The origins of Valentine’s Day are still up for debate but that hasn’t stopped us from filling up on Sweethearts candy and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. Now, if you’re planning on a homemade, candlelit dinner or a tealight-centric picnic, you need the perfect soundtrack to complete the vibe.
In honor of vinyl lovers — and just lovers in general – here are nine must-have romantic vinyl records for sale. Take a peek to see if you can add to your growing collection and avoid going to your local record store.
Boys II Men — ‘II’ ($15-plus)
If it’s been a minute since you last heard the boy-band stylings of Boys II Men, what better night than February 14 to get reacquainted?
Etta James — ‘At Last’ ($13+)
I could say I put this song on here because it’s a personal favorite, but it turns out it is the No. 1 most-used wedding song. Wedding or not, there’s nothing like some classic Etta James melodies for a memorable Valentine’s.
Leon Bridges — ‘Coming Home’ ($20)
The first time I heard Coming Home, I was convinced it was a decades-old song I somehow happened to never had heard. If you haven’t given the full album a listen, grabbing the vinyl version is a must.
Hallmark’s Valentine’s Day Card with Vinyl Record ($13)
Though not a vinyl manufacturer by trade, the noted card maker has taken its Valentine’s Day offerings to the next level. This card comes with a classic Hallmark-style greeting and opens up to reveal a 45 rpm vinyl record. You can choose to have two songs from Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, or INXS.
Sade — ‘Diamond Life’ ($30)
Maybe one of your parents talked about their smooth operating days or maybe you first heard of this silky voiced singer via Drake’s Instagram. However you came to discover Sade, there’s no denying Diamond Life is a great choice for the most commercially backed romantic day of the year.
Norah Jones — ‘Come Away With Me’ ($16+)
For a more mellow soundtrack, you can’t go wrong with Norah Jones’ Grammy-winning album Come Away With Me. It’s a bit more moody, but still pulls at the heartstrings.
Al Green — ‘Greatest Hits’ ($15)
There was no way Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together was going to be left off this list. If you hit up Google for the “best” romantic songs or albums, you will see this photo of Al Green all over the place.
Maxwell — ‘Urban Hang Suite’ ($15)
You might know Maxwell from his hits Pretty Wings or This Woman’s Work. His debut album, Urban Hang Suite, will really resonate with valentines who have gone through the more bittersweet and vulnerable ups and downs of a relationship.
Marvin Gaye — ‘Let’s Get It On’ ($23)
If I must explain why this is an obvious choice for a lovey-dovey IRL soundtrack, you’re in the wrong place.
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