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The 15 Best Love Songs for a Perfect Valentine's Day

From Etta James and Janet Jackson to Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, here are the most romantic (and sexy!) tunes for your lovey-dovey holiday

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Donny Hathaway, "A Song for You"

You gotta start with a classic, right? If you're hoping to seduce the person of your dreams, dim the light down low, grab some red wine and this Donny Hathaway tune, "A Song for You." It's kind of dark and brooding but in a really romantic way. It'll work, trust us.

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Etta James, "At Last"

Another classic (and possibly greatest love song ever written?), Etta James "At Last" will, like, inspire you to propose. Or something. 

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​​Beyoncé, "Love on Top"

If you think about the greatest and most powerful couples in music, Beyoncé and Jay Z top the chart. Their marriage is envy-worthy—take a peak inside their love with Queen Bey's "Love On Top."

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Anthony Hamilton, "The Point of It All"

Most the songs here are about love, but what about seduction? "The Point Of It All" makes things hot and heavy, quickly. 

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Babyface & Mariah Carey, "Every Time I Close My Eyes"

No one knows love like Babyface. Get him to join forces with Empress of Everything Mariah Carey and you've got yourself a timeless love song.

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98 Degrees, "I Do (Cherish You)"

Boy bands specialize in love songs almost exclusively, so we had to throw in at least one. We'll let you dive into Backstreet Boys and 'N SYNC's repertoire at a later date but today, it's all about 98 Degrees. We do (cherish them).

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K-Ci & JoJo, "All My Life"

K-Ci & JoJo are the ultimate American brotherly R&B duo, so of course we had to look to them for the best love songs. "All My Life" does not disappoint.

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Taylor Swift, "Love Story"

Long before she was taking over with all her "Bad Blood" babes at her side, Taylor Swift was writing sweet songs about love gone awry (and sometimes love gone...right?). So goes the tale of "Love Story."

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Madonna, "Justify My Love"

In this hit, Madge sings "I want to kiss you in Paris / I want to hold your hand in Rome / I want to run naked in a rainstorm / Make love in a train cross-country / You put this in me / So now what, so now what?" Too romantic!

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Janet Jackson, "That's The Way Love Goes"

No list of love songs could be complete without Janet Jackson. Her tunes go beyond Valentine's Day. "That's The Way Love Goes" might be one of the best songs of all time?

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Blink-182, "Always"

When thinking about Blink-182, the word "romantic" probably doesn't come to mind. That's true for many reasons, but "Always" is the exception. It's about just needing to grab and embrace the object of your affection.

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The Beatles, “All You Need Is Love”

One more classic. It's self-explanatory, really.

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Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"

We wouldn't leave you hanging with only old picks now would we? Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" is not only one of her best songs, ever, it's catchy and sentimental as hell.

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Selena Gomez, "Good For You"

Another modern pick! Selena Gomez's "Good For You" is a pretty sexy song, but the message is much more innocent...she loves you so much, she just wants to look good for ya!

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5 Seconds of Summer, "Vapor"

5 Seconds of Summer specialize in arena-sized pop-rock, but that doesn't mean they can't break it down when need be. I mean, that line "I want to breathe you in like a vapor"? Come on!

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