Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! Whatever your plans for today, we’ve rounded up 14 of the finest love songs to soundtrack it.
Whether you’re spending 14 February with your one-and-only true love, pining over that unattainable guy or gal you’re so desperate to snag, or just happy being single, the songs from some of Broadway and the West End’s best musicals can teach you a thing or two about falling in love.
Take a look at our best love songs for Valentine’s Day from the musicals here – what would make your list?
1. As Long As You’re Mine (Wicked)
Hiding in the woods from those who pursue them, Elphaba and Fiyero finally succumb to their mutual attraction, which has been building since the first time they met. Get tickets here.
2. I’ll Cover You (Rent)
Angel and Collins promise to care for and protect each other whatever life throws at them in this wonderfully life-affirming declaration of love.
3. Can You Feel The Love Tonight? (The Lion King)
The best thing about this sumptuous song is that it’s not actually sung by those ‘in love’, but by pals on the periphery, watching on as their friends admit their feelings for each other. Catch London’s pride now.
4. Falling Slowly (Once)
Laced with bittersweet undertones of lost loves and broken hearts, the anthemic Falling Slowly is a spine-tinglingly haunting song for new, fledgling lovers.
5. All I Ask Of You (The Phantom of the Opera)
Christine and Raoul admit their true feelings, while the Phantom watches on from the shadows – a hauntingly beautiful song to close out act one of this classic musical. Book tickets now.
6. Suddenly Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors)
Nerdy florist Seymour finally tells his colleague Audrey that he’s besotted with her, leading to this fabulous belter of a confessional love song.
7. A Whole New World (Aladdin)
The wonderful Disney classic is giving new life in the glorious stage version of Aladdin, as Princess Jasmine and her ‘street rat’ take to the skies and fall madly in love. The show opens in London in May.
8. The Origin of Love (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
Not usually people’s first choice for a romantic ditty, Hedwig’s lament over the loss of and her search for her ‘other half’ is a beautiful ode to love.
9. On My Own (Les Misérables)
Eponine wanders the streets imaging the life that could have been, if only her beloved Marius hadn’t fallen in love with someone else. Typical, eh?!—still, a wonderfully romantic song. See it live now.
10. Small World (Gypsy)
Not exactly a declaration of true love, but probably the closest the insufferable Mamma Rose is going to get to it with Herbie. It’s quite adorable really.
11. I Can Hear The Bells (Hairspray)
The heroic Tracy Turnblad fantasises about her perfect marriage to the gorgeous Link Larkin – every schoolgirls’ biggest fantasy. This award-winning show is touring now.
12. It Takes Two (Into The Woods)
After endless bickering and toing and froing over how to solve their problems, the Baker and his Wife admit they really have needed each other all along.
13. The Last Night of the World (Miss Saigon)
Falling in love against the backdrop of the fall of Saigon was never going to be easy, but Chris and Kim continue to live in hope here as they admit their true feelings. Catch it before it flies out of London at the end of the month.
14. I Will Always Love You (The Bodyguard)
A classic love song from stage and screen, Beverley Knight will reprise the role of Rachel Marron when The Bodyguard returns to London in July. Book tickets now.
Don’t forget there’s a chance to win a £125 Ticketmaster gift card when you #ShareTheLove this Valentine’s Day.