Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2013.
Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2013. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Billy Joel is cliché. So are Al Green, Barry White, Mariah Carey and Elton John.

Yes, they all have delivered some of the all-time great love songs. Yet, they won't be found on this list. I was looking for a fresh soundtrack for Valentine's Day, so I asked my Twitter followers to nominate some great recent love songs. I added some of my own picks and voilà -- a distinctly modern Valentine's Day playlist.

Songs listed in suggested order of play:

"Springsteen," Eric Church: An equally contagious and nostalgic country ditty that transports listeners back to the land of first loves and high-school crushes. "Funny how a melody sounds like a memory," Church sings, and thousands nod their heads in agreement.

"The One That Got Away," Katy Perry: An achingly sweet and earnest offering from a woman usually known for party anthems.

"Gotta Be You," One Direction: The English/Irish boy band is this generation's version of 'N Sync and has the love songs to prove it. The band's two studio albums are filled with Valentine's Day-friendly ditties, but this is the most endearing.

"Adorn," Miguel: Looking for the best "bedroom jam" of recent years? Look no further, than this Grammy-nominated track. It's the rare tune that feels both old-school and modern, possessing massive appeal for several generations of listeners.

"Thinkin Bout You," Frank Ocean: It's an utterly gorgeous song, with a hook for the ages and slinky backbeat that just screams "cuddle on the couch." This guy is amazing.


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"Stay," Rihanna (featuring Mikky Ekko): Rihanna wants you to "Stay" with her. And, listening to her gorgeous voice on his soft ballad, I can't imagine anyone wanting to be anywhere else.

"Siren Song," Bat for Lashes: This one should appeal to the Tori Amos, Mazzy Star and Bjork fans. It's a deadly serious and exquisitely ethereal love anthem. It's haunting, but in the right way. Definitely end with this one.

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