For the record, I’ve always had the mentality that Valentine’s Day should celebrate more than romantic love. Like, I once hosted a live radio show in high school where I took requests and dedications on Valentine’s Day. It was fun, and further proof that I’ve been brimming with the need to share music with people for my entire life.
This year I’ve been oscillating between ‘let’s celebrate love in all its forms!’, ‘I’m too cool to ever fall in love, stupid boys ahahaha’, and ‘happy, kissing couples are gross and I never wanna be part of one!!’ (Disclaimer: I promise you I’m working on myself to develop a healthy attitude about romantic love. I’m talking with the Lord k?)
Anyway, I made a playlist for those of us that are being inundated with marketing messages about love and dating and really don’t want to be part of the narrative. All who are weary, lonely, annoyed, getting over their ex, etc.: here’s some great moody bops about being over the charade of romance! Perfect for dancing out any and all feelings! Happy Valentine’s Day!
–For the annoyed, ‘too cool to fall in love’ kids:
Crush Culture by Conan Gray – This song inspired the whole playlist for me. In the past, I’ve been the type of person that loves the idea of falling in love so much!! but right now, I’m sick of obsessing over it and I do not want any opportunity for that. So yeah, I’m one of these kids. I’m sick of the kissing cult.
See also: i’m so tired… by Lauv and Troye Sivan, I Don’t Wanna Dance by COIN, How to Be a Heartbreaker by MARINA, Boy Problems by Carly Rae Jepsen, Daft Pretty Boys by Bad Suns, bloodline by Ariana Grande, 2/14 by The Band CAMINO, bad guy by Billie Eilish, Buttercup by Hippo Campus
–For those getting over their ex:
Party For One by Carly Rae Jepsen – Anyone who’s really going through it, I’m so sorry, my dude. Breakups suck, no matter how long you dated. But I can’t stress enough how important it is pick up your tears to dance. You gotta believe that you’re gonna be back on your beat soon. But for now, get mad, get sad, get drunk, miss them, look for the lessons, and then decide that you’re headed into a new chapter. It gets better, so start believing that it will now!
See also: Has It Hit You? by The Regrettes, Let’s Be Friends by Carly Rae Jepsen, fuck, i’m lonely by Lauv ft. Anne-Marie, Maniac by Conan Gray, Truth Hurts by Lizzo, Girls Chase Boys by Ingrid Michaelson, Green Light by Lorde, Dead To Me by Kali Uchis, What Makes You Think You’re The One by Fleetwood Mac, When I Needed You by Carly Rae Jepsen, Rare by Selena Gomez, Sober by Lorde
–For those that are celebrating their beautiful selves:
Soulmate by Lizzo – Ok, if you have a friend getting that’s getting over their ex, pull them into dancing with you to this one. Lizzo, the queen of self-love, is here to tell you how move on by investing in yourself. And yeah, sometimes you gotta look yourself in the mirror and be like “bad bitch in the mirror like yeah I’m in love!!”
See also: Solita by Kali Uchis, Good As Hell by Lizzo, Bulletproof by La Roux, Look At Her Now by Selena Gomez, Bacon by Nick Jonas and Ty Dolla $ign, Homemade Dynamite by Lorde, Khalid, SZA, and Post Malone