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Love it or hate it, get through February 14 with the essential Valentine's Day playlist

Love it or hate it, get through February 14 with the essential Valentine's Day playlist

Depending on your current relationship status, you either love or hate Valentine's Day. We have mixed feelings about the subject. Some of us love the abundance of chocolate (even if we're buying it for ourselves), and some of us have been single for far too long to get into the spirit of a romantic holiday. Loveless or not, we're making dinner reservations and turning up the volume on our speakers. 

We present our list of favorite love- and anti-love songs for the super romantics and the angsty grumps. 

CultureMap Valentine's Day Love Playlist 2013 (YouTube Version)

  1. Andrew Peterson — “Dancing in the Mine Fields”
  2. Peter Gabriel — “The Book of Love”
  3. Ray LaMontagne — “You are the Best Thing”
  4. Al Green — “Let’s Stay Together”
  5. Bill Whithers — “Just the Two of Us”
  6. Van Morrison — “Crazy Love”
  7. Beth Rowley — “You’ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger”
  8. Billy Joel — “Just the Way You Are”
  9. Aerosmith — “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”
  10. Ambrosia — “Biggest Part of Me”
  11. Eric Clapton — “Wonderful Tonight”
  12. Josh Turner — “Your Man”
  13. Taylor Swift — “Ours”
  14. Beyoncé — “Love on Top”
  15. Ingrid Michaelson — “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
  16. Marvin Gaye — “Let’s Get It On”
  17. The Doors — “Hello, I Love You”
  18. Bon Iver — “Skinny Love”
  19. Sara Bareilles — “Love Song”
  20. Haley Reinhart — “Let’s Run Away”

CultureMap Anti-Valentine's Day Playlist 2013 (YouTube Version)

  1. Old 97’s — “Valentine”
  2. Beyoncé — “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
  3. Willie Nelson — “Opportunity to Cry”
  4. Poison — “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
  5. Ben Folds Five — “Brick”
  6. Old Crow Medicine Show — “My Good Gal”
  7. La Roux — “Bulletproof”
  8. TLC — “No Scrubs”
  9. Jo Dee Messina — “I’m Done”
  10. Andrea Bocelli — “Con Te Partiro”
  11. Boyz II Men — “End of the Road”
  12. Righteous Brothers — “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”
  13. N*Sync — “Bye Bye Bye”
  14. The Naked and Famous — “Girls Like You”
  15. The Temper Trap — “Love Lost”
  16. The National — “Sorrow”
  17. The Commodores — “Easy”
  18. Delta Spirit — “Scarecrow”
  19. Gang Starr — “Ex Girl to Next Girl”
  20. Phil Collins — “Against All Odds (Look At Me Now)”
Austin Photo Set: News_Mikela Floy_ACL_ monday through friday_September 2011_bon iver
Bon Iver's indie folk sensibilities has led them to write plenty of good love songs, but "Skinny Love" is tops in our book.  Courtesy of Bon Iver
News_ACL 2011_Ray LaMontagne
If you've been to a wedding since 2009, the odds are pretty good that you've heard a Ray LaMontagne song.  Photo by Yaffa Phillips
Summer Fest, June 2012, Willie Nelson
Poor Willie sounds like he's had his heart broken more than a couple of times, but we're glad he wrote songs about it.  Photo by Jeremy Keas
Austin Photo Set: News_Mikela Floy_ACL_ monday through friday_September 2011_bon iver
News_ACL 2011_Ray LaMontagne
Summer Fest, June 2012, Willie Nelson