By Jackie Stone
Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 3, 2014
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 togethera href="" 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!