This Valentine’s Day we thought it would be fun to look back through our archives and select four of our favourite alternative love songs. These are guaranteed jaw-droppers, heartmelters and pulse raisers.

Four alternative love songs to soundtrack your Valentine’s Day.

1. Anna Wolf – Can I Get High On You

Do you remember that moment in the film Garden State when Zach Braff’s character asks Natalie Portman what she is listening to and she replies with “You gotta hear this one song — it’ll change your life; I swear.” That was The Shins, but here is the 2024 version. This time it’s all about Anna Wolf and Can I Get High On You. A song so profoundly powerful you’ll want to tell everyone you meet.

2. Katie Gregson MacLeod – Complex

We first heard this demo like most other people on TikTok. Scottish singer-songwriter Katie Gregson-MacLeod melted hearts with Complex. This ‘complex’ story of intense, infatuation is enthralling, yes it’s unhealthy but it’s also honest, relatable and heart-warming.

3. Alice Offley – Valetine

Smouldering with 60s retro influences from The Ronettes to Dusty Springfield who incidentally is a relative! This reworked version of Valentine by Alice Alice tells a story or long-lost love and how it doesn’t always die. Let’s not forget love transcends space and time and is often blind.

4. Phoebe Hall – Through The Phone

Taken from her 4-track EP Runaway, Through The Phone by Phoebe Hall perfectly captures the challenges, fears and hopes of modern dating culture all shot through the lens of the LGBTQ+ community. There is a joyous, unbound innocence to this song which makes it hugely relatable.

Let’s be honest Valentine’s Day isn’t always hearts and flowers, but every day is better with a great soundtrack. Add these four tracks to your playlist, or share them with someone you love.

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Words Mark Knight