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Playlist of the Week: Valentine's Day Songs to Add to Your Music Therapy Repertoire


Valentine's Day is around the corner! Some music therapists may be using the Valentine's Day theme with their clients to either explore relationships, reminisce, learn vocabulary, and so much more. Below I have included a list of 5 songs per each population category; seniors, children, and teenagers, that you can add to your repertoire. Some of these songs are about self-love, others about falling in love, and others about friendship. I hope some of them spark ideas for interventions and can be useful in your sessions!

Happy Valentine's Day!

5 Valentine's Songs for Seniors

1. Fever - Peggy Lee


Lyric: Never know how much I love you

Never know how much I care

When you put your arms around me

I get a fever that's so hard to bear

You give me fever

2. Cheek to Cheek - Fred Astaire


Lyric: Heaven, I'm in heaven,

And the cares that hang around me through the week

Seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak

When we're out together dancing, cheek to cheek

3. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters


Lyric: They said someday you'll find All who love are blind Oh, when your heart's on fire You must realize Smoke gets in your eyes

4. L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole


Lyric: L - is for the way you look at me

O - is for the only one I see

V - is very, very, extraordinary

E - is even more than anyone that you adore can

5. My Funny Valentine - Ella Fitzgerald


Lyric: My funny valentine... Sweet, comic valentine... You make me smile with my heart Your looks are laughable, unphotographable yet you're my favorite work of art

5 Valentine's Songs for Children

1. Skittermarink - Sharon, Louis and Bram


Lyric: I love you in the morning,

And in the afternoon

I love you in the evening,

Underneath the moon…

2. All I Really Need - Raffi


Lyric: All I really need is a song in my heart

Food in my belly and love in my family

All I really need is a song in my heart

And love in my family

3. The More We Get Together


Lyric: The more we get together, together, together,

The more we get together the happier we'll be

4. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - The Wiggles


Lyric: You've got a cute way of talking You got the better of me Just snap your fingers and I'm walking Like a dog hanging on your lead

5. I Put My Hands Together - Activity


5 Valentine's Songs for Teens

1. Who Says - Selena Gomez


Lyric: I wouldn't wanna be anybody else.

You made me insecure

Told me I wasn't good enough

But who are you to judge

2. Falling For You - Colbie Caillat


Lyric: I've been spending all my time

Just thinking about ya

I don't know what to do

I think I'm fallin' for you

3. Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars


Lyric: When I see your face

There's not a thing that I would change 'cause you're amazing

Just the way you are

And when you smile

The whole world stops and stares for a while

4. Love Somebody - Maroon 5


Lyric: I really wanna love somebody

I really wanna dance the night away

I know we're only half way there

But you can take me all the way, you take me all the way

5. Wonderwall - Oasis


Lyric: There are many things that I

Would like to say to you but I don't know how

Because maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me

And after all, you're my wonderwall

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