With Valentines Day comes plenty of pink obnoxiousness, jewelry commercials making a comeback after the holiday rush, annoying anti-Valentine’s Day parties, and of course, the gifts. And I figured hey, there’s a lot of different songs about all aspects of love and relationships, so why not share some of my favorites? And, to make sure everyone’s covered, I divided the list into three convenient parts, so you can enjoy it no matter how you’re dealing with today!
Love Songs: The tried and true approach; if you’re happy with someone, these are the songs for you and yours.
1. The Cure – Lovesong: Well, no surprises here.
2. Foo Fighters – Everlong: “Everlong” gets my vote for Love Song of the 90s.
3. Best Coast – When I’m With You: “When I’m with you I have fun”, it doesn’t get simpler than that.
4. Marilyn Manson – Heart Shaped Glasses: From arguably Manson’s low-point artistically, he was still able to have this demented gem.
5. B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars – Nothin’ on You: There are a lot of pop silly love songs, but this one is a cut above the rest.
6. Incubus – Stellar: Loud and still pretty with a hell of a chorus.
7. Foxboro Hot Tubs – Mother Mary: Throwback romance, Green Day need to revive this project.
8. Plus 44 – Make You Smile: Plus 44 not have produced hits, but this one deserves to stay.
9. The Beatles – Something: Simply a classic.
10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps: Vulnerable and made even more poignant by the band’s then wildness. Utterly disarming.
Crush Songs: Ok, so maybe you don’t have that special someone yet, but you really want this one person, or just somebody to love. And even you just have the idea of someone to crush on, you should be able to enjoy these.
1. Candy Hearts – I Want You: Perfectly captures adolescent crushes in the best and worst way.
2. The Lemondheads – Bit Part: The shortest song on the list, and one of the catchiest, to boot.
3. Snow Patrol – You Are All I Have: Maybe a little more than a crush, but still really new and hopeful.
4. The White Stripes – You’re Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl): The White Stripes have a bunch of songs like this, but none as whimsical and disarming.
5. Best Coast – Boyfriend: If you miss someone, Crazy For You is the record you don’t want to listen to. Or really want to, depending on your wallowing.
6. Wavves – Post-acid: The boyfriend from the above, Nathan Williams might not romance as much as girlfriend Bethany Costentino does, but he can do it just as well when pushed.
7. Queen – Somebody to Love: The category’s classic.
8. Arcade Fire – Headlight Look Like Diamonds: Story has it that Win Butler and Regine Chassagne (Arcade Fire’s married leading singers) wrote this on their first date. Utterly adorable.
9. Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me: How could I leave this one off?
10. Weezer – El Scorcho: As likable as neurotic is ever going to get.
Heartbreakers: Fuck it, sometimes you just need a bottle of wine, someone to take your phone, and cry your eyes out.
1. Pearl Jam – Black: “I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life, I know you’ll be a sun in somebody else’s sky but why, why can’t it be in mine?” [drink]
2. Adele – Someone Like You: “Never mind, I’ll find someone like you” [drink]
3. Beck – Guess I’m Doing Fine: “It’s only lies that I’m living, it’s only tears that I’m crying, it’s only you that I’m losing, guess I’m doing fine” [drink]
4. The Ramones – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: The simplest of the set lyrically, but hearing heartbreak from the otherwise goofy Ramones has an extra sadness.
5. Paramore – All I Wanted: “All I wanted was you” [drink]
6. Modest Mouse – Little Motel: Modest Mouse are no strangers to sad, but this is the first time it seemed to come from someone else and not Issac Brock himself.
7. Nine Inch Nails – And All That Could Have Been: I think this is Nine Inch Nails’ saddest song. Just consider that for a second.
8. Weezer – The World Has Turned and Left Me Here: The first hint that holy shit, Weezer could be sad.
9. The Smashing Pumpkins – Soma: The infinite sadness of the Siamese Dream trifecta.
10. Rivers Cuomo – Lover in the Snow: Between the sparse guitar and Cuomo’s hurt delivery, this one still smarts.