Romance radio host Delilah counts down some of her favorite love songs and shares insights about Valentine's Day.

By Katherine Richter
February 14, 2017 09:00 AM
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Romance radio host Delilah says she fields thousands of requests and dedications from her devoted millions-deep radio following who tune into her nationally syndicated show nightly. February is a particular busy time for the “Queen of Sappy Love Songs,” who is also known for advice-giving, as she highlights love songs and stories all month long.

“I really do think that putting expectations on a holiday is setting yourself up for failure,” Delilah, 56, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “A lot of times, in our culture and our society, we put romantic love somehow on a higher plane than self-love and friendship love. You can’t do that. You have to honor and really fully invest in all these different loving relationships.”

With two failed marriages, Delilah says it took many years and broken hearts to realize she did not need or deserve dysfunctional love. Today she’s been happily married for four years, and although she lives six and a half hours apart from her partner, she says her hands are full—especially around Valentine’s Day.

“I have never once celebrated a Valentine’s Day as a romantic holiday. For me, it’s another opportunity to tell my kids or whoever how much I love them,” she shares. “I hang pink crepe paper and make heart-shaped pancakes!”

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Below, Delilah shares some of her top love songs!

“A lot of people want it played at their wedding and I say, ‘No, no, no, you have to listen to the lyrics’ because it’s saying ‘I cannot be with you, but I will always love you,'” Delilah explains with a laugh.

“‘Endless Love’ is such a perfect love song for a wedding or for a Valentine, because that is the committed kind of endless love. All the lyrics are perfect,” Delilah shares.

“My favorite love song for some time. I think the older I get, the more that kind of love is the kind that I pray for my kids to find,” Delilah says about the La La Land actor‘s track.

“It was in a movie with John Cusack, Say Anything. I just have to hear the first two notes of it and I’m transported back in time to the jukebox outside of her bedroom,” Delilah recalls.

“I’m a storyteller. I connect with songs that tell stories [and] put the notes to what our heart wants to say,” Delilah says about her career and songs she falls for—like “Always and Forever.”

“What an amazing song for a young person looking for love or a more mature person hoping to find the love of their life,” she says about Bublé‘s “Sinatra sexy swing” track.

“I don’t know how old I was before I accepted who God created me to be and stopped trying to live up to other people’s expectations,” Delilah says on self-love. “In the video, Alessia has no makeup on, and you can tell even as young as she is, she’s comfortable in her own skin, and I love that.”

“A lot of people think of this song as romantic, but it is also so perfect because sometimes when you meet a friend, your spirits just click,” Delilah, who devotes Friday nights on her show to “Girls Night,” says.