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  • Writer's pictureMatt Fogelson


Back in the day, before domestic bliss set in, my wife and I used to throw a Valentine’s Day party, complete with heart-shaped jello shots. I was in charge of the music and compiled a mix stretching over two cassettes that explored the theme of love from both ends of the spectrum. For each sappy love song, I added a counterpoint, a tune that approached the concept of love with, shall we say, a jaundiced eye. Because the most powerful love songs, like all the greatest art, are not happy occasions. Quite the opposite. Thus was conceived The Bitter With The Sweet Valentine’s Mix.

This playlist is available on Spotify and 8tracks.

1.  “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison

2.  “Whipping Post” by the Allman Brothers Band

3.  “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty

4.  “Dead Flowers” by the Rolling Stones

5.  “Baby I Love You” by Aretha Franklin

6.  “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael

7.  “All I Want Is You” by U2

8.  “I Alone” by Live

9  “Love and Affection” by Joan Armatrading

10.  “(I Love It When You) Call Me Names” by Joan Armatrading

11.  “What The World Needs Now Is Love” by Dionne Warwick

12.  “Love Stinks” by the J. Geils Band

13.  “Angel Eyes” by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul

14.  “Chained and Bound” by Otis Redding

15.  “Get It While You Can” by Janis Joplin

16.  “Strange Currencies” by R.E.M.

17.  “Stuck On You” by Elvis Presley

18.  “Back Door Man” by the Doors

19.  “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield

20.  “Father Figure” by George Michael

21.  “Sweetest Thing” by U2

22.  “Sweet Papa John” by Johnny Winter

23.  “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye

24.  “Without Letting Go” by Laurie Sargent

25.  “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” by Bruce Springsteen

26.  “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin

27.  “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison

28.  “She’s On It” by the Beastie Boys

29.  “Scarlet Begonias” by the Grateful Dead

30.  “Femme Fatale” by the Velvet Underground

31.  “Nobody Knows Me” by Lyle Lovett

32.  “Can’t You See” by the Marshall Tucker Band

33.  “Moonlight Mile” by the Rolling Stones

34.  “Some Girls” by the Rolling Stones

35.  “You’re The One That I Want” by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta

36.  “Be My Number Two” by Joe Jackson

37.  “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye

38.  “Belle” by Al Green

39.  “Best of My Love” by the Eagles

40.  “Love Gets You Twisted” by Graham Parker

41.  “Blue Eyes” by Middle Brother

42.  “Bell Bottom Blues” by Derek and the Dominoes

43.  “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

44.  “Still” by Macy Gray

45.  “Faithfully” by Journey

46.  “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Bob Dylan

47.  “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

48.  “Me & Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin

49.  “The Fever” by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

50.  “Alone Tonight” by Jonny Two Bags


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