You just know we had to have a top ten indie love songs edition for Valentines Day. The only exception to this is that most of them aren’t particularly mushy classics. Since the vibe on Valentines Day seems to lean more towards the “tragic love” style punter, I figured I’d mix it up, assuming that a lot of people will be getting super wasted on this most promising of holidays and jamming out to themes that include: unlucky in love, love-lorn (always wanted to find an appropriate way to fit that word into a sentence. There’s one off the bucket list), heartbroken and of course the highly sought after, head over heels in love.
10. Ra Ra Riot – Can You Tell?
This is a simple, beautifully written song. According to statistics, 200% more relationships are added to Facebook on Valentines Day and if that really is the case, I feel the lyrics of this song fit perfectly. Anyone who has ever had their heart thumping outside of their chest at the mere thought of getting through a date with a person they like can relate to this. Valentines Line: “I think about you nightly. Can you tell that I’m losing sleep?”.
9. Tan Vampires – I Found A Body
I’ve featured these guys on previous top tens, constantly repeating my astonishment that they have around about 1,000 fans on facebok. Seriously, get behind them. All that aside, I Found a Body is one of the most romantic songs I’ve ever heard. Not so much in the verse lyrics, but purely the chorus. To me, it really seems to be about the kind of relationship that tries so hard to be independent and focus on bad things that could happen that it misses out on the best parts of being a couple. Of course the chorus lets you know that they sorted shit out. Valentines Line: “I found a body to call my home”
8. Josh Pyke – Forever Song
This is probably one of the most romantically intentioned songs I’ve ever heard. It comes in eight out of pure nostalgia. It’s not new at all, but it’s a go-to for anyone with a guitar and stage that wants to really nail that romantic shout-out to their lady friend. As a single dude who seems to go out a lot, I like to think that in amongst all the stupidity of the bachelor-life there is something like this still around. Valentines Line: “I want the song I can sing forever, I don’t care for structure just to know it’s mine”
7. Jonezetta – The City We Live In
Oh wow. This is old! This sweet little tune was a part of one of my favourite albums as a teenager and one of the only albums that remains a classic in my eyes. I’ve attempted a long distance relationship before and let me tell you, it’s tough work. For these guys travelling around the country touring in bands I couldn’t imagine how they manage their relationships. Then again, if we didn’t believe that some things are just “meant to happen” we wouldn’t even have Valentines Day to begin with. Valentines Line: “Wherever you are, I’m waiting, waiting for you here”
6. The Heartbreaks – I Didn’t Think It Would Hurt to Think of You
Anyone heard the phrase, “Don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone”? Of course you have. But have you heard a song about that particular sensation before? You have? Oh. Not like this though. This I guess would be the first heartbreak style song and what better band to have it come from then The Heartbreaks. This is just straight up poppy rock at its best. You know when you break up and it’s “for the best”, but it’s just so damn hard to accept and move on, especially in a small town. Kinda like this. Valentines Line: “In a town as small as this there’s no escaping you”
5. Friendly Fires – True Love
If you can’t figure out what this is about, get out. This is in the love-lorn category. A lot of punters are sitting at home this Valentines Day either pretending that they “don’t subscribe to fake holidays” or wishing they were out with someone special right now.Well my friends, Friendly Fires understands your pain and they wrote a song about. But in a positive spin, they expressed these aforementioned emotions with an up-tempo, electronically symphonic, funky frenzy of amazing audio to dance your sad feelings away. Valentines “All I want is to feel true love”
4. Tokyo Police Club – Favourite Food
Although lyrically, it takes a lot of reading into it to understand what this song is truly about, Favourite Food is about getting over a tough break-up. I keep reading that February is relationship season but for me, the first quarter of the year, historically, represents a high break-up ratio. With that said, the messaging in these lyrics are brilliant. Basically, it encourages new singles to pick themselves back up, shrug it off and try again. Valentines Day: “But there’s another girl on another day, and your favourite food still tastes the same”
3. HelloGoodbye – The Thought Gives Me The Creeps
What says romance more than a ukelele? Seriously. If you thought goings on during Valentines Day gets cheesy, you should hear HelloGoodbyes entry into mainstream, a little song called Call N’ Return. That however, is not the focus of my attention. This song is another stunner coming straight from the heart. A lot of needy girlfriends or boyfriends are thinking, “What would I ever do without my significant other?” Sigh. Lighten up, it’s a nice sentiment. Valentines Line: “Oh, what if I never knew your name, oh my God the thoughts insane. And if your love is not the same, as it seems inside my brain.”
2. Stepdad – Pick & Choose
I’m starting to second guess the way I ordered this top ten Valentines list. Oh well, here at number two we have the glorious Stepdad with Pick & Choose, one of the obvious highlights from their debut LP Wildlife Pop. This is just a really fun number that says if you’re in love, just fucking enjoy it. Although some of the verses seem like a needy dude who’s girlfriend doesn’t give him the time of day, I choose to ignore that for the purpose of this blog only. I said I’d have songs in support of those in terrible relationships too. Valentines Line: “If I could pick, could pick & choose, I’d pick you, it’s all good”
1. The Drums – Forever & Ever Amen
In doing a little bit of research for this special blog, I came across this song with the article declaring “This song just sounds exactly like love don’t you think?” Yes I do think. This is the pinnacle of bopping along the streets whilst whistling at the sky not a care in the world head over heels in love songs that all your single friends hate to hear. I love the sentiment here. Don’t get too caught up in your relationships and over-think shit. Being in love is great, just enjoy it and have fun with it. Valentines Line: “We are in love”
Happy Valentine’s Day folks.