In the latest edition of the ongoing struggle for Intern dominance
, it's Valentine's Day, and our two intrepid editorial explorers have differing views on what truly defines the ultimate Hallmark Holiday. They've each been given space for five songs to plead their case, and you can listen to them as you read their reasoning and reach for the phone/someone you love/kleenex.
THE CHALLENGE: Siobhan (Love) vs. Matt (Heartbreak)
Scroll Through The Player To Listen To All The Songs On the Mixtape
1. "Home" - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Up from Below)
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' track "Home" is a folky number that expresses the contented sureness of being in love. From their 2009 album Up from Below
, "Home" is complete with whistling, accented vocals, and an Americana feel that you may have heard in last year's NFL commercial. While being heart warming and sweet, the song also manages to encapsulate the deeper completion of love in addition to infatuation. "Home" describes the simplicity of finding belonging and connection, not only in your family and birthplace, but within the person you love. As this idea of home is definitely one of the many driving forces behind relationships, the track can connect to a wide range of people in love.
2. "I Can't Get Enough" - Rooney (Eureka)
If "I Can't Get Enough" isn't the perfect love song for you, it is at least one of the catchiest upbeat ditties from 2010, coming from last year's release of Rooney's third full length album, Eureka
. It is an undeniably fun track that takes a slightly different approach than "Home", and focuses on the addicting infatuation that often accompanies romantic feelings. This can apply to consensual as well as unrequited desire, but does so with a positive attitude that accepts the crazed effect that being in love tends to put us through. Both lyrically and melodicly, "I Can't Get Enough" portrays the frustrating enjoyment of those emotionally charged relationships you just can't stay away from.
3. "Kiss Me When You Come Home" - Hanson (Shout It Out)
Off their 2010 fifth studio album release, Shout It Out
, this piano-driven song literally sounds like it was written by happiness. The lyrics are hands down adorable, and you really can't get any more romantic than the effervescent charm of Tulsa's golden trio. The recurring "Yeah Yeah"s, high-octave piano solo, and love struck lyrics make it this Valentines Day's sugary sweet puppy love number. It's cute, it's sentimental, and (as is usual in Hanson-speak) it verbalizes all of the wonderful things most girls long to hear. This has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Hanson is my favorite band. Okay, lies. It does. Nevertheless, "Kiss Me When You Come Home" endearingly expresses the wind-swept blatancy of adoration.
4. "Never Had Nobody Like You" - M. Ward featuring Zooey Deschanel (Hold Time)
M. Ward invites the timeless croons of Zooey Deschanel to accompany his lead vocals on the track "Never Had Nobody Like You" from his 2009 album Hold Time
. This track focuses on the excited relief of finding someone who has made the long road of heartbreak worth the journey that brought you to them. It is a song that ponders life as well as love, but highlights this love as being the greatest aspect of the ABC's and 123's of life! "Never Had Nobody Like You" holds the same contended gratitude of "Home", but with a slightly catchier pop/rock driven simplicity. It is succinct, uncomplicated, and completely charming.
5. "Science and Faith" - The Script (Science and Faith)
"Science and Faith", the title track for The Script's second full length album, is the pop heavy all-encompassing ballad of catchy soft rock filled with the band's signature song-stealing lyrics. This track gets down to the basics of why love is such a powerful aspect of life. With this song, The Script send out the message that the passionate debate of science and faith being the driving force of life is irrelevant compared to the truth of love. Lyrics straight from an open heart, such as "you can't explain a love like ours/its the way we feel/this is real", are accentuated by a depth of hooks and harmonies. When disected, the song may come off as a generic number, but the completed product does an outstanding job of encapsulating the extreme power that love holds when prioritizing our realities.
6. "Lover I Don't Have To Love" - Bright Eyes (Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground)
While it may not be directly associated with a break-up, Obert's wretched tale of an emotionless hook-up exemplifies the self-loathing that is packaged within one's loneliness. We all love, lust, and desire, but it seems impossible to carry out more than one at a time. Oberst's longing for pain is equally as eerie as the background tunes. But then again, maybe pain gets the dude's rocks off.
7. "Lies" - The Black Keys (Lies)
No form of artistic expression has ever captured the aura of heartache like the blues. This anger-driven song of deception will wile listeners into a fury of bottle smashing done rhythmically to the emotional beat.
8. "2:45 am" - Elliot Smith (Either/Or)
"I'm going out like a baby/A nave un-satisfiable baby." Elliott Smith was the king of heartbreak, and it was a daunting task to determine a particular song of his to include on this list (maybe the list should just be Either/Or
). This song seems to encapsulate the processes of a break-up better than any other. If your significant other hurt your feelings, relief can only be found by one-upping the bastard!
9. "Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worryin' Bout That Girl" - The Kinks (Kinda Kinks)
Ah jealousy and infidelity. According to my personal research, these factors pose the greatest threat to relationships. Maybe it's the songs placement on the Rushmore
soundtrack that drew me in, but this song is beautifully mellow and painfully intense. It elicits memories of sleepless nights and countless empty bottles of Scotch. If no one sends you chocolates, liquid lovin' always suffices.
10. "You Really Got A Hold On Me" - She & Him (Volume One)
Zooey, Zooey, Zooey. My long lost love. This Smokey Robinson remake is the perfect bittersweet V-Day tune. To be completely honest, Zooey could cover a Raffi, children's song and it would twist my heart into knots.