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13 Beats: Songs to Feel the Love

13 Beats: Songs to Feel the Love

Valentine’s Day is a holiday filled with love letters, candy hearts and endless shades of pink. Whether you celebrated with a significant other, crush, best friend, family member or yourself (the best V-Day), love was in the air. This week’s 13 Beats feature love songs you can dedicate to yourself, a relationship, a friendship or even a special place to feel the love after Valentine’s Day:

1. “Apple Pie” – Lizzy McAlpine (2020)

Lizzy McAlpine’s soft vocals shine in this track about finding the person who is there for her during her best and worst moments. “Home is wherever you are tonight,” croons McAlpine about the safety and comfort that her lover brings her.

2. “Yellow” – Coldplay (2000)

A classic, “Yellow” describes the feeling of devoting oneself to someone you really love. Lyrics like “I wrote a song for you and all the things you do” show the enamor that Chris Martin has for his lover and what he would do for her.

3. “Bloom – Bonus Track” – The Paper Kites (2013)

“You fill my lungs with sweetness and you fill my head with you,” sings Sam Bentley about not being able to stop thinking about his lover. The track opens with peaceful guitar picking to match the romantic lyrics.

4. “Everywhere” – Fleetwood Mac (1987)

The upbeat drums and dreamy guitar of “Everywhere” make it the perfect song to play when you’re falling in love. Christine McVie emphasizes how enamored she is with lyrics such as “You know that I’m falling and I don’t know what to say.”

5. “Work Song” – Hozier (2014)

Hozier passionately sings about the intense dedication that he has made to his lover. Lyrics like “No grave can hold my body down, I’ll crawl home to her” describe how connected he feels he will always be to her.

6. “Call It What You Want” – Taylor Swift (2018)

“I want to wear his initial on a chain ’round my neck […] not because he owns me but ’cause he really knows me,” croons Taylor Swift about the strength of the connection she feels to her lover. The track’s pop production is bold and catchy, emulating the love Swift feels.

7. “Kiss Me” – Sixpence None The Richer (1997)

The title of this track repeats throughout the chorus, emulating the longing feeling of wanting to be kissed. Lyrics like “Kiss me down by the broken tree house” embody the playful and whimsical nature of the track.

8. “Georgia” – Vance Joy (2014)

“Georgia” describes the strong and bold feelings that Vance Joy’s lover evokes within him. Joy sings, “She is electricity running to my soul,” to capture the “sparks that fly” when he is with his lover.

9. “Golden Hour” – Kacey Musgraves (2018)

“You’ve set my world on fire and I know, I know everything’s gonna be alright,” croons Kacey Musgraves about the warm, passionate love that she’s found. Musgraves’ colorful vocals combine with the classic country guitar melody to form this sweet love song.

10. “Walking On Sunshine” – Katrina & The Waves (1985)

“Walking On Sunshine” opens with an iconic drum beat that emulates the excitement of being in love. Katrina Leskanich’s line, “I used to think maybe you loved me, now I know that it’s true,” show how long she was waiting for her lover to confess these feelings.

11. “Until I Found You” – Stephen Sanchez (2021)

Sanchez sings about a storybook like a romance in this slow, charming track. “I used to say I would never fall in love until I found her,” sings Sanchez about how his lover fits all of his heart’s criteria.

12. “Your Song” – Elton John (1970)

“I hope you don’t mind that I put down in the words how beautiful life is while you’re in the world,” croons Elton John about the song he wrote for his lover.  The timeless track is perfect to dedicate to someone who is so special you just want to sing about them.

13. “Valentine” – COIN (2020)

Aptly named for the holiday, “Valentine,” is about being all-in in a relationship. “You ever love something so much it hurts?” repeats Chase Lawrence throughout the track, emphasizing the power that love holds.

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