Music Monday: Anti-Love Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! In just ten days, it'll be the most dreaded of all days … Valentine's Day. Next week, we'll have a more romantic playlist, but this week? We want to offer equal time to those who need something a little less romantic. So, today, Scott's assembled five Anti-Love songs. What's an anti-love song, you might ask? A fine question! Here's the answer!

Wham - Everything She Wants

 

There's a good chance that every one of us has been in a relationship where we can say the words "I'll tell you that I'm happy if you want me to." This pop song about a decaying relationship tells the story of a couple who are ready to move on, but can't quite figure out how. She wants more, he wants something else, everyone's unhappy … bah! Who needs it, right? Better to just order a pizza and surf the net.

Four more anti-love songs, the Spotify playlist, and your chance to contribute right after the jump.

As always, please remember our Spotify playlist features a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Sample Fodder and you might just learn where your favorite loops came from! But before you start reminiscing, check out our current Music Monday.

Betty Davis - Anti-Love Song

 

The woman so funky she blew Miles Davis' mind! Betty Davis is a well-kept secret in the music world, loved by those who know her and ignored by those she influenced. Before Madonna was scandalizing, Betty Davis was doing stuff like this, the story of a whole, disastrous relationship that will never be, but boy, wouldn't it have been one Hell of a ride…

Lloyd Cole - Chelsea Hotel NSFW due to poetic imagery

 

In under four minutes we go from from "I remember you well" to "I don't think of you that often" when talking to the person we allegedly no longer love. This Leonard Cohen cover makes the tempo a little bit more cheerful, but that only helps provide a little counterpoint. Our narrator might have left the hotel behind, but it's clear a part of him is still going to be there forever.

Ke$ha - Don't Think Twice, It's Alright

 

Yeah, okay, it surprised me too. But let's compare 'em, shall we? Bob Dylan's original sounds like a guy who just found out his girlfriend won't be coming over any more. Sucks to be him, sure, but he's gonna be taking someone home from the coffee shop tonight so whatever. Your loss, babe, don't think twice. Outta my life. Ke$ha's version, however, sounds like someone has literally taken out her heart and thrown it in a tub of acid. She's not going to get out of bed for like a month. It's an amazing over, and it's a shame she can't make songs this powerful all the time.

"Weird Al" Yankovic - One More Minute

 

Doo wop? Comedy? Sure, it's both! But underneath the clever references is an honest and sincere statement of heartbreak that every nerd can identify with. Al's smart enough to explain his feelings eloquently, but they're still the feelings of a man done wrong. Tears of a clown, people. Tears of a clown.

Before you burst into tears, come hang out in our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment and some company. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.