It’s Valentine’s Day! The day of love. Whether you have a life partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, significant other, bae, soulmate, it’s complicated…or whatever, this day is about celebrating love. And what better way to celebrate than with music. Love between lovers, friends, family, and pets is a timeless theme in movies. Just about every film has an element of love in it. Some of the best love stories of all time are on the big screen. If this was a list of Best Love Songs of All Time, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion would tie for first, but there are so many songs to choose from. You can insert any Ed Sheeran or Taylor Swift song into a film and it becomes a romantic movie. With so many to choose from, I’m going to keep it about movies released within this millennium. Here is my list of some of the most romantic movie songs.
“You’ll Never Know” – Alexandra Desplat ft. Renee Fleming – The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water is a love story about Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute woman who works at a secret government facility that house an extraordinary being. Elisa falls in love with the Amphibian Man (Doug Jones) and in turn he saves her life…sort of. The song was originally featured in the movie Hello Frisco Hello. Desplat wrote a new composition for The Shape of Water that featured opera singer Renee Fleming and the London Symphony Orchestra with a jazz combo. This is a jazzy tune about how one will never know how much their love will be missed. It’s the kind of song you dance to moderately slow, with a few dips here and there.
“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Elvin Bishop – Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy featured one of the best soundtracks that is probably someone’s favorite mixed tape from the 70s. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” was first released in 1975. It has also been featured in a lot of films. Boogie Nights, The Family Stone, Education of Charlie Bartlett, just to name a few. The song is featured at a pivotal moment in the Guardians of the Galaxy between Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana). Pratt is opening Gamora ears to the sounds of Earth and at the same time making a move on her. Gamora almost falls for it, but quickly brushes Peter off, letting him know that she is not like other girls!
A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri – Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2
One of the better songs of the Twilight Saga, it is first heard in Breaking Dawn Part 1. And the remix came out a year later in Breaking Dawn Part 2 with a full orchestra behind Perri and featured Tony Award winner Steve Kazee. The song has become one of the top wedding songs of the decade. The lyrics are about overcoming that fear of falling in love when you find The One. In 2012, Perri told Teen Vogue that she able to view Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 before writing the song. She says she tried to put herself in Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) vampire love story. It kind of makes me tear up a little. It’s a great true love song.
“Just What I Needed” – The Cars – What’s Your Number?
This is a great song, no matter what. But Chris Evans…yes, Captain America himself…sings this song in What’s Your Number? The movie is about Allie (Anna Farris) trying to find her true love before she hits boyfriend #20. Colin (Evans) is her neighbor trying to help her track down old boyfriends and ends up falling in love with her. There’s just one problem. Colin is #20. So they have a falling out, Allie later realizes she loves Colin, she chases him down to a wedding to profess her love and Colin is on stage singing this song! He’s just what she needed. It’s really fitting. You should check it out. If only because Chris Evans is in it. (He’s so cute!)
“Evermore” – Dan Stevens – Beauty and the Beast
Dan Stevens is proving to be quite a threat in the entertainment industry. He can portray any character of any time frame and do it well. He can also sing! This is by far one of my favorite Disney movies because of the casting and their singing ability. Plus, the strong female lead was beautifully cast with Emma Watson. I love this song because its about hope for love. You feel the butterflies for someone and you hope they feel the same way. Then you dream about the two of you living a happy life together. We’ve all been there. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. In Beauty and the Beast, it works out wonderfully.
“Young and Beautiful” – Lana Del Rey – The Great Gatsby
This is a haunting song about everlasting love. The tragic love story between Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Di Caprio) and Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) is unforgettable. Once sweethearts, Gatsby returns from the war to find out that Daisy has married another. He builds his wealth and throws lavish parties in hopes that Daisy will attend. Enter Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), the only link Gatsby can find to Daisy. Daisy and Gatsby’s love never waned. This song asks the question if he will still love her when she’ s no longer young and beautiful. Daisy has to choose between the life she dreams of and the life she’s committed to. It’s such a sad story and this is such a beautiful song!
“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa w/ Charlie Puth – Furious 7
Love isn’t always about husbands, wives, girlfriends, and boyfriends. There’s also friends that come and go through our lives that mean a lot to us. This song is featured in the movie Furious 7, the last Fast and Furious movie that Paul Walker would star in. Walker died in November of 2013 in a car accident and his scenes were completed with the help of CGI. The song is a tribute to Walker from all of those who worked with him on the franchise and was featured at the end of the movie as his send off. This song is about that kind of love between friends that are so close they are family. The love of friends is what keeps us going through the good times and the bad. Even when we are single, we know we always have a friend to lean on.
So to all of my friends who I’ve known throughout my life, including those here at Geek Girl Authority, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!