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Put Love on Shuffle

Tunes to get you through Valentine's Day.

Happy Singles Awareness Day, everybody! And no, I’m not referring to whether or not you’re in a relationship—I’m talking about making sure you have certain key songs on your computer and music device. Whether you’re out on a date night, or bashing a heart-shaped piñata like hell hath no fury like yours, there should be something in this list to suit your mood. (Minimal apologies in advance for the multiple Florence + the Machine songs; I tried to be varied, but Florence just makes really good music . . . sorry I’m not sorry.)

Actual Adorable Love Songs That Scream “You, Me, All Our Family and Friends, and Bond Chapel”

“Marry You” by Bruno Mars
“Never Gonna Leave This Bed” by Maroon 5
“Hanging By a Moment” by Lifehouse
“Never Let Me Go” by Florence + the Machine
“When the Day Met the Night” by Panic at the Disco (sans “!”)
“Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane
“Soul Meets Body” by Death Cab for Cutie
“At Last” by Etta James
“The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
“Bloodstream” by Stateless

During Which You Curse the Housing Assignment People for Giving You a Roommate/Thank the Housing Assignment People for Giving You a Single

“Just a Little Bit” by Kids of 88
“With Me” by Sum 41
“Sex On Fire” by Kings of Leon
“Drumming Song” by Florence + the Machine
“Lollipop” by Framing Hanley (cover of Lil Wayne)

If These Lyrics Describe Your Relationship, You Have a Lot of Life Choices to Reevaluate

“Cosmic Love” by Florence + the Machine
“Love Will Tear Us Apart (cover of Joy Division)” by Fall Out Boy
“Forget About It” by All Time Low
“Foundations” by Kate Nash
“I Hate Everything About You” by Three Days Grace

To quote the Disney version of Robin Hood, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder…”

“Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s

…or forgetful

“If It Means a Lot to You” by A Day to Remember

I Really Really Like You But I’d Rather Sit Around Having an Unrequited Love Fest Than Do Anything About It

“Enchanted” by Taylor Swift

I Really Really Like You and I Just Need a Good Shove to Do Something About It

“For You I Will (Confidence)” by Teddy Geiger

An Ode to Singles Empowerment

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson

A List of Really Bad Ideas for Impressionable Singles

“(I’m Gonna) Party Like a Rockstar” by JTX

May you now spend your Valentine’s Day with an awesome soundtrack playing in your head wherever you go, whatever you do. Or you could travel with a boombox hoisted above your shoulder if that’s your thing.