I was stumped when our entertainment guru, Chris Harris, asked the newsroom staff to contribute our choices for our favorite romantic movies for a special Valentine’s edition of his page.

My knowledge of movies is very limited, especially compared to some of the movie buffs with whom I work.

It was a struggle to come up with even a few romantic movies I had seen that would be worth mentioning. (”Always,” “Princess Bride,” and “The Cutting Edge” were the only ones that sprang to mind immediately.)

So Chris has cut me a break and let me ramble about a subject which really does move me — music.

I got so excited about my topic, in fact, that I came up with a list of my 20 favorite romantic songs instead of my originally planned top ten.

Guys, start downloading these tunes for your sweeties this Valentine’s Day. An evening of romance is practically guaranteed — that is, if her tastes are anything like mine. ...

1. At Last, Etta James.

Best line: “I found a dream that I could speak to, a dream that I can call my own.”

This one gets the number one spot because (a) it’s a classic and (b) my husband would refuse to take me out for a Valentine’s dinner this year if I listed a country song as my favorite. Oh, and the song was also played at our wedding, so that gives it special priority.

The gist: Everything is finally right in my world because you’re finally in it. That’s pretty romantic, if you ask me.

Too bad they’re using the song in a cat food commercial now.

2. Keeper of the Stars, Tracy Byrd.

Best line: “I know I don’t deserve a treasure like you. There really are no words to show my gratitude.”

This song mixes “we were destined to find each other” with “I’m so lucky to have you.” Either sentiment is nice to hear, but hearing them together can definitely cause weakness in the knees.

3. To Make You Feel My Love, Garth Brooks.

Best line: “I've known it from the moment that we met, there’s no doubt in my mind where you belong.”

Promises of happy days and warm embraces — even if it takes a million years — to make sure I feel loved? Well, okay... try to convince me.

4. Never My Love, The Association.

Best line: “You ask me if there'll come a time when I grow tired of you. Never, my love.”

All of us have at least at little bit of fear that the one we love may one day decide to trade us in for a different, and maybe newer, model. This song soothes those insecurities with promises of unending devotion.

5. How Sweet it is to be Loved by You, James Taylor.

Best line: “I close my eyes at night, wondering where would I be without you in my life.”

Here’s a guy who’s actually taking the time to stop and thank his gal for loving him. Nice move.

6. Your Body is a Wonderland,

John Mayer.

Best line: “I'll never let your head hit the bed without my hand behind it.”

Aside from letting her know that he has studied every part of her body well enough to colorfully describe them all, he also lets her know that he’s committed to spending every night with her. Major points for attention to detail.

7. Let it be Me, The Everly Brothers.

Best line: “Don’t take this heaven from one. If you must cling to someone, now and forever, let it be me.”

If you can’t stomach The Everly Brothers’ version, there is still hope. Artists of all types have recorded this song, from Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson, and from Bob Dylan to my personal favorite, Collin Raye.

The lyrics, basic. The melody, simple. The message, priceless. Very sweet.

8. Now and Forever, Richard Marx.

Best line: “Sometimes I just hold you, too caught up in me to see I'm holding a fortune that heaven has given to me.”

The gist: You’re good for me — too good, in fact. So I promise I’ll always be there for you. Sweet words set to a sweet melody. Guaranteed to get a girl all misty-eyed.

9. Time in a Bottle, Jim Croce.

Best line: “I’ve looked around enough to know that you’re the one I want to go through time with.”

What makes this song so tragically romantic is the fact that the singer was killed shortly after he recorded it. But each time his voice comes across the radio waves, we’re reminded of how important it is to spend time with the ones we love while we can.

10. When I See You Smile, Bad English.

Best line: “Sometimes I wonder how I'd ever make it through ... this world without having you. I just wouldn't have a clue.”

This girl has the power to make everything right in this guy’s world just by flashing him a smile. We girls long to find someone with whom we can be so powerful. Guys, if your girls do this for you, be sure to tell them — maybe with this song.

11. I Knew I Loved You, Savage Garden.

Best line: “In your eyes I see my future in an instant, and there it goes, I think I’ve found my best friend.”

This one really speaks to those who have found the girl — or guy — they used to think only existed in their dreams.

12. One Good Woman, Peter Cetera.

Best line: “You bring out the best in me with love and understanding. Anytime I need some understanding, you are always there.”

Once again, this is a song where a guy is not only telling his woman that he loves her, but he’s also telling her why. That’s always a good idea.

13. Groovy Kind of Love, Phil Collins.

Best line: “When I’m feeling blue, all I have to do is take a look at you, then I’m not so blue.”

Yes, I know. Phil Collins didn’t do the original. But his is the most romantic-sounding version.

This song has been played way too often, but it’s mushy enough to have staying power.

14. So Happy Together, The Turtles.

Best line: “Me and you, and you and me, no matter how they toss the dice, it had to be. The only one for me is you, and you for me.”

A refreshing song of commitment with a happy beat, instead of the typical slow motion love song. This one says, “We’re best friends AND we’re in love!” If you’ve ever experienced that feeling, you’ll appreciate this song, too.

15. You’re Still the One, Shania Twain.

Best line: “They said, ‘I bet they’ll never make it,’ but just look at us holding on. We’re still together, still going strong.”

The gist: After all these years, and against all odds, you’re still the one I love kissing good-night. A great song for all those odd-ball couples out there.

16. Soul Provider, Michael Bolton.

Best line: “You’ve got my heart in the palm of your hand. Swear it’s gonna stay there, baby. Give me half a chance.”

This song about undying faithfulness got way overused a decade or so ago, watering down the lyrics to an almost meaningless level. But now, with a whole new generation of lovebirds on the rise, maybe it will be re-discovered.

17. From This Moment, Shania Twain.

Best line: “Right beside you is where I belong, from this moment on.”

While number 15 is a look back at a long relationship, this one is about a relationship that’s just starting out. Very wedding-appropriate.

18. I’m the Lucky One, Amy Grant.

Best line: “You’re the kind I would dream about at night.”

This gal feels lucky to have found the guy of her dreams — one who writes poetry and sends Valentine’s to boot. Hmm... She is lucky.

19. Lovesong,

The Cure.

Best line: “However far away, I will always love you. However long I stay, I will always love you. Whatever words I say, I will always love you.”

Neither distance, nor a break-up, nor harsh words will change the way he feels about her — because of the way she has made him feel about himself. Or at least that’s my interpretation of a song by a group which usually doesn’t make much sense.

20. That’s What Love is All About,

Michael Bolton.

Best line: “Through thick and thin, we're destined for each other.”

I like this song because it takes a very realistic approach to a relationship. We’ve been through tough times, and more tough times are going to come, but we love each other enough to stay and work it out. That’s what love is all about.

On that note (no pun intended) — Happy Valentine’s Day to all, whether you’re just beginning your “From this Moment On” or whether you’ve been around long enough to have truly learned “What Love is All About.”

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