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The Alternative Soundtrack: Valentine's Playlist

February 10, 2015















Originally posted on The Alternative Soundtrack


And it's time of year again.


The time where those in relationships choose the perfect gift for their loved ones and those single choose the perfect flavour of Ben & Jerry's. For me, whether I'm single or with someone, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse (not that I need one) to whack on a romantic film and believe in love again. And central to that is a beautiful, romantic soundtrack.


So, in tribute to all those years of emotional films and music, I have devised my own personal Valentine's Day playlist for all of you, consisting of my favourite love songs of all time. That does mean there's no fresh new music in this list for you, but you might rediscover a classic or two, or find a song from a few years you haven't heard before.


In terms of what makes a great love song, I think it's more lyrics than anything. Some heartfelt poetry soulfully sang with a dashing of acoustic guitar usually does the trick for me. Either that or some really seductive R&B, but I definitely think this list includes a good mix of pop, alt rock, soul, R&B, and everything in between. Anything that warms that heart of mine, anyway.


If you are looking for a band to watch out for, check out Walking On Cars. Low, gravelly lead singer, Patrick Sheehy, cast his sinister tone over booming drums, shuddering synth, a pacy keyboard riff, making an unconventional track as far as this playlist goes. Touring the UK this spring, I had this EP on repeat when it was first released.


Two of my particular favourite are Howie Day's Collide and Bloc Party's So Here We Are. The song I would choose to play at my wedding for sure has to be Go Radio's The Truth Is. To be honest, all 60 of these songs are favourites of mine and I had initially aimed for the list to only be 40 tracks long, but it just proved impossible to trim it further.


You can find the playlist on Google Play Music here.


P.S. I feel because most of this music isn't new, an indicator of whether you'll like will be the year of release so the information is after the artist. Beware the 90s.


The Playlist

Poison & Wine The Civil Wars 2011

Hand in Hand Walking On Cars 2014

Skinny Love Bon Iver 2007

All Of Me John Legend 2013

Your Winter Sister Hazel 2000

So Here We Are Bloc Party 2005

Blue Eyes Cary Brothers 2007

Be Your Everything Boys Like Girls 2012

Wherever You Will Go The Calling 2001

The Blower's Daughter Damien Rice 2002

Red Daniel Merriweather 2009

Will You Daniel Wilson 2014

Stolen Dashboard Confessional 2006

Breakfast At Tiffany's Deep Blue Something 1993

Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran 2014

This Ed Sheeran 2011

How Long Will I Love You Ellie Goulding 2013

Hero Enrique Iglesias 2001

Let Your Heart Hold Fast Fort Atlantic 2012

The Truth Is Go Radio 2011

Iris Goo Goo Dolls 1998

Everything You Are Graham Colton 2011

Bleed Hot Chelle Rae 2009

Collide Howie Day 2003

Stay Hurts 2010

You Give Me Something James Morrison 2006

Higher Love James Vincent McMorrow 2011

I'm Yours Jason Mraz 2008

Wildest Moments Jessie Ware 2012

I'll Follow You John McLaughlin 2011

Hearbeats Jose Gonzalez 2003

Only You Joshua Radin 2006

Beautiful Like You Lee DeWyze 2010

You and Me Lifehouse 2005

The John Wayne Little Green Cars 2012

1000 Years Liza Anne 2014

Lilywhite Luke Sital-Singh 2014

She Will Be Loved Maroon 5 2002

Heaven Amber Run 2013

Run Matt Nathanson & Sugarland 2011

Finally In Love McLean 2010

Loving You Paolo Nutini 2006

Kiss Me Sixpence None The Richer 1997

Chasing Cars Snow Patrol 2006

Cindy Tammany Hall NYC 2000

Sweet Disposition The Temper Trap 2009

Cindarella Steve Moakler 2009

Drops of Jupiter Train 2001

Only One Yellowcard 2003

If You're Not the One Daniel Bedingfield 2002

Let Me Love You Mario 2004

If I Ain't Got You Alicia Keys 2003

Heaven The Walkmen 2012

Us Regina Spektor 2004

Us Against The World The Coasts 2014

Flaws & Ceilings Frank Hamilton & Lauren Aquilina 2012

True Ryan Cabrera 2004

A Thousand Miles Vanessa Carlton 2001

Somewhere With You Tyler Ward 2011

Officially Yours Craig David 2007


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