Valentine’s Day is notoriously a divided holiday. Those who are in relationships tend to love it and those who are not, shockingly, tend to despise it and make loud statements to let the world know. Whether you find yourself alone or with your snuggle-puss this Valentine’s Day, here are a few songs to heighten the soundtrack to your evening.
Alone? Sad? Or not sad? Listen to these:
1. Flight of the Conchords — I’m Not Crying
Obviously you’re not torn apart by the love of your life, the apple of your eye, breaking your heart. Why would you be crying?
2. Kelly Clarkson — Since U Been Gone
Don’t even deny it–everybody has listened to this song at least once in their life and, even if only for a split second, thought, “Heck yeah my life is the bees knees without you!” (Maybe you used different vocabulary, but you know the feeling just the same).
3. The Beatles — Yesterday
Classic and always relatable. Love makes sense till the next day, then you sit there puzzled and wondering what went wrong. This being the most recorded song in history with over 2,500 covers (according to Rolling Stone), you’re not alone.
4. A Fine Frenzy — Almost Lover
Okay, if you really are feeling down and just want to cry, listen to this. Singer Alison Sudol has one of those voices that makes you want to crawl up in a ball and sob because she’s saying every word you wish you had thought of yourself and singing it with every torn up feeling. Cry it out, it’s okay.
5. Justine Timberlake — Cry Me A River
Maybe you’re alone on V-Day cause you hate that person and want them to suffer. Who knows? JT speaks it well. You don’t do that to JT, and no one does it to you! Cry ME a river!
With someone? So happy you want the world to know it? Listen to these:
1. Coldplay — Yellow
This song has a spot on my personal list of perfect songs. The rhythm is just right, it’s not too loud or too soft, and Chris Martin is saying, “You’re so awesome! I love you! So I wrote a song about you! Wow, you!”
2. The Beatles — Something
Yes, it’s The Beatles again, but if anyone knows me, I have a problem and won’t ever stop listening to them. “Something” is the second most recorded Beatles song in history, and undeniably so. Excellent, to say the least.
3. Vampire Weekend — Run
“It struck me that the two of us should run.” Run away to be in love? Maybe so, but to get away from the loudness and confusion of everyday life. Nice song to listen to regardless of your situation, but nicer when you have someone to run away with.
4. Regina Spektor — Us
This one’s a no brainer. Whether you’ve been listening to it since it came out on Soviet Kitsch in 2004, or since 500 Days of Summer came out, it’s lovely either way. Regina belts it on all her songs, and this is one of the few on being in love and purely enjoying it.
5. Marvin Gaye — Let’s Get It On
Do I really need to explain this one?