Songs for the swooning sentimentalist this Valentine’s Day

Tory Foulk

“I Wanna Be Yours” – Arctic Monkeys

Based on a poem written by John Cooper Clarke, “I Wanna Be Yours” is one of the more seductive songs off of the Arctic Monkeys’ fifth studio album AM. The piece sounds like something a DJ would play at the end of a high school dance to up the chances of the introverted and shy to score a goodnight kiss.

“Only You” – Portishead

Trip-hop outfit Portishead’s “Only You” is a dreamy, noir-inspired single from their self-titled album released in 1997. This song is perhaps best paired with good company, a glass of white wine and a roaring fireplace.

“Electrify” – Mutemath

High energy and fun, Mutemath’s “Electrify” has a “lucky in love” vibe. This song is perfect for expressing the giddiness and excitement that often accompany new, budding love.

“Realla” – TOKiMONSTA ft. Anderson Paak

This experimental R&B number by producer TOKiMONSTA and rapper Anderson Paak sounds like it belongs on a soundtrack for lavish hotel rooms – quiet and warm.

“True Love Will Find You in the End” – Daniel Johnston

Anti-folk artist Daniel Johnston isn’t quite like any other artist in music today. In fact, he was the subject of a documentary entitled “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” that attempted to take an inside look at his eccentric appeal. “True Love Will Find You in the End” is a cute little song that sounds like something Conor Oberst would produce in ten years, when he’s older and a little less angry.

“Baby’s Got Sauce” – G. Love & Special Sauce

Chill alternative hip-hop group G. Love & Special Sauce is notorious for groovy beats and easy going tunes. “Baby’s Got Sauce” is no exception to this, as G. Love croons about how cool his baby is over mellow reggae tones.

“The Luckiest” – Ben Folds

Moving and lyrically disarming, rock pianist Ben Folds’ “The Luckiest” is arguably one of the sweetest and most charmingly creepy love songs of all time. Folds writes a verse to his lover pondering whether or not he’d have recognized them at a different time, in different stages of their lives.

“Book of the Month” – Lovage

The title of Lovage’s one and only album is Songs to Make Love to Your Lady By, so as one can imagine, it was difficult to choose just one of those songs to include on this playlist. However, “Book of the Month” is easily one of the most sensual tracks and is likely to help even the clumsiest of romantics to come off a little bit smoother.

“Two Weeks” – FKA Twigs

“Two Weeks” is a track you almost have to hear to understand. FKA Twigs has an unforgettable voice, and many of her tracks (“Two Weeks” included) sound like remixes of songs that haven’t even been created yet.

“Little Bit” – Lykke Li

Swedish indie pop artist Lykke Li’s single “Little Bit” is playful, timid and catchy. This is the perfect track for anyone in a new relationship – especially if you think you’re just “a little bit in love with” your new partner.

“Everybody Here Wants You” – Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley is sensually sensitive as always in “Everybody Here Wants You,” a song from his album So Real. For those who prefer the romantic crooning of Marvin Gaye, this track is a perfect addition to any slow jam Valentine’s playlist.

“Beggin For Thread” – Banks

This hit single off Banks’ 2014 album titled Goddess is perfect for the jilted lover. Getting mixed signals? Feeling letdown by a romantic interest? Give this tune a listen.

“For Science” – They Might Be Giants

As far as unconventional love songs go, They Might Be Giants’ “For Science” probably takes the heart-shaped cake. Though the track is extremely short, its perfect for declaring one’s love in an unusual way.