What’s Valentine’s Day without some schmaltz, some hearts and some flowers?

For Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d start with the tune that’s widely regarded as one of the most saccharine, schmaltzy melodies of all time.

You’ll probably recognize the music, even if you don’t recall its name. The tune is probably best known for its use in the great “soap poisoning” scene in the 1983 holiday film classic “A Christmas Story.” 

The song’s name: “Hearts and Flowers.” It has lyrics, too

We’ll musically pursue those two timely topics for Valentine’s Day, but let’s separate them.

First, a small sampling of “heart” songs — and then a big bouquet of flower songs.

But before we get started, a quick aside: Check out this fascinating article from The Awl that explains why so many of us love making — and reading — lists.

 Now, on to our Valentine’s list …

Hearts . . .
• Wayne Newton’s first charting song, “Heart! (I Hear You Beating).”

“Heart,” from the musical “Damn Yankees.”

• Three “downer” heart songs: Brenda Lee’s “Heart in Hand,” Elvis’ “One Broken Heart for Sale” and Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

• And three upper songs: Neil Diamond’s “Heartlight,” Jan and Dean’s doowop version of the classic “Heart and Soul,” and the Ray Charles Singers’ “Love Me With All Your Heart.”

… And flowers
• Dinah Shore’s novelty song “Sweet Violets.”

• Jud Strunk’s “Daisy a Day” and Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs’ “Daisy Petal Pickin’.”

And a big bouquet of roses — 15 rose songs, to be exact. We’ll start with the red ones:

• Bobby Vinton’s 1962 breakthrough No. 1 song, “Roses Are Red” and … the instant “answer” record, Florraine Darlin’s “Long As the Rose Is Red,” which only reached No. 62 later that year.

• Vic Dana’s “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” (plus one more from the crooner: “Moonlight and Roses”). 

Then, some yellow ones:

• Bobby Darin’s “18 Yellow Roses.”

• Mitch Miller’s “Yellow Rose of Texas.”

• Two more orders of “gift” roses: Andy Williams’ “And Roses and Roses” and Paul Petersen’s “Lollipops and Roses.”

• Three show-tune roses: Bernadette Peters’ “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” from “Gypsy”; “Lida Rose,” from “The Music Man, and “Rosie,” from “Bye Bye Birdie.”

And like two of the show tunes, more songs about women named Rose:

• Tony Orlando and Dawn’s “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose.”

• The Statler Brothers’ “Bed of Rose’s.”

• Frankie Laine’s “Rose Rose I Love You.”

• And Nat King Cole’s “Rambling Rose.”

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