Love Songs You Love To Love : All Songs Considered In honor of Valentine's Day, we asked for your ideal romantic songs. On this week's All Songs Considered, we count down the 10 most popular tunes that make you swoon.

Love Songs You Love To Love

Love Songs You Love To Love

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/385174863/385243642" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Clockwise from upper left: Bright Eyes, Ed Sheeran, Louis Armstrong, Etta James, Peter Gabriel Courtesy of the artists hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artists

More Love Songs You Love To Love

In honor of Valentine's Day, we asked our listeners to name their ideal romantic song. After receiving over a thousand replies, we tallied the results, listened, swooned (and sometimes scratched our heads). On this week's show, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down the top 10 and share a couple of their own favorite love songs.

We also go to the data to break down some myths about music and age, and discuss why — and how — people are still discovering these classic songs. We'll hear hits forever sealed in our pop-cultural consciousness through movies and film, songs of lust, longing and regret as we count down to your most romantic song of all time.

Remember — one person's schmaltz is another person's walk down the aisle. You might roll your eyes at some of these selections, but you might also fall in love.

Your Ideal Romantic Song

Songs Featured On This Episode

11. Death Cab for Cutie

No Alternative Text

"I Will Follow You into the Dark"

From 'Plans'

YouTube

10. Louis Armstrong

No Alternative Text

"La Vie en Rose"

From 'Butter & Eggman'

YouTube

9. The Beatles

No Alternative Text

"Something"

From 'Abbey Road'

YouTube

8. Mazzy Star

No Alternative Text

"Fade Into You"

From 'So Tonight That I Might See'

YouTube

7. Ben Folds

No Alternative Text

"Luckiest"

From 'Rockin' the Suburbs'

YouTube

6. Talking Heads

No Alternative Text

"This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)"

YouTube

5. The Righteous Brothers

No Alternative Text

"Unchained Melody"

From 'Just Once in My Life'

YouTube

4. Ed Sheeran

No Alternative Text

"Thinking Out Loud"

From 'X'

YouTube

3. Peter Gabriel

No Alternative Text

"In Your Eyes"

From 'So'

YouTube

2. Etta James

No Alternative Text

"At Last"

From '20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection'

YouTube

1. Bright Eyes

No Alternative Text

"First Day of My Life"

From 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning'

YouTube

Robin's Pick: Peter Bjorn and John

No Alternative Text

"Young Folks"

From 'Writer's Block'

YouTube

Bob's Pick: Billie Holiday

No Alternative Text

"You Go to My Head"

From 'Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra (1937-1939)'

YouTube