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Valentine’s Day Music

Ah, Valentine’s Day – the day of swirling emotions, heart-shaped chocolates, and (of course) the perfect playlist to set the mood. But with countless love songs out there, crafting the ultimate romantic soundtrack can feel like navigating a love sonnet maze blindfolded. Fear not, lovestruck souls! Your musical matchmaker is here, ready to guide you through the symphony of love and rank the most swoon-worthy tunes to serenade your special someone.

A new study, conducted by experts at QR Code Generator QRFY, used the Spotify tool Playlist Miner to find the top 1,000 playlists containing ‘love songs’ in the title. The playlists were then analysed to find the most frequently occurring songs.   

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The Most Romantic Love Songs Ranked

1. Perfect, Ed Sheeran

The study revealed that Perfect by Ed Sheeran takes the top spot, with 2.7 billion streams worldwide and occurring in 129 times in playlists. The song also appears in the top 100 songs in ‘wedding’ playlists, with Sheeran’s song claiming the second most popular song in wedding playlists.  

Perfect gained Ed Sheeran the number one spot in the US and UK charts, with it spending six weeks at the top spot in the UK and five weeks in the US upon its release in 2017.   

2. All Of Me, John Legend

All of Me by John Legend came second, with 120 occurrences in playlists titled ‘love songs’. Alongside Sheeran, Legend’s song features heavily in wedding playlists, with it the fourth most recurring ballad.   

Already having written hit songs for other artists, All Of Me was John Legend’s first number 1 hit in his career. Legend wrote it for his wife, Chrissy Teigen, who apparently cried the first time she heard it, and later he performed it at their wedding.  

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3. Say You Won’t Let Go, James Arthur

Joining them is James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go in third place. The ballad featured in 98 playlists and has amassed over 2.6 billion streams globally on Spotify.  

The hit song was released in 2016, where it hit number 1 spot in the UK and made it to 11th place in the US charts. 

4. I Wanna Be Yours, Arctic Monkeys

In fourth place, I Wanna Be Yours by the Arctic Monkeys occurred 77 times across the playlists. The song has been played over 1.8 billion times, making it the band’s second-most streamed song.  

Whilst popular, the song hardly charted in official charts. Yet it proves to be a classic show of romance for many, with the lyrics coming from poet John Cooper Clarke’s timeless classic ‘I Wanna Be Yours’. 

5. Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

Another Ed Sheeran track is the fifth most romantic; Thinking out Loud was featured 76 times in love song playlists and was also the third most common song featured in wedding playlists on Spotify.  

The hit didn’t quite reach the number one spot in the US, although did in the UK, but it is still one of Ed Sheeran’s most popular, with over 2.4 billion streams globally. 

5. Right Here Waiting, Richard Marx

Claiming sixth spot, with 74 features in ‘love songs’ playlists, is Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx. The song was penned by Marx as a love letter to his wife, making it the perfect song for couples this Valentine’s Day.  

6. I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston

An iconic 90s song features next, with I Will Always Love You by the late Whitney Houston featuring in 72 playlists after amassing over 1.8 billion streams. Houston’s iconic song, originally written and released by Dolly Parton in the 80s, remains a key figure of everlasting love for many.  

The classic song shot to the number one spot in the US and UK after the hit film The Bodyguard and today, the song is the seventh highest-selling physical single, with over 24 million copies bought worldwide since its release in 1992.  

7. I Want To Know What Love Is, Foreigner

Featuring 62 times, Foreigner’s I Want to Know What Love Is is the eighth most romantic love song. Mick Jones, guitarist and songwriter for Foreigner, said the song came to him randomly at 3am, and ever since then, it has gained 766 million streams on Spotify.  

9. Glory Of Love, Peter Cetera and Dandelions, Ruth B.

Joint ninth most common was Peter Cetera’s Glory of Love and Ruth B.’s Dandelions. Cetera’s iconic 80s song (from Karate Kid Part II) was featured 61 times across playlists, as was the newest release by Ruth B. after having secured 1.3 billion global streams.  

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10. You Are The Reason, Calum Scott

Rounding off the list is Calum Scott’s You Are The Reason, with 60 occurrences across the playlists. The song falls just shy of a billion streams, at 981 million, but has proved itself extremely popular across the globe. In 2023, the music video for the heartfelt song garnered over one billion views, cementing its place in the findings. 

Love Songs

These findings provide the perfect playlist to listen to this Valentine’s season. It’s no surprise Ed Sheeran features twice in the top 10, with his relatable lyrics and catchy tunes often being global hits. Sheeran’s lyrics and melodies piece together beautiful, heartfelt stories that can unite everyone in the experience of love, whether that be platonic, familial or romantic. 

As with all the songs on the list, there is a timeless appeal to songs about love and romance, one that makes such songs enjoyable for everyone. Worldwide, love songs are played and sang as a display of intimacy, and with them we find a means of expressing ourselves to those we hold dearly in our lives. 

-CEO of QR Code Generator company QRFY, Marc Porcar
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Top 20 Love Songs

      Rank      Song title      Artist      No. times featured in playlists 
     1     Perfect     Ed Sheeran     129 
     2     All of Me     John Legend     120 
     3     Say You Won’t Let Go     James Arthur     98 
     4     I Wanna Be Yours     Arctic Monkeys     77 
     5     Thinking out Loud     Ed Sheeran     76 
     6     Right Here Waiting     Richard Marx     74 
     7     I Will Always Love You     Whitney Houston     72 
     8     I Want to Know What Love Is      Foreigner     62 
     =9     Glory of Love     Peter Cetera     61 
     =9     Dandelions     Ruth B.     61 
     10     You Are The Reason     Calum Scott     60 
     11     Just the Way You Are     Bruno Mars     55 
     12     Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)     Phil Collins     51 
     13     Careless Whisper     George Michael     50 
     =14     A Thousand Years     Christina Perri     49 
     =14     Wonderful Tonight     Eric Clapton     49 
     =14     Someone You Loved     Lewis Capaldi     49 
     15     You’re the Inspiration     Chicago     48 
     =16     Can’t Help Falling in Love     Elvis Presley     47 
     =16     Until I Found You     Stephen Sanchez     47 
     17     Can’t Fight This Feeling     REO Speedwagon     46 
     18     Kiss Me     Sixpence None the Richer     45 
     19     Love Songs – Bonus     Kaash Paige     44 
     =20     I Knew I Loved You     Savage Garden     43 
     =20     Sweater Weather     The Neighbourhood     43 
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