We've all experienced it. That song… that song. One minute you're barely paying attention to the radio as it plays in the background. Then that song comes on and hits you with all the feels. All the sudden, all you can do is smile.
Maybe it'll be your first dance (or maybe it already was?). Maybe there's an inside joke tucked in the chorus. Maybe you've never even listened to the song together, but it just hits you, and your heart can't help but be tugged.
This is a vinyl mixtape full of those songs. Think of this as a guide for your own romantic playlist, or just inspiration as you build your own. Whatever you decide to put on it, I can't wait to hear your vinyl mixtape!
Luce – Buy a Dog
Who doesn’t dream of the white picket fence, the love of their life, and a loyal doggo? What more could you ask for?
Best Lyric: The signs said welcome to your life / I looked over you were smiling, you had a great big smile
Billy Joel – Just the Way You Are
An absolute classic. The ultimate New York singer/songwriter with an ultimate love song.
Best Lyric: I took the good times; I’ll take the bad times / I’ll take you just the way you are
Rihanna – Umbrella
What, you thought this was just going to be a ballad playlist? Ri Ri can be pretty raunchy, but her breakout hit was actually really sweet (and super catchy).
Best Lyric: You’re a part of my entity, here for infinity
Ben Folds – Luckiest
The old man line is a little creepy, but this songs just gets under your skin! Such a sweet ode to his forever love.
Best Lyric: And where was I before the day / That I first saw your lovely face / Now I see it every day
Ben Harper – Happy ever after in your eyes
Gritty, grimy, and straight beautiful.
Best Lyric: Held the sea in your hands / and happy ever after in your eyes
Alessia Cara – Outlaws
Alessia Cara is one of the hottest new stars out there, and this is one of her most underrated songs. LOVE. (Also, her music video is all about the vinyl. DOUBLE LOVE.)
Best Lyric: We’ll be outlaws / You and me / They’ll never understand the honor / Among these thieves
Grace Vanderwaal – Beautiful Thing
She's only, like, 12... but somehow just gets this whole 'love' thing...
Best Lyric: I could stay with you for hours / In an empty room / And never get bored / Never have nothing to do.
Toby Lightman – Good Find
This song is stupid hard to find – an absolute beauty. Hard to believe that this voice comes out of this tiny woman!
Best Lyric: Every thought I put on trial ends up being guilty / I guess I need good luck on my side / So take those black cats away
Amos Lee – Sweet Pea
Amos sings fantastic songs about the bohemian life. Our favorites include Night Train and Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight. This time, he’s just all about his Sweet Pea.
Best Lyric: I’m like the Rock of Gibralter / I always seem to falter
Marc Broussard – Where You Are
The heartfelt croonings of this New Orleans soul-folk all-star round out Side B in high style.
Best Lyric: And I want to love you better / and nowhere is too far / I want to let you know forever is right here in my heart
There you have it! Now go, build your own romance mixtape!
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