Around Valentine’s Day, we’ve noticed that some music videos consistently become popular, every year. For example, here are the YouTube views of “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder in February 2015:
As Valentine’s Day approaches, YouTube users endearingly share, message and email “I Just Called to Say I Love You” at a much higher rate.
But that’s just Stevie Wonder. Here’s the music that people play the most around Valentine’s Day:
|Laura Pausini||Le Cose Che Vivi||
|Nat King Cole||L-O-V-E||
|Franco de Vita||Te Amo||
|Joaquín Sabina or Sabina y Cía||Contigo||
|Adam Sandler||Grow Old With You||
|Stevie Wonder||I Just Called to Say I Love You||
|Savage Garden||Truly Madly Deeply||
|Barry White||Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe||
|Barry White||You’re the First, the Last, My Everything||
|Umberto Tozzi||Ti Amo||
|Elton John||Can You Feel the Love Tonight||
|Axel||Tu Amor Por Siempre||
|Rabito||… Que Te Quiero||
|Bryan Adams||Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?||
Songs that have at least a 50 percent increase in views on Valentine’s Day vs. average across January, March, April, and May (using the same weekday in the month), 2012 to 2015. To control for well-known songs (and eliminate obscure ones), we’ve omitted any videos that, on average, do not have at least 20,000 views/day outside of Valentine’s Day.
To create this list, we searched for songs with views that increase at least 50 percent on Valentine’s Day, every year, since 2012. Of all music on YouTube, only 18 songs fit this criteria.
- Barry White and Axel both have two tracks each.
- Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E” (1964) and Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (1974) are the oldest tracks on this list.
- Spanish, not French, may be the language of love: Seven of the 18 songs are in Spanish, eight are in English, three in Italian, and none are French.
- The only woman is Laura Pausini (an Italian artist).
Sadly, some of our favorite love songs just missed the cut of a 50 percent increase for four consecutive years, including: “Nobody” by Keith Sweat, “My Love Is Your Love” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston, and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles.
— Posted by the YouTube Culture & Trends Team