The unspoken side of Valentine’s Day

Playlist of the week 2/4/22


Courtesy of RCA Records

Tune out Valentine’s Day blues with Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” and other songs on this week’s playlist.

Christie Lanfear, Life Editor

There are two sides to every story, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. That said, there are those who are happily in love or casually dating someone or are in the awkward, but exciting, talking stage. For those of us who are single, however, the loom of the approaching Valentine’s Day brings with it feelings of loneliness, heartbreak and overall gloom. This playlist is for those of us who are in our ‘feels’ over the next few weeks. Press play and zone out. 


Fingers Crossed – Lauren Spencer-Smith 

Recently trending on TikTok, this song tells a story of betrayal, heartbreak and anger. Spencer-Smith sings about how it’s funny how feelings of affection can turn to hate. Definitely very relatable in the college social scene. 

It’ll Be Okay – Shawn Mendes 

If you are in need of reassurance and encouragement, this is the song for you. Written by Mendes amidst his shocking breakup with Camila Cabello, you can feel the genuine heartache in the lyrics. 

Dancing On My Own – Calum Scott 

In this classic ‘in your feels’ song, Scott expresses how it’s important to ‘keep dancing on your own’ while someone you used to love has moved on. He captures these feelings so beautifully in his emotional piece.

Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley 

Classic Presley. Ironic, really: a hotel for the brokenhearted. He sings about coming together in your loneliness and rejoicing in it. 

Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers 

Withers writes about how the world changes when “she’s gone;” he claims that the sunshine simply disappears. This songs’ simple, albeit effective, lyrics make this song another great addition to the loneliness themes of this playlist.

Skinny Love – Bon Iver 

This song beautifully captures heartache. The rhythm created by the melody is so relaxing and provides a wonderful safe space for reflection. 

All By Myself – Céline Dion 

I had to include a song from Dion, and even the title “All By Myself” captures the theme of this playlist. 

Heartbreak Anniversary – GIVEON

For many, Valentine’s Day can be the source of arguments and contempt. Whether you were expecting a grand gesture, or had hoped to receive a card, the holiday can bring feelings of annoyance. GIVEON describes the feeling of not wanting to “let you out my head” on the anniversary of heartbreak. 

Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City – Bobby “Blue” Bland 

This song is an old classic and is one of my favorites. With strong blues themes, it is a great pick-me-up song to close off the playlist, while still maintaining the various themes. 

I hope this playlist helps those of us not feeling the happy romantic vibes often associated with Valentine’s Day to recognize they are not alone. I am sure that I have embarrassingly exposed myself here, but that’s OK; it’s relatable and honest! It is completely normal and way more common than you would think not to join in the loving and mushy festivities.