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The Valentine’s Day playlist for lovers and haters

By Susan Pereny

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that generally splits people up into two groups: lovers and haters.  These people are, respectively, in a relationship or single.

You don’t need to look far on social media sites to find a member of either group. See that girl who just posted a filtered picture of the platform pumps her boyfriend bought her for the holiday with the caption #love?  Unbelievably, she’s a member of the former group. The latter is normally characterized by statuses about how their Valentine is their couch/chips/cat/Netflix/doughnuts/mom.

Here’s your Valentine’s Day playlist, whether you’re a lover, a hater or in between:

The Shins, “New Slang”

This quiet, peaceful song with its calming vocals is perfect for lying around doing nothing with that special someone.

The Shins, “Caring is Creepy”

On the other side of The Shins coin, maybe this title will suit you better.

INXS, “Never Tear Us Apart’

No one can convince me that 80s pop rock isn’t great. Sure, the lyrics are cliché, but something about the haunting brief silences in this song really capture me. There’s also the possibility that I only really like it because it was in “Donnie Darko.”

Vampire Weekend, “I’m Going Down” 

This cover of Bruce Springsteen’s original is a toned-down version of his failed-relationship song.

Jeff Buckley, “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over”

This song is so full of yearning and grace. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Waking Lights, “Everybody Wants You”
This band played at The Rat my freshman year, and I later found out my mom taught two of the members in middle school. Everyone should check them out.

Bonus Funny Song:
Flight of the Conchords, “Business Time”

“Girl/ tonight we’re gonna make love/ you know how I know? / because it’s Wednesday/ and Wednesday night is the night that we usually make love”



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