Valentine’s Day Playlist
Erin McAuliffe | Thursday, February 12, 2015
A playlist featuring a song for everyone’s unique Valentine’s Day aesthetic.
“Multi-Love” — Unknown Mortal Orchestra
For those that can relate to the lyrics “you checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room,” head bob in agreement to this breathy, synthy track.
“Get It” — Matt and Kim
For those who are excited that Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday so they can capitalize on the “At 1 a.m. we go for gold / At 1 a.m. we lost control” holiday aesthetic, this song’s chorus is just like your roommate — repeatedly coming up to you on the dance floor and whispering “get it.”
“Fool for Love” — Lord Huron
The swingy beat immediately entices you to bust into “The Carlton,” causing you to look like a fool for more reasons than love.
“Love Me Like You Do” — Ellie Goulding
For those with pre-purchased tickets to you know what. You know who you are.
“Elastic Heart” — Sia
Although the video may have undergone some scrutiny for weird romantic undertones between a tween dancer and 28-year-old “Even Stevens” veteran, this song’s echoey chords can inspire a Henry Long-esque interpretive tutu dance from anyone. Keep practicing and change your name to something to do with the aloof singer (ex: Shia — Sia, Kristen Wiig — Sia wears a wig. Meta.) for a chance to be featured in one of her performances.
“My Baby Don’t Understand Me” — Natalie Prass
Contrary to the lyrics, “I don’t feel much / Afraid I don’t feel anything at all,” this song will you have you feeling everything. Seriously, break out the tissues. With lyrics like “our love was like a long goodbye” and “where do you go when the only home that you know is with a stranger,” NatPrass’s crooning will have you in full on sob as you think about past flings, the rocky future of your relationship or the fact that you are now teary-eyed in the library.
“Crave You” — Flight Facilities, Giselle
For the person who everyone is in love with but doesn’t care because the one who matters doesn’t know you exist — A) are you a real person or the protagonist of a rom-com? B) this is your anthem. Some ideas to better (worsen?) this situation: let everyone who is in love with you follow you around like groupies and take all their compliments to heart, send out an ND Crush quoting this song, blast this song on your boombox outside his or her window a-la John Cusack in “Say Anything.”
“The Ideal Husband” — Father John Misty
A tribute to those at Notre Dame on an ayahuasca-fueled search for that MRS degree.
“Feeling Myself” — Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé
Who needs a Valentine when you have Nicki, Beyoncé, a boombox and yourself? (At this point, log in to Amazon and purchase a boombox. You can even get a pink one because Valentine’s Day. Trust me, it is my No. 1 most used/commented on purchase, besides the 12-pack of Heath bars I bought from the site last year when I realized North Dining Hall was never going to replenish their fro-yo topping supply).
“Lovers’ Carvings” — Bibio
You are so sophisticated you would never buy into “this Hallmark-created b.s.,” so stay in and jam to the reiterative chords in this groovy, mollifying track that invigorate your senses more than any cheap candy or ridiculous card could.
“Bonnie and Clyde” — Brigitte Bardot, Serge Gainsbourg
Francophiles with a proclivity for larceny and murder in the name(s) of love, this one’s for you.
“Pedestrian at Best” — Courtney Barnett
“I love you, I hate you, I’m on the fence, it all depends / Whether I’m up or down, I’m on the mend, transcending all reality / I like you, despise you, admire you” — the angsty Valentine aesthetic.
Ask your date for all his money in exchange for some homemade origami. If he refuses, tell him he’s a joke and you don’t find him very funny. Strut away while blasting the next track on this list.
“Dumb” — Jazmine Sullivan, Meek Mill
“You must be dumb, dumb, dumb / I ain’t.” — the “I’m too regal for this, so I’m strutting back to my throne”-Valentine aesthetic. This song is also the perfect anthem for walks to and from class when you’re feeling sassy and better than everyone.
“Only One” — Kanye West and Paul McCartney
Kanye said this heartfelt ballad came to him as “my mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter.” The track, featuring Kanye’s up-and-coming prodigy, offers sage advice and emotional sentimentality: “Hello my only one / Remember who you are / No, you’re not perfect but you’re not your mistakes.”
“Bound 2” — Kanye West
Uh-huh, honey — this song is on this list. You should have known I was bound to feature my man twice. Pour one out for all the people “tired of lovin’, of lovin’ / With nobody to love, nobody, nobodyyy.”
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