Playlists: Alternative Valentines Day / Alternative Anti-Valentines Day

Valentines Day is full of overhyped clichés. Take this opportunity to go against the grain without having to give up on the holiday’s central theme. Forget the sappy, overplayed love songs that everyone’s heard a million times, and go for something a little cooler. Featuring tracks from the past and present, the Alternative Valentines Day Playlist not only centers around different musical genres, but also alternative perspectives of the complex emotion that is love.

Alternative Valentines Day


  • CHVRCHES “Clearest Blue”
  • M83 “Reunion”
  • alt-j “Every Other Freckle”
  • Empire Of The Sun “Walking On A Dream”
  • Lana Del Rey “Video Games”
  • Cat Power “Sea Of Love”
  • PJ Harvey “This Is Love”
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “(Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For”
  • The Cure “Lovesong”
  • The Smiths “Hand In Glove”
  • The White Stripes “Fell In Love With A Girl”
  • The Front Bottoms “Cough It Out”
  • Best Coast “Crazy For You”
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps”
  • Hiatus Kaiyote “Nakamarra”
  • Rhye “Open”
  • The Naked & Famous “Young Blood”
  • The xx “VCR”
  • Postal Service “Such Great Heights”
  • Crystal Fighters “You & I”
  • Gorillaz “On Melancholy Hill”
  • The 1975 “Robbers”
  • INXS “Don’t Change”
  • Echo & The Bunnymen “Lips Like Sugar”
  • Talking Heads “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
  • The Stone Roses “Ten Storey Love Song”
  • Suede “Stay Together”
  • Oasis “Slide Away”
  • Pulp “Something Changed”
  • Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros “Home”
  • Florence + The Machine “Cosmic Love”
  • Goldfrapp “Believer”
  • Twenty One Pilots “Tear In My Heart”
  • Peace “Lovesick”
  • George Ezra “Budapest”
  • Damien Rice “I Don’t Want To Change You”
  • Jake Bugg “Me & You”
  • Coldplay “Til Kingdom Come”
  • Death Cab For Cutie “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”
  • Radiohead “True Love Waits”


For as romantically cliché Valentines Day is for lovers, it’s equally as upsettingly cliché for the lonely and brokenhearted. For those who feel left out of the holiday as if it were some elite event, take this opportunity to embrace your singleness! Whether you’re broken up, brokenhearted, disgusted with love, or desperate for it, here is the perfect Anti-Valentines Day playlist, with an alternative twist (because why stop avoiding the clichés now?!)

Alternative Valentines Day


  • The Smiths “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me”
  • Tame Impala “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
  • Amy Winehouse “Back To Black”
  • Bon Iver “Skinny Love”
  • Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe?”
  • Blur “No Distance Left To Run”
  • HAIM “Don’t Save Me”
  • Sky Ferreira “Everything Is Embarrassing”
  • Solange “Losing You”
  • Blood Orange “You’re Not Good Enough”
  • Marina & The Diamonds “I’m A Ruin”
  • Grimes “Flesh Without Blood”
  • Wild Nothing “Shadow”
  • Years & Years “King”
  • Björk “Lionsong”
  • Vampire Weekend “I Think Ur A Contra”
  • Beck “Lost Cause”
  • Grizzly Bear “Knife”
  • Arcade Fire “Afterlife”
  • LCD Soundsystem “Someone Great”
  • Franz Ferdinand “Walk Away”
  • Arctic Monkeys “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High”
  • Muse “Time Is Running Out”
  • The Walkmen “The Rat”
  • Jack White “Sixteen Saltines”
  • Modest Mouse “Trailer Trash”
  • Of Monsters & Men “Love Love Love”
  • José González “Hand On Your Heart”
  • Laura Marling “Master Hunter”
  • Travis “Driftwood”
  • Elliott Smith “Miss Misery”
  • Coldplay “The Scientist”
  • Depeche Mode “Somebody”
  • New Order “Age Of Consent”
  • The Buzzcocks “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?)
  • The Cure “Pictures Of You”
  • Morrissey “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get”
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions “I Want You”
  • Jeff Buckley “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over”
  • Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

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