Love Songs All Day Long: A Valentine’s Day Playlist

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Vanessa Su

A classic and timeless holiday, Valentine’s Day is a day of expressing love and thankfulness for everyone from friends to family to dogs! To celebrate this beautiful day, The Bottom Line presents a playlist of love songs that range from jazz oldies to modern R&B tunes.

1Daniel Caesar feat. H.E.R., “Best Part”

Currently his most popular song on Spotify, Daniel Caesar’s “Best Part” combines his velvety vocals with H.E.R.’s soft, ethereal voice to produce a love song perfect to listen to over a cup of hot coffee with a loved one.

2Billie Holiday, “Blue Moon”

A legendary jazz singer who helped pioneer jazz music during the 20th century, Billie Holiday sings about finding her newfound love in the moonlight while accompanied by jazz riffs and gentle piano.

3Rex Orange County feat. Benny Sings, “Loving is Easy”

Rex Orange County sings about how “loving is easy when everything’s perfect” in his catchy collaboration with Dutch musician Benny Sings that relies on light instrumentation and usage of drums and keyboard.  

4NIKI, “Vintage”  

A singer under the mass media company 88rising, NIKI croons about missing the good memories of her previous relationship with trap beats and melodious harmonies in the background.    

5Rihanna, “Love on the Brain”

Nine time Grammy award-winning artist Rihanna sings about the painful temptation her lover is to her in this R&B ballad with hints of inspiration from old soul music. This song focuses on toxic love, as Rihanna croons that she “can’t get enough” despite “fist fighting with fire.”

6Alina Baraz feat. Khalid, “Electric”

R&B artist Alina Baraz collaborates with Khalid in a romantic duet about the electrifying intensity of love in a world that seems like outer space. Like Baraz’s usual style, “Electric” relies heavily on the usage of hints of techno influences along with simple guitar riffs.  

7Ariana Grande feat. Big Sean, “Right There”

From her 2013 debut album, “Right There” contains Ariana Grande’s breezy R&B vocals accompanied by Big Sean’s casual rap style to produce a romantic love song about always being “right there” for loved ones.

8Yung Heazy, “Cuz You’re My Girl”

With soft guitar and tropical vibes, Yung Heazy confesses his strong feelings of love to the woman who “relieves [his] stress whenever [she’s] around” in a slow ballad that contains a climactic, energetic break down.

9Sabrina Claudio feat. 6LACK, “Belong to You”

An up-and-coming artist who became popular through her musical releases on SoundCloud, Sabrina Claudio collaborates with rapper 6LACK to sing about her loyalty to her lover and craving his company in this soft R&B track.

10Alicia Keys, “If I Ain’t Got You”

Last but definitely not least, Alicia Keys reminds her listeners of the importance of treasuring lovers, family, and friends in an emotional, jazzy R&B ballad. The simplicity of the piano and horns allow Keys’ vocals to easily shine through while relaying her raw emotions to the audience.   

Happy listening! We wish you all a happy Valentine’s Day!