40 unconventional “love” songs for past, present, + future bae

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Love songs don’t have to be mushy and chock-full of cliches. They can be dirty, weird, morbid, depressing, hyper-sexual, or just plain straightforward. The sentiment can come from both the heart AND the pants. It doesn’t matter how you say I love you, or I want you, or I want to die if you die—there are a lot of ways to tell bae you care. We put together a list of alternative love songs for you and your Valentine’s Day bae. As a bonus, we threw in some stuff for all of you out there who are trying to get over your ex. Maybe you can send them one of those songs after naming a cockroach after them at them at the Bronx zoo.

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1. Slow- My Bloody Valentine

2. Marbles-Tindersticks

3. Big Dumb Sex- Soundgarden

4 . No One Loves Me and Neither Do I- Them Crooked Vultures

5. Laid- James

6. Anenome- Brian Jonestown Massacre

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7. Shut Up Kiss Me- Angel Olsen

8. Bedroom Eyes- Dum Dum Girls

9. Bewitched- Beat Happening

10. Archie, Marry Me- Alvvays

11. Together Forever- Rick Astley

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12. I’m Slowly Turning into You- The White Stripes

13. Girlfriend in a Coma- The Smiths

14. Possum Kingdom- Toadies

15. Babies-Pulp

16. Ava Adore- Smashing Pumpkins

17. Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon- Neil Diamond

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18. Last Kiss- Pearl Jam

19. I Will Follow You Into The Dark- Death Cab For Cutie

20. Green Aisles- Real Estate

21. There is a Light That Never Goes Out- The Smiths

22. Nowhere Near- Yo La Tengo

23. I Will Sing You Songs- My Morning Jacket

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24. Is This Real?- The Wipers

25. Tractor Rape Chain- Guided By Voices

26. Heartbeat- Childish Gambino

27. C is the Heavenly Option- Heavenly (Calvin Johnson + Co)

28. Soul and Fire- Sebadoh

29. Hold Me Now- Thompson Twins

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30. Bell Bottom Blues- Derek and the Dominos

31. Gravity Don’t Pull Me- ROSTAM

32. Butterfly- Weezer

33. So. Central Rain- R.E.M.

34. Willing to Wait- Sebadoh

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35. Different Drum- The Stone Poneys

36. Don’t Wanna Know If You Are Lonely- Husker Du

37. Hello It’s Me- Todd Rundgren

38. Think of You- MS MR

39. You Think You’re a Man- The Vaselines

40. Fuck You- Lily Allen

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