February 20, 2012 12:00 PM

>THE MOST ROMANTIC ALBUMS EVER!

SADE, LOVE DELUXE (1992)

Really, almost any Sade album would qualify. But it’s hard to beat the quadruple Cupid effect of “No Ordinary Love,” “Cherish the Day,” “Kiss of Life” and “I Couldn’t Love You More.” Sigh.

MARVIN GAYE, LET’S GET IT ON (1973)

“We’re all sensitive people with so much to give,” preaches Brother Marvin on the title tune, one of the sexiest songs ever recorded. Indeed, this has plenty of heart—as well as carnal heat.

NORAH JONES, COME AWAY WITH ME (2002)

It’s been 10 years since Jones swept us away with her 10-million-selling debut. But with her smoky voice lighting a fire under timeless torch pop, this still smolders. A candlelight classic.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, TUNNEL OF LOVE

(1987) Yes, it foreshadowed his divorce, but this romantic exploration—burrowing deep into the real stuff with tenderness and toughness—captures the true complexity of love.

MAXWELL, MAXWELL’S URBAN HANG SUITE (1996)

The neo-soul man covers the arc of a love affair with smooth grooves (“Sumthin’ Sumthin'”) and exquisite balladry (“Whenever Wherever Whatever”).

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