Pause whatever it is that you are doing, sit back, put your feet up and relax. Close your eyes and go back to the time you serenaded bae with them resting their head ever so lightly on your shoulders as you swayed to the magical tunes of "your" song. Ineffably beautiful, isn't it? Give in to the magical feeling of dancing with your one true love to the best of the love songs from the decade that was. Dim the lights, bring out the bubbly, put the curated playlist crooning in the background and relive the plethora of beautiful moments that you guys have shared in the journey so far. Could there be a better way to keep the spark alive and kickin' this Saint Valentine's Day?! From Ed Sheeran's soulful "Perfect", to the magical "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri, there is something to suit every musical taste and choice on the list much like the Valentine's Day collection of quirky gifts on Bigsmall!
1. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Throwback to the year 2011 when Robert Pattinson ruled many hearts and Kristen Stewart's unforgettable portrayal of Bella still lives in our memories almost a decade later. The hauntingly beautiful score by Christina Perri still tops the charts and off course our hearts. We suggest that you dim the lights, decorate the room with T-lights, strew some rose petals and dance the night away with bae in your arms...
2. All of Me - John Legend
"What would I do without your smart mouth
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You got my head spinning, no kidding, I can't pin you down
What's going on in that beautiful mind
I'm on your magical mystery ride" and so goes the lyric of this masterpiece penned by John Stephens and Toby Gad. Sung beautifully by John Legend in his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013), dedicated to his wife Chrissy Teigen, it makes for a lovely ballad for someone who loves your curves as well as your edges!
3. Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Trust Ed Sheeran to dish out the sweetest and truest of love songs that hold the power to melt the stoniest of hearts under the influence of his mellifluous voice. This particular number reached number one on the UK singles chart in December 2017 and was received with much warmth world over. Serenade your special someone under a blanket of the starry night sky and the warm glow of your loving embrace to ring in V-Day 2020!
4. Say you won't let go - James Arthur
A real and relatable ballad of a man who has found the love of his life yet wants to play it cool for the fear of ruining it all. He envisages a beautiful future with his love and their kids as they make their way through life growing older together. Give in to the magic of the fresh, raspy voice and of course the raw and real emotions.
5. Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
A powerful song by two stalwarts of the cinematic and performing arts world, it depicts the underlying currents of self-awareness and actualization in any relationship among two individuals. Recorded in 2017, the song is a pivotal moment in the album, "A Star is Born".
6. Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Written by Ed Sheeran and sung by Justin Bieber, this poignant melody is not just a dismissal to an ex-lover but also a subtle reminder to love oneself completely before attempting to love another soul.
7. Beneath Your Beautiful - Labrinth (ft. Emeli Sande)
Released in 2012, this beautiful song was nominated for "Best British Single" at 2013 Brit Awards. A poignant take on true love trying to look through the high walls built by the protagonist.
8. Someone you loved - Lewis Capaldi
Reminisce about a long lost love as you sip your evening glass of wine and look into a blanket of white nothingness... Cos sometimes the memories can keep us warm and alive as well! The bottom line remains to garner strength from those who have it when we don't have the courage to pull us back together.
9. Say you'll stay - James Smith
Loving someone truly leaves one vulnerable to pain once they leave... This song beautifully captures the intricacies of the doubts and reservations that a heart may have before accepting another.
10. Just You & I - Tom Walker
"Let's get drunk
I'll pour my heart up through my mouth
This year's been hard for us no doubt
Let's raise a glass to a better one
Let all the things that we've overcome
I bring home to us 'cause
Me and you, we can hold this out
Only you understand how I'm feeling now, yeah..."
11. Falling In Love - Cigarettes After Sex
The dreamy ballad that you and your partner can slow dance to at 2 AM. If your are in a long distance relationship, you will relate to the song even more. Fall in love with your partner all over again and make new memories this love day.
12. Ocean by Anuv Jain
An Indie masterpiece, the song is written, sung and composed by Anuv Jain. if you picked up an uke during the lockdown, it's the perfect song to sing to you partner and sweep them off their feet. Physical gifts are all cool and good but a gift like this is something they'll always treasure.
13. All I Want by Kodaline
A MV made in two parts, the songs talk about accepting someone for who they are regardless of their appearance. To accept someone for just being themselves is one of the purest kind of love, so give listen to this lovely song with your partner and let them know that you love them for they are unique and beautiful in their own way.
14. Angela - The Lumineers
The song is about a small town girl struggling to escape her past or running from commitment, but by the end she quit running and came to a place where she knows she is 'home at last'. The song can be interpreted as a coming of age story of a loved one or leaving a place to find something/someone better.
15. Lose You To Love Me - Selena Gomez
Love isn't always about loving someone else, it's first and foremost about loving yourself. As Selena herself said "I want people to feel hope and to know you will come out the other side stronger and a better version of yourself". So if you are going through a hard breakup, this is the song for you. Pour yourself your favorite drink and do all things you love doing for yourself.
Cheers to finding love, holding on to it and the hope that it says forever! Happy Valentine's Day people!
This is Naina Sandhir signing off...