10 Songs From Recent Romantic Comedies to Put on Your Valentine's Day Playlist

Crazy Rich Asians
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Constance Wu as Rachel Chu and Henry Golding as Nicholas Young in Crazy Rich Asians. 

With the recent revivals of classic romantic comedies, such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and High Fidelity, we are in a new rom-com-naissance. As more diverse actors are cast into leading roles and as storylines diverge from clean-cut happy endings, the formula for what makes a good rom-com has shifted in the post-Hugh Grant era. 

And as the audience's taste in romantic comedies has changed, so has the music that’s soundtracked them. As more people turn to their screens to discover new music, the curation of songs to accompany films and TV has had the potential to turn emerging artists into household names. (For instance, many first heard Lizzo’s hit “Truth Hurts” from Netflix’s Someone Great way before it even landed on the charts.) 

To kick off Valentine’s Day 2020, Billboard rounded up the songs from our favorite rom-coms from the last decade to get you in the V-Day mood -- whatever your relationship status may be. See them below, and find a Spotify playlist of all of them at the end. 

Kina Grannis, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” (Crazy Rich Asians)

Who can forget the wedding scene in Crazy Rich Asians (2018)? To recap, Nick Young’s (Henry Golding) best friend gets married in an A-list wedding, with the church transforming into a chic lily pond. Water fills the aisle as the bride walks towards her future husband and Kina Grannis serenades guests with a stripped down version of this signature Elvis ballad. 

UGK feat. Outkast, “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (Someone Great

Someone Great (2019) featured the kind of soundtrack that needed to be Googled ASAP. In the Netflix original, music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) comes to terms with the end of her nine year relationship with Nate (Lakeith Stanfield). This southern rap collab plays in the beginning of the film, as it introduces the two characters when their relationship was at its best and most blissful. 

Lauv, “I Like Me Better” (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before)

In To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018), Lara Jean’s (Lana Condor) secret love letters somehow end up in the mailboxes of all her past crushes. It’s a high school nightmare that ends up bringing Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) together, with Lauv’s indie/pop hit “I Like Me Better” signaling the increasing chemistry between the young almost-couple. 

Hello Peril, “I Punched Keanu Reeves” (Always Be My Maybe)

Keanu Reeves appearing in Always Be My Maybe (2019) is not the only surprise in the Netflix flick. Randall Park raps in the fictional group Hello Peril -- a play on the phrase “yellow peril” -- throughout the movie, and ends with rhymes about Park’s character punching Keanu Reeves and winning over his childhood friend turned celebrity chef Sasha (Ali Wong). 

HRVY, “Out Loud” (Four Weddings and a Funeral)

In Mindy Kaling’s miniseries reboot of Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019), relationships get tangled and audiences flip-flop between will-they and won’t-they as the ensemble cast experiences love, loss, and heartbreak in the span of a year. HRVY’s unexpected pop song drop “Out Loud” mirrors how the characters hesitate with saying those three words out loud. 

The Cure, “Friday I’m in Love” (About Time)

Though The Cure’s poppy early-'90s love song has played in several romantic montages over the years, Valentine’s Day lands on a Friday this year -- making its appearance on this list a bit less clichéd. In About Time (2013), time-traveling Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) is convinced that Mary (Rachel McAdams) is the love of his life after a chance meeting. Without her phone number, Tim hopes to run into her at a museum exhibit as “Friday I’m in Love” plays to show time passing while he waits for her to show up. 

Himesh Patel and Lily James, “I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Yesterday)

In Richard Curtis’s Yesterday (2019), struggling musician Jack (Himesh Patel) wakes up from an accident in a world where The Beatles never existed. As Jack re-records the band’s catalog, he quickly becomes a star and ultimately has to choose between fame and a life with Ellie (Lily James). The duet cover of the Fab Four’s first Billboard Hot 100 chart topper is a sweet nod to Jack and Ellie’s transition from friends to more than friends. 

Van Morrison, “Sweet Thing" (Five Year Engagement)

As the title suggests, Five Year Engagement (2012) tells the story of Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) as they repeatedly push back their wedding date due to life changes getting in the way. When Tom first proposes over a candlelit dinner, he plays Van Morrison’s late-'60s folk-rock ode “Sweet Thing,” the same song that was playing when he first locked eyes with Violet at a Halloween party years before. 

Cynthia Erivo, “Fly Before You Fall" (Beyond the Lights)

In Beyond the Lights (2014), pop star Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) wins a Billboard Music Award as an emerging artist, but struggles with the increasing pressures of being in the spotlight. Cynthia Erivo provides the vocals to the slow, emotional ballad “Fly Before You Fall,” and sets the scene for Kaz (Nate Parker) to save Noni literally and figuratively. Right before Noni tries to jump to her death, Kaz catches her from the balcony and lets her know that he “sees her,” thus sparking the unlikely relationship between the rising star and her bodyguard. 

Ed Sheeran, “Photograph" (Me Before You)

With a trailer that features Sheeran’s ubiquitous love song “Photograph,” Me Before You (2016) quickly became a must-watch for moviegoers. In the film, Louisa (Emilia Clarke) gets a job as Will’s (Sam Claflin) caregiver. Will is a quadriplegic and is confined to a wheelchair, but despite their differences, sparks fly. You will have to watch the movie to see if they do end up together though. After all, no spoilers. 


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