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Partners, Presents and Playlists: A Guide to Valentine’s Day

By Ruby Sahota

Around this time of year, Instagram is brimming with posts declaring how much people dread the approach of Valentine’s Day because they don’t have a significant other to share the day. On the other hand, Instagram is also filled with cute dates and gifts people receive from their partners. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day, as I always end up single around that time of year, but I also adore it, because of the cute possibilities that come around, like romantic music and dates. Because Valentine’s Day is associated with many different emotions, there are a number of different things you can do, whether it be by yourself, with friends, or with your significant other!

For someone who’s going to be single on Valentine’s Day, it may make you upset to be by yourself. But because it’s a day of love, why not love yourself? Even though self-love should be a constant practice, there’s no harm in a little something extra on the day of celebrating love. Go out and buy some nice smelling candles, get some roses, and have a nice relaxing bath with bubbles while listening to whatever music you like. Why stop there when you can also snuggle up with a glass of wine and watch a movie? Alone time is always the best time to treat yourself, because you deserve it.

Valentine’s Day is also associated with SAD– Singles Awareness Day. It’s offered as an alternative to Valentine’s Day for single people to celebrate. Enjoy this day with your fellow singletons and make it fun! Spoil yourself with flowers, booze, and chocolate, all the while with the company of your friends and a movie that you can never get enough of. Go for dinner with all your single friends and enjoy being single together!

In the case of a significant other, there’s nothing more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day together. There are a number of different things you can do together, from something extravagant to a simple night spent together. Valentine’s Day is romanticized for being a day of proposals. It doesn’t necessarily have to be marriage, but making a relationship official, or giving a promise ring is equally as romantic. If that’s a bit extreme in the case of your relationship, have a simple day filled with various activities. You can surprise your significant other with chocolate and a rose, or a card and a teddy bear. In the case of going out, it’s never a bad idea to go out for food. A romantic breakfast or dinner will go a long way. There are a number of gifts you can get your significant other as well. Polaroids are always an amazing idea. You can tape them off of helium balloons or fill a box with them. Customized jewellry is also very romantic. If you’re feeling a bit timeless, surprise your significant other the way the cute boys did in 80s movies. Stand outside their house playing romantic songs. Speaking of which, we’ve got you covered with this playlist!

Here is a mix of 50 songs, from the 1940’s to the 21st century, to help you set the mood:

  1. Mario – Let Me Love You

  2. Bazzi – Mine

  3. Berhana – Grey Luh

  4. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart

  5. Brent Faiyaz – Lovely

  6. Chance The Rapper – Juke Jam

  7. Chris Brown – Wet the Bed

  8. Chris Brown – Lights Out

  9. City and Colour – The Girl

  10. Daniel Caesar – Best Part

  11. Daniel Caesar – Get You

  12. Daniel Caesar – Take Me Away

  13. Ed Sheeran – Perfect

  14. Ella Eyre – We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off

  15. Elton John – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

  16. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling in Love

  17. Engelbert Humperdinck – Quando Quando Quando

  18. Frank Sinatra – I’ve Got You Under My Skin

  19. Frank and Nancy Sinatra – Something Stupid

  20. Frank Sinatra – Fly Me to The Moon

  21. Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

  22. Fred Bongusto – Doce Doce

  23. GoldLink – Late Night

  24. Gyptian – All on Me

  25. Gyptian – Hold Yuh

  26. Gyptian – Wine Slow

  27. Hozier – Cherry Wine

  28. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

  29. John Legend – All of Me

  30. John Legend – Love Me Now

  31. John Legend – You and I

  32. Khalid – Angels

  33. Kodaline – All I Want

  34. Lord Huron – The Night We Met

  35. Luke Bryan – I Don’t Want This Night To End

  36. Luke Bryan – Play It Again

  37. Marc E. Bassy – You and Me

  38. Nat King Cole – L.O.V.E

  39. Paul Anka – Put Your Head On My Shoulder

  40. Queen – Somebody To Love

  41. Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl

  42. Smino – Ruby Red

  43. Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely

  44. Sufjan Stevens – Mystery Of Love

  45. Tory Lanez – LUV

  46. Trey Songz – Nobody Else But You

  47. Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

  48. The Weeknd – Die For You

  49. The Weeknd – What You Need

  50. Wild Child – Meadows

 

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