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A valentine’s playlist for the ex’s and o’s

Whether you are celebrating love, sharing your time with a significant other or trying to get over a breakup, a Valentine’s Day playlist is essential for everyone. While Feb. 14 can mean something different to each person, it’s necessary to incorporate all feelings associated with Valentine’s Day into these songs. Romance, love and even revenge; all the best themes for noteworthy songs that will be on repeat for weeks to come. From upbeat anthems to slow jams, early 2000’s to current tunes, I am here to create YOU a Valentine’s Day playlist full of your favorite artists, as well as some performers you should look into.

The first thought that came to my mind when thinking of Valentine’s Day music was the quintessential love song. Songs that make you want to take things slow, cuddle next to your significant other and never let them go. Records such as “Finesse” by Drake, “Thinkin Bout You” or “Moon River” by Frank Ocean and “Get You” by Daniel Caesar that help to remind us that there is no shame in being in the honeymoon-phase type of love with someone.

After thinking about the “true love” type of songs, my mind then went into the more intimate and sensual side of Valentine’s Day music. Artists and their music alike that are known for getting people into their physical and emotional affections. From songs that you may be more familiar with such as, “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd, “Don’t” by Bryson Tiller, “Hit Different” by SZA and “Loveeeeee Song” by Rihanna, to songs and artists you may not know like “Make Me Feel” by Alina Baraz, “THE BEACH” by Giveon and “fue mejor” by Kali Uchis; all of these tracks are guaranteed to set an intimate Valentine’s Day mood.

This all being said, Feb. 14 is not all about love and romance. Like I’ve previously stated, Valentine’s Day is an individualized experience that means something different to each person. Some may want a more upbeat, dance song opposed to a love song; more to the style of “Positions” by Ariana Grande, “No Guidance” by Chris Brown, “My Favorite Part” by Mac Miller or “Easy” by DaniLeigh. Some of my personal favorites are throwing it back to the early 2000’s, with “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake, “My Boo” by Usher and “Devil In A New Dress” by Kanye West. The most special thing about these tunes are that they are essential for any playlist, all year round.

We’ve talked about love, romance, happiness and dancing; all some of the best aspects of Valentine’s Day and music. The last type of songs that I wanted to bring your attention to was the “revenge.” These are the songs for those not participating in Valentine’s Day this year, and instead turning to the tissues, “Marvins Room” by Drake and “Lonely” by Justin Bieber, or even “Playing Games” by Summer Walker, “Streets” by Doja Cat and “Not Used To It” by Kehlani to get them through this week.

Regardless if you’re relaxing with a significant other, hanging out with friends or bundled up at home, your week will be spent listening to the perfect Valentine’s Day playlist for all.

This QR code will link you to the playlist made for this article. graphic by Sara Serrano tucollegian | Collegian

Post Author: Cara Atherton