It’s February, and you know what that means– love is in the air. Whether it’s for yourself, your bae, best friend, furry child, or local barista (caffeine is totally a love language), there’s always a song or two that captures the essence of Valentine’s Day and how that love makes you feel.
Throughout history, there have been countless songs inspired by love across every single genre. Love affects everyone, everywhere, all of the time. So that made us curious– with so many options for soundtracking the upcoming holiday, what are the most romantic songs of all time on Pandora? Better yet, what about the sexiest, too?
By using a combination of Pandora’s sophisticated Music Genome Project technology, listener behaviors, and findings from Pandora’s data science team, we collected a trove of data — drawing from over 450 musical attributes — to identify the most romantic and sexiest songs ever. Check out the epic top 10 lists below!
Top 10 Most Romantic Songs of All Time
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
This No. 1 song sets the soulful tone of the list
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
Aretha keeps the soul going by balancing out love with a woman’s point of view
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
Weaves together threads of vintage fidelity and timeless, torch-like sentiment
Faithfully – Journey
Switch into ‘80s gear with a power ballad
Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Continuing on this ‘80s train, this song ramps up the heat with an impassioned duet
All Of Me – John Legend
Segueing into the 21st century, this song is a good chaser after Endless Love’s intensity
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
This 1997 hit shares a romantic sentiment
At Last – Etta James
The production here is warm, like getting into a jacuzzi after swimming in the ocean
I Only Have Eyes For You – The Flamingos
This song was made for slow dancing
Nessun Dorma – Luciano Pavarotti
The grand finale of Pandora’s Top 10 list, Pavarotti will leave listeners breathless
Top 10 Sexiest Songs of All Time
The Beautiful Ones – Prince
Sets the bar for how intense & hot things can get
No Ordinary Love – Sadé
She rises hardly above a whisper the whole time, simmering under the surface
Get You – Daniel Cesar (Feat. Kali Uchis)
The vocal delivery & grand lyrics won this track’s place on the list
Adorn – Miguel
There’s no doubt that this song is. a. mood.
Girl – The Internet
Full of delicious and singular textures: the buttery synths, glossy & borderless, are quietly, flawlessly raunchy
Untitled (How Does It Feel) – D’Angelo
Sets a new bar on sexy similar to his predecessor, Prince
Never Gonna Give You Up – Barry White
There is no escape from the wicked depth of this man’s voice
Earned It – The Weeknd
This groove is so slow & sexy, it’s painful
Last Time – Ro James
Nothing like the Red Light Special groove, followed by the recurring hook of that telephone line-crying falsetto
Fire We Make – Alicia Keys & Maxwell
You can hear the hot candle wax dripping off their voices. Sweet, sweet escape.
And if the most romantic and sexiest songs in Pandora’s history don’t have you swooning, you can fall in love with a new generation of contenders on Pandora’s Hottest Love Songs station, now available. Tune in for fun facts about the songs from Dr. Emily Morse of SiriusXM’s beloved “Sex with Emily” daily show, as well as tidbits of her love and relationship advice.