This Is Not (Is So) A Love Song: A Valentine’s Day Video Roundup

It doesn’t happen very often, but this year, the pairing of Friday the 13th’s bad mojo and the commercial schmoopiness of Valentine’s Day puts into clear contrast the two sides of love — how much we love it and hate it. There’s certainly no shortage of songs written about the topic; in fact, some might say that all songs are about love in one way or another. But whether it completes you or tears you apart, there’s not doubt “love” has inspired some of the greatest songs ever written:

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart Again

Outkast – Happy Valentine’s Day

PIL – This Is Not a Love Song

The Cure – Lovesong

Flight of the Conchords – Most Beautiful Girl in the Room

Lily Allen – Littlest Things

Mountain Goats – No Children

The Smiths – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

Ray LaMontagne – Hold You in My Arms

Nick Cave – Into My Arms

Violent Femmes – Add It Up

White Stripes – You Don’t Know What Love Is

Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into the Dark

Glen Hansard – Leave

Roy Orbison – Crying

Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

Rufus Wainwright – Chelsea Hotel (Leonard Cohen)

U2 – All I Want Is You

Elvis Costello & Fiona Apple – I Want You

Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You

Lesli Wood – Divorce (Liz Phair)

Pearl Jam – Picture in a Frame (Tom Waits)

Devotchka – Venus in Furs (Velvet Underground)

Bob Dylan – Idiot Wind

Richard and Linda Thompson – Walking on a Wire

Mazzy Star – Fade Into You

Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Love Burns

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps

Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen in Love

The White Stripes – Fell in Love With a Girl

Bon Iver – Skinny Love

Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue – They Call Me the Wild Rose

Rolling Stones – Bitch

Serge Gainsbourg – Je T’aime

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One Comment

  1. yr nomme
    Posted February 13, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Blog roundup poster has the fun of compiling an inspired playlist… Well done.

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