by Devon Mitchell
February is upon us, meaning stupid Cupid’s quiver is full of arrows of love ready to pierce the hearts of mere mortals. What better way to celebrate Cupid’s love parade than to listen to a playlist full of background music appropriate for all your Valentine’s Day scenarios.
- For all the long-term romantic relationships, I suggest spending Valentine’s Day gazing into each other’s eyes to “Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty. This song has beautiful lyrics telling the story of a love affair that meets all the criteria to make a consummate love as told by the triangular theory of love. Put on this song and I guarantee you and your valentine won’t need Cupid this year.
- For all my sad girls and boys I recommend “Nothing New (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)” by Taylor Swift. If you want to spend your Valentine’s Day wallowing in the realization that one day, we will all become old news and undesirable, I support it! To make it a more enjoyable experience, listen to Phoebe Bridgers and Taylor Swift reveal their feelings coming to this conclusion themselves.
- Now for the unrequited love trope. Plenty of songs fit into this category, but I suggest “Where the Skies are Blue” by the Lumineers. The folksy retelling of unrequited love is beautiful, and you can tell how much he cares and believes in his love. It’s heartbreaking but somehow uplifting.
- This one is for the girlies on Galentine’s Day. “no body, no crime (feat. HAIM)” by Taylor Swift is the perfect background music to whatever you get up to on your night out with your gal pals. Maybe you’ll even finish listening feeling inspired to get up to something fun concerning your best friend’s cheating husband with her sisters.
- For anyone planning to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day, I suggest using the song “I Will” by the Beatles. It’s a sweet tune that says over and over, “I love you”. If the person you’re saying “I love you” to doesn’t get it, that is unfortunate. Maybe try a more direct way of communicating if that’s the case.