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Are you looking for some inspiration for your next date? We’ve put together a list of the most unforgettable and powerful love songs that you can put on to create a romantic ambience for a lovely evening with your date.

1. Hindi Zahra – Beautiful Tango

Let’s start the list with a lesser-known song that should rank among the most romantic songs of all time. Hindi Zahra is a Franco-Moroccan singer who will melt every heart, especially with this slow and rhythmic tune that’ll make you want to move closer to your date.

2. Bill Withers – Lovely Day

Heart warming, intimate, and full of soul, Bill Withers expresses what you might feel without being cheesy. I could actually make an entire list just with his songs, as each is truly moving with feel-good vibrations.

3. Roberta Flack – Feel Like Makin’ Love

This song went through the roof when it came out in 1974, manifesting the soul and jazz singer Roberta Flack as an immediate legend. The hip-swinging song has since never left the worldwide radio circulation – and it never should.

4. Billie Holiday – Did I Remember

There hasn’t been anyone quite like Billie Holiday. Every word she sings has depth and is filled with emotion that moves even the coldest hearts. If you play this song on a date and your partner isn’t impressed, you might want to reevaluate your relationship.

5. Carla Bruni – Absolute Beginners

The former model and first lady of France isn’t just a beautiful face, but is actually one of Europe’s most talented singer-songwriters. Singing in both French and English, her gentle voice plays with emotions as well as words.

6. Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best Thing

Often compared to Jack Johnson and Eddie Vedder, Ray LaMontagne has a unique vocal style, making him stand out of a million other cheesy singers. When he sings, ‘You are the best thing’, you will actually believe it.

7. Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah

Anyone who has ever been in love and apart will instantly be affected emotionally by this song. It is the kind every man wishes to be able to sing, and every woman wants to have written for her.

8. Curtis Mayfield – So In Love

Spearheading African-American soul music in the 1970s, Curtis Mayfield has become known for his “message music”. If you are in need of sending a subtle message on a date, you better put this number on repeat.

9. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

It doesn’t matter if the both of you have just started dating or have been a couple for a while. The themes Ed Sheeran voices in this song will touch all lovers deeply.

10. Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon

Being one of the most notorious womanisers in music history, Frankie knew how to move hearts. But his songs and interpretations speak to both genders equally, and are, needless to say, classic tunes that stand the test of time.

11. Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful

A perfect combination of raw whisky vocals and emotional delivery, Joe Cocker has earned a place in every heart that has ever heard his beautiful songs.

12. Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Having been featured in hundreds of films, this could easily be the most played love song of all time. Why? Because it has rhythm, it is catchy, and is just cheesy enough to actually still be cool.

13. Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

The artist and song might not mean much to the younger generation, but everyone surely has heard “Unchained Melody” at least once before. It is a truly heart-melting classic romantic piece.

14. Ella Fitzgerald – The Very Thought Of You

I fell in love the very first time I heard her voice. ‘The Very Thought Of You” isn’t your ordinary romantic song, but one of grandeur and universality. Her echoing voice and the powerful jazzy orchestra is a combination that will certainly bring lovers together.

15. Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On

Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, already the first few seconds of this song evoke feelings of love and intimacy. There is no question about what this song is trying to say, so put it on and get it on.

16. Paul Anka – Put Your Head On My Shoulder

Rising to fame in the early 1960s, Paul Anka spoke to millions of lovers with his soft melodies and emotional voice. The surf vibe of the song really stands out and takes away the cheesiness, making it a classic romantic song that lovers still listen to today.

17. Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg – Je T’aime, … Moi Non Plus

Meaning “I love you” in French, this song transformed an entire generation with its unforgettable melody and charm.

18. Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

You can’t really have a romantic song list without Eric Clapton on it. Having charmed generations of women, Clapton’s music goes under your skin over and over again.

19. Robbie Williams – Angels

A dedication and love declaration to all women around the world, this song catapulted Robbie to superstardom, and secured an eternal place on all romantic song lists.

20. All Saints – Pure Shores

Although the song refers directly to a beach, the romantic connotations are very clear. Looking for paradise and love, this energetic song will take you to that place you are dreaming of.

21. Inner Circle – Sweat

With the last one, I am pushing the idea of romantic a little bit, but if you are in the right mood this song definitely deserves a place on this list.

With these 21 recommendations, you’re all set to put together a romantic mixtape that’ll win the heart of the man (or woman) of your dreams, and set the mood for a magical evening.


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