GEORGE and IRA GERSHWIN's 1926 love anthem SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME has topped a new list of top romantic tunes.

The early St Valentine's Day poll, created by US music historian SCOTT G for website ezinearticles.com also features standards like COLE PORTER'S NIGHT AND DAY and modern classics like SIR Elton John's YOUR SONG.

But Scott G insists the Gershwin classic was an easy choice for the top spot because it has been recorded beautifully so many times by the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Queen Latifah and Barbra Streisand.

The top 10 is:

1. SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER YOU

2. NIGHT + DAY

3. UNCHAINED MELODY

4. FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE

5. Cherish (TERRY KIRKMAN/THE ASSOCIATION) 6. GOD ONLY KNOWS (Brian Wilson)

7. YOUR SONG

8. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

9. Heaven (Bryan Adams)

10. IN YOUR EYES (Peter Gabriel).