Say what you will about Valentine’s Day – but there’s no better occasion to replay the songs that embody the most important four-letter word of all: LOVE.

Let’s face it – love songs overall just don’t get the appreciation they deserve. However, Valentine’s Day is our annual moment to appreciate the classic ballads that get us all in our feelings. For me, Luther Vandross’s “Always And Forever” turns me into a total sap every single time. It will likely be the first dance song at my wedding…that is whenever my future husBAE comes along (any day now, Jesus.)

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for playlist recommendations from the homies. So to mix things up a little, I’ve surveyed my colleagues here at ESSENCE about their favorite love songs. Here’s what we’ll have on repeat this February 14th:

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