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Music to play on Valentines Day

By Angie Boratgis
On February 12, 2014

When it comes to music culture, themes like romance and intimacy will forever remain prevalent. From same-sex marriage to rape and violence awareness, the lyricism of this generation's expression of love is being revolutionized. The emergent result sounds a bit like this:
1."The Book of Love" by Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel starts us off with a perfect illustration of love through music. He even says about love, " fact, that's where music comes from.."
2."Good To You" by Marianas Trench ft. Kate Voegele - Two distinctively superior voices, Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench, and rising singer/songwriter Kate Voegele join in perfect harmony to explain the grittiness and the run of emotions of new love.
3."Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem ft. Rihanna - This iconic union of two of today's biggest sensations, tackles many elements of the modern relationship. The song sheds much needed light on how close love and violence be.
4."Until You" by Dave Barnes - This track may not go down in history as very popular however, it epitomized the feeling of finally finding the right type of love in a single human being.
5."It's So Easy" by Zooey Deschanel - This quirky and seductive artist has been rising quickly in television and music. She recorded this blissfully optimistic song as a feature on a compilation of various artists, all singing about the topic of the month-love.
6."Fidelity" by Regina Specktor - The concept of fidelity has been constant in every era. So when this dangerously eclectic artist created such a personal composition of how difficult being faithful can be, it was a sure addition to this list.
7."We Belong Together" by Gavin Degraw - A folksy spin on new-age rock yields quite a traditional take on love through nature, rendering it almost transcendental.
8."Feel So Close" by Calvin Harris - A youthful and innovated artist who is musically wise beyond his years, produces a modern techno tune infused with an edge of piano.
9."The Man Who Can't Be Moved" by The Script - With the deep and personal rock of this Irish-based band, this track came as no surprise to listeners when it moved many upon release in 2008.
10."Wildest Moments" by Jessie Ware - The U.K. stuns us again with a vocalist who managed to capture the soulful confliction of long-time love and how perfect in its obscurity it really can be.
11."You and Me" by Ben Rector - A rising songwriter of creative roots claimed a truly gut-wrenching ballad that, while saddening most listeners, is undeniably relatable.
12."Marry Me" by Train - A veteran group combines realism and idealism so gracefully that many couples have since added the song to their wedding playlists.
13."Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert - Through deeply detailed beats that stem from narratives, this year's new and innovative artist remains a symbol for anti-violence, marriage equality and antidiscrimination. Macklemore and Mary Lambert's invention easily births a new vision for love and life.
14."Shine Out" by Colour of London - This fairly new and little known group hit a goldmine with this track, as they let the topics of fervent daily struggle, racism and love all sing together in unison like "sisters and brothers."
15. "The Wine We Drink" by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors - This song easily made the cut by seamlessly personifying the quiet nobility of modern domesticity in a way that no other artist has been able to capture.
16."Speechless" by Lady Gaga - Exploring the concept of holding in love, "Speechless" levels the average relationship with relationships surrounded by fame, glamour and audacity (such as the artist's). Even with six albums produced and major awards won, Lady Gaga experiences love in the same dysfunctional and sometimes acquiescent way as everyone else.
17."We Belong" by Everly - This creation is a fierce attempt to half carry on with, half defend love, while aptly attributing it to a raging storm.
18."Poison and Wine" by The Civil Wars - Confliction is a clear theme in this well-crafted duet. Though they joined forces for only a small compilation, it sparked an outrageous success for these two artists, and this melancholic track is one that helped make it all happen.
19."Who You Love" by John Mayer ft. Katy Perry - "Who You Love" is a recent radio sensation from two perfectly matched artists. It has undertones of marriage equality and it puts at ease some of the emotions gone through in new relationships. The song has a calming and reassuring demeanor for listeners who need it.
20."I and Love and You" by The Avett Brothers - This slow piece is the perfect way to embody how universal and intensely static 'love' is. It becomes the hardest thing to admit, but the hardest to deny as well. In the artists' words, "All exits look the same."

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