Listomania: Seven Albums Worth Your Valentine's Day Smooching Time

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Yup, it's Valentine's Day. Most romantic night of the year. And, hey, you're totally prepared. You've got it all worked out -- the candle-light dinner, the moonlit walk in the park, the bottle of wine that you actually paid more than $12 on for once. It's gonna be perfect.

What could go wrong? Absolutely nothing, that's what.

Unless, you've forgotten the most important ingredient of all -- the music. After all, you can't wine and dine your partner, bring them back to your place and then just suffer in silence. You've got to set the mood, get the room feeling right.

With that in mind, we here at DC9 have prepared a list of albums sure to help you in your panty-dropping endeavors this evening. Just grab on of these discs, turn the volume up, and your work will be done for you. Promise.

So give the list a gander after the jump.

Al Green - Let's Stay Together

You have to be an all-time loser not to be able to at least get to first base while listening to this effort from 1972. The title track is classic smooch music, of course, but so is the killer version of The Bee Gee's "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart."

Van Morrison - Into The Music

This effort from 1979 is one of Morrison's most criminally neglected releases. The four songs that made up Side Two of the original vinyl issue (including the stunning "You Know What They're Writing About") are some of the best boudoir songs ever created.

Frank Sinatra - Songs From The Heart

You can't have a list like this without at least


Sinatra CD. My favorite Frank effort is probably

Only The Lonely

, but that one is for once you baby's done dumped you. So for Valentine's Day, stick to

Songs From the Heart


Simon and Garfunkel - Bookends

Check out those sweaters! Wardrobe malfunctions aside, this album just reeks of coziness. From the gorgeous title cut to lesser known songs such as "Overs" and "Old Friends," this is music for the thoughtful romantic. Hey, it worked on Edie Brickell.

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me

Anyone with the guts to take on Hank Williams "Cold, Cold Heart" and then make it her own deserves a place on this list. Jones' vocals are the essence of intimacy.

Elvis Presley - Love Songs

A love songs list just is not proper without the inclusion of the King. "Love Me Tender" is here,  and that's reason enough to play this for your better half this evening.

Marvin Gaye - Let's Get it On

C'mon. The title says it all.

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