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Listen for the Love

February 16, 2015

In the spirit of love, I’ve loaded my iPod with a myriad of love songs to fit any mood. Songs about platonic love, innocent romance, and self-love are but a few that I’ve congregated into a playlist. This February, celebrate with some of these tunes that aren’t your conventional melody about a significant other, but of all types of love:

Self Love
We all need some of this in our day-to-day lives. As we go about our days, it’s easy to forget that the most important person at the end of it all is you! When a feel-good, pick-me-up song is a must for me, I turn to David Choi’s “Can’t Take This Away,” “This and That is Life,” and “Enjoy the View.” Choi’s soft acoustic strums, inspirational lyrics, and lulling voice fuses indie, jazz, and folk together into a mellow concoction that’s pleasant to listen to. For those rolled-down-window car rides, I enjoy nodding my head to Casey Abram’s “Simple Life,” Bruno Mars’s “Today My Life Begins,” Clara C’s “Wake Up in Neverland,” Melissa Polinar’s “Happy,” and Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On.”

Cute Lovers
Of course, no love song compilation would be complete without acknowledging the ever-expanding library of tunes dedicated to romantic lovers. For those who opt the cutesy, cliché, and sweet, try “Icing” by Charity Vance, “Love Whiplash!” and “I Do Adore,” and “Pennies” by Mindy Gledhill. These tunes include a honey-sweet warmth of vocals and dashes of sassy love. A couple notable mentions include “Ms. Seductive,” by Jeff Bernat, “Love,” by Matt White, “Colour Me in Gold,” by JP Cooper, and “Make You Mine,” and “Falling in Love” by the Us the Duo.

Friendly Appreciation
Love isn’t always romantic; in fact, platonic love is just as wonderful! “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars depicts just that through reggae percussions and upbeat tempos. Send your close friend a cheesy tune to show your appreciation, including “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” by Randy Newman and “Lucky,” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

Love Makes the World Go Round
While we cherish our close relations, it’s easy to forget to appreciate the world around us. Giving love to life’s little things and society is just important as in the Black Eye Peas “Where is the Love?” and Clara C’s “Til We Go.” But love should also be shown for our fellow human beings as in A Great Big World’s “Everyone is Gay.” In the end of the day, Marie Digby’s “Crazier Things” and Melissa Polinar’s “Happy” declare that being happy is the root of it all.

I Love How I Hate You So
Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day just doesn’t do for some. Whether it be the sickly sweet romance of it all or a terrible heartbreak, here are a few of my favorites for your taste. Joseph Vincent’s “Heartbreak Girl” packs a snazzy, jazzy punch and Sara Bareilles delivers pop songs with sassy messages with in-your-face lyrics as in “Machine Gun” and “King of Anything.” For an ironically sweet song, try “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green.

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