It seems that my opinion on how important music is to a relationship and how my taste in music is far superior to most people's has ruffled some feathers. (See: Why I Don't Date People Who Listen To Justin Bieber Or Lady Gaga.) I had always thought opinions weren't right or wrong; but oh boy, did some of those commenters set me straight! Actually, I kid — negative comments just give me the giggles.
It was suggested that perhaps I should do these naysayers a favor and list my top 10, (well 10 of my top 50 to be more accurate) favorite love songs to show why my taste in music is so much better. Also, this site just posted the so-called "10 Best Love Songs Of 2011" — nothing but Rihanna, Justin Bieber and that voiceless Swift girl — so I feel like I'm doing them a favor by offering some real music. So, in an effort to help those poor Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Justin Bieber fans out there, here goes.
1. "Maps" by the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs: Sometimes you just know for a fact that no one is going to love him like you do. You say stalker; I say devotion.
3. "Like You Said" by Tiger Lou: There's a point in your life when you find that someone who knows you as well as you know yourself… or even better. I've yet to find the accurate word for such intimacy, but when you get there, it changes who you are for the best.
4. "Two Headed Boy Pt. 2" by Neutral Milk Hotel: One of the greatest (and most complicated) songs ever written about love. While I have my personal interpretation of Jeff Mangum's lyrics, his words are so perfect that it's not my place to implant anyone else's brain with my thoughts on it.
5. "In the Summertime" by Rural Alberta Advantage: A song about imperfect, young love, and how it will look to the grown-up versions of the couple. Signing up for the long haul looks less scary with this song as the soundtrack.
6. "Us" by Regina Spektor: Speaks to the gorgeous delusion that no one else has ever been in love like this before — a feeling to which most of us can relate. And no one ever has, of course.
7. "Lover's Spit (Redux)" by Broken Social Scene: While both versions of the song are as close to perfection as a song can get, I've always loved "Redux" a little more. It's a bit more dramatic and the crescendo never ceases to give me goosebumps.