A Soulful, Sexy Valentine’s Day Playlist

It’s Valentine’s Day, and you’ve gone to great pains to orchestrate an intoxicating, heady affair. (I realized that double entendre only after I typed it. Yay, me, for making dirty jokes.) You deep-cleaned your abode, carefully prepared a romantic meal, dimmed the lights and lit the candles. A few bites into dessert and you’re feeling self-satisfied for exhuming the tastefully flirty underwear you never actually wear.

You lock eyes with your object of lust and…what’s that you hear coming from your iPod that you’ve set to shuffle? The opening chords of Chumbawamba’s I Get Knocked Down (or a similar song that consistently makes “worst songs” lists but you secretly harbor for workout mixes). Object of Lust hastily mutters something about “needing to wake up early for work tomorrow” and exits.

The next day, you see your crush has de-friended you on Facebook and has written a thinly-veiled status update about “dodging a bullet.” You are left angry and cursing the dating hellscape that unjustly grants intelligent, soulful, attractive women like you to mediocre-yet-somehow-self-aggrandizing guys who love Entourage marathons on Spike TV. Don’t let this happen to you! Use our Valentine’s Day playlist to avoid this terrible fate…

1. Sweet Thang by Shuggie Otis
A groove that really gets down. Match musical wits with the music snob in your life. Ha.

2. I’m Your Man by Leonard Cohen
Sexy, smoldering lyrics.

3. I’ll Wear It Proudly by Elvis Costello
Delicate and powerful at the same time. Whoa.

4. Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“It’s just a really joyous and bouncy song about finding your home in the love of another person,” says Naina S. from BBL.

5. I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
“If you want your love life to feel like an episode of Scrubs, you’re halfway there with this song! The other half requires hospitalization, so let’s just skip that part,” says BBL’s Matt A.

6. Cry to Me by Solomon Burke
Baby turning that Johnny Castle situation on its head in Dirty Dancing hurled you into puberty, right? Ask your partner to pair a black tank top with some black jeans for some intense role play.

7. L.O.V.E. by Nat King Cole
Classy and classic.

8. Let’s Dance by David Bowie
BBL’s Camille C. likes the lyric, “If you say run, I’ll run with you…”

9. Love Plus One by Haircut 100
This stylish, early ’80s British pop song uses Latin percussion and funky horns to perfectly straddle “sophisticated” and “fun.” Well, to me, anyway…

And a bonus song from YouTube!

10. Darling Let’s Have Another Baby by Kirsty MacColl & Billy Bragg
Sweetly simple and…cute.

What songs set the mood for you? Add them in the comments to contribute to our playlist!

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