Whether you love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day has rolled around once again. As specialists in background music, we always get asked at this time of year – what’s the perfect background music for a memorable Valentine’s evening?

If you’ve been out for a nice meal, drunk some nice wine and enjoyed some romantic chat,  then you’ll want to close off the evening in a nice relaxed atmosphere, perhaps back at home.

Our top tip is to set up your Valentine’s playlist beforehand. No-one wants to be sat around twiddling their thumbs while their partner clumsily attempts to put on the right music, or draws up a playlist from scratch.

If you’ve got Spotify, set up a playlist ahead of time with some smooth tunes that you enjoy – but also make sure they’re songs that your partner likes. As ever, the background music you choose will have a large influence on the environment you create, and the ambiance in the room. Beware of going too cheesey or gooey.

Even if you’ve been together a long time, it can often be the little things that make a big difference on Valentine’s Day. Win your partner’s heart all over again by taking the time to craft a personalised playlist of your partner’s favourite songs, or even of tracks that mean a lot to you both – such as your first wedding dance, or a song that reminds you of a specific time or place.

Or, if you’re feeling brave and play an instrument, why not turn off the stereo altogether, and break out the guitar to serenade your loved one, and complete the perfect Valentine’s evening. Again beware of going too cringey – but a little sentimentality can go down extremely well.

Another idea could be to roll back the years, dig around in the loft and bring down the cassette player. Nothing’s more romantic than an old mix tape, lovingly created.

Whether you’re head over heels for Valentine’s Day, or whether the celebration turns your heart cold, one thing we can all agree on is it’s never a bad time to be extra nice to your partner, and make them feel special.

And one great way to do this is to use music to enhance the situation.