Everyone narrowly associates the month of February with romantic love, dedicating one day, Valentine’s Day, to a significant other. Some experience plentiful flowers and chocolates while others indulge in self-pity on the couch, alone, unaware of many other kinds of love equally of value. If you’re that person, the list of love songs below will give you an unmarked reason to celebrate love this month. You still have time.
Let Me Love You – Mario
Today, you’d consider it puppy love, but it’s fair to date your first crush back to elementary or middle school. Hiding behind the locker door, passing notes and flirting so your homeroom teacher wouldn’t see you was the ultimate trick.
Bed – J. Holiday
Hormones have a lot to do with infatuation, but although largely based upon fantasy and idealization (instead of experience), it’s listed as a type of love. Your feelings toward an object or a person could land you in “Bed” wearing a “Victoria Secret thing,” according to R&B singer J. Holiday.
Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden
Once you make it past the infatuation stage, you might just feel passion, attraction, caring and respect for a partner. This romantic love sung of in Savage Garden’s song “Truly, Madly, Deeply” says when the connection is real you’ll want to be their “dream,” “fantasy” and “hope.”
Flaws & All – Beyoncé
As told by Beyoncé, everyone runs into issues but only unconditional love will pull you through. Regardless of who the person is: “train wreck in the morning” and “bitch in the afternoon,” or what they do: “neglect” when working and “nag” for attention – for this type of affection and care, you have to forget the “Flaws & All.”
Cater 2 U – Destiny’s Child
In order to maintain love, specific action and conditions are required. Destiny’s Child has a few pointers on how to “Cater 2 U.” While this song is specific to a lover, this kind of conditional love is sought in familial matters too.
Lean On Me – Bill Withers
Feelings of warmth towards a friend with whom you love to spend time, companionate love is worth celebrating. With life’s ambiguities, you might need to "Lean On" someone. Singer Bill Withers knows all too well that “sometimes in our lives we all have pain/we all have sorrow.” So lend a shoulder.
Glory – Jay-Z
Similarly, there is paternal love. This love usually prepares a child to be ready for the outside world. According to Jay-Z in a tribute song to his daughter Blue Ivy, it’s “the most amazing feeling” and “words can’t describe it” but the word “Glory.”
Golden – Chrisette Michele
Of all, love is “Golden.” It’s hard for the masses to believe in soulmate love because of the current culture of our society, but not Chrisette Michele. Described as a love that has survived multiple life times, Michele sings: “Love ain’t going away, love is always cure/Life’s not always perfect but love’s always forever/Let’s let true love connect, let’s try lasting together.”