For this Valentine's Day, we've made a playlist featuring some of what we think are the most underrated love songs.
Music plays a huge part in any celebration - especially on Valentine’s Day. It’s the time of year where you could express your love publicly with some cheesy love songs, and nobody would judge you. It is, after all, the most romantic time of the year.
But I feel that it’s been the same old love songs for half a decade. It’s always something cheesy from Bryan Adams’ Greatest Hits, a classy tune from Dean Martin for when you both feel fancy, and many, many Ed Sheeran-like songs from the modern day.
Perhaps it’s time to give Valentine’s Day a new lease of life through music. Romance has changed over the past few years hasn't it? It’s more about spending time and experiencing new things with each other, rather than the typical wine and dine before a movie at home.
So, being a radio station, we really can’t not take opportunity to mix it up for this Valentine’s Day. We’ve neatly compiled a Spotify playlist featuring songs across decades and genres - as recommended by our resident audiophiles.
The criteria for the playlist? Just generally good-feeling melodies that celebrates that loving feeling. In other words - music that you’d listen to when you’re spending a lazy evening with your partner while the both of you stare outside as a cheesy Valentine's Day film plays on mute.
From the soothing music of The Temptations, Fleetwood Mac and Jamiroquai, to the warm embraces of Daniel Caesar, Arctic Monkeys and Zee Avi, we’ve got you covered with tracks for the day.
Here's the full Spotify playlist:
1. The Skints - Let’s Stay Together
Daryl Ong, Producer
“There’s something about songs that transcend eras. Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together - the classic among classics is one of those that stand the test of time. You wouldn't even think it could be improved… Unless you’re The Skints - offering a modern narrative, turning a 70’s soul hit into a dubbed-up lover’s reggae anthem.”
2. The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You
Jazmin Sieh, Video Producer
“The only soundtrack that fits the scene when I think of romance is this one. The dreaminess of the vocals, the tune, the instruments, calls out for a night hanging out on the balcony, and falling in love with something I can’t quite understand. In a way, it's fictional. But that’s what love’s all about, right?”
3. Steely Dan - Black Cow
Othniel Ting, Producer
“The album opener from their magnificently produced Aja, that audiophiles still use to test their speakers! It tells a story of a man recollecting the bad memories when he sees his ex on the street. It’s just the perfect soundtrack to leave 2017’s memories behind while enjoying those sick Steely Dan Mu Major chord voicings.”
4. Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
Natasha Fusil, Producer
"Stevie Nicks makes getting your heart smooshed sound effortless. She tells it like it is- love can be a real sh*t storm, but "when the rain washes you clean, you’ll know”. If you need something gentle to sway your way out of a break up, this album could do it. Plus...Fleetwood on the cover of this particular album used to puzzle and fascinate me as a child. Strange outfit."
5. Arctic Monkeys - No. 1 Party Anthem
Ariff Roose, Content Writer
“I remember obsessing over this when it was released. It’s a beautiful ballad that described to perfection, every single thought and movement that I’d done while I was out and about at parties in University. The song’s most memorable hook, “come on, come on, come on”, is exactly what I did to muster up some sort of courage to chat up someone. It almost felt as if Alex Turner narrated my life.”
6. Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around And Fell In Love
Ezra Zaid, Producer and Presenter
“There’s just a lot of soul and body to the tune. It’s like he pulled all the ingredients of a love song: hurt, honesty, regret, heartache ... and then got this great band to play it to the blues. Perfect!”
7. The Beatles - Something
Arleen Webber, Producer
"I love this song because it sounded so different from all the other love songs you’d normally hear. The opening line “Something in the way she moves attracts me like no other lover”, is quite sexy. And the lyrics are realistic too - “you're asking me will my love grow, I don't know, I don't know.”
8. Jamiroquai - Smile
Timothy Kang, Producer
“This is probably the most underrated and lesser known tune in the band's arsenal of songs. What makes this even more special is the fact that this was a one-time release that doesn’t feature on any of Jamiroquai’s albums. The groovy sounds of the band coupled with Jay Kay's smooth vocals will set the tone just right to end your night. If your Valentine's date goes well, be sure to put this one on and celebrate!”
9. Solomon Burke - Don’t Give Up On Me
Bahir Yeusuff, Producer
"I first heard this song when my best friend made a mixtape for me in 2004 after particularly bad breakup in college (weren’t they all?). The song was written from a broken heart to a lost lover, begging to be given one more chance, and it has stuck with me ever since. But as I’ve gotten older, the meaning of the song has constantly changed, where it now represents something else altogether: a call for patience, understanding and hope, as the late Reverend Solomon Burke sang: “Please don’t give up on me; we can make it if we try”. He now sings it for a future, together."
10. Minnie Riperton - Loving You
Nicolas Ritom, Intern
“It’s the quintessential love making song, from its cheesy/raunchy lyrics to the way she delivers them through her singing. Plus, how can you not forget those iconic whistle notes?”