14 country gems to add to your Valentine’s Day playlist

“Life is a Song.. Love is the Music”

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Valentine’s Day is a time to cherish that special someone in your life. It is a day to express how much they mean to you and what better way than music.

We know some of you might plan a dinner date, deliver flowers to their work, buy a big ol teddy bear, or some other grand gesture.
However, having a good playlist might help! So let some of country music’s best help.

Here are some hidden gems that are perfect to add to your Valentine’s Day Playlist.

“Just Got Started Loving You” by James Otto

Recorded and co-written by Otto, “Just Got Started Loving You” was the first single off his 2007 album Sunset Man. It went to number 1 on the charts and was also the number one song on Billboard’s year-end 2008 Hot Country Songs chart.
As the lyrics state, “I’m thankful for the weekend but two days in heaven just ain’t gonna do.” Nothing is more important than the time you and your person will spend together.

“Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” by Jake Owen

Sometimes the world puts too much pressure on “how much” we love each other. Almost suggesting that the bigger the price tag the more we care. This 2008 lead single off of Owen’s Easy Does It album shows that there are some things that money can’t buy, because love is priceless.

“Livin’ Our Love Song” by James Michael Carroll

There is a quote that says: “Life is a song and love is the music.” It seems like Carroll was able to put that in a song. This co-write by Carroll was the second single off his 2007 album Waitin’ in the Country. It would peak at number 6 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

“All Your Life” by The Band Perry

Written by Brian and Clara Henningsen, “All Your Life” was the fourth single off of The Band Perry’s self-titled 2011 album. It reached the number 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
It tells beautifully how you don’t have to give someone the whole world, you can just be someone’s whole world for all their life.

“Prayed For You” by Matt Stell

“Prayed For You” was co-written and recorded by Stell. It was his debut single off of his Everywhere But On EP. The music video saw an appearance from reality TV star Savannah Chrisley.
Sometimes to find the one you are looking for you should pray for.

“Not Good At Not” by Morgan Wallen

I’m sure Morgan Wallen’s old English teacher would not like him using a double negative but it works for songwriting!
This hidden gem was on Wallen’s debut album If I Know Me.

“Amazed” by Lonestar

“I wanna spend the rest of my life/ With you by my side/ Forever and ever”
This 1999 hit from Lonestar was the group’s second single off of Lonely Grill. It would go on to be the band’s longest-lasting number-one single and their biggest hit. It was such a beautiful song that it was even nominated for “Best Country Song” for the Grammys.

“Long Haul” by Ian Munsick

When you think of Wyoming and cowboy music, maybe your first thought is “I Can Still Make Cheyenne” or a Chris LeDoux song.
However, Ian Munsick is a certified cowboy and he knows how to sing love songs. “Long Haul” was part of his 2021 Coyote Cry album. He told Genius that he wrote the song in 2018 and during that songwriting session, the imagery of a couple just riding off into the Wyoming landscape together popped into his head.

“The Way You Love Me” by Faith Hill

“You’re the million reasons why there’s love reflecting in my eyes”
Faith Hill released this Keith Follese and Michael Dulaney song in 2000. “The Way You Love Me” was the second single off of her Breathe album, so it had some competition. However, it would go on to be her eighth number 1, peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and is considered as one of her best songs.

“You Make It Easy” by Jason Aldean

The country power in this song is ridiculous. Recorded by Aldean but by written by Morgan Wallen and Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, “You Make It Easy” was the first single off of the 2018 Rearview Town album.
Making a relationship work takes effort, but loving the right person is easy.

“Makin’ Me Fall In Love Again” by Kellie Pickler

“Nothing better than you and me together working on forever”
There is nothing better than the type of relationship where you are constantly falling in love with that person all over again.
“Makin’ Me Fall In Love Again” was off of Kellie Pickler’s second album.

“She Ain’t Right” by Lee Brice

Lee Brice came out the gate with two amazing love songs in 2007. One being the title track to his album Love Like Crazy and the other “She Ain’t Right”. While the latter did not see as much commercial success as “Love Like Crazy,” that is what makes it a hidden gem.

“The Good Ones” by Gabby Barrett

This 2020 hit was off of Barrett’s debut album Goldmine. It would hit the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country charts and was certified Platinum three times!
There won’t be a dry eye if you watch the music video.

“Johnny And June” by Heidi Newfield

“I wanna love like Johnny and June/ Rings of fire burnin’ with you/ I wanna walk the line... til the end of time”
It is almost a country staple by now when singing about love to compare it to Johnny Cash and June Carter. This was Newfield’s debut single for her 2008 What Am I Waiting For album. It would go on to peak at number 11.

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