ValentinesDay_BerkeleyBsideAsk anyone from Adorno to the dowdy scientist, and they’ll give it to you technically straight: pop songs are all about love. That’s why a Valentine’s Day playlist is never off-limits as the fourteenth of February moves forward; music is an easy fix for the kind of feeling this day is supposed to celebrate. That feeling is sometimes called love. And sometimes called loneliness. But the sort of good part is, both heartbreak and elation make for pretty easy song ammo.

Single, seeing someone, or not quite sure what the two of you are, you’re always going to be able to relate to pop (-rock, -indie, -tronica.)

On that multi-faceted note, The B-Side has fervently compiled a list of love-themed songs that relate to anyone’s situation–well, most situations, we hope. If we’ve accidentally left one of your favorites out, be sure to song-check us in the comments.

Otherwise, we hope your day is filled with the sweet sweet buzz of something wonderful; song or otherwise.

Audrey Gertz, editor-in-chief

Sonic Youth – “Incinerate.” Choice lyrics: “I ripped your heart out from your chest / Replaced it with a grenade blast / Incinerate / Incinerate / …You doused my soul with gasoline / You flicked a match into my brain

Saint Etienne – “Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Richard X Remix)”

Connor Smith, writer

King Krule – “Neptune Estate”

Michael Kiwanuka – “Bones”

Linda Choi, writer

Koop feat. Yukimi Nagano – “Whenever There Is You”

Ning De-Eknamkul, writer

Al Green  “I’m So Tired of Being Alone”

Samantha Putt, editor

Otis Redding – “These Arms of Mine”

Shimmy Li, social media director

Snow Patrol – “Just Say Yes”

Jay Kwok, writer

Disclosure – “I Love… That You Know”

Mala – “Alicia”

Atreyue Ryken, writer

The Bouncing Souls – “Hopeless Romantic”

Penelope Leggett, photographer

Bomb the Music Industry! – “Punk Rock Girl (Dead Milkmen cover)”

Mac DeMarco – “My Kind Of Woman”

Joanna Jiang, communications director

Bonobo feat. Andreya Triana – “Stay The Same”

U2 – “Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix)”



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