A Spotify Playlist for Valentine’s Day

Since it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I’ve put together my first-ever Spotify playlist featuring songs about love that I’ve enjoyed over the years. These are not top 40-type love songs; rather, it’s a personal playlist from yours truly of mostly classics. Hope you enjoy this selection, and let me know if you’d like to see more Spotify playlists in the future. Happy Valentine’s!

Here are the tracks in case you want to add any to your own music library:

  1. Sam Cooke: “You Send Me” – Perfect song for the first dance at a wedding.
  2. The Flamingos: “I Only Have Eyes for You” – One of the greatest doo-wop love songs ever.
  3. Bob Marley: “Is This Love” – Reggae love anthem.
  4. Jesse Belvin: “Goodnight My Love” – A Vietnam vet once called in to request this sweet doo-wop song. He listened to it all the time while on tour of duty. We played it in his honor.
  5. Nina Simone: “Exactly Like You” – One of the unforgettable songs from her September 1959 Town Hall concert in New York.
  6. Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane: “My One and Only Love” – Track from an album that has been called the ultimate make-out record.
  7. Ana Belén: “La Mentira” – A perfectly rendered version of a classic bolero by a popular Spanish singer.
  8. Jacques Brel: “Le chanson des vieux amants” (Song of the Old Lovers) – A song about geriatric romance.
  9. Barry White: “Love Serenade” – Who could forget the phrase, “Take off that brassiere, my dear.”
  10. Mark Murphy: “My Ship” – My favorite version of the Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin classic.
  11. Ella Fitzgerald: “I Remember You” – Ella’s beautiful version from the Johnny Mercer songbook.
  12. Henri Salvador: “Soleil de Minuit” (Midnight Sun) – A stunning song from the late French chansonnier.
  13. Sarah Vaughan and Quincy Jones: “The Midnight Sun Will Never Set” – Early Sarah Vaughan at the height of her vocal powers.
  14. Tim Hardin: “Misty Roses” – A 1960’s love song from a Marine vet.
  15. Judy Collins: “So Early, Early in the Spring” – Song about lost love in Collins’ crystal-perfect soprano.
  16. Jimmy Scott: “All the Way” – Heart-melting ballad by a singer who influenced dozens of other vocalists.
  17. Joni Mitchell: “Comes Love” – Witty classic rendered anew by Joni and an orchestra.
  18. Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling: “Practical Arrangement” – Unusual and heartbreaking song performed brilliantly by Marsalis and Elling in this recording.
  19. Maria Callas: Puccini’s “Un bel di vedremo” from Madame Butterfly – Dramatic, passionate version of this operatic classic.
  20. Tchaikovsky: “Romeo & Juliet” Fantasy Overture – An amazing and powerful symphony about doomed love.