The Recs’ Valentines Day Soundtrack

Every Valentine’s Day dinner needs a perfect song. The Recs’ suggests some tunes to fit any amour!

It’s Valentine’s Day. The day to celebrate love. And as you look across the table to the object of affection…or to the space where they once were…don’t you think this tableau would be improved by the perfect song?

Of course it would! So The Recs’ have chosen the best tune for a range of lovers…


The Will-They-Won't-They Lover

George Cosby - Lonely Heartbeats

George has described Lonely Heartbeats as “a story of two people who have such a spark but remain only at the precipice of romance. There’s hesitation due to the risk of damaging a friendship”. 

With his warm baritone pitched somewhere between Edwyn Collins and Tony Hadley, George’s ballad might be enough to encourage hesitant lovers to take the plunge…


The Devoted Lover

Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love

One of old smoothie Bryan Ferry’s most popular solo hits, Slave To Love is a song of devotion if we ever heard one.

The sky is burning
A sea of flame
Though your world is changing
I will be the same

Aww, so romantic. Just don’t mention the fox hunting. 

The Departing Lover

Alison Moyet - Yesterday's Flame

The perfect kiss off song to a dead relationship, Yesterday’s Flame finds Moyet in imperious trip-hop goddess mode over a slinky piece of electronica.

Don’t be looking for any second chances here:

If your fire isn’t taking
Kick it out and light again
If your heart isn’t in it
Pull away and love again” 

The Grateful Lover

Etta James - At Last

So, you’ve been round the block so many times, they’ve named a path after you. You’ve been on the shelf so long, more dust has gathered around you than Miss Havisham’s parlour (not a euphemism). And then they come along…and the sucker, sorry, the beloved sees you as you always imagined.

Etta has the heartfelt anthem for you:

You smiled, you smiled
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in Heaven
For you are mine at last

The Wistful Lost Lover

Oh Wonder - Without You

Anthony and Josephine offer Without You  – a contemplative hug of a song for the lovelorn.

Cause I’m kicking up stones without you
Can’t pick up the phone without you
I’m a little bit lost without you

The Recs‘ advice to you – scoff a big tub of Ben & Jerry’s, give yourself a shake and get over your bad self. Tough love for Valentines – it’s our pleasure. 


The Let-Them-Go Lover

Minute Taker - Wild Things

We’ve all had Valentine’s Days like this. You’ve kept going in a relationship that you know if drifting further and further away from you. The more you try to hold on to it, the more the hurt. Oh pass us the tissues.

Minute Taker’s gorgeous song of lost love will have you rocking into your Kleenex.

I would hold you close
And I would keep you safe
I would show you home
I would never stray
But you’d rather run
But you’d rather fly
You don’t want my love
So we said goodbye

The Disco Lover

Diana Ross - Love Hangover

Not all Valentine’s lovers are mopey, wistful, dreamy types – some like to get on up and strut their groove thang. 

The Boss herself serves up a slice of Studio 54 for you to profess your smitten-kittenness. Also works for an anti-vaxxer Valentine…

If there’s a cure for this
I don’t want it, I don’t want it
If there’s a remedy
I’ll run from it, from it

The Apologetic Lover

JC Stewart - Love Like That

So we live busy lives. Work, commitments, the latest Netflix boxset can easily get in the way.

Lucky for you that Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to make it up to your other half. A night of giving them your uninterrupted attention, some choccies perhaps and thanks to JC Stewart’s new single, an apology for not being there when they needed you. 

JC say “This song is really an apology to those people and a promise to always put them first.” And it helps that Love Like That is an upbeat bop!

The Animal Lover

The Cure - The Lovecats

Humans, shhumans. They only let you down.

Not pets. Whether it’s a dutiful doggo, a genial goldfish, an ardent axolotl, a rampant rabbit [Update – I’m informed that although popular on Valentine’s Day, that is something altogether different!] or a constant kitty, our animal companions give us uncritical, unfailing affection.

The Cure gave us the perfect musical tribute to them:

We’re so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully
Wonderfully pretty!
Oh you know that I’d do anything for you…”

The Food Lover

Prince - Cream

What’s Valentine’s Day without a lovely meal? Whether a juice T-bone steak, an M&S Love Sausage (!) or a spicy Vegan chilli, food is definitely the food of love. And for dessert, what about a lovely cake?

Now, normally we would expect pure filth from Prince, but fortunately on this track, the Horny Pony presents his sensitive side. The Recs wouldn’t have taken His Royal Purpleness as a fan of Bake Off but on Cream, Prince sings of his love of patisserie.  Anyone for a cream horn for Valentines?

Right there
Don’t you stop
Sha boogie bop