In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are ten stellar classic songs concerning the topic of love (but not all in the romantic fashion that you may be accustomed to). Some may make you happy while some may make you sad but “hey, that’s amore.” So cozy up with your sweetheart, eat those chocolates and smell that bouquet of flowers you got (or, if you’re alone and depressed, put on some comfy slippers and pour yourself another glass of wine). Let’s get started:
10. OMD- “So In Love”
One of the best acts that I witnessed at the 2013 Coachella music festival, OMD is an amazing live band whose songs bring chills to my spine. When I was ten this was the theme song to one of my elementary school crushes, so it will always hold a special place in my heart.
9. Siouxsie & The Banshees- “Love In A Void”
What can you say about Siouxsie and company that hasn’t already been said? Along with the Slits and X-Ray Specs, they were a breath of fresh air in the otherwise “sausage fest” that was the punk scene of the late 70’s. Like Debbie Harry and Patti Smith, Siouxsie’s name often comes up as a major influence in interviews we’ve done with female musicians. See this interview we recently did with Clare Grogan of Altered Images for further evidence.
8. Haircut One Hundred- “Love Plus One”
A catchy, infectious New Wave classic. Like Aztec Camera’s “Oblivious”, it shines with the sparkle of a band still wet behind the ears, bursting out the gates like a racehorse on amphetamines.
7. Buzzcocks- Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t)
The Buzzcocks are probably my favorite punk band of all time. They had a surprising amount of confessional depth, tackling sensitive topics that other punk acts wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. True visionaries. Check out the interview we did a couple years ago with Steve Diggle here.
6. New Order- “Love Vigilantes”
A song about a soldier returning from Vietnam to see his wife again, this track has some of the most humanistic and meaningful lyrics that Bernard Sumner ever scribbed.
5. Flock of Seagulls- “Space Age Love Song”
Say what you will about their hair style and fashion aesthetics, Flock of Seagulls is a band that puts on a great concert. I’ve probably seen them about 4 times through the years and this is my favorite song of theirs.
4. Cure- “Love Song”
A beautiful song from their classic “Disintegration” album.
3. Pixies- “La La Love You”
The Pixies were MY band in high school. A band that I defined myself by, for better or worse. Widely regarded as a modern rock masterpiece, “Doolittle” is chock full of amazing songs by a band in its prime. And “La La Love You” is one of only a couple tracks featuring vocals from drummer David Lovering. Along with the signature vocal interplay between Black Francis and Kim Deal, this is a quintessential Pixies song if there ever was one.
2. Joy Division- “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
Probably the single most popular and widely regarded post-punk song of all time. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing New Order perform this live a few years ago in concert during an homage to Ian Curtis and it was impressive.
1. Daniel Johnston- “True Love Will Find You In The End”
Not necessarily fitting in stylistically with the other classics above, this is one of my favorite songs by Daniel Johnston. An eery homage that is forlorn yet optimistic. There’s a good reason why this song has been covered by the likes of Beck, Wilco, Mates of State and countless others. One of the most beautiful songs of all time. If you’re a fan of Daniel’s music, check out this interview we did with him here.
That’s it for our 2017 Valentine’s Day list. Do you have any favorites that we overlooked? Any suggestions for next year’s Valentine’s Day list? If so, please share and comment and social media and we’ll compile your suggestions for next year! And if you haven’t done so, please be sure to “like” us on Facebook!
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