What Your Favorite Love Song says About You
It’s Valentine’s Day and time to turn our attention to love songs — they’re all here, from the romantic to the saccharine, the bombastic to the touching. As ever, this is a lighthearted exercise that’s done in a spirit of fun, and as ever, our own stereotype is in here too.
Céline Dion — “My Heart Will Go On”
Housewives who own multiple doilies and have purchased porcelain objects from the Franklin Mint.
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins — “I Put a Spell on You”
Somewhat creepy older guys with a “special” suitcase that may or may not be full of esoteric toys.
Bob Marley and the Wailers — “Is This Love”
The Darkness — “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”
People who have owned — and quite possibly still own — a Three Wolf Moon T-shirt.
Joy Division — “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
That pallid college friend who you should probably call casually to check on right about now.
The Postal Service — “Such Great Heights”
Skinny philosophy majors who really dislike She & Him.
Modern English — “I Melt With You”
Guys whose OK Cupid profile includes an actual picture of their epic vinyl collection.
Coldplay — “Yellow”
Eric Clapton — “Layla”
Professional silver foxes who think you can never have too many girlfriends.
Elvis Costello — “I Want You”
Men subject to restraining orders in at least three states.
Portishead — “All Mine”
Women subject to restraining orders in at least three states.
Dido — “Thank You”
Eminem fans running out of ideas as to exactly how they’re going to get this girl into bed.
Barry White — “My First, My Last, My Everything”
Jovial uncles who are having way more good "times" than you are.
Whitney Houston — “I Will Always Love You”
Mothers who merge aggressively in giant bulldozing SUVs.
Percy Sledge — “When a Man Loves a Woman”
Lana Del Rey — “Video Games”
Terrible men who look (and probably behave) like Terry Richardson.
Elvis Presley — “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
Endearingly polite and lovely grandparents who will sit you down and tell you earnestly “how to treat a lady.”
Beyoncé — “Crazy in Love”
Girls who can apparently reconcile third-wave feminism with a hankering for a diamond ring worth the GDP of a small African state.
The Beatles — “Something”
People who read Rolling Stone.
The Beach Boys — “God Only Knows”
People who used to read Rolling Stone in the ’60s but stopped when it ceased to be relevant.
Shania Twain — “Still the One”
Women who book in for “special” bi-weekly doctor’s appointments and come out largely unable to move their faces.
The Smiths — “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
Romantics who should never be left alone at bus stops.
Neutral Milk Hotel — “Naomi”
Earnest indie boys who prepare for a date by agonizing over which button badges to affix to their thrift-store cardigan.
Bryan Adams — “Everything I Do, I Do for You”
Thirtysomethings given to LARPing Robin Hood.
The Magnetic Fields — “The Book of Love”
Acerbic West Village romantics who haven’t quite given up hope of finding The One.
Elton John — “Your Song”
Wet Wet Wet — “Love Is All Around”
Anyone who likes their band names to be strictly utilitarian.
The Police — “Every Breath You Take”
Clueless Diddy fans who don’t listen to the lyrics properly.
REM — “The One I Love”
Clueless indie fans who don’t listen to the lyrics properly.
Rihanna — “Diamonds”
The Cure — “Lovesong”
Ex-goths who are perfectly OK with being described as “unashamed romantics.”
The La’s — “There She Goes”
Sade — “No Ordinary Love”
Impossibly elegant older women you’d never dare ask out for a drink.
John Mayer — “Your Body Is a Wonderland”
Bros who use the word “ladies” a lot.
Chris Isaak — “Wicked Game”
People who own the fancy gold Twin Peaks box set and/or still fancy Helena Christensen.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds — “The Ship Song”
Priapic 40-somethings trying to reconcile a Lothario act that’s worked well in the past with the reality of a receding hairline.
Nine Inch Nails — “Closer”
Black-clad types who may or may not be actual vampires.
Cyndi Lauper — “Time After Time”
Matronly liberal arts academics with pink streaks in their hair.
Robbie Williams — “Angels”
Lads who use the word “geezer” in casual conversation.
Bruce Springsteen — “Born to Run”
People from New Jersey.
Björk — “All is Full of Love”
The Knife — “Heartbeats”
People who have had at least one genuinely spiritual experience on MDMA.
The Carpenters — “Superstar”
Slackers who own all of Sonic Youth’s back catalog (yes, including the SYR albums.)
Meat Loaf — “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”
Sad-eyed men who own hideously expensive home stereo systems and probably actually would do that if it really came to the crunch.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs — “Maps”
Lower East Siders who have at one point drowned their heartbreak at Max Fish and/or Motor City Bar.
Boston — “More Than a Feeling”
People who may have at one point ODed on aspartame.
Guns N’ Roses — “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
People who may have at one point ODed on cocaine.
Aerosmith — “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
People who may have at one point ODed on cocaine and aspartame.
Al Green — “Let’s Stay Together”
People who are doing it right.