Best songs to use for a proposal
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Getting engaged is one of the biggest, most memorable moments a couple will share. Figuring out how to pop the question is also a huge decision for the partner who’s doing the asking. There are grand gestures — like hiring a skywriter to blaze the question across the sky or dropping down on one knee in a super romantic location like the Eiffel Tower or at the top of the Empire State Building.

You can also create an experience, such as a scavenger hunt that winds around to memorable places you’ve shared in your relationship. For instance, you can start at the place that you met, then go to where you had your first date, then move on to your favorite picnic spot. At each special site leave a clue and maybe even a rose that leads you to the next spot, with the big question and the ring waiting at the end.

Ultimately, there are probably thousands of different ways to propose. Whether you do it on a romantic Hawaiian vacation or at home over a candlelit dinner, playing your favorite love songs will enhance the unforgettable experience.

March 20 is National Proposal Day. To honor the special occasion, we’ve created a list of the best songs to use for a proposal. Click on the song titles to listen to the tracks on YouTube.

1. Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Fans and critics alike have dubbed Ed Sheeran’s 2014 chart-topping ballad as being one of the most romantic songs of all time. Sheeran sings of growing old with his sweetheart and sharing their enduring love saying, “When my hair's all but gone and my memory fades/And the crowds don't remember my name/When my hands don't play the strings the same way, mm/I know you will still love me the same.” Plus, as melodies go, it’s just gorgeous.

2. Sara Bareilles – “I Choose You”

Sara Bareilles wrote this song for her Grammy-nominated album The Blessed Unrest. She sent out a message to her fans asking them to let her help them propose and she chose two real-life couples to feature in the track’s music video. Clips of the couples’ proposal, from preparations to the actual moment roll throughout the romantic visual. The real icing on the cake comes when Bareilles shows up as an added surprise.

3. James Arthur – “Say You Won’t Let Go”

This song is undeniably one of James Arthur’s best. It tells the story of how a couple meets and for him, it is love at first sight. He can instantly envision making her breakfast in bed, taking the kids to school, and being together until they’re “grey and old.” It’s soft, romantic, and incredibly sweet.

4. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”

Ed Sheeran penned another swoon-worthy musical wonder with this heartfelt ballad. Couples have gotten engaged during his concerts with this song. It’s a great track for couples that have a long history – like high school sweethearts. If you’re looking to set a romantic mood while popping the question, well, this song couldn’t be more “Perfect.”

5. Adele – “Make You Feel My Love”

Bob Dylan originally wrote this beautiful song in 1997 and Billy Joel covered it the same year as “To Make You Feel My Love.” Adele released a breathtaking version of it in 2008. The song is really emotional and captures that all-enduring, unconditional, sacrificial love that couples can share. It might be a good idea to have some Kleenex on hand when this is played for the big moment.

6. John Legend – “All of Me”

When a couple gets married, they are committing to spending the rest of their lives together. They are also blending their lives and stepping forward into the future united by love. John Legend sums up that kind of soul-piercing connection so beautifully in the lines “Cause all of me/Loves all of you/Love your curves and all your edges/All your perfect imperfections/Give your all to me/I'll give my all to you/You're my end and my beginning/Even when I lose I'm winning.”

7. Jason Derulo – “Marry Me”

Jason Derulo paints a really romantic picture of the clarity that comes when you know you’ve found the person you want to spend your life with in this song. For anyone who is too nervous to even utter the words, the award-winning R&B singer-songwriter lovingly asks the question, “Will you marry me?” All you need to do is drop down on one knee, box in hand.

8. John Mayer – “XO”

John Mayer is at his raw, romantic best with this soft, romantic cover of Beyoncé’s ballad “XO.” This song would work well for an intimate proposal – whether you’re strolling along the beach or sharing a quiet dinner at home – the song is all about basking in the glow of the one that you love.

9. Aerosmith – “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”

“I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” is arguably one of the best power rock ballads of all time. If you want to make a big, bold declaration to the love of your life as you propose, this song says it all. It’s sweeping, sensational, and oh-so-romantic. We can’t imagine anything less than a resounding “yes” by the end of this iconic Aerosmith track.

10. Christina Perri – “A Thousand Years”

There’s probably no better way to express your eternal love to someone during a proposal than Christina Perri’s haunting ballad “A Thousand Years.” This song is especially sweet for couples who feel like they’ve known their soulmate since the beginning of time – and that fate eventually brought them together.