Though Valentine’s Day has long passed, music about love (this month’s theme) is always relevant! Since not everyone has a significant other, this month’s playlist encompasses many of the romantic situations you can be in! Not only does this playlist span the many genres of music, but it also covers decades worth of songs about unrequited love, lost love, and all situations involving love.The songs of February are (found here):
1. “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole. This song is a time-honored love song everyone knows! Nat King Cole’s recognizable voice is layered onto the upbeat underlying rhythms. This is devoted to the long standing couple that has been in a relationship for what seems like their entire lives.
2. “When You Look Me In the Eyes” by Jonas Brothers. As a “90’s/00’s kid”, the Jonas Brothers were a staple of music my music taste. Nick Jonas’s teenage love is expressed through the surprisingly insightful lyrics. This song goes out to all of the teenagers in a new relationship, but still cannot let go of that Jonas Brothers cardboard cutout stashed in their closets.
3. “When I Get My Hands On You” by The New Basement Tapes. The New Basement Tapes are a compilation of modern, well-respected artists taking their takes on never-before-heard Bob Dylan recordings. Their harmonious combination is rare to achieve when mixing such great talents, but “When I Get My Hands On You” manages to balance all the different elements. This song is for the ones truly devoted to their love!
4. “La Vie En Rose” by Edith Piaf. French classic “La Vie En Rose” has been featured in everything, from modern advertisements to Audrey Hepburn movies. For the non-francophone population, this song is all about Piaf seeing the world when she is in love. This song is perfect for those head over heels with their significant other.
5. “Thinkin Bout You” by Frank Ocean. Famed newcomer Frank Ocean hits it on the head with this song all about love always on the mind. His precedent-setting spin on his music combined with this soulful voice create something utterly refreshing. This is the song for those with their better half always racing around their heads.
6. “Too Marvelous For Words” by Ella Fitzgerald. “Too Marvelous For Words” is a classic jazz song with Ella Fitzgerald a cornerstone singer for her genre. The song features the musical stylings of Johnny Mercer and Richard A. Whiting. This song is included for all of those who feel like their beloved is just “Too Marvelous For Words”.
7. “Why Can’t We Be Friends” by War. There may be question as to a song about harmony within people applies to a “love” playlist. Although not an intentional “love” song, this song can be for all of those trying to let someone down easy in the month of February and just “Be Friends”.
8. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” by Beyonce. Beyonce. That is all that needs to be said for “Single Ladies”. This song is not reserved for only single women, but any proud singles out there celebrating their independence on “Singles Appreciation Day”.
9. “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake. Justin Timberlake’s flawless falsetto accentuates his pain in the classic break-up song. This is for all those people out there with ex’s trying to make up for lost love or ditching their deadbeat relationship, as JT says, “Your bridges were burned, and now it’s your turn/To cry, cry me a river”.
10. “Someday” by The Strokes. With the line “Alone we stand, together we fall apart”, it does not get more cynical this February. The Strokes’s harsh, yet wholly relevant lyrics hit home for many, and is only improved upon with their catchy guitar chords and infectious drumbeats. This is for all of those fresh out of a faulty relationship, for them 00’s rock is their solace.