Why I Love Love Songs + Absoludicrous Valentine’s Day Community Playlist

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Absoludicrous!

Okay, technically it’s in two days, but it’s always been one of my favorite holidays, so I’m starting the celebration early.

Valentine’s Day gets a bad rep, which sucks because it’s actually one of my favorite holidays. Yes, I know, if you’re single Valentine’s Day is just another reminder of how lonely you are, but look at it this way. In just a few days, there’s gonna be pounds of very cheap, delicious chocolate in beautiful heart-shaped boxes lining the shelves of every grocery store in the United States.

Plus, Valentine’s Day has that great red and pink fluffy pastel aesthetic that I love. And! Who said you had to have a significant other to spoil someone you love on Love Day. Man, just take a bag of chocolates to school/work/whatever and pass them out. That’s what I do.

And of course, we have the topic of this post. Ballads. Love songs are basically everywhere. I dare you to find a single relevant artist that doesn’t have at least one in their repertoire. Actually… don’t take me up on that. I’m sure there’s some hipster punk band out there that hasn’t yet felt love in their cold, dead hearts.

My original idea for this post was to talk about ten to twelve of my favorite love songs with maybe a few extra suggestions from friends and family. And then I realized that basically everyone has like a whole playlist of love songs they enjoy, and suddenly I had a playlist of over 130 love songs!

I want to take a moment to thank all of the people who suggested songs. It was a blast compiling them, and while I haven’t yet gotten a chance to listen to them all, I’ve dug into a few of them and they’re all super great. There’s all sorts of genres and decades of songs on this list, and I’m sure everyone can find something to enjoy! If you want to check out the playlist, click right here. I will also be including a full song list and every contributor’s name at the bottom of this post!

I thought I might also provide some thoughts on a few of the songs I personally added to the list.

Simple Song – The Shins

I almost forgot about this one until the very last minute, which is something that I honestly cannot believe. How could I forget about this one? As perhaps suggested by the title, is nothing too complex, but it’s earnest and has this really powerful quality to it I really enjoy. There are some really gorgeous lyrics in here too – it seems to tell a story about a love based in friendship, trust, and mutual respect, and if that’s not #relationshipgoals I don’t know what is.

Helpless – Hamilton

This one was another last minute realization. (I won’t take all the blame for this, though. I cannot believe nobody suggested this one either. What’s the deal? I thought, like, all of my friends were obsessed with Hamilton!) Either way, this song is really sweet. You don’t even need to be familiar with the plot of this musical to understand the bubblegum pop feelings of love at first sight this song chronicles. Of course, you would have to be familiar with the musical to understand just what Eliza Hamilton is getting herself into in this relationship… but I digress. I love Lin Manuel Miranda’s rap in this but the real star is of course Phillippa Soo, whose beautiful voice brings makes this adorable ballad perfect.

I Need My Girl – The National

I’m going to come back to this idea for a few of the songs in this little personal list here, but I love when love songs use little specific details that suggest it’s for a real person. I’d bet actual money that the situations described in this song were based in reality – and that’s one of the best parts of the song. That, and the quiet, contemplative tone set by the simplistic instrumentation and echoey sound effects. This one is just beautiful.

The Gambler – fun.

fun. is an older favorite of mine, but I always come back to the song. It’s cheery and catchy and sweet as all get-out. It tells the tale of two lovers’ entire lives together – their meeting, falling in love, and eventually raising a family and enjoying domestic bliss together. It’s like the auditory equivalent of Valentine’s Day chocolate… sweet and addictive.

I Want You To – Weezer

This is another love song that gets very specific with some of the details of the lyrics. Plus, it’s a fun, upbeat, tongue-in-cheek sort of song that still manages to keep some really sweet and sentimental ideas. I’m not the biggest fan of Weezer, but this song is a real gem.

Arms – Christina Perri

This has always been a song that has resonated with me, especially recently. It’s an earnest and lovely song about learning to trust and love. It’s nothing grand, but I love the sentiment of this song. It feels really real, talking about the confusing feelings of fear and joy that comes with a first love. (Also, a bit relatable, gonna be honest.) Adorable.

Death of a Bachelor – Panic! at the Disco

Gosh I love this song! Have I talked about how much I love this song? Oh man do I love this song. With a classic swagger that can only be delivered by the one and only Brendon Urie, this song is a sentimental look at getting married and casting aside your old single life. And those horns… yes those horns…

In Another Life – Vienna Teng

I recently showed this song to my dad, who told me he thought it sounded very “broadway.” This was kind of a wild realization to me, but it totally explains why I dig this song so much. Vienna Teng is kind of a master at telling some incredibly-written stories through song, and this one specifically tells the tale of two lovers as they are repeatedly reborn throughout history and brought together. Despite the sometimes morbid subject matter of the lyrics, the song ends on a surprisingly sweet note, giving these two ill-fated lovers a happy ending in the present. Plus, some excellent clarinet playing.

Aquaman – Walk the Moon

My boys! Walk the Moon is my favorite band and they’ve had no shortage of love songs – some a bit more crude or awkward than others… but I had to pick this one because I love the sentiment. The idea of letting go of your fears and being able to love someone without restraint is really so well articulated. Plus, because it’s Walk the Moon, it has that fun 80s sound that just cheers you right up.

When the Day Met the Night – Panic! at the Disco

More horns! Also, Brendon Urie is back. Can you blame me? His voice is basically like listening to romance… yeah, I know that was lame. This song can best be described as a Beatles-esque parade of nature imagery. This is a really unapologetically joyful song, one that always brings a smile to my face. Plus, it seems to preach compromise in relationships, which is always a good thing.

The Only Exception – Paramore

Paramore isn’t exactly known for their stripped-down ballads, but I can’t help but love this one. Haley Williams sings about finding that one person who gives you the strength to move on past heartbreak, and does it in such a powerful, emotional way. Plus, the song builds to this really heartwarming climax toward the end, really playing with the build of the instrumentation to carry a listener through the song. Just gorgeous.

Thunder Clatter – Wild Cub

I saved this one for last because it’s kind of my favorite love song of them all. This one was written by the lead singer for his actual wife, which means it’s definitely a real love story, making it already a million times cuter in my book. Plus, the drums and rhythmic sound of the whole song keeps it light and joyful. Also, I must admit, I’m a sucker for the bridge… how could hearing a man sing “you’re the love of my life” to his wife not tug at your heartstrings?

But of course, there’s a lot more love songs than that (Like more than 120 more, basically). If you feel like these twelve songs aren’t enough, check out all the other songs that were submitted to me! They’re definitely worth your time!

The Playlist

  1. Just an Old Fashioned Love Song – Three Dog Night
  2. Perfect for You – Next to Normal
  3. Simple Song – The Shins
  4. Why Stay?/A Promise – Next to Normal
  5. Stop the World I Wanna Get Off With You – Arctic Monkeys
  6. Helpless – Hamilton
  7. Hey #3/ Perfect for You (Reprise) – Next to Normal
  8. Waterloo – ABBA
  9. Fuckin’ Perfect – P!nk
  10. Kiss on My List – Hall & Oates
  11. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
  12. I Melt With You – Modern English
  13. Take My Breath Away – Berlin
  14. I Won’t Say I’m in Love – Disney’s Hercules
  15. Hello My Old Heart – The Oh Hello’s
  16. Cassiopeia – Sara Bareilles
  17. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
  18. Your Love is My Drug – Kesha
  19. Gravity – Sara Bareilles
  20. Lush Life – Zara Larsson
  21. I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
  22. Latch – Sam Smith (Acoustic)
  23. When You’re in Love – Karina Pasian
  24. Like Real People Do – Hozier
  25. Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
  26. Jackie and Wilson – Hozier
  27. Dangerous – The xx
  28. From Eden – Hozier
  29. Lover’s Carvings – Biblio
  30. Dear No One – Tori Kelly
  31. Cherry Wine – Hozier
  32. Color – Todrick Hall ft. Jay Armstrong
  33. Celestial – Tori Kelly
  34. Someone New – Hozier
  35. Naive – The Kooks
  36. Stained – Tori Kelly
  37. Till the End – Jessie Ware
  38. A World Alone – Lorde
  39. I Need My Girl – The National
  40. Chasing Pavements – Adele
  41. Daydreamer – Adele
  42. Poetry Man – Phoebe Snow
  43. All About Us – Jordan Fisher
  44. Rhythm Of Love – Danity Kane
  45. Find Me – Sigma ft. Birdy
  46. Color in You – Copperlily
  47. 1, 2, 3, 4 – Plain White T’s
  48. Outlaws – David Lambert
  49. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
  50. Fall for You – Secondhand Serenade
  51. Take a Chance on Me – ABBA
  52. Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
  53. It Only Takes a Moment – Michael Crawford
  54. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police
  55. The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
  56. In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
  57. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
  58. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  59. When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
  60. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  61. When We Dance – Sting
  62. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  63. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  64. L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
  65. My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
  66. Your Song – Elton John
  67. Stardust – Nat King Cole
  68. Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
  69. Photograph – Ed Sheeran
  70. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Cover by twenty one pilots
  71. With or Without You – U2
  72. When the Night Comes – Joe Cocker
  73. The Anthem – Good Charlotte
  74. Check Yes Juliet – We the Kings
  75. Can’t Get Enough of Your Love – Barry White
  76. Marry You – Bruno Mars
  77. Wouldn’t it Be Nice – The Beach Boys
  78. We Found Love – Rihanna
  79. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  80. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
  81. True Colours – Tom Odell
  82. Do You Love Me Too – Tessa Violet
  83. Follow Through – Gavin DeGraw
  84. You’re the Only One – Maria Mena
  85. When the Sun Goes Down – In the Heights
  86. Would You Be So Kind? – Dodie
  87. I’ll Cover You – Rent
  88. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
  89. What the Heck I Gotta Do – 21 Chump Street
  90. Tell Me Who to Be – Cosmo Jarvis
  91. Talk About You – MIKA
  92. Sunlight in a Jar – The Lucksmiths
  93. Private Fears in Public Places – Front Porch Step
  94. Make You Mine – PUBLIC
  95. Love at First Sight – The Brobecks
  96. Nobody Does it Better – Carly Simon
  97. L-L-Love – He is We
  98. I Wanna Be Yours – Arctic Monkeys
  99. Girls Like You – The Naked and Famous
  100. Love Me Do – The Beatles
  101. Gimmie Love – Carly Rae Jepsen
  102. From Afar – Vance Joy
  103. Almost Hear You Sigh – The Rolling Stones
  104. Faster – Matt Nathanson
  105. Under the Same Sun – Ben Howard
  106. Love Song – The Cure
  107. I Would Die 4 U – Prince
  108. Waiting for a Girl Like You – Foreigner
  109. Always – Panic! at the Disco
  110. The Gambler – fun.
  111. Your Body is a Wonderland – John Mayer
  112. Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie and the Blowfish
  113. Lost in Love – Air Supply
  114. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  115. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  116. True Companion – Marc Cohn
  117. Beth – Kiss
  118. Fall at Your Feet – Saint Raymond
  119. Arthur’s Theme – Christopher Cross
  120. Elephant Love Medley – Moulin Rouge
  121. Reminiscing – The Little River Band
  122. Something Wild – Lindsey Stirling ft. Andrew McMahon
  123. Zurui No Magnetic Today – Love Live
  124. I Love You – The Climax Blues Band
  125. Happy Together – Turtles
  126. I Want You To – Weezer
  127. Arms – Christina Perri
  128. Honeybee – Steam Powered Giraffe
  129. Fairytale – Alexander Rybak
  130. Death of a Bachelor – Panic! at the Disco
  131. In Another Life – Vienna Teng
  132. Aquaman – Walk the Moon
  133. When the Day Met the Night – Panic! at the Disco
  134. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  135. The Only Exception – Paramore
  136. Thunder Clatter – Wild Cub

Special Thanks

Finally, I could not have complied this amazing list without the help and suggestions of these wonderful people:

  • Angela Paxton
  • David Paxton
  • Caroline Heyl
  • Marie Hamilton
  • Zach Wang
  • Susan Sveen
  • Russ Sveen
  • Madison Sveen
  • Pepper LaPaglia
  • Leigh Heck
  • Kirby Fleitz
  • Megan Cline
  • Brianna Greenman
  • McKenna Edwards
  • Oscar Bridges
  • Gabby Emberton
  • Taylor Williams

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope you all spend it with the people you love the most!

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