Valentines Day is almost here. You’ve got the flowers, the candy, the dinner reservations, and the card. And all the necessary items to set the romantic mood, afterwards, including the perfect playlist of songs that say exactly what you want to convey to your loved one.
Or maybe you don’t have that part down, yet. Your struggling to come up with that perfect list. Well, if you messed up, last year, by including tunes like “Six Days on The Road” or “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose”, the Musicologist is here to help. I’ve included five classic country songs that are perfect for any Valentines Day playlist.
A couple of things to remember about this list. 1.) These aren’t necessarily the five best songs of all-time, but they are five great songs that are perfect for Valentines Day. 2.) Since this blog, as well as my radio show, are classic country-related, you will not see any songs from the past decade, here. Not saying there aren’t any in that time frame worthy, I just don’t deal with the current era. That said, let’s look at the five I’ve selected, in no particular order.
“I Swear” – John Michael Montgomery
There may not be a better song for the day than this 1994 number one hit. Reassuring, soothing lyrics that will swoon the love of your life. If you’re making a Valentines Day playlist, this one is a no-brainer.
“I Cross My Heart” – George Strait
The ladies went crazy when George crooned this classic near the end of his film, “Pure Country”. For that matter, when he performed it live, or it was heard on radio. This 1992 hit is among his best, which is saying something when you have eighty-six top ten hits. Lyrically, this may be the best of the five. This is another perfect addition for any Valentines Day playlist.
“I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Til I Can Hold You In My Arms)” – Eddy Arnold
Sometimes, the best message is the simplest. Such is the case, here. A beautiful declaration to a distant loved one, minimal words superbly convey deep devotion. There weren’t any songs like this in 1948 country music. It was totally unique in its writing and message. The song would top Billboard’s country chart for twenty-one weeks in 1948. Great song for Valentines Day, but I recommend his early ‘60’s remake for a more intimate sound. It’s found on his Best of album.
“You and I” – Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle
Simply great lyrics. Again, the beauty is in the simplicity, with sweet words for two who are willingly bound together. One of the best love songs in Country Music history. This song topped all the major country charts in 1982, plus found it’s say into the top five of nearly all major pop charts, as well.
“When the Snow Is on The Roses” – Sonny James
Love that continues and grows between husband and wife. Is there anything better? No. The lyrics of this golden gem so well convey that message. The message of how wonderful it is and how it’ll be remembered, even as time passes on. It’s as perfect as it gets for Valentines Day. A number one hit in 1972 for Sonny James. It was his first for Columbia, after leaving Capitol Records. And not country, but still a great listen, is the 1968 Ed Ames Easy Listening hit version, as well.
So, those are five songs that I recommend for this Valentines day. Now it’s your turn. In the comments, below, tell me (and the world) five songs you consider perfect for Valentines Day.
About Thy Author
Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, focusing on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He actually convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina, including his current gig. He hosts the weekly World Famous Ultimate Twang Radio Show. You can listen Thursdays, 4-7p ET on WSFM-LPFM/AshevilleFM, at 103.3 FM in Asheville, North Carolina, and online at ashevillefm.org. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.