This is the third year that I’ve asked Ben to write a guest post for Valentine’s Day.

He’s always given me an easy, dude-approved recipe that a guy could use to impress his date, along with some tongue-in-cheek romantic advice to go along with it. (See: Balsamic Glazed Salmon and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta.)

Until this year.

The Best Valentine's Day Playlist. Find the perfect mix of romantic songs for your Valentine! Fun, original, and heartfelt (not cheesy!). from @wellplated

When Ben emailed me what he’d like to share for his guest post, I was both incredibly surprised and incredibly touched. If you need me, I’ll be listening to these songs on repeat. Love you too, Ben.

By Ben:

I have a confession: despite Erin’s attempts to convince you otherwise, I’m not the romance savant I used to be. When we first started dating, it seemed as though each week involved a multifaceted endeavor to woo her, always aspiring to be more elaborate and fanciful than before.

Now, nine years into dating and marriage, those epic love-professions are admittedly fewer and farther between. More often, gestures of love come in the form of “I vacuumed out your car for you” and “Let me tackle the grocery list today for a change.”

The reality is, love changes—and for the better I believe. Behind are the days of college-aged infatuation, replaced with a deeper bond forged by confidence in what we mean to each other and trust that we’ll always have the other’s back.

Still, the proverbial butterflies are good for the soul. I never want Erin to forget what it feels like to have her heart skip a beat. The past few Valentine’s Days, I’ve surprised her in different ways with a burned CD (yes, we’re still children of the 90s at heart). Each CD includes songs I discovered while listening to Spotify while working at my firm’s office on the weekends (which is more often than I’d desire). The point, as I told her: “Even when we have to be apart, I’m thinking of you.” *Skip.*

I wanted to share with you this year’s Valentine’s Day playlist. I hope you enjoy these songs with your significant other as you do whatever keeps the butterflies in your lives.

Ben’s Valentine’s Day Playlist 2017

Perfect Picture” – Carlos Bertonatti

You and I” – Ingrid Michaelson

I’d Rather Be With You” – Joshua Radin

Here Comes Those Eyes” – Chris Rice

I Want You Back” – Colbie Caillat

Flapper Girl” – The Lumineers

Parallel Universe” – Rachel Brown

Out of My League” – Stephen Speaks

Mess Is Mine” – Vance Joy

Gotta Have You” – The Weepies

All I Want Is You” – Tristan Prettyman

One Picture” – Peter Bradley & Carla Werner