Some songs on this list are like a Kiss with a Fist and have a slightly jaded tone.
A few resemble your basic warm and gooey love songs. These songs, like the 30 Best Songs of the Year that should be on your Playlist now, include a few that I somehow left off which happen to be written for the majority of us in mind: imperfectly perfect beings who are not quite in the place they want to be with love and thick in messy stuff of life.
“Come, come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving,
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come even if you have broken your vows
A thousand times.
Come, yet again, come, come.”
~ Inscription on Rumi’s Tombstone
Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra), Gotye (“You didn’t have to cut me off and make like it didn’t happen”. Haven’t we all had one of these relationships at some point? Regardless of the message, a great layered duet. Another version by Walk off the Earth is also a worthy listen and an even better video.)
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Bob Marly
You’ve Been Done Wrong
The Walk, Mayer Hawthorne (“You can walk your long legs right outta my life with you’re your sh+*ty f*+n attitude”. Modern R&B with a hint soul of at it’s best. Another great song: Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out.)
Can’t Seem to Let Her Go?
Mind Eraser, The Black Keys (This bluesy rock edge gets it right, “don’t let it be over”.)
The Love You’ve Been Waiting For
“He freed the song of your soul.”– The Mouthpiece of the Spirit
Get That Girl Song
I Hope This Gets to You, The Daylights (Picture modern day version of boy holding up boom box beneath the girl’s window… hoping… to win her back. Say Anything (the movie) die-hards will appreciate. Watch my favorite scene now.)
“There is some kiss that we want with our whole lives”—Rumi
You’re the Faithful One, She’s Not
You Still Choose Him
Missing the One You Love
West Coast,Coconut Records (“I wish you’d put yourself in my suitcase, I miss you… I talk out loud like you’re still around.” Yup, guilty. Geez, go “like” them on Facebook, they only have 500 fans. Under appreciated.)
Miss You,Foster the People (“Look at me now before you walk away, you just might miss me one day”. I’m just sayin. You might.)
“You Walked In and Everything Changed.”—a friend
Tonight’s the Kind of Night, Noah & The Whale (If you’re wanting to make a change in your (love) life and you need “that” song to spur you on… this is it. It’s the new Alley McBeal (the TV show) life theme song (watch it and make your own). I can hear the 20 year old me singing it loud and clear in my head. Remember the Barry White dance in the bathroom? No? Watch it here. Warning: It’s a happy tune even though the kid cries. Another great song: Shape of My Heart.)
The New Love Anthem
All I Need, AWOLNATION (Just turn it up. Then, smile because for god’s sakes life and love and heartbreak, it’s not all that bad. Life is (actually) good.)
“ If music be the food of love, play on. ”- Shakespeare
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So insane, Discovery
Say It, Lime Cordiale (“Say it, you’re obsessed with me.”)
Learning to Love Again, Mat Kearney (Bubble gum sweet and oh so good.)
Shooting Stars, Bag Raiders (Someone once told me I was a shooting star. A compliment. Did I ever tell say thank you? Thank you.)
Love’s the Only Thing That Shuts Me Up, David Berkeley (Great live)
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July’s Full Moon in Capricorn: The Heart wants what it Wants. The 4 Stages of a Good Divorce. How to Love a Woman who Scares You. Our Soulmates are Rarely Who We Expect. I Still Think of You. Men, Let’s Stop Fooling Ourselves: Size Matters. To the One Who Tried to Break Me. An Open Letter to the Fixers. How your Stored Memories in the Amygdala can lead to PTSD. How My Sister’s Death Transformed my Self-Perception.