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Posted: 10:26 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Playlist of the Week: Sounds Like A Love Song (But Isn't) 

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Irish rock band U2's song "One" isn't a testament to perfect love: quite the contrary, in fact.

By Jackie Stone

Not all love songs should be played when you're with the one you love - at least not if you are going for a happy vibe.

If you're not feeling the hearts and flowers leading up to Valentine's Day, we've put together a playlist that will satisfy the cynic in you: Songs that sound like a love song, but really aren't. On the other hand, if you are head over heels in love and keen to jump headfirst into a pool of candy hearts and romance this month, then look at this playlist as a list of songs to avoid when you are putting together that perfect playlist for an evening with your sweetie.

Most people have probably experienced that moment: when you are happily singing along to a song you've always thought of as sweet and romantic, only to suddenly realize what the lyrics are saying. (Several of our Austin360 staff pointed to U2's "One" as the prime example.)

Country music is full of songs where the chorus waxes rhapsodic about great love, while the verse reveals a cheating heart (see "Nobody Knows Me" by Lyle Lovett.)

And maybe you've had that moment at a wedding, or while watching a movie, when a sweet sounding song came on and you were suddenly forced to ask yourself: has no one ever listened to what this song is about? Have you ever really listened to the lyrics of the song that plays at the end of Sixteen Candles - "If You Were Here" by the Thompson Twins - when Molly Ringwald finally gets the boy of her dreams? It's not about treating your true love well.

Our playlist has these, plus a choice selection of stalker songs ("Cherish" by The Association; "Every Breath You Take" by the Police); songs about holding on to bad love ("You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" by Dusty Springfield; "You Really Got A Hold On Me" by Smokey Robinson); songs about refusing to let go of relationships that were lost for a reason ("Nothing Better" by the Postal Service; "Always on My Mind" by Willie Nelson); songs that are just plain mean ("My Funny Valentine" by Frank Sinatra); and more. So sit back and enjoySounds Like a Love Song (But Isn't). And if you have any additions of songs we missed, let us know in the comments!

About Jackie Stone

Jackie Stone is the social media editor for the Austin American-Statesman. She serves as the social media ‘voice’ for the Statesman by managing the paper’s official social media accounts, trains newsroom staff on social media and keeps up with the latest trends in tech and online communication.

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