Valentine’s Day: those two words make single people roll their eyes in disgust. Maybe you are one of the millions of people who think February 14th is just another day. If so, we’ve selected some special tunes for you. You don’t have to be a card-carrying member of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club to endure this day. Whether you’re alone by choice or not or if you and your partner just want to avoid the overpriced “lovers” meals and the “parade of florists”, remember that music makes the perfect partner and makes every day better. So let us guide you through all the stages of being alone or just plain anti-Valentine’s Day with a variety of genres to soothe the soul, from country to jazz to disco.
Here’s the entire playlist (sans one song) and the individual songs and videos are also below.
George Jones – “Good Year for the Roses”
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Why: There’s no better genre for loneliness and heartbreak than country music, and George Jones is one of its classic ambassadors. If your Valentine’s doesn’t include receiving (or giving) roses, then listen to ol’ George singing about the demise of a relationship. It’s less painful than being pricked by thorns from a rose.
Lyrics: “I guess the reason we’re not talkin’ / There’s so little left to say we haven’t said”
Roy Orbison – “Only the Lonely”
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Why: If you’re feeling lonesome, Roy Orbison feels your pain. Let him console you with that sweet, sweet voice of his.
Lyrics: “There goes my baby / there goes my heart / Only the lonely know why I cry”
Bill Withers – “Ain’t No Sunshine”
Why: Even if you’re only alone temporarily, having the house all to yourself when you’re used to having someone around can bring on some lonely feelings. Bill Withers knows.
Lyrics: “This house just ain’t no home / anytime she goes away”
Ella Fitzgerald – “I’m Through With Love”
Why: If you’ve grown tired of playing the love game, then the “First Lady of Song” has the tune for you. This jazzy classic is best paired with a chilled cocktail that you sip while feeling satisfied with your ambivalence to all this romantic nonsense.
Lyrics: “I’ve locked my heart, I keep my feelings there / I have stopped my heart like an icy Frigidaire”
Calexico – “Alone Again, Or”
Why: Calexico’s cover of Love’s 1967 classic will console you better than a pitcher of margaritas, without the hangover. But if you happen to have a pitcher of margaritas, then the bright side of being alone is that you don’t have to share!
Lyrics: “I will be alone again tonight my dear”
Wilco – “How to Fight Loneliness”
Why: When you find yourself alone and you’re not used to it, Wilco has some helpful tips on how to get through it. This song teeters on the edge of sadness with the bluesy organ sound but draws you back in like a big, warm hug. Wilco, they are a band for all seasons, all days, and all moods.
Lyrics: “How to fight loneliness / just smile all the time”
Beck – “Blue Moon”
Why: If you’re alone, then having Beck around is never a bad thing. Ah, Beck! Wouldn’t you love to spend the night with Beck? And not just with him, but on his yacht. And together we could play Song Reader together.
Lyrics: “I’m so tired of being alone”
Ryan Adams – “Come Pick Me Up”
Why: One of Adams’ classics, it not surprisingly comes from his masterpiece, Heartbreaker. It’s the perfect album for this day many of us despise. This song, in particular, is the anthem for many aching hearts tonight. Ryan, come rescue us and let’s watch stupid cat GIFs together!
Lyrics: “Come pick me up, I wish you would”
Death Cab for Cutie – “Someday You Will Be Loved”
Why: If loneliness on Valentine’s Day deludes you into thoughts of eternal singleness, let this song be your beacon of hope. There may not be another band who personifies the broken heart and endless hope at the same time. Ah, Ben Gibbard, you had us at “Coney Island”.
Lyrics: “You’ll be loved, you’ll be loved, like you never have known / and the memories of me will seem more like bad dreams”
Damien Rice – “Rootless Tree”
Why: It takes time to erase the memories of the person who caused your loneliness on Valentine’s Day. We get it: the anger phase of a breakup is very cathartic. Belting out this chorus at the top of your lungs is especially therapeutic, even with this stripped-down version. The harmonies from Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan are sweeter than wine and chocolate.
Lyrics: “F*** you and all we went through / it’s hell when you’re around”
The Police – “So Lonely”
Why: Did you think we were going to pick “Every Breath You Take”? We might be depressed, but we’re not in a creepy mood. Then again, this video is a little weird, but it’s a classic tune that might have you dancing by yourself like we are right now. Or maybe we’ll get find the subway, sing in walkie talkies, and beat the handrails with drumsticks.
Lyrics: “I can only play that part and sit and nurse my broken heart”
Billy Idol – “Dancing With Myself”
Why: Euphemisms aside, this is still a great dance song. Extra points if you snarl your lip. Double the points if you have that very contraption that Billy is wearing (which might explain why you’re lonely tonight).
Lyrics: “Your empty eyes seem to pass me by, so I’ll be dancing with myself”
The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
Why: Whether you’re a lonely boy or girl, this scorching tune from The Black Keys (and its instantly classic video) will help you dance away your blues. This is the perfect pick me up, so if you weren’t dancing by yourself to Billy this tune should do it.
Lyrics: “You tore out my heart and I don’t mind bleeding”
Gloria Gaynor – “I Will Survive”
Why: We close with the anthem of every brokenhearted survivor of a love battle. Maybe you waged a war for your independence. Maybe you’ve always been independent. Either way, you have survived another Valentine’s Day, and that calls for a triumphant boogie and a collective scream, “I WILL SURVIVE”.
Lyrics: “I’m not that chained up little person still in love with you”
Featured photo taken from examiner.com.
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