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All You Need Is Love?

Valentine’s Day has been and gone, yet its significance remains, for this day reminds us each February of the significance of romance in society. For many, Valentine’s is when love is celebrated, especially romantic love, and partners often use this day to show affection for one another. But for many, Valentine’s Day is a reminder of the harsh nature of heartbreak or the sharp pangs of loneliness. And others may not even feel the need to experience love or engage in romance. Thus, in consideration of these different views, the NewSouthendian has compiled some song recommendations to suit a variety of people. The following Romantic Playlist has been made for those who are in love or who appreciate romantic love songs, and the Who Needs Love Anyway playlist has been made for those who feel saddened, repulsed by or simply ambivalent towards love.

A Romantic Playlist

  1. Still Together – Mac Demarco
  2. Stuck on the Puzzle – Alex Turner
  3. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
  4. She Loves You – The Beatles

The above playlist is a short collection of rock, pop and alternative music, selected for those who enjoy listening to positive love songs. It opens with an acoustic track by Mac Demarco, in which he sings about the ease of being in love with someone (“it’s easy love/fits like a glove”). The playlist then moves on to Alex Turner’s Stuck on the Puzzle, perhaps a less obvious choice, yet nonetheless a love song. This track, which belongs on the soundtrack for the film Submarine, is a chilled-out, softer song which Turner dedicates to a loved one.
The playlist then switches to The Smiths, who take a rather different view of love. For them, love is something which makes death irrelevant (“if a double decker bus crashes into us…to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die”). The band use their trademark upbeat style of indie rock and oddly morbid lyrics to convey a feeling of absolute love. Lastly on the playlist we have a classic Beatles song, She Loves You, a 1960s rock and roll effort in which the singer reassures the listener that their loved one still has feelings for them. This is one of many songs about love recorded by the Beatles, other famous examples including Love Me Do and, of course, All You Need Is Love.

Who Needs Love Anyway

  1. Somebody That I Used To Know – Elliott Smith
  2. A Perfect Sonnet – Bright Eyes
  3. Skinny Love – Bon Iver
  4. Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us – Keaton Henson

This short playlist compiles a list of songs which vent heartbreak and frustration. It opens with folk singer Elliott Smith’s Somebody That I Used To Know (not to be mistaken for the 2013 Gotye song), which is a gentle track accompanied by Smith’s whispering vocals and lyrics that describe the bitterness felt in a break-up (“it’s your heart, not mine that’s scarred”).
The playlist then moves to Bright Eyes, with the ironically titled A Perfect Sonnet. Lead singer Conor Oberst vents his emotions in his heart-wrenching lyrics (but you know that she’s gone, because she left you a song that you don’t wanna sing…”). This is followed by Bon Iver’s Skinny Love (somewhat popularised by Birdy’s cover version, which is equally heart-breaking). Another acoustic, simpler track, this song tells the story of a relationship which hasn’t lasted for long. The playlist wraps up with Keaton Henson, whose lyrics often tell tales of the pains of love. Sweetheart What Have You Done To Us is a particularly mournful song, in which Henson confronts his lover and how their relationship was torn apart by her actions. It is widely speculated that this song is about Henson’s ex-girlfriend Soko, who is also a musician.

Hence, whether you are madly in love, pining for love, or ambivalent to the matter, we hope that there is something in our playlists that suits you.

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