Top 10 Broadway Ballads to Sing on Valentine’s Day

Written by Zachary Rivera

January 31, 2018

Valentine’s day is getting closer, and with a plethora of love songs to choose from on Broadway, here are 10 of the best!

1. “If I Can’t Love Her” from Beauty and the Beast



One of the sad/sweet songs of Disney. Specifically added for the musical adaptation this song is sure to hit all of the marks of a Broadway ballad.

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2. “Stars and the Moon” from Songs for a New World



Jason Robert Brown’s Song Cycle Songs for a New World is full of show-stopping numbers, but this a step back from the powerhouse songs, and a step into something more genuine.

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3. “When Words Fail” from Shrek the Musical



If you’re looking for something funny and sweet, this ballad from Shrek is sure to do the thing. Great choice for character actors!

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4. “A Part of That” from The Last Five Years



Few ballads are upbeat, but in The Last Five Years, there are multiple to choose from. This song is full of exposition so get ready to tell a story!

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5. “Dulcinea” from Man of La Mancha



Man of La Mancha is a very operatic show, so to whoever may sing this get ready to belt!

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6. “Goodnight My Someone” from The Music Man



The classic Broadway Ballad from The Music Man. Used in many instances in popular culture, this song is perfect for a quiet love song.

7. “Santa Fe” from Newsies



Another Disney song on the list, “Santa Fe” is a ballad not to someone, but to somewhere. A place above all others.

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8. “Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie



This sweet and funny ballad from Thoroughly Modern Millie is probably the most popular from the show. And for a good reason too! It’s everything you could want in a love song.

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9. “I’ll Cover You Reprise” from RENT



Rent is one of the rare musicals that are able to make you feel just about anything. The reprise of “I’ll Cover You” is perfect if you want to devastate the audience. It’s sad, but beautiful.


Zachary Rivera is an actor and previous high school thespian in Central Florida. He is currently attending Daytona State College on a theatre focus track to attain his A.A. He plans to transfer to a Musical Theatre BFA Program and continue his career on stage.