Many are gearing up for Valentine's Day this Sunday by making dinner reservations, buying gifts or maybe even getting a few romantic movies ready to watch with that special someone. Love films have a habit of having a memorable song or soundtrack. If you're looking to make a playlist of some of the best romantic movie songs for your loved one this Valentine's Day, here are 17 songs that will tug at your heart as much as the movie the track came from did.
1. Peter Gabriel – "In Your Eyes" (From "Say Anything")
“In Your Eyes” plays in arguably one of the best scenes ever in a romantic comedy. In 1989's "Say Anything," Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) holds up a boombox outside the window to win back the girl he loves, Diane (Ione Skye). The song has since been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
2. Sixpence None The Richer – "Kiss Me" (From "She’s All That")
"Kiss Me" served as the main theme to the 1999 romantic comedy "She's All That." The song played when Laney (Rachel Leigh Cook) makes her transformation from unpopular student to one of the best looking girls in the school. The track also earned Sixpence None The Richer their highest grossing single as it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
3. Celine Dion – "My Heart Will Go On" (From "Titanic")
"Titanic" had an incredible amount of success in 1997. The movie broke box office records and Celine Dion reached No. 1 on charts all over the world with the love theme from the movie "My Heart Will Go On." The song now reminds people of the relationship between Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) in the film.
4. Berlin – "Take My Breath Away" (From "Top Gun")
Maverick (Tom Cruise) falls for his instructor, Charlie (Kelly McGillis), at flight school in 1986's "Top Gun." Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" became a smash hit thanks to the movie and earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song that same year.
5. Frankie Valli – "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (From "10 Things I Hate About You")
To get himself out of the dog house, Patrick (Heath Ledger) decides to go big to get Kat (Julia Stiles) to give him another chance in 1999's "10 Thing I Hate About You." He sang Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" on the football field, while she was at soccer practice.
6. Whitney Houston – "I Will Always Love You" (From "The Bodyguard")
Not only is the song known for the notes Houston is able to hit throughout it, but it also served as one of the main tracks from her 1992 movie "The Bodyguard." Houston played a singer in the film, who ended up falling for her bodyguard Frank (Kevin Costner) who is trying to protect her from a stalker.
7. The Righteous Brothers – "Unchained Melody" (From "Ghost")
"Ghost" had a very memorable soundtrack, especially with "Unchained Melody." The song played throughout the emotional 1990 film, where Sam (Patrick Swayze) comes back as a ghost to protect his lover, Molly (Demi Moore), from a threat.
8. Bon Jovi – "I’ll Be There For You" (From "A lot Like Love")
Oliver (Ashton Kutcher) looks to win over the woman he loves, Emily (Amanda Peet), by serenading her to Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You" in the 2005 movie "A Lot Like Love." While his version might not be as good as Bon Jovi's, he still accomplishes his goal in the end.
9. Adam Sandler – "Grow Old With You" (From "The Wedding Singer")
What better way to win over the girl of your dreams than by singing to over the PA of an airplane? In this 1998 comedy, Adam Sandler made his own love song for the movie, which is sure to appear on some Valentine's Day playlists.
10. David Gray – "This Year’s Love" (From "The Girl Next Door")
In 2004's "The Girl Next Door," Matt (Emile Hirsch) falls for a girl, Danielle (Elisha Cuthbert), that's out of his league and happens to be a former adult film star. The moment Matt gathers the courage to finally kiss her, David Gray's "This Year's Love" plays in the background, which makes for a memorable romantic comedy moment.
11. 311 – "Love Song" (From "50 First Dates")
Six years after "The Wedding Singer," Sandler and Barrymore reunited for another romantic comedy in 2004's "50 First Dates." 311's cover of the Cure's 1989 single "Lovesong," reached No.1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and served as a strong theme to the film.
12. Bruce Springsteen – "Secret Garden" (From "Jerry Maguire")
In movie that's filled with memorable quotes like “Show me the money” and “You had me at hello,” Bruce Springsteen also made a memorable contribution to this 1996 classic. The mellow song plays throughout the film as Jerry (Tom Cruise) begins to fall for Dorothy (Renée Zellweger).
13. Elton John – "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" (From "The Lion King")
Disney movies are also films that feature love stories. In “The Lion King” when Simba is reunited with Nala as a adult lion, the two realize they are in love with one another. Elton John's “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” serves as the love theme of the movie. John also sang “The Circle of Life” for the 1994 animated film as well.
14. Aerosmith – "I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing" (From "Armageddon")
“I Don't Want To Miss A Thing” served as the love theme to the 1998 action movie, which starred Liv Tyler, the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. The song would go on to become the band's first and only No. 1 single on the Billboard 100.
15. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – "(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life" (From “Dirty Dancing”)
"Dirty Dancing" is known for both it's soundtrack and the memorable dance scenes. While Johnny Castle (Swayze) and Frances "Baby" (Jennifer Grey) danced away in the 1987 movie, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy for Best Duet.
16. The Cranberries – "Linger" (From "Click")
"Linger" was the song that played the first time Mike (Adam Sandler) meets his future wife Donna (Kate Beckinsale) in the 2006 film. The song is featured several times throughout the movie, including one of the saddest scenes.
17. Goo Goo Dolls – "Iris" (From "City of Angels")
The biggest song that the Goo Goo Dolls became known for was also one of the main tracks from 1998's "City of Angels." The movie stars Nicholas Cage as an angel that falls to Earth to become human, where he falls in love with a woman, played by Meg Ryan.