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The Verge Playlist: It's Valentine's Day and you're going to be alone forever

The Verge Playlist: It's Valentine's Day and you're going to be alone forever


But at least you'll have something to listen to

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Today is a very special day. Today is a day we celebrate love and hope and love and kissing and sex and hearts and candy and having someone who will care when you die. It's very real, and very serious. Some people don't have that person, and for those people, I've made the only playlist you'll ever need.

There's the pinnacle of loneliness: Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" (based on a true story). There's a desperate torch song: Dusty Springfield's truly pitiful "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me." There's Drake, alone and drunk in a basement: "Marvins Room." There's the Violent Femmes' pleading, self-loathing "Please Do Not Go." A few loops should take you through the night. I tried to end the playlist on a high note with Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You in the End," but you can decide for yourself if that's actually optimistic.

Listening to this today is truly a feat of crushingly sad endurance. Congratulations.

  1. Bright Eyes - If Winter Ends
  2. Bonnie Raitt - I Can't Make You Love Me
  3. The Magnetic Fields - I Don't Want To Get Over You
  4. Dusty Springfield - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
  5. Webb Pierce - There Stands The Glass
  6. Ray J - One Wish
  7. The xx - Night Time
  8. Tom Waits - Anywhere I Lay My Head
  9. Mitski - Your Best American Girl
  10. Joni Mitchell - A Case of You
  11. Drake - Marvins Room
  12. Frank Ocean - Ivy
  13. Moondog - High on a Rocky Ledge
  14. Nina Simone - Since I Fell For You
  15. Lewis - Like To See You Again
  16. Violent Femmes - Please Do Not Go
  17. Kate Bush - You're The One
  18. Hank Williams - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  19. Daniel Johnston - True Love Will Find You in the End