A playlist for the rest of us.
Ahh, Valentines, the time of the year I find myself eye-rolling the most. For some, it may be more about sobbing or feeling lonely, but no worries. Here’s a playlist of songs to remind you of how awful you feel!
This is part one of the playlist. Yes, I am a pessimist.
1. “Don’t Want to Know If You Are Lonely”- Hüsker Dü
If you don’t know about the influential band Hüsker Dü, please listen to Candy Apple Grey right now.
2. “There’s No Home for You Here”- The White Stripes
This song is in the middle of angry and happily independent. The lyrics appear to be resentful, but the music isn’t as dark.
3. “Heartbreaker”- Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin…isn’t that reason enough?
4. “Gonna Leave You”- Queens of the Stone Age
Singer/guitarist Josh Homme has one of my favorite voices in rock, yet Bassist Nick Oliveri sings on “Gonna Leave You.”
5. “One Step Closer”- Linkin Park
Yes, I included a Linkin Park song. Don’t judge me! I have to occasionally relive my middle school years just like everyone else.
6. “Hyper Music”- Muse
An obvious but fantastic nod to the guitar genius Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, “Hyper Music” doesn’t seem to have aged much over the course of more than 10 years.
7. “No Compassion”- Talking Heads
David Byrne sounds somewhat like a jerk if you listen to the lyrics, but it is David Byrne we’re talking about, so you never know what’s going on in that arty head of his.
8. “Monkey Wrench”- Foo Fighters
There’s no way I can play this song without a smile on my face. This song may not necessarily be about a romance, but it’s still applicable. The Foo Fighters will always be one of those bands that bring back good memories.
9. “Breakin’ Up”- Rilo Kiley
Dance beat, Jenny Lewis’ sweet voice, and liberating lyrics…not all breakup songs are sad!
10. “Smile”- Lily Allen
I’m not a huge fan of Lily Allen, but she does know how to create music that is equally acerbic and upbeat.
11. “You’re Gonna Miss Me”- 13th Floor Elevators
What are the lyrics? I don’t know, but it sounds nice!