February is a month characterized by grand romantic gestures surrounding a day dedicated to the celebration of love. For me, when there’s so much love in the air, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a hopelessly romantic chick flick. However, no chick flick would be complete without a good love song to go along with it. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are a few love songs from some of my favorite romance movies:
- “My Heart Will Go On,” Céline Dion, Titanic
No playlist of selected romance movie songs would be complete without this one. Titanic depicts one of the most beautiful love stories to unfold on screen and “My Heart Will Go On” provides the perfect accompaniment.
- “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, Dirty Dancing
Who could forget the iconic scene in Dirty Dancing when Patrick Swayze lifted Jennifer Grey into the air? No one. This song will forever remind us all of the incredible talent and abilities of the late Patrick Swayze.
- “Unchained Melody,” Righteous Brothers, Ghost
This track comes from another film starring Patrick Swayze. Don’t let the title fool you; the song is most certainly an ode to love. For those of you who have loved and lost, this ballad is your anthem.
- “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” Natalie Cole, The Parent Trap
Before Lindsay Lohan ran into legal trouble, she played a pair of identical twins split between divorced parents in The Parent Trap. This song plays at the conclusion of the movie and solidifies the “happily ever after” ending.
- “Today Was a Fairytale,” Taylor Swift, Valentine’s Day
This song captures the magic and awe of being in love and the overall ambience that surrounds us on Valentine’s Day every year. It’s classic pre-1989 Taylor Swift and it makes you want to blush and twirl your hair around your finger.
- “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Even if you’re not a fan of Twilight, you can’t deny the romance and passion exuding from this song.“Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years, I’ll love you for a thousand more…”
- “Quelqu’un m’a dit,” Carla Bruni, (500) Days of Summer
You don’t need to speak French to feel the love in this song; the lyrics touch you on a different level. It’s hard not to fall in love when you’re listening to Carla Bruni’s beautiful voice paired with a soft guitar accompaniment.
- “Young and Beautiful,” Lana Del Rey, The Great Gatsby
With her haunting voice, Lana Del Rey perfectly exemplifies the relationship between Daisy and Gatsby in this song. “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?” Yes, Daisy, Gatsby will still love you when you’re no longer young and beautiful.
- “Boom Clap,” Charlie XCX, The Fault in Our Stars
When you weren’t crying your eyes out watching this flick, you were swooning over the cuteness of Gus and Hazel falling in love. This track describes exactly how it feels to fall in love for the first time. “Boom clap, the sound of my heart, the beat goes on and on and on…”
- “Today I Met the Boy I’m Going to Marry,” Darlene Love, Father of the Bride
Though this song isn’t officially included on the film’s soundtrack, it is featured in the film. The title of the track says it all. In the context of the movie though, this song is as much about family love as it is about romantic love.