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|Sam Stieler • 9/25/14|
Whether the music we listen to shapes how we feel about love, or whether how we feel about love shapes the music we listen to, is a moot point. To know how a man feels about love, you often don’t need to look any further than his playlist.
So what does your playlist say about how you feel about love?
Maybe you have a lot of fond memories for the classic John Cusack flick, “Say Anything,” or maybe you just have a sensitive, poetic soul and the desire for a love that lasts forever.
Cheesy? Absolutely. A little too obvious at times? Certainly. Smoother than a baby’s bottom? Without a doubt. All of these descriptions fit this instant classic from 1994, and chances are they all fit you as well.
If you thought Boyz II Men perfected the smooth talking love song, then you’ve never heard this classic by the king of the deep, rich voice himself, Barry White. Some people think of Barry White as little more than a punchline, but there’s a reason White sold more than 100 million records over the course of his lifetime. If you love this song, then like Barry White himself, you have a knack for knowing exactly what women want, and you know it’s far better to give than to receive.
Though best known for their dark, brooding songs filled with paranoia and isolation, the Doors pulled off one of the great love songs of the 20th century with “Hello, I Love You.” If you can’t get enough of this song, your view on love is defined by the chase and the desire for what you don’t have, and you probably put women up on a bit of a pedestal.
If U2 is more of your speed, then you are unabashedly emotional, and you feel no shame over the conflicts and indecision your woman brings to your life. Instead of bottling up or hiding how you feel, you shout it to the heavens. And that takes a whole lot of courage!
Blaring horns, blasting vocals and a tight, confident guest spot make this one of the best love songs of the last 20 years and arguably a classic that will stand up for decades to come. For you, love is a celebration, a declaration and, most of all, a collaboration. If “Crazy in Love” hits the spot for you, then you’re strong enough to know you’re only as good as the partner you’re with.
Of the countless love songs written and performed by The Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” best demonstrates the ultimate pop group’s appealingly simplistic view on love. With this song on your playlist, you understand there’s little more to love than “Oh please, say to me, you’ll let me be your man. And please, say to me, you’ll let me hold your hand.”