If music be the food of love…

“Well, if you can’t go a bit crazy-shouty on Valentine’s Day, when can you?”

Whether you’re being force-fed meatballs and spaghetti by a loved one over a cramped table for deux in a restaurant this Valentine’s Day or cooking a gourmet feast from one of our romantic recipes at home, don’t forget to eat to the beat! Here are some of your favourite romantic and not-so-romantic (well, we couldn’t leave out the ol’ cynics could we?) tracks. 

Let us know what tunes you’ll be listening to on Feb 14th in the comments box below.

Don’t Wake Me Up, Lianne La Havas
As chosen by @howards_house because it “sets the mood nicely”. 

It Must Have Been Love, Roxette
One for the anti-Valentine camp… The lovely @wbites likes listening to this, “because it’s awesome to lip sync to”. 

Caught Out There, Kelis
As chosen by Claire B and Sarah F – a cathartic ode to love gone wrong. Well, if you can’t go a bit crazy-shouty on Valentine’s Day, when can you?

I Love You Because, Jim Reeves
This beautiful track was chosen by Rosie S. “I love it because it’s what my granddad used to play my grandma. They were head-over-heels in love with each other from when they married in their early twenties until the day she died.” 

There is a light that never goes out, The Smiths
A cheery recommendation from our Mark Taylor!

Tip Toe Through The Tulips, Tiny Tim
“Enough to put anyone off”, says Clive H! 

Dusk, You and Me, Groove Armada
Sarah F’s ultimate Valentine’s Day track is this soulful tune by Groove Armada – “ambient enough to be a dinner party soundtrack, yet cheese-lessly romantic”. 

February, Dar Williams
Ahh… This track is from Crumbs’ Lisa K: “my now fiancé played this track to me when we first got together and I loved it. So I played it non-stop. Many years later he surprised me with tickets to see her play in Bristol, later she was signing albums and dedicated ‘February and every other month of the year’ to us both.” Shucks! 

Wicked Games, Chris Isaak
Twitter follower @pure_pots loves the music video to this song. We wonder why… 

Love in An Elevator, Aerosmith
“Naughty but nice!” says our soon-to-be-contributor @macartney_alex 

Only Love, Ben Howard
Try getting this love song out of your head. @Heletthomas recommends listening to the Stooshe cover, too. 

Lay Lady Lay, Bob Dylan
This song randomly appeared on Hilary L’s Spotify list and she reckons it’s worth a listen because of his beautiful voice and the fact “it can’t fail to make you smile”. 

Gives You Hell, All American Rejects
As chosen by Vicky because “everyone needs that kick-ass break up song”!

Go, Delilah
A brilliant track taken from a brilliant album. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, says Laura R. Look out for Delilah’s mixtapes, too.

By Laura Rowe