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Don’t ruin your V-Day with crappy modern music, turn to some classics for passion

BLAINE ROSS, Evergreen columnist

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Valentine’s is a day to rest and relax with that special someone and the best way to relax is with the help of music. A good song can set the mood for any occasion, whether it be a lazy day on the couch, a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner or relaxing in bed.

“I Fall In Love Too Easily” – Andrea Motis (2013 cover)

Andrea Motis is a French contemporary trumpeter and singer who has taken the French jazz scene by storm with her performances of jazz standards. This song will take a couple from their dingy dorm room and Hillside Cafe spaghetti dinner to the banks of the Seine in Paris.

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley (1961)

Whether it’s the 21 Pilots cover or the original (and for the love of everything holy, please play the original song), you can’t go wrong with this classic love song.

“Life on Mars” – Seu Jorge (The Life Aquatic, 2004)

This classic David Bowie song isn’t inherently romantic in terms of love, but this cover was recorded for “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” which is a film by Wes Anderson. Seu puts covers the song in Portuguese, which allows for more emotion. Seu’s artistic choices give the song a new romantic feeling.

“Thinkin Bout’ You” – Frank Ocean (2012)

Frank Ocean has always been known as a romantic and this song exemplifies that. With its opening cello line that leads to an absolutely fire beat, the song’s lyrics are reminiscent of Drake’s style without the sadness that comes with listening to Drake.  “Thinkin Bout’ You” will leave the listener thinking about forever with that special someone.

“Beast of Burden” – The Rolling Stones (1978)

If you want to have a Valentine’s Day with a rock ‘n’ roll edge to it, this song is absolutely it. “Beast of Burden” pulls off the sentiment of a ballad without actually being a ballad. It grooves the entire time and has lyrics a couple can sing to even if they don’t actually know the lyrics.

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith (1998)

This is another song that can give your Valentine’s Day some rock ‘n’ roll edge. This Aerosmith chart is everything a rock ballad should be: sappy and cliche.  Honestly, this song is the equivalent of a Sunday afternoon Hallmark special, but that’s what makes it a great Valentine’s Day song.

“Africa” – Toto (1982)

My absolute favorite song on this list, the story alone makes it a great Valentine’s Day song.  There is literally no way you can go wrong if you play this song and if your significant other disagrees than I guess they’ll be listening to “Marvin’s Room” by the end of the day.  The song tells the story of a man who is rushing to the airport to fulfill his life dreams and fulfill his role as the hopeless romantic.

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