Hey you! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Like it’s next week. We’ll leave the chocolates and stuff to you, but we’ve got your music covered. Pick up any of these releases to help you seal the deal. Or to just enjoy quietly on your own with some white wine. That sounds great, actually.
This compilation CD was just released and features some of Turner’s best songs, focusing on her comeback from 1983’s Private Dancer and on. Songs include a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “The Best” and more.
I mean, c’mon, duh. You can’t go wrong with any Sade album, but this readily available collection has all the hits, including later period songs like “Soldier of Love.”
Of course, if your taste skews newer (or if you’re all stocked up on Sade), you could try a newer band. Warpaint’s latest album is sly, nuanced and sexy as hell, moving from moody declarations (“Love is to Die”) to heated post-punk (“Disco // Very”). See also: Rhye and their singer Milosh, who is kind of like the modern-day Sade, or there’s always nighttime neo-classic the xx.
If your valentine likes swooning melodies, vague, whispered vocals, punishing noise and crushing beauty, then your bloody valentine probably needs mbv in his or her life.
For the sophisticated lovers and jazz fans, Coltrane for Lovers gives you the jazz legend’s romantic ballads from the early ’60s, with songs like “My One and Only Love,” “In a Sentimental Mood” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”
Valentine’s Day is as good a reason as any to pick up this classic, which of course includes the title track, perhaps the most ecstatic declaration of love ever put to wax, plus gems like “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and “Stormy Weather.” You also can't go wrong with soulful standbys like Barry White and Al Green.
For those with sharp taste, there aren’t many albums more romantic than the final release by art-pop pioneers Roxy Music. It's kind of like an updated Frank Sinatra album (another good whiskey-swirlin' choice). Think about Bill Murray crooning “More Than This” to Scarlett Johansson in Lost In Translation. You can have a moment just like that!
You can put this on and creepily whisper to your lover, “you’re all…I need…to get by…yyyy.” Or just listen to it. This compilation has all the hit duets between the two, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.”
For the sweet, sensitive lover—or as a gift to your mom—The Carpenters’ Love Songs is a great choice. Songs like “We’ve Only Just Begun” seem to pack instant nostalgia no matter when you hear them or if you grew up with them. For the younguns, Karen Carpenter’s velvety voice is like an auditory Instagram filter.