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Suite for Your Sweetheart Top 10: music that says 'love'

Conversation hearts are popular confections at Valentine's Day. MPR photo/Luke Taylor

In the run-up to Valentine's Day, we asked you what musical selections articulate feelings of love. Lyrical melodies, operatic voices soaring aloft, heartfelt words set to memorable music — for many a listener, these are the sounds of romance.

We've tallied your votes, and here are the results:

Here is the list of your top 10 "romance" pieces — as voted by you:

  1. Tchaikovsky — Romeo and Juliet: Love Theme
  2. Rachmaninoff — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: 18th Variation
  3. Leo Delibes — Lakme: Flower Duet
  4. Leonard Bernstein — West Side Story: Somewhere
  5. Jules Massenet — Thais: Méditation
  6. Giacomo Puccini — La Bohème: O soave fanciulla
  7. Giacomo Puccini — Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
  8. Camille Saint-Saëns — Samson and Delilah: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix (My heart at thy sweet voice)
  9. George Gershwin — Love Is Here to Stay
  10. Aram Khachaturian —Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia