Euphoric Love Songs: A Playlist for Valentine’s Day
I have an affinity for love songs. I think it is one of the most interesting aspects of human life. From the rush you feel holding someone’s hands to that first kiss, it’s something special. Being a huge sucker for romantic songs, especially when they leave a sense of elation behind. Some songs capture that magic moment, the one you never want to end, and with Valentine’s Day here, romantic songs are always bound to be playing. Whether it be falling in love, losing it, there’s a song out there and capturing the euphoria of it all is part of the magic.
Beyoncé — “XO”
Can I just declare this as the ultimate love song? Barring the audio sample of the Challenger disaster, the space-y intro and echoed vocals present the perfect start to romance.
Radio INK — “Who We Are Tonight”
It’s been ages since the Australian based group released new music, with this song being released in early 2012. I loved the track the minute I heard it and even had the chance to express my love for it to the trio; it’s hopeful when it comes to love. Unsure of whether the romance has a foreseeable future, Miss S manages to leave it up to chance and live in the moment.
Kaskade VS Alex Gaudino — “I’ll Never Dream I’m In Love”
I am always fashionably late to the
party music scene. When Google Play offered Kaskade’s I Remember compilation album for free, I had to have it. There I was, in the middle of the night, silently jamming and then the mash-up came on. Everyone likes a good mash-up, right? I searched for the track online, and boom — Kaskade had it posted to his Soundcloud. I fell in love with how Sunsun’s vocals were elegant and dreamy. The moment when Sunsun sang “I’m in love with you” throughout John Biancale’s chanting of “I’m in love”, I had goosebumps. From a moody track to one full of euphoria, Sunsun’s sultry voice evolved to one of a dreamlike state.
Tom Aspaul — “Indiana”
So I was only introduced to this track in the fall of 2013 because rumor had it Kylie was covering it for her twelfth album. Rarely do I enjoy the original version, but I have to say, Aspaul’s version is simply superb. The sweet nature of the track lyrically deals with getting to know someone better, and the crickets quietly chirping in the background make for a sweet moment.
Caribou — “Can’t Do Without You”
I think it’s safe to say Sensible Reason has a soft spot for Dan Snaith. I do too, since this is one of my favorite tracks from 2014. The gradual build-up to the last minute mark is what I like to describe as a hot mess — there’s so much going on but you love it.
Nora En Pure — “You Are My Pride”
I think I first came across Nora En Pure when I heard her remix of Cathy Dennis’ “Touch Me.” I adore the way the song ushers in a playful sound, with a sample of Marvin Gaye’s “Pride and Joy” combined with a harmonica that flows seamlessly into the house track. “You’ve got kisses / sweeter than honey” sums up how the song sounds — sweet.
Girls Aloud — “Untouchable (Live)”
The single version of “Untouchable” lacks the emotion that the album version carries. Finding the live performance was a blessing because it somewhat serves as a companion piece to “XO”.
Kylie — “All the Lovers”
If you honestly thought you would miss out on a Kylie song reading this, you were wrong. I could have easily made this an entire Kylie affair but decided against it because of several reasons. One of my happiest memories is getting up early and listening to the premiere of this song. I immediately downloaded it and played it non-stop. Friends enjoyed the track, and blogs I read commented that the track was a wave of euphoria on the dance floor. Five years later, I still wholeheartedly agree. Having heard the track performed live, and having cried during said performance, “All the Lovers” is the way to end a show. The steady synthesizers never lose its pace, even during its chorus where the goddess of love declares no one else compares. The bridge features Minogue and a lone piano (“Dance / It’s all I wanna do / So won’t you dance? / I’m standing here with you / Why won’t you move? / Even if it throws you to the fire”) before an electronic breakdown that leaves the listener elated.