Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 10, 2014
Last week, we here at Team 360 indulged our inner cynic with a "Sounds Like a Love Song (But Isn’t)" playlist. This week, the season of schmaltz is upon us. Members of our staff submitted some of their favorite love songs to create a mix of romance, infatuation and devotion. There’s a whole lotta love in this super-sized Spotify playlist. Before anyone asks: Of course Al Green and Etta James made the cut.
There’s a little something for everyone here. Music writer Deborah Sengupta Stith gets us started with a hip-hop fix via rapper Method Man and R&B queen Mary J. Blige, and she keeps the soul coming with the showstopping sex appeal of Janelle Monae’s duet with a smooth-talking Miguel on "Primetime." And fear not: Hip-hop’s first couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z, make an appearance on pop culture writer Joe Gross’ list with the modern classic "Crazy In Love."
If it’s country crooning you’re in the market for, music writer Peter Blackstock offers the Willie Nelson-Kimmie Rhodes duet of "Picture In a Frame," and social media editor Jackie Stone’s Drive-By Truckers and Ray LaMontagne tracks will hit a sweet, down-home spot, too. Bluegrass darling (and Central Texas native) Sarah Jarosz also plucks the strings of the mandolin and of the heart on her Grammy-nominated "Build Me Up From Bones" — this writer’s favorite love song from 2013.
More in the mood for a few romantic rock classics? Look no further than Gross’ Pavement, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and U2 cuts. There’s also a Say Anything track in the mix, for the more pop-punk-inclined among us, as well as obligatory indie perennials from Death Cab For Cutie and Iron & Wine.
Feeling a skip in your step? Nothing will go over better on a date than a little dancing to selections from Daft Punk, Stars and Madonna. When things wind down, bring your Valentine’s Day to a close with a classic pick from content producer Melissa Martinez: Buddy Holly’s "True Love Ways."
Listen to our staff’s favorite love songs on this week’s Spotify playlist. See the full list below, broken down by staff member.
Deborah Sengupta Stith, American-Statesman music writer"I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By" - Method Man/Mary J. Blige"Primetime" - Janelle Monae feat. Miguel"Joy Inside My Tears" - Stevie Wonder"You Got Me" - The Roots/Erykah Badu
Peter Blackstock, American-Statesman music writer"Picture In a Frame" - Willie Nelson/Kimmie Rhodes"No Other Love" - Chuck Prophet"True Love Will Find You In the End" - Daniel Johnston
Eric Webb, content producer"Build Me Up From Bones" - Sarah Jarosz"Alive With the Glory of Love" - Say Anything"Stay Alive" - Jose Gonzalez"Hot Knife" - Fiona Apple"I Will Follow You Into the Dark" - Death Cab For Cutie"Such Great Heights" - Iron & Wine"Forrest Gump" - Frank Ocean"I Have Never Loved Someone" - My Brightest Diamond"You’re My Best Friend" - Queen"The Girl" - City and Colour"Somebody Loves You" - Betty Who"Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It" - Stars
Jackie Stone, social media editor"Everybody Needs Love" - Drive-By Truckers"You Are the Best Thing" - Ray LaMontagne"Something About Us" - Daft Punk"Ain’t No Sunshine" - Bill Withers"Sunday Kind of Love" - Etta James
Joe Gross, American-Statesman pop culture writer"All I Want Is You" - U2"Summer Babe" - Pavement"Maps" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs"Love Song" - The Cure"Hand In Glove" - The Smiths"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - Jackie Wilson"The Letter" - The Box Tops"Crazy For You" - Madonna"When a Man Loves a Woman" - Percy Sledge"Let’s Stay Together" - Al Green"Crazy In Love" - Beyonce/Jay-Z"English Rose" - The Jam
Melissa Martinez, content producer"Parentheses" - The Blow"True Love Ways" - Buddy Holly/Dick Jacobs