Ah, Valentine’s Day. While the rest of the world is telling you to drop all your cash on fancy dinners, jewelry, and roses, we know nothing says “I love you” like a well-crafted mixtape. (Or CD. Or Spotify playlist. Choose your technology.) Don’t know where to start? We’re pretty sure Boaz would have turned up these songs for Ruth from time to time.
Mat Kearney, “Billion” | WATCH VIDEO
Every good mix needs a strong, upbeat track to set the mood. Bonus: “Seven billion in the world, baby / I only wanna be with you” is practically a Valentine card line.
JJ Heller, “Boat Song” | WATCH VIDEO
Because it’s super adorable and everybody needs a little super adorable on Valentine’s Day.
Chris Rice, “When Did You Fall” | WATCH VIDEO
This song about the surprise of stumbling into love is one of Chris Rice’s classics.
Brooke Fraser, “Deciphering Me” | WATCH VIDEO
One of the best things about falling in love is that moment when you feel truly understood. It might not be a straightforward romantic song, but it makes a lovely and unexpected addition to the list.
Moriah Peters, “I’ll Wait for You” | WATCH VIDEO
And wrapping up the “falling in love” trio, this sweet duet with Moriah and Joel Smallbone is sure to bring back memories of early romance.
Sanctus Real, “Alone” | WATCH VIDEO
If your Valentine is more rock ‘n’ roll at heart and starting to feel squirmy after all this cuteness, a little old-school Sanctus ought to shake things up.
Jars of Clay, “Closer” | WATCH VIDEO
Life isn’t all hearts and rainbows and butterflies. “Closer” is almost desperate (“I don’t understand why we can’t get close enough”), but in the best possible way. Time to bring on the serious half of the mix!
Audrey Assad, “Blessed Are The Ones” | WATCH VIDEO
Love is about facing hard times with grace, a theme beautifully captured in this song by Audrey Assad.
Sara Groves, “Twice As Good” | WATCH VIDEO
“Life with you is half as hard and twice as good.” Enough said.
Andrew Peterson, “My One Safe Place” | WATCH VIDEO
Sure, “Dancing in the Minefields” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gs3fg_WsEg) is the beloved AP song about marriage, but “My One Safe Place” takes the poetry of devotion to a whole new level.
Steven Curtis Chapman, “I Will Be Here” | To watch video, click the “play” button at the top of this post
Finally, the granddaddy of all CCM love songs by the master himself… a perfect classic to round out your mix. “As sure as the seasons are made for change / Our lifetimes are made for these years…” = ALL the feels.