Alone This Valentine's Day? 10 Songs For The Lonely People Out There
February 13th, 2013 7:00pm EST
Valentines Day is supposed to be a day for lovers to celebrate their bond and affection, and for anyone who isn't single, it's usually a great day. However, for those who are single and may in fact be lonely, here are ten songs to listen to that will help comfort you while you sit in your bedroom eating an entire box of chocolates.
10. "So Lonely" The Police
The chorus to this early song by The Police features Sting singing the phrase "so lonely" over and over again, as if he's trying to drill it into the listener's brain. He later goes on to sing "in this desert that I call my soul, I always play the starring role" and it becomes apparent that the loneliness he feels is incredibly devastating. Luckily, the song is so upbeat that it just begs to be danced to, just in this case alone.
9. "Pictures of You" The Cure
The Cure have plenty of creepy songs as well as plenty of depressing songs in their catalog, but none of them combine those two things quite as well as "Pictures of You." The song's narrator sings about all the memories he has of his lover while staring at their picture, and it's clear that he's not going to get over that person for a long, long time. The obsession the narrator has is borderline creepy, and this song would be a great anthem for stalkers.
8. "Everybody Hurts" R.E.M.
This song could turn even the happiest moment into a horribly depressing one, and yet for some reason it could also be comforting to someone who is already depressed. "Sometimes everything is wrong, and it's time to sing along" Michael Stipe sings, as if to lure the listener into a sense of hope through song.
7. "Love is Greed" Passion Pit
Passion Pit could be described as a bipolar band; their music sounds happy and upbeat but their lyrics are usually quite depressing. "Love is Greed" is no exception to this, and it serves as a sort of climax to their sublime second album "Gossamer." One line in particular stands out, "if we really love ourselves, how do we love somebody else?" This line could easily resonate with someone who is already on their own, and will definitely not make it onto any wedding playlists anytime soon.
6. "Missing" Everything But The Girl
This is another example of an insanely catchy song with lyrics about loneliness. It was a dance anthem in the 90's, but luckily it's aged gracefully, unlike many other similar tracks from the era. "I've missed you, like the deserts missed the rain" is nothing short of a genius line and honestly probably belongs on a Hallmark card, but luckily it ended up in this song instead.
5. "Make It Easy On Yourself" The Walker Brothers
This Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic has been recorded a few different times, but The Walker Brothers version is without a doubt the definitve version. The narrator of the song begs his lover to just break up with them if they are cheating, and he begs her to "run to him before you start crying too." It's a selfless sacrifice, and it's clear that "breaking up is so hard to do" from this song.
4. "One More Night" Phil Collins
In all fairness, almost every song by Phil Collins could go on this list. But "One More Night" is the perfect song because of the desperate lyrics. The cheesy 80's instrumentation almost gets in the way of Collins message, but repeats that he wants "one more night" so many times that it almost becomes excessive. Extra props to the horrible saxophone solo, because it is truly nothing short of terrible and should have never made it into the song.
3. "All By Myself" Eric Carmen
Most people know this song from the Celine Dion cover, but the original is far superior. The chorus rings out like a lonely persons anthem and there is something weirdly empowering about it. The song begs to be sung along with, and should be a karaoke anthem if it isn't already.
2. "Walk On By" Dionne Warwick
This marks the second time that a Burt Bacharach and Hal David penned tune makes it onto this list, but this track is quite possibly their best tune. Dionne Warwick sings "if you see me walking down the street and I start to cry each time we meet, walk on by" which indicates the fact that she has no desire to get back together with her former lover, despite how devastated she is. All of the hallmarks of a Bacharach tune are on display here, with a catchy trumpet part, lounge pianos, and gorgeous string arrangements, and it's not only a great song for those who are lonely, but also a great song in general.
1. "All Out of Love" Air Supply
There is literally no other song that could be number one on this list. There is so much that could be said about this song, but it's almost better to just let it speak for itself.
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