A Valentine's Day playlist

Warm your loved one's cockles with our rom-tastic selection, featuring Lou Reed, the Rolling Stones, the XX, the Beatles, Sharon Van Etten and more

A Valentine's Day Playlist

The XX: making hearts beat a wee bit faster / Credit: Aliya Naumoff

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing: you’re about to hear more toe-curling love ballads than usual. To counteract this, we’ve created a playlist of acceptable love songs, which features some oldies, some goodies and more importantly, absolutely nothing that sounds like ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’.

Here are five songs from the playlist we’ve got quite a lot of love for:

'Satellite of Love' – Lou Reed
Released back in the glory days of ‘73, the lyrics contemplate a man’s jealous feelings about his unfaithful girlfriend as he watches a satellite launch on television. Because nothing says Valentine’s Day like space exploration and potential infidelity.

'Love Lust' – King Charles
Not to be confused with the historic monarch, this glam-folk man sings about love and lust in his trademark full throttle style. There’s a royally good guitar solo in there for listeners to lust over, too.

'Heart Skipped A Beat' – The XX
The Mercury Prize-winning experimental four-piece make hearts beat a wee bit faster with their unique brand of new wave/pop. This tune is intimate, minimalist and ideal if you’re not a fan of overly lovey-dovey songs.

'I Wanna Be Your Man' – The Rolling Stones
A song penned by Lennon and McCartney and released by the Rolling Stones - what’s not to love? Plus, the lyrics are pretty easy to sing along to, so you can join in even if you’ve got a mouth full of heart shaped chocolate.

'The Beat That My Heart Skipped' – Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
To quote the song itself, ‘bom bom bom bad-i-ba bad-i-bad bad-i-ba bom ba-o-a-o’. Or to put it another way, mix it up with this catchy tune from the electro/hip hop duo.


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