So it’s time for Valentine’s Day again. I feel as though it already happened, since I work in retail and the V-Day stuff has been on display since Christmas.
I think that’s why it took me so long to create Valentine’s-related crafts for my shows and shops. I saw so much red heartsy stuff so early on that I kept thinking that it would be “too early” to get started.
But that’s neither here nor there.
Since the extent of my celebrating tomorrow will consist of going to work in the evening, I thought I’d share some of my favorite love/breakup tunes here.
In compiling this list, however, I realized that pretty much all of these songs are my favorites partially because they are nostalgic to me. Basically all have at one point been featured in mixtapes that I made in high school (anyone remember the classic mix Love and Let-Downs??).
Does this mean that they just don’t make songs like they used to? I like to think so..
So in no particular order, here are my ten favorite songs highlighting both the positive and negative aspects of this “disease they call love.”
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-WEEZER – Falling for You
I heart this song so much since it gets the point across while still being badass. How can you go wrong with a line like, “I’d do ’bout anything to get the hell out alive… or maybe I would rather settle down with you.” Kind of reminds me of the MTX song that goes, “Who needs happiness? I’d rather have you..“
– JIMMY EAT WORLD – Crush
Ignore the crappy homemade video — it’s the price we pay for sharing music for free.
Anyway, this song is very moving to me, especially at the end. Can’t say that it hasn’t made me tear up a time or two..
– WESTON – Clumsy Shy
This is so ‘high school’ that I love it! Never said that Weston’s songs are the best-orchestrated, but they are ultra-fun. Gotta start the video at 7 min. 33 sec. to get the right song.
– JETS TO BRAZIL – Sweet Avenue
First got a hold of this song on a mixtape from a friend with the note “BEST SONG EVER!!” by it. It’s definitely a contender in my mind — Just soft and sweet and sincere.
– BILLY BRAGG – Greetings to the New Brunette
I’m celebrating my love for you with a pint of beer and a new tattoo. Of course at the end we discover that the entire song is this big fantasy, but I would still consider it to be more of a song about love and hope rather than disappointment.
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– PEDRO THE LION – Bad Diary Days
Just the whole tone of this song is so melancholy. Probably the most heart-wrenching breakup song to me. It’s so sad without being whiney or going into “that terrible bitch did me wrong” mode. The breakfast cereal talked more than we did all day long..
– BRIGHT EYES – You Will
I like the lo-fi sound quality on this one. (Yes, this link goes to the album version..) Connor Oberst always sounds sincere.
– ALL – Shreen
I think that the best part of this song is the contrast between the emotional lyrics and overall punky ‘feel’ of their music. Like seeing a biker coddle a kitten.
– FOUR TOPS – Walk Away Renee
This song can make me tear up as well. Still like the original done by The Left Banke, but that version is too stiff and doesn’t convey the emotion of the Four Tops’ song. I like when people shout in their songs… not in a crappy “nu metal” sort of way, but in a “I’m so overcome with emotion that I can’t use my inside voice” sort of way.
– THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)
So what’s amazing is that I actually know a guy whose dad left his mom to ‘marry the sea.’ This song saddens me because I could empathize with Brandy… She’s stuck in this town that she probably grew up in and is so amazed to hear the sailor’s stories of the exotic outside world and is hopefully that he’ll come back for her someday, but in her heart knows he won’t. It totally has a cheesy 70’s vibe, but has been one of my favorite songs since I was a little kid. It’s even been my ring tone for the past 3 or so years.
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So there you have it.
Some runners-up include: Jackson (Johnny Cash & June Carter), Kentucky Rain (Elvis), and 300 (The Stereo)