Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, one of the most polarizing of all holidays. Do you enjoy taking this day as a reminder to appreciate your loved ones and get romantic? Or are you annoyed by a manufactured holiday that brings out candy-coated bullshit and makes the lonely feel lonelier?
Either way, we aim to please. So we've set up this blog post like one of those Choose Your Own Adventure stories you read when you were a kid.
Go here if you love V-Day and would like a VALENTINE'S DAY RULES soundtrack.
Go here if you hate V-Day and would like a VALENTINE'S DAY SUCKS soundtrack.
(Or, if you are looking to take this year's V-Day an entirely different direction: The Six Best Songs About Murdering A Significant Other)
YOU CHOSE VALENTINE'S DAY RULES!
It's almost Valentine's Day, y'all. It's time to get all up in your significant other or your someone special.
But what music should accompany your dirty deeds or love-struck feelings?
I've used my decades-long experience as an expert soundtrack-chooser to bring you this highly-recommended list of tunes to get you feeling lovey and freeee-kay. I tapped ten of my all-time favorite artists for inspiration. Here you go:
The Ronettes - "Be My Baby" Key lyric: "I'll make you happy, baby, just wait and see / For every kiss you give me, I'll give you three" When in doubt, turn to the classics. The Ronettes' "Be My Baby" is not just one of the best love songs ever, it might be the best song ever. The Spector girl-group harmonies make the heart swell in unmeasurable proportions. Lyrics like "The night we met I knew I needed you so" bring us all right back to our best, most hopeful moments.
The Cardigans - "And Then You Kissed Me" Key lyric: "It hit me like never before / That love is a powerful force" My favorite Cardigans album is Gran Turismo, but it does not reflect the height of the Swedish band's lovey-dovey-ness. For that, you need to bust out Long Gone Before Daylight. "For What It's Worth" and You're the Storm" are for lovin', but give "And Then You Kissed Me" a spin. With lines like "My heart overfloods," it is super-duper smoochy squishy.
Iggy Pop - "Sixteen" Key lyric: "Show you my explosion, sweet sixteen" Forget making love. You just want to get laid. You want to give in to all of your worst desires and just get f-u-c-k-e-d. If you have a sexy little thing and you just want to go out to the bar and then get down and dirty, try out this naughty little number. You will both cream your jeans to lines like "Body and soul / I go crazy." (Bonus points for lyrical nod to "leather boots." Mmm-hmm.) This song comes on, and Good Lord, it is time to bang.