A Guide to Valentine's Day Mixtapes: What Songs Would You Include?

There's nothing like a good love song to win over your girl's heart. Help us make the perfect playlist!

A night out, a dozen roses, , a —these are all expected of you on this special holiday, men.

Spice things up a bit this year and make a special playlist to play in the background of a dinner at home or the drive to the restaurant.

Go old school, burn the playlist to a CD and wrap it up as a gift so your special someone has something she can pop in while she's driving to work the next day.

Sure, it's a great idea you say, but what songs are going to win the heart of your Valentine?

Take a moment and think, guys. What songs have a special meaning to your relationship?

If you're married, don't forget to add your first dance song. Mine was "Make You Feel My Love," by Adele. If your lady is a country fan, the Garth Brooks version is nice, too.

Other country love songs are "My Best Friend," by Tim McGraw and "Bless the Broken Road," by Rascal Flatts.

"Lucky," by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat is a sweet song to add. So is "When You Say Nothing At All," by Allison Krause.

Does she have brown eyes (yes, you should know the answer to this question), then "Brown Eyed Girl," by Van Morrison is a no-brainer.

If your loved one is a Michael Buble fan, add "Everything."

Or if she still thinks Dave Matthews is "sexy" because of his voice, "You and Me" or "Steady As We Go" are must-haves.

Oldies but goodies include "Can't Help Falling In Love," by Elvis Presley, and "You Are So Beautiful," Joe Cocker.

"I Swear," by All 4 One is also guaranteed to bring back some memories for your sweetie.

You could add some humor by downloading "Let's Get It On," by Marvin Gaye or "Tearin' Up My Heart," by 'N Sync.

And you have to add "At Last," by Etta James in honor of her recent passing, right?

So what songs did we miss? What would you want on your Valentine's Day mixtape? Give us your best Barry White, Frank Sinatra and, heck, even Justin Bieber suggestions in the comments below.

We can't wait to see what you suggest!

About this column: The gals of Patch.com give the gentlemen in our lives and beats some tips for a successful Valentine's Day.

Amanda Gillooly February 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Love it, Becky. I would include these few (with a link to the TMBG YouTube video attached to the story): 1. Is this Love - Bob Marley 2. She's an Angel - They Might Be Giants 3. The Luckiest - Ben Folds
Nadeen Steffey February 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I'll Be There For You - Bon Jovi (a shock I know!)
Amanda Gillooly February 11, 2012 at 04:41 PM
LOL!!! I am *so* shocked. Love it!
Brad Benson February 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM
More of an Alternative bent, but all great & powerful songs: Mazzy Starr - Fade Into You U2 - All I Want is You Radiohead - All I Need David Gray - This Year's Love Amy Winehouse - To Know Him is to Love Him The Cure - Lovesong (or Adele's cover)
Amanda Gillooly February 11, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Oh, good calls Brad! "All I Want is You" will be in my head all day now. And that's really OK with me.


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