It’s February and love is in the air! (Along with many different kinds of pollutants, but let’s just go right ahead and ignore that and just enjoy our chocolates and candy, ’cause we’re here for a good time not for a long time.) (But for real though, recycle if you can!)
To be honest, Valentine’s Day kind of annoys me. It’s become super artificial (if it ever wasn’t) especially now in the age of social media when so many people out there feel the need to prove that they’re having a better life than everyone else. Everyone knows true affection is shown and felt through the little things of everyday life. Like when you come home from work exhausted so you crash on your bed only to wake up and find your husband has washed the dishes and started dinner. (I honestly rather he’d do that once every month than bring me flowers or chocolate every day.) But hey, if you have trouble expressing yourself, and flowers and candy are the one chance you get to tell your significant other that you love them, then, by all means, seize the day. A little extra show of affection never hurt anyone. And go ahead and post away on social media. Who the F am I to judge? (Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more wholesome posts!)
So if you’re planning on showering your S.O. with all the usual this Valentine’s Day/Night/Afternoon/Late Evening, whichever, my sister/partner-in-crime and I have gone through the trouble of curating a list of what we consider to be the most romantic songs of all time (in no particular order because we just don’t have that kind of discipline.) Ana and I like to fancy ourselves a couple of music connoisseurs (or as our mom would say, we think we know everything), so if you’re stuck deciding what to play when you reenact the iconic boombox scene of Say Anything, know that there are other better options out there than “Endless Love” and “I Will Always Love You.”
MARIA’S TEN FAVORITE LOVE SONGS
The Scientist – Coldplay
Okay, so I know this song is a bit depressing, but anyone who’s ever been in a romantic relationship knows that relationships are hard work. There are ups and there are downs, but how good is it to to be able to say “I was wrong. I messed up. Can we please try again?” (Within the realm of reason, of course. You seriously can’t play your partner forty times and think you can just come back and be like “Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard. I’m going back to the start” because the only place you’ll be going is right back out the door with a suitcase full of your stuff. #ToTheLeftToTheLeft)
Draw Your Swords – Angus and Julia Stone
This song is also a bit dark but you gotta love the way Angus just gets right to the point. “You are mine, I am yours. Let’s not fuck around.” If you love me and I love you, then let’s do this — what are we waiting around for? Get the bullshit out of the way and let’s get right to loving each other.
I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
What’s sexier than a guy promising to be there for you through thick and thin? This is Edwin McCain at his rawest saying, “Girl, Imma go in the kitchen and make YOU a sandwich.” What’s more, he knows he’s not the best version of himself yet, but he’s working on it and he’ll be even better when he’s older. Like Sinatra said, “The best is yet to come.” Considering everything he’s promising in this song, it’s hard to imagine how much better it could get.
Everything – Lifehouse
So I’ve heard rumblings that this is a religious song. But I don’t think it takes anything away from it if we use it as a love song. Love is love, regardless of what interpretation you’re choosing to go with. Personally, my favorite-favorite thing about this song is the way it remains quiet for the first three-quarters and then suddenly explodes in your face. Isn’t that just like love? The way it quietly stirs inside us until one day it explodes right out one way or another. (Yes, I can see how that last line can be misinterpreted. Stahp.)
What A Difference A Day Makes – Dinah Washington
For those who are old souls, Dinah Washinton’s voice rings out straight through the past to point out that all the world changed the day you fell in love. Sometimes that’s all it takes, “Twenty-four little hours brought the rain and the flowers where there used to be rain.” We all could have used a love like that this past hurricane season.
I’ll Be Seeing You – Billie Holiday
Because sometimes when you’re in love everywhere you go that special person is all you see. Not like your dog’s face morphing into theirs. You know, metaphorical and shit. Or maybe your dog’s face morphing into theirs, I wouldn’t know. Do see a doctor though, if this starts to happen with frequency.
You and Me – You+Me
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite out of this set. But if I had to, I might choose this one, simply because of the one line where they sing “you can be flawed enough but perfect for a person” because let’s face it, NOBODY’S perfect (okay, maybe Beyonce is). And how often before we find love do we feel like we’re never going to be good enough for anyone? Then suddenly you do find someone and you realize you can be loved in spite of your habit of leaving your toenail clippings lying around.
Do I Wanna Know? – Artic Monkeys
We’ve all been there, at that point where you’re just having a drink alone at home, listening to that song that reminds you of that certain someone and wondering if they could maybe/possibly be thinking of you too. Or, you know, stuffing your face with Cheetos and watching old Family Guy reruns at 2 am whilst Facebook stalking them on your phone–but we’ll go with the Artic Monkey’s cooler rendition of unrequited yearning.
I’ve Got A Crush On You – Ella Fitzgerald
If you thought Angus and Julia Stone were straightforward and to the point, then you haven’t seen anything yet. Because the bad ass Ella Fitzgerald does not beat around the bush. In the simplest words and melody, she explains the world’s most common emotion. The metaphorical is always fascinating, but sometimes you just need to spell it out for them. Sometimes it’s as simple as “A & B sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!”
Reflecting Light – Sam Philips
If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan you know why this song hits right in the feels. It represents the culmination of five long years of waiting for Luke and Lorelai–whom we knew from the very first episode belonged together–to finally find their way to each other. Very few TV moments in history can beat Luke and Lorelai dancing to this song at Liz’s wedding. Outside of a Gilmore Girls’ setting, it’s still the perfect song to dedicate to someone whom you’ve waited to be with for a long time. Whatever the reasons might be that kept the two of you apart–there’s nothing like the sweet release and subsequent leap of faith that comes with taking a chance on love. Sam Philips says it best: “Give up the ground under your feet, hold on to nothing for good…” Give it up, man. Go forth, love and be loved.
ANA’S TEN FAVORITE LOVE SONGS
Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra ft Count Basie
Call me the poster child for cliché romance, but this is probably my all-time favourite love song. There’s something about the opening lines that gets me every time. The love this person has for someone else is so grand it can’t be earthly – they need a cosmic playground in order to explore it. When Sinatra croons “In other words…” you could almost hear the smirk on his face from the smooth line he’s just dropped. A hand held and a kiss are all it takes to make the person feel like they’re out of this world.
Can’t Take My Eyes off of You – Heath Ledger’s version
Raise of hands who didn’t swoon at Heath Ledger dancing up and down the school bleachers in 10 Things I Hate About You. You may all now exit this article, the rest of you with your hands down– welcome, you have correct opinions.
But seriously, what better way to feel like the object of someone’s worldly affections than being told by your significant other they can’t take their eyes off of you and “the sight of you leaves” them “weak”. It’s the words we’d like to hear, but also probably laugh them off because of their cheesiness. If only prompting us to ask what favour do they want done around the house.
The Night We Met – Lord Huron
I have a fascination for angst and tragic love stories – the more pain the better and not the 50 Shades of Grey kind. The Night We Met has an eerie and sad backstory to the love the singer once felt, but is now obviously gone. They lament on the past they shared which was albeit flawed, but the feeling of nostalgia and reminiscing of when they did have “all of” them was so overwhelming they wish they could go back to the start.
Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
This is a funky choice for a romantic song, I will admit. But the imagery it invokes makes me think of the return of someone’s presence and the feeling you get when you’re reunited. It’s silly and eerie all at once because it’s about heartache and yearning for someone, but also about having the hope that they’ll return and reciprocate your feelings.
Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Elvis Presley
Another classic, but once again the opening lines get me: “Wise men say, only fools rush in, but I can’t help falling in love with you”. Falling in love can sometimes feel like either a battle to put the brakes on to no avail or surrendering completely – but whether you like it or not it’s bound to happen, “like a river flows surely to the sea”. Give in, it’s a losing battle.
If I fell –Maroon 5 cover/The Beatles
Now, please before you pitch your metaphorical rocks in the comments – hear me out. While I love The Beatles’ version, when I heard the acoustic Maroon 5 cover I felt the tempo suited this sadder more timid ballad.
It’s everyone’s anxiety when falling in love again. Although you’re willing to reciprocate love, could your newly found love cherish your heart or recklessly abandon it the way it had been before? Could you trust them with your feelings this time around or will you fall flat on your face again? Are they going to watch the next episode of Black Mirror without you? I don’t know, but only time will tell (and my Netflix account).
City of Stars – Ryan Gosling
I didn’t want to give into the La La Land hype when I first watched it, but when this eerie blue tune came on I knew if I didn’t walk away from the movie a fan, I was definitely a fan of City of Stars. The song talks about how there’s so much unknown for the characters’ futures, but once sharing their first embrace they knew that their “dream” had “finally come true”.
Something Stupid – Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra
We’ve all been there. The tongue-tied, twisting hands and awkward off-cue giggles at the beginning of a relationship. Trying to stand out and make yourself different from the rest can be exhausting, but nothing quite compares to the first time ‘I love you’ basically tumbles out of your mouth from the inability to contain it any longer.
When in love, one can’t help but seem like a fool. It reminds me of that Gilmore Girls quote: “I’m afraid once your heart is involved, it all comes out in moron.”
Underneath your clothes – Shakira
Don’t get me started on the goddess that is Shakira, but out of all of her songs, I went with this one. Underneath Your Clothes isn’t just an ode to the beauty you see in your significant other but tells of a healthy love that makes a you person better. How at the end of the day, “when the parties are over” and everyone is gone, they’ll still have each other – and maybe that’s all they’ll need.
She Burns – Foy Vance
This was probably the hardest song for me to pinpoint an exact line that made me think: yes, this is the most romantic line. She Burns is possibly the most modern-day love song I can think of that manages to capture the feeling of a fiery longing and passion you can have for someone. That near ‘burning’ and all-consuming effect that someone has on you where you try to conceal and tame it with futile results.
There you have it. We hope you like our choices and that they help bring you lots of lovin’ this Valentine’s Day. If not, you can always compile them into a playlist and use it as the soundtrack to the fanfiction of your life. Or, if writing’s not your thing, create a Sims family and play it in the background while your characters whoopee. (Seriously, where did you think we pulled all these sappy ass songs from with such swiftness?)
Have a fun, safe, consenting Valentine’s Day everyone!