Valentine’s Day is almost here, and AccuRadio wants to help you celebrate!
Valentine’s Day has been widely observed by Americans since the 1700s, though the oldest known valentine was written much earlier, when Charles, Duke of Orleans, was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415 and wrote a poem honoring the holiday to his wife. Poems, cards, and small gifts soon became the most common form of showing one’s appreciation on the special day.
Today, however, another tradition dominates: popular love songs, which are essential to set the mood for any Valentine’s Day celebration.
Well-known and well-loved romantic songs are plentiful, as romance and courtship have inspired famous artists to continually record new songs about their experiences. Luckily, we can take a look at our listening data to find out which romantic songs are the most loved by our listeners! Last year, we compiled the a list of the “Most-Loved Love Songs on Accuradio,” and to help set the mood this year, we’re taking a look at our three most loved songs!
Can’t Help Falling in Love
In third place comes “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” released in 1961 by Elvis Presley. A popular song regardless of time of year, this pop ballad’s melody is based on “Plaisir d’amour,” a French love song from the 18th century. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” has been recorded by countless other artists since Elvis including UB40, Bob Dylan, and U2. The original version is familiar to many for the fact that it is often featured on new film soundtracks, ensuring that it continues to be close to Americans’ hearts for years to come.
Runner-up for the our most well-rated love songs is “Unforgettable” by Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole, a strange duet that was released in 1991 – nearly thirty years after the passing of the elder Cole. The song was created as an edited and remixed version of the Nat King Cole’s original “Unforgettable,” released in 1952. While his solo version remains the most familiar to many, the remix, which added the vocals of Cole’s daughter, Natalie, singing along as a duet has earned a sentimental spot in the hearts of our listeners. This version is a powerful testament not just to romantic love, but to a deeper, undying bond.
When it comes to the one love song most loved by our listeners, The Righteous Brothers‘ “Unchained Melody” has no comparison. Initially recorded in 1955 by Todd Duncan for a small-time prison movie named Unchained, the song was not released by the Righteous Brothers until ten years later. Before then, the song had been recorded by many other artists – more than 670 artists to date, but it was the Righteous Brothers’ 1965 version of the song that truly captured the imagination of romantics everywhere. Despite a re-recording by the Righteous Brothers in 1990, their 1965 version remains the platonic ideal for a love song, and AccuRadio’s most-loved romantic song of all time.
To find out our favorite love songs through the years, as well as the full list of our top ten most loved love songs, check out our Valentine’s Day infographic!
Have Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at AccuRadio!