of those bouquets that turn into unintentional metaphors for love gone bad.
From Frank Sinatra to Taylor Swift, the love song is timeless. Somewhere, at this very moment, a teenager is swooning over Justin Bieber's "One Less Lonely Girl," although for Valentine's Day love songs, it's always wise to stick with the classics.
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Here's a can't-miss list of romantic mood music:
•"Let's Stay Together," Al Green: Silky, sexy, effortlessly stylish. The soul singer's 1972 signature hit is everything that lovers aspire to be. Heck, even President Barack Obama, who sang a snippet of the song at an appearance in 2012, has used the song's seductive power.
• "Can't Get Enough of You, Babe," Barry White: His sonorous crooning was the foundation for numerous bedroom-fixated love songs, including "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More, Baby." Nothing tops "Can't Get Enough," however, for its mix of sexual energy and dance-worthy beat.
•"All of Me," Frank Sinatra: For a swinging love song, it's hard to top this big-band classic. Who could refuse when the Chairman of the Board asks, "Why not take all of me?"
•"I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston: There are subtle love songs and then there's this: Houston belting out the soaring chorus to an anthem that goes out with a bang, not a whimper. Yes, Dolly Parton wrote it (and recorded it first), but Whitney owns it.
•"In Your Eyes," Peter Gabriel: What scuffling romantic hasn't imagined imitating John Cusack's famous boombox scene in the 1989 romantic comedy "Say Anything"? That gesture — noble, vulnerable — couldn't have happened without Gabriel's haunting song. (In a pinch, the Modern English hit "I Melt the World" — featured in the 1983 film "Valley Girl" — also fits the same cinematic mold.)
•"Ain't No Mountain High Enough," Diana Ross: Another grand love song. Ms. Ross balances the big chorus with heartfelt spoken-word interludes: "Whenever you need me, call me. No matter where you are. No matter how far." That's love.
•"Help Me Make It Through the Night," Kris Kristofferson: The singer and songwriter penned two classic country love songs, "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and "For the Good Times." The former makes the list for its portrait of vulnerability and fleeting love.
•"I Can't Make You Love Me," Bonnie Raitt: When it comes to romantic vulnerability, it's hard to top this ballad about the powerless side of love. "I can't make you love me, if you don't." Sad, but true.
•"I Can't Help Falling In Love With You," Elvis Presley: Even the King of Rock and Roll is no match for love in this ballad that exudes optimism about taking a risk with one's heart. "Like a river flows, surely to the sea/ Darling, so it goes/ Some things are meant to be."
• "Something," the Beatles: George Harrison wrote this song for his wife, Patti Boyd, the muse who inspired at least two other classic love songs by Derek and the Dominos ("Layla") and Eric Clapton ("Wonderful Tonight'). Talk about the power of love.
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