Music Desk Staff Picks: Favorite Love Songs

By WSN Music Desk Staff

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the staff of WSN’s music desk have shared their favorite love songs. Add these to a playlist, dim the lights, grab your significant other, and watch the sparks fly!

“Met Before” by Chairlift

Clocking in at just under three minutes, Chairlift’s infectious “Met Before” perfectly sums up the feeling of a burning crush.  Your pulse quickens the instant the songs begins as lead singer Caroline Polachek asks, “Did I just catch your eyes?” The song launches into the feeling of seeing someone before, and wondering whether it’s just chance or something more that has brought two people together.  The heavenly chorus delivers a rush quite similar to bumping into your crush randomly on the streets or at a party.  Check out the interactive music video!  Seriously!  – Matthew Mahoney, Staff Writer


“More Than Words” by Extreme

It’s hard to imagine that a great love song could come off an album called “Pornograffitti” from a hard rock band, but alas, “More Than Words” is just that. An acoustic departure for the group, Extreme hoped to write a song that addressed how meaningless the words “I love you” could be unless they are properly shown. Ironically, it was the words like, “All you have to do is close your eyes and just reach out your hands and touch me” that helped the song hit number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart in March 1991. – Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer


“The Temptation of Adam” by Josh Ritter

Don’t be fooled by its cuddly folk surface — the singer-songwriter accented by soft strings and horns — things get profound. Josh Ritter’s apocalyptic first-person narrative draws parallels to the first humans on Earth, presaged to love, and the last, who serendipitously discover each other. The lyrics are witty and tender and levitate in a melancholy atmosphere: “I never had to learn to love her / like I learned to love the Bomb.” It is a sweet and unlikely reminder of the uncertainty of life. Let your guard down for this sparse song, embrace your significant other, and place your love chillingly into perspective. – Zane Warman, Staff Writer


“The Purple Bottle” by Animal Collective

In the vast repertoire of Animal Collective love songs, this song stands out from other great tunes like “Bluish” and “Winter’s Love” for its ambiguity. Much in the same way that George Harrison’s songs blur the subjects of romantic and religious love, the focus of the lyrics in “The Purple Bottle” might be Avey Tare’s (now ex) wife or it might be drugs (and who doesn’t love drugs?) or it might be both at the same time. My bet is on the latter, the intensity of Avey’s love being compared to the intensity of a strong high in the song’s final section.
Michale Waller, Staff Writer


“Where Do You Go To (My Lovely?)”
by Peter Sarstedt

The very definition of an oldie-but-goodie, Peter Sarstedt’s masterpiece about a poor Neapolitan-born girl who becomes a part of the European high-class resonates to this day with anyone who couldn’t figure their significant other out. The listener is treated to a folk guitar and Sarstedt’s remarkable voice, which is later accompanied by string instruments, simple instrumental combinations creating a potency that matches the lyrics. The song ends on a tender note: “I know where you go to, my lovely/ when you’re alone in your bed/ I know the thoughts that surround you/ ’cause I can look inside your head.” It’s a reminder that in the end all we really need is a person that can look inside our heads, understand the madness, and accept it. – E.R. Pulgar, Music Editor


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