If actions speak louder than words, music amplifies feelings ten times over. This love month, you’ve probably seen a lot of couples dedicate their favorite love songs to their significant others. Or you might have been one from the receiving end. Regardless of what your relationship status is or what month it is, you deserve a love song dedicated to you. Here are some of the best songs to listen to (Valentines or not):
Did you ever find a love you thought that would never end? Have you ever heard of the saying: Right person, wrong time? Well, this might just apply to you. It’s complex and better said than done but maybe you’re better letting go and moving forward. Maybe someday, somewhere, you’ll meet each other again…Listen to "Let Somebody Go" by the legendary Coldplay and Selena Gomez, and you might just realize the signs.
VERDICT: An indulgent-spotlight review in post-separation gravity that has more cordiality and poise than most artists’ bummed-out sad love songs.
Remember the five stages of grief? Healing is probably the hardest yet most fulfilling of all. There will be ups and downs to a person’s healing process but what’s most important is you’re doing it. Acknowledge the pain. Open yourself to joy. Take it one step at a time. Time is always meant to heal the fall. Take it from "Here's Your Perfect" hitmaker Jamie Miller in his brand new song "I Lost Myself in Loving You".
VERDICT: Jamie Miller reveals his true self for all the entire universe to see. Probably him at his most personal, the singer-songwriter bares all his soul in the truthful and wholehearted piano-driven ballad.
Hey, every person has needs. You have Mr. Maslow detailing it out for us. It’s not a sin to need someone – craving for physical intimacy or mental stimulation or just someone to understand you. Take a break from being strong and independent, and sing your lungs out to Ricky Montgomery’s "Line Without a Hook".
VERDICT: This release is a passionately evocative single with compositions of love and how someone can make you feel. The manner the vocals gracefully tiptoe on the beat during the verses diverges thoroughly with the staccato chorus. Definitely a killer track.
You know when you first realize you’ve found your person? That feeling like you’re floating in heaven because you got the real thing? This song is exactly that. Pink Sweat$ and Tori Kelly serving you with their beautiful vocals and runs over a chill, acoustic duet. It just makes you sigh and think… Ahhhhh, love.
VERDICT: Oozes with smoothness and silkiness.
Do we have to explain this? If we could put all Jason Mraz songs in here, believe us we would. His album, Lalalalovesongs, perfectly documents everything we feel when we’ve been hit by Cupid’s arrow. You can’t debate with us on this – "I’m Yours" is a classic and will stand the test of time as being one of the best love songs ever. Period.
VERDICT: Hall of Fame baybeh!
VERDICT: The standards DNA is relegated mainly in some of the musical arrangements and traces of extended harmony; they are still there but in extreme understated ways. The production is resonant and piercing, the beat moves on a cool pop-rock groove and the melodies are ridiculously likeable. The four-on-the-floor is a welcome change of pace to Buble’s body of work.
You must have heard this one from TikTok. It’s not exactly a love song for someone but maybe for yourself? Are you done with all the bull – your broke-down car, so-called art, everything but your dog? Express your angst!!! GAYLE, a seventeen-year-old singer-songwriter from the US, wrote this song for you and the others who streamed this song 421 million times.
VERDICT: Aurally, the single lives in that exceedingly fashionable universe where alt-rock descriptors hybridize with mainstream pop vivacity. Even though guitar is the main instrument, the ceaseless strums wind up immersed in a gradual-slithering calibrated beat and an impenetrable surge of driven-out synthesizer sounds calculated to translate to Tiktok and radio.
Is it complicated? Need to give it structure? If you dare, send this song (or better yet, sing it) to that person and check their reaction. The Walters’ "I Love You So" is TikTok-trending for a reason.
If you like to keep your relationship lowkey, that’s great. If you don’t, that’s great too! You do you! Shout it for the world to hear and see. Love for a long time, not just every summertime.
VERDICT: "lowkey" is a shimmering R&B song encrusted with refined synths and NIKI's vibrant vocals. This immaculate release finds NIKI pondering on a fleeting love that should not be bared in public for the whole world to dissect.
If you think love sux (!!!) and you can’t help but get angry or sad or disappointed about what went wrong, don’t fret, your feelings are valid. Should you need to let some steam out, try shouting every single word from Avril Lavigne’s new tracks "Bite Me" and "Love It When You Hate Me" feat. blackbear. Wear your black liner too for added effect. Or maybe, crank up the volume and listen to her whole album, Love Sux.
VERDICT: While producer Travis Barker provides the vigor, Avril brings the catchy hooks, and she is on primal form throughout “Love It When You Hate Me” featuring sky-high choruses. There’s a feeling of invigorating liberty in the track.
Whatever you’re feeling, there’s a song out there to help you express it. Here’s a playlist of all our inner monologues: wmp.lnk.to/hotandrising