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Songs for the lovestruck and the lovelorn: A Valentine's Day blog swap

JamieBMusingsEditor's Note: To celebrate the most fun holiday between Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays ever, okay, the ONLY holiday between February 12 and February 22 (National Gum Drop day just isn't in the running), my literary pal JamieBMusings and I are blog-swapping. (Catch my post on her blog.) Interestingly, without having conferred about this ahead of time, we've both chosen to talk about music and hope to inspire readers to give a listen to our V.D. playlists.

A Valentine's Playlist

by JamieBMusings

Valentine’s Day is once again upon us. That, of course, means that there are a lot of people out there either getting ready to celebrate with a romantic night out or cursing the day this “holiday” was ever invented. I thought I would provide a soundtrack for either option. Enjoy!

Since I like ending things on a happy note, let’s start with the songs for people who are cursing out cupid right now….

5) “Fast As You Can”, Fiona Apple. I love this song mostly for how weird it sounds. I love her quirky vocals; they’re full of attitude as she tells a guy to run, not walk, from her crazy self.
4) “Bye Bye Bye”, N’Sync. I think the title says it all. Don’t you?
3) “Love Don’t Live Here”, Lady Antebellum. This was the single that introduced them to music fans and they came out swinging. Vocalist Charles Kelley took the lead on this song and sounded like he meant every word.
2) “Shut Up”, The Black Eyed Peas. This is the song that got Fergie in the group. The lyrics are a back and forth between a suspicious woman and a guy who may have something to hide.
1) “Never Again”, Kelly Clarkson. Any song that starts with “I hope the ring you gave to her turns her finger green” is one that can’t be ignored. Don’t you agree?

Okay, so what about those of us who are in a little more of a romantic/happy frame of mind this time of year? Here are some of my all-time favorites…

5) “Hunger Pains”, Alexz Johnson. I love this acoustic version much more than the album version from “The Basement Recordings 2”. It’s a simple song about wanting a certain somebody.
4) “Thank You”, Boyz II Men. This track could be a love letter to almost anyone in your life who’s been there through everything, good or bad.
3) “Always”, Bon Jovi. This is one of my nostalgic favorites. I have been a huge Bon Jovi fan since their mid-late 80’s peak and still love them. How could I not include one of their best love songs?
2) “Waiting on a Woman”, Brad Paisley. The lyrics have an older man reminiscing to a younger one in a mall about his wife and how they met. It’s got the perfect combination of sentiment and a sense of humor.
1) “Lost In Your Eyes”, Debbie Gibson. This one is definitely my sentimental favorite. The album this one appears on was a huge record in my childhood and the simple arrangement is a nice compliment to the vocals.

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JamieBMusings is a music addict, book lover, pet servant & NaNoWriMo survivor. When she's not busy writing posts for CultureShock, she's taking pictures for her new obsession (That Photo Blog) and spending time with her husband and pets. Her first book, The Life and Times of No One in Particular, was released in May.

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