This week saw Mumford & Sons, Adele and The Black Keys steal the show at the 55th Grammy Awards; Johnny Marr was revealed by the NME to be their winner of 2013’s Godlike Genius Award and artists such as Foals, Darwin Deez and Bullet For My Valentine all released new, hotly anticipated albums.

But I suppose that will have to wait for a bit, because today is Valentine’s Day. We all know that nothing strikes fear into the heart of a boyfriend, girlfriend or desperately-in-love person more than this holiday, and a safe bet for a present has always been the classic mix-tape. So with that in mind, here’s a selection of songs to add to that playlist to put a little bit of alternative romance into their lives.

Hopefully there’s a sentiment in one of these songs that is perfect for your other half, because if you can’t think of the words, then there’s probably a musician out there that has.


Violent Femmes – Good Feeling

‘Good feeling,

Won’t you stay with me just a little longer.’



Voluntary Butler Scheme – Trading Things In

‘If you were broccoli, I’d turn vegetarian for you.’



We Are Scientists – Spoken For

‘This is something I really ought to mention,

Well I should tell you,

I’ve been spoken for.’



Sam Amidon – Head Over Heels

‘Something happened and I’m head over heels.’



Rae Morris – Don’t Go

‘Don’t go,

Don’t feel like you have to,

Only if you want to,

Fill my world with hope again.’



Pete & The Pirates – I’ll Love

‘I’m not scared of you,


I’m in love with you,




Noah & The Whale – My Door Is Always Open

‘Your voice could summon the angels,

And your beauty could waken the dead.’



Maximo Park – Kiss You Better

‘And if it comes down to me and him,

You know I’d kiss you better.’



The Maccabees – The Real Thing

‘You could wear a dress out,

My chin would hit the floor,

You could flutter those lashes,

I’ve been trying to ignore.’



Heavenly – C Is The Heavenly Option

‘Don’t think my heart ain’t quaking, shaking, breaking open,

But it’s what I must do

If I want you.’



Belle & Sebastian – Funny Little Frog

‘You are my girl, and you don’t even know it,

I am living out the life of a poet,

I am the jester in the ancient court,

And you’re the funny little frog in my throat.’



The Lemonheads – Being Around

‘If I was the fridge would you open the door? 

If I was the grass would you mow your lawn? 

If I was your body would you still wear clothes?’



Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

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