You’ve learned 40 advanced English love words so far in this series. That’s hard work, so today we’re taking a short break to allow your brain to review and absorb all of those words! Instead, today we’re going to focus on culture. In this post, I share six romantic English songs for your Valentine’s Day playlist. And if you’re brave, maybe you can even serenade your sweetheart with one of these! (I’ve specifically chosen songs that are easy to sing. You don’t have to have a voice like Whitney Houston’s to be able to croon these to your tootsie-wootsie.) Do you have a favorite English love song? Share a YouTube clip of it with us in the comments!
BONUS VOCAB: croon
1. Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) — Ella Fitzgerald
This song is a delightful way to begin our list of romantic English songs for Valentine’s Day. Do it is a slang euphemism for having sex, so when Ella sings “let’s do it”, it has a very obvious double meaning. She offers “let’s fall in love” to clarify, but the song very much plays with this double entendre. If your paramour has a sense of humor, this would be a great song to play with them on your next romantic evening together. (This would also be a quirky song choice for a serenade!)
Related: What is a double entendre?
2. That’s Amore — Dean Martin
This is one of those love songs that most English speakers can sing along to. It also offers some great examples of similes, which the English teacher in me loves! Yay for similes!
- the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
- the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
- hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay like a gay tarantella
- the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool
3. Our Love Is Here to Stay — Rosemary Clooney
Do you want to play (or sing!) a song to let your numero uno know that your love is going to last forever? This is a great, upbeat choice!
By the way, Rosemary Clooney is George Clooney’s aunt! Who knew there was so much talent in the family?!
4. A Kiss to Build a Dream On — Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong has one of the most distinctive voices in all of American music, and one of my favorites. It was hard to choose just one song of his for this list, but I think this one will serve you well this Valentine’s Day! This is a great romantic song if you’re hoping to get that first kiss from the person you’ve got a crush on.
5. Tenderly — Sarah Vaughan
Would you like to slow dance with your lover to candlelight? Tenderly is the love song for you!
6. Witchcraft — Frank Sinatra
Is your paramour utterly bewitching? Are you defenseless in the face of their charms? You need Witchcraft!
BONUS VOCAB: bewitching
Happy singing, Stepper!
All of these romantic English songs are extremely famous, so in addition to helping you woo your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, I hope this short playlist has also helped you feel a bit more immersed in American culture.
You may be wondering why I’ve only chosen jazz songs for this list. There are some great love songs in more modern music, but I focused on jazz songs for two reasons. First, these songs are all easy to sing. So, if you want to choose one of them for a serenade, you can! Also, I wanted to give you a playlist of songs that would all sound good together. Maybe I’ll do a playlist of classic rock songs next Valentine’s Day!
ADVANCED LOVE WORDS IN ENGLISH
Part 1: Vocabulary for Types of Kisses (5 words)
Part 2: Advanced English Words about Secret Meetings for Lovers (6 words)
Part 3: Quirky English Words for Lovers (6 words)
Part 4: Fun English Terms of Endearment (6 words)
Part 5: Seducer Synonyms (6 words)
Part 6: Colorful English Words for Irresistible Women (6 words)
Part 7: Advanced English Vocab for Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas (5 words)
Part 8: Romantic English Songs for Your Valentine’s Day Playlist (no vocab, culture only)
SO FAR, YOU’VE LEARNED 40 ADVANCED ENGLISH WORDS RELATED TO LOVE. WAY TO GO!
Part 9: Affair Synonyms in English (5 words)
Part 10: Romantic Adjectives for Memorable Compliments (5 words)
Part 11: Funny English Euphemisms for Sex (5 words)
Part 12: Advanced English Words for Flirts (5 words)
Part 13: Cozy English Synonyms for ‘Cuddle’ (5 words)
Part 14: Fascinating Facts about Valentine’s Day (no vocab, culture only)