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MUSIC MONDAY | Our​ favorite love songs for Valentine's Day

So maybe we're hopeless romantics after all.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Ok, so maybe I was a bit cynical last week, but as much as I love celebrating being single, I do know that every now and then, a good love song is just what we need. Even if you are celebrating with a loved one or on your own this year, I feel like the romantic vibes of the holiday are contagious and you can't help but smile a little when you hear a song that reminds you of your love: past, present, or future. These are some of my favorite love songs from the sweet to the sexy to the somber. Check it out.

Ariana Grande | "The Way"

This song is perfect for new love. It feels like surrendering to an unsuspected love.

Alabama Shakes | "This Feeling"

Alabama Shakes are pros at writing visceral songs that are totally for when you're in your feelings. This is definitely one of them. Put this on your playlist to wind down with a bottle of wine with your loved one at the end of the night.

The Beach Boys | "God Only Knows"

Growing up on The Beach Boys, this is my favorite love song of all time. It says it all in the hook, "God only knows what I'd do without you." Aw.

Demi Lovato | "Yes"

I love this song because it says what is sometimes so hard to say. It's the perfect musical illustration of what it's like to say "yes" completely to someone. Beautiful + confident.

Ed Sheeran | "Hearts Don't Break Around Here"

I feel like this is the most underrated song on Sheeran's latest album especially after "Perfect" became popular. Although "Perfect" is beautiful, I love the jubilance of this song. I love the themes of trust and faith in Sheeran's lyrics. It's faith that your loved one can be their own person, but still be yours. What's more romantic than that?

Father John Misty | "Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)"

For the offbeat lovers this song is Father John Misty's version of a love making song. It sounds inherently romantic, but be sure to listen closer to the lyrics to capture all of the quirky details.

Johnnyswim | "You + I"

Johnnyswim is always on the backburner for me, but they're consistently one of my favorites. This song is a powerful anthem of unity between you and your lover.

P!nk | "You Get My Love"

P!nk is one of the best performers of our time. I love her more stripped down songs like this one that showcase the power and emotion in her vocal performance. This one is bittersweet but it hits you right in the feels.

Radiohead | "True Love Waits"

This song got a lot of buzz when Radiohead finally released a recorded version of the song. The song had been performed live over twenty years but only appeared on their most recent album A Moon Shaped Pool. This song is also a bittersweet one. "True Love Waits" is the perfect song for anyone who's had issues with timing and the stars are aligning for this valentine's day.

Sara Bareilles | "I Choose You"

Nothing feels better than when another human chooses you and you choose them. Sara Bareilles captures that feeling of readiness and confidence in this gorgeous song.

Dua Lipa | "Genesis"

This is one of my new favorites by Dua Lipa. This is a song about second chances. Maybe Valentine's Day will inspire you to give someone from your past a second chance.

Rita Ora | "Your Song"

Ever have a song that just makes you think of your person? Rita Ora captures that feeling perfectly in "Your Song" along with a million relatable details.

G-Easy x Halsey | "Him + I"

This song is totally couple goals. It's hot and sweet all at once.

Demi Lovato | "Sexy Dirty Love"

This one is super sexy and perfect to show your loved one how into them you are.

Julia Michaels | "Issues"

One of the best songs in 2017, in my opinion, "Issues" has a ton of personality. Does your lover accept your for who you are and vice versa? Julia Michaels captures that perfectly here.

Niall Horan | "Slow Hands"

This song by former One Direction member Niall Horan is super sexy. Put it on your mix tape to your loved one to show them how badly you want them this Valentine's Day.

Tennis | Matrimony

Tennis is possibly the cutest music duo since Johnny and June. This song "Matrimony" gives me all of the feels.

Eighty Ninety | "Your Favorite Song" Loote Remix

This brother duo is one of our favorites at Popdust! We can't stop listening to the new Loote remix of their song "Your Favorite Song." It's the perfect reflective jam for V-Day. Oh and Taylor Swift loves it too. She put it on her guest playlist for Spotify.

Kyan Palmer | "Can't Help It"

Kyan Palmer recently released this amazing banger that perfectly captures finally falling into something scary or dangerous with someone: risking it all for that love high. What better day than Valentine's Day to take that leap?

Beach House | "Take Care"

This song is very near and dear to my heart. It's so simple but it says something we all want to hear: "I'll take care of you."


RELEASE RADAR | His Dream of Lions premieres "Magic" exclusively with Popdust

PLUS--Zoey G, Ezla, Micky James, Benny Mayne, Dylan Dunlap, Ciaran Lavery, Sub-Radio, and Darci.

Chase your dreams.

These indie rockers live by this phrase. Their band name was inspired by Ernest Hemingway novel "The Old Man and The Sea" and the protagonist's ambitious spirit, moral intent, and reoccurring dreams. This vibrant passion and optimism is brilliantly reflected in His Dream of Lions music. Today they release another single from their EP Pseudo Star. You can preorder Pseudo Star here. Along with His Dream of Lions, today Zoey G, Ezla, Micky James, Benny Mayne, Dylan Dunlap, Ciaran Lavery, Sub-Radio, and Darci all release new music.

His Dream of Lions | "Magic"

The band's lead singer gets us excited with this phrase about their upcoming album:

"Pseudo Star is about that feeling. It captures that feeling not only with the subject matter of the songs, but also in the tonal extremes the record sits in between. Pseudo Star is funny, yet serious. It can at times be epic, and other times intimate. We're playing fun rock music that has moments that sound really empowering. However the lyrics, and the sentiments in the songs don't portray a confident or powerful person. Instead I sound unsure, and a little self-deprecating. Despite all this though, the point of Pseudo Star isn't to encourage listeners to revel in self-doubt, or self-pity. It's about effort in the face of uncertainty. It's hard to know where you're heading. And maybe we will always feel like were at the halfway point. Always feel like a Pseudo Star...But Pseudo Stars still shine, and that's more than enough reason to press on."

Today they premiere "Magic" with Popdust. The track does in fact sound magical. The light vocal line, floaty percussion, and powerful hook will put you in a great mood. The band said this about their track:

We love Disney music, and you'll hear it in this song. To me there's an emotional clarity that Disney music has, and a very specific sense of longing that plays right along with the subject matter of this song (Wanting to be something more, to surpass expectation...) Additionally this song draws a lot of influence from artists like Phil Collins and Toto, specifically the Tarzan Soundtrack and Africa. We always wondered, "what would it be like if MCR wrote a Disney song?" This is our take on that on that thought experiment.

I love hearing their insight on the track because it makes perfect sense and I love even more that they wrote a song inspired by Disney music. Like Disney music, the song feels epic and up-lifting. You know that warm and fuzzy feeling you get after watching a Disney movie? I feel like you walk away from this song with the same feeling.

Best for: Cheering yourself up on a rainy day.
Perfect if you like: Imagine Dragons

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Zoey G | "Runaway"

Multi-instrumentalist and songstress Zoey G just dropped her new track "Runaway" along with this powerful music video. The song is the perfect, powerful pop ballad. It feels almost anthemic in nature embracing the instinct we sometimes feel to "Runaway" from our problems. The exotic and fun look of her environment gives us some major wanderlust.

Best for: Throwing away all of your cares on a Saturday night.
Perfect if you like: Alessia Cara

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Ezla | "Skeletons"

Nashville based artist Ezla entrances us with her latest single "Skeletons." Ezla is known to be a spear header in the hypnotic pop genre. "Skeletons" just adds to that. The song is infectious and gritty in all of the best ways. The straight-up confrontational lyrics will get stuck in your head and become your mantra against the skeletons in your closet.

Best for: Saying BOY BYE.
Perfect if you like: Bebe Rexha

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Micky James | "Give it to Me Straight"

Glam rocker Micky James just released his new power jam "Give It To Me Straight." I'm obsessed with this track right now. His revival of classic glam rock is perfection and feels like exactly what we're missing in the music industry. While the song feels carefree it also feels super cynical and in your face. It's the perfect song to blast on the highway.

Best for: Road tripping
Perfect if you like: The Rolling Stones

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Benny Mayne | "bounce"

This track has the kind of beat you feel in your bones. A classic for lack of a better term, "love making jam," Benny Mayne reflects on our society's hook up culture by encouraging his conquest to just have fun. Interesting.

Best for: Feeling yourself
Perfect if you like: Justin Bieber

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Dylan Dunlap | "Microphones & Lights"

Dylan Dunlap's voice is stunning. This song is beautiful and introspective. Anyone who is an artist can relate to hiding behind your art. The song grows, waxes, and wanes intricately.

Best for: Sunday night at home
Perfect if you like: Sam Smith

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Ciaran Lavery | "To Chicago"

Popular indie rock artist has just released "To Chicago." This song is a classic love song. Sweet and simple, but intricate in details "To Chicago" captures the feeling for falling in love beautifully.

Best for: Putting on your loved one's mixtape.
Perfect if you like: The Plain White T's

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Sub-Radio | "What We Are"

Sub-Radio comments on our culture's struggle to commit and define relationships. In this powerful banger, Sub-Radio asks the question, "What are we?" In the song they explore all of our set backs when thinking about getting into a relationship.

Best for: Dancing it out
Perfect if you like: DNCE

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Darci | "At Least"

Anonymous artist Darci drops another new single. I love the vocals on the track. They are almost hypnotizing. The track has amazing detail and almost feels a little bit sci-fi. I'm going to need this song on Stranger Things pronto.

Best for: Stranger Things Season 3 please?
Perfect if you like: Aftertheparty

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | LIVVIA's Valentine's Day contest

She is back with her new single, "Catch A Body" and "Ladies Take The Lead" gives you a chance to win

Love is in the air and LIVVIA is back with new music.

A few weeks ago, she released her single "Catch A Body" featuring Quavo from Migos. You might remember LIVVIA from her earlier career. In her teens, she toured with artists like Jessie J, Meghan Trainor, and The Jonas Brothers. LIVVIA's latest single shows a more grown up side to the rising star and is likely foreshadowing what we'll see on her upcoming EP.

This Valentine's Day, LIVVIA has paired up with Popdust to bring our readers a special Valentine's Day contest. Here are the rules:

1. Click on the link at the bottom of the page.

2. Enter your contact info.

3. Follow the instructions to follow LIVVIA's Official Spotify page.

... It's that easy!

We sat down with LIVVIA to learn more about her new single and her Valentine's Day contest. Check out our interview here!

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