It's not Virginia, despite their claim of being for lovers

By Alex Heigl
February 13, 2015 02:05 PM
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, AccuRadio has undertaken a research project that will finally settle the age-old argument: Which is the most romantic state in the U.S.?

It’s also crunched the numbers to find out the “Most-Loved Love Songs” from the past 50 years, pulling in data from AccuRadio’s Love Songs channel. There are a few surprises, like “Hurt You” by Toni Braxton and Babyface, from 2014 – we could have sworn the most romantic song of 2014 was “Drunk in Love.” (Only partially joking about that.) Bey does pop up in 2003, for “Crazy in Love,” while Taylor Swift, everyone’s favorite ambassador of love, grabbed 2008’s slot with “Love Story.”

Unsurprisingly, the most romantic song of all time is “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers. Two separate Journey songs, “Open Arms” and “Faithfully,” both appear on the list as well.

AccuRadio also ranked which of the 50 states had the biggest share of plays on their love song station to come up with this top 10 ranking, and the Empire State is number one. Arkansas, home to towns like Romance, Rose Bud & Heart, grabs the number two slot, and California, Alaska and Minnesota round out the top five. Virginia, whose state slogan advertises that the state is in fact for lovers, came in at 9.

Step up your game, Virginia.