It's Valentine's season, and unfortunately, that usually means an overdose of sappy, artificially sweetened songs on most peoples' playlists. You know the type - An outpouring of ridiculously purple lyrics about "eternal love" (I'm looking at you, PJ and Duncan).
If you feel the same way, change things up a bit this Valentine's Day with these five love songs that won't have you hurling.
of Montreal: An Eluardian Instance
Choice lyric:Now, I'm viewing my memory reel in reverseScrolling back to come to feel your weather thenNow, I'm noting the limits of our parabolaTo predict the points of thou-shalt-not-return
Bring out the trumpets! An Eluardian Instance, by psychedelic-pop band of Montreal, starts out euphorically triumphant and ends on a sweeter note.
The song itself is a nostalgic retelling of how of Montreal singer Kevin Barnes met his wife while on holiday in Oslo, but the sheer joy in this song is infectious. Kooky, eccentric and sweet all at once, this song boasts a genuine heart that is hard to replicate.
The Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses
Choice lyric:Cradle meI'll cradle youI'll win your heartwith a woop-a-woopulling shapes just for your eyes
When less says more: Toothpaste Kisses may be a short song, but it’s that understatedness that makes this a great love song. In just three verses, The Maccabees may not sing about purple prose involving endless love, or other trite professions of devotion, but they nail that feeling of simple, straightforward companionship. The modern day's "All you need is love".
Imelda May - Inside Out
Choice lyric:I love your chin and the skin that you're inI love your nails even your entrailsI love your soul even your little moleYeah, I love you inside out
Rockabilly singer Imelda May's Inside Out perfectly captures that butterflies-in-stomach feeling of a new love, when everything is fresh, exciting and - to be honest - just a little bit obsessive (who doesn't think constantly of a new partner day in, day out?).
The Irish singer's unconventional lyrics about loving someone inside out ("From your wits, to your wobbly bits") gets bonus points for being the only song I know that includes the word "entrails". That, and for avoiding the usual sappy "fire/desire" standbys.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes - That's What's Up
Choice lyric:I'll be the church, you be the steepleYou be the king, I'll be the peopleWell I was feeling such a mess I thought you'd leave me behindWell I was being such a wreck I thought you'd treat me unkindBut you helped me change my mind
The first thing you'll probably notice is the incredibly cute music video. However, underneath that is a song about two people who just complete each other.
If you're looking for a unique song to sing along to with your sweetheart, this is the one. I challenge you to listen to this song and not come away with at least a smile on your face.
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
Choice lyric: Never opened myself this wayLife is ours, we live it our wayAll these words I don't just sayAnd nothing else matters
Finally, we'll round off our list with a classic: Metallica may get a bit of stick these days, but this power ballad still sticks out as one of the great rock love songs - which also doesn't mention the word 'love' at all.
The story goes that James Hetfield wrote this song while on the phone with his then-girlfriend, and it wasn't meant to be released - but after drummer Lars Ulrich heard it, it was considered for the album. There's a powerful message here of not just devotion, but also trust in your partner.