With the stress of week six weighing down, Emerald staffers Jamie Perry and Meerah Powell picked their favorite love and relationship-themed songs for the upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend, though don’t expect them to be heartfelt ballads.

Warning: If you’re looking for a playlist to listen to while you peer into your lover’s eyes to over a candlelit dinner, this might not be the one.

However, if you would describe yourself as (a) a realist rather than an optimist, or (b) bitter and single this Valentine’s Day, this mix will be right up your alley.

Listen to the second episode of Jamie and Meerah’s biweekly music podcast below.

“Pretend to Care” by Big Eyes, from the album Hard Life

“Siri, Open Tinder” by CHILDBIRTH from Women’s Rights

“Walk Away” by Tony Molina from Dissed and Dismissed

“I Don’t Need You Tonight” by Fox Atticus Martindale from the album of the same name.

“Square” by Mitski from Retired from Sad, New Career in Business

“I Wanna Boy” by PWR BTTM from Ugly Cherries

“Minneapolis” by That Dog from Retreat From The Sun


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