Rock Around the Rock: Valentine’s Edition

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Valentine’s Day is a great time to express love to anyone. Music is a great way to do that, as it comes in so many different forms. What does a proper love song sound like? Does it have poetic lyrics that reflect what you’re feeling? Is the instrumental aspect so strong that no words are necessary? Is it loud and aggressive, or soft and intimate? There’s a different song for everyone on such a love filled day, and what better way to find that song than to match it to your specific Valentine’s Day?

Maybe you spend Valentine’s Day celebrating with friends. This could mean staying in and watching movies, or going out to dance the night away. When finding a song for this day, it is important to remember that happiness is the thing that truly makes Valentine’s Day special. Taking the strong and independent vibes from “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld is sure to get you up and moving. Dancing along to upbeat tunes on Valentine’s Day will turn the day into a party no matter what tries to stop it.

“Toothpaste Kisses” by the Macabees sounds like what walking hand in hand after having a late breakfast feels like. For an easy day with someone who makes everyday activities better, something light and relaxed, like this song, is a great start to a simple love song list. To add to this playlist, Frank Sinatra’s “My Funny Valentine,” is sure to further the romantic mood as the lyrics and slow instrumental sounds detail the love you may feel for your own “little valentine.” This song may even provide a few quotes to credit in a red and pink card for someone!

For those who have recently joined the singles’ club, there is no shortage of songs to boost the mood. “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato preaches the values of letting loose and having fun, even if you’re by yourself. However, if you need company on a night where you just want to put on sweatpants and cry it out, Camila Cabello fills the spot perfectly with her slow and emotional song delicately articulating the period of time after a breakup, “Consequences.” Let yourself wallow, but remember to dance along!

For those with new and budding loves of all shapes and sizes, there are countless beats. To take you through any kind of beginning, “More Than Friends” by Jason Mraz, featuring Meghan Trainor, speaks for all of new relationships. With this song playing, it could give the confidence to “take it easy” and let it all blossom. “Thinkin bout you” by Frank Ocean depicts the newness and the scattered mindset of an uncertain new relationship. This song motivates the unsure to become more clear and, ultimately, happy with their situation. 

No matter your romantic, platonic or friendly situation on Valentine’s Day, music offers all the love in the world to those who are open to it.

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