By James Pavel

 Always – Bon Jovi

It’s the song Romeo would have written to Juliet if he had serenaded her in Rock-glam lingo instead of Old English. The stirring drama, the startling sincerity, “Always” is what every slow-dance song aspires to be. Themes of running away, packing up old things and running one’s cheating hands through a lover’s hair are all jammed into Bon Jovi’s most moving creation.

4. Yellow – Coldplay

A heart-rattling tribute to a most vibrant colour, Coldplay is singing about much more than just their favourite crayon. It’s the last verse that sets the song apart, as Chris Martin convinces his muse that every star in the sky is shining patiently for her. It was truly amazing how that when the song was released, it became incredibly apparent how desperate planet Earth was for a modern-day love song.

3. I’ll Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis

The track’s immediate and thumping pulse perfectly mimics a heart beating twice its normal pace and manages to immediately stir up shoe-gazing emotions. Donna Lewis is singing love-letters out loud like a teenager drunk off of raspberry coolers for the first time as she carves her declarations of love into not just a tree, but the entire North American psyche of the 90s.

2. I can’t Take my Eyes off of You – Frankie Valli

It’s every male insecurity unraveled by the soft words of Frankie Valli, before he jumps on a milk crate and screams out his undeniable, unconquerable love. It’s before the days when attraction wasn’t so complicated, before the days of creeps and stalking, a time where telling someone I can’t take my eyes off of you triggered more blushing and less 9-1-1 calls.

Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh

It opens with an elevating hum that either pushes you away or brings you in close. “Lady in Red” is the perfect stranger, yet remains the woman who has heard every pickup line in the playbook and considers it normal to be constantly revered by love-struck men. “Lady in Red” is beyond lust, however, as it is more about the undeniable spectacle that a woman can create, and the nauseating sensation that develops when a beautiful woman, stranger or not, presents herself. “Lady in Red” flaunts the true colour of love and passion and certainly defines the true hues that have come to represent Valentine’s Day.