St. Vincent’s DeJAMZ 2-11-13

Ladies and gentlemen, Valentine’s Day is Thursday. Here are six songs that are sure to bring a smile to your sweetheart’s face or perhaps give you the courage to woo a crush.

1. “Love on Top” by Beyonc’ÛΩ – Remember getting the goose bumps when Beyonc’ÛΩ performed this song live at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards? That performance catapulted the song near the top of charts around the world. Perhaps what’s most admirable about this song is its sense of realness: “Nothing’s perfect but it’s worth it after fighting through my fears / And finally you put me first,” Beyonc’ÛΩ sings, proving that true love requires the effort of both people in a relationship.

2. “Bruises” by Chairlift – This delightfully whimsical and avant-garde love song is bound to do two things: inspire you to dance and etch its lyrics into your head so you’ll be singing along for days. The New York pop trio utilizes their variety of instruments and sound effects to lay down a catchy beat. Add a duet that features sweet lyrics and you have an irresistibly cute tune.

3. “I Always Knew” by The Vaccines – After listening to this single off the band’s second studio album, it seems like The Vaccines specialize in creating unforgettable songs. Justin Hayward-Young’s deep, mesmerizing voice cuts in about 12 seconds into the song and shows signs of the band’s maturation. While tracks like “Norgaard” and “Post Break-Up Sex” off their first album represent teenage love, “I Always Knew” is definitely the love anthem of 20-somethings.

4. “Crazy for You” by Best Coast – Leave it to Bethany Cosentino to take what sounds like it came from a young girl’s four page diary entry and turn it into song that clocks in at less than two minutes. Indie pop sounds accompanied by honest and simple lyrics are sure to make you crazy for this song.

5. “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z – Guys, let JT show you a few things about love, specifically concerning how to serenade a girl. Timberlake’s recent release is sensual, smooth and jazzy. Although the single could probably do without Jay-Z’s contributions, it’s a great way to reintroduce Timberlake to the pop scene after his seven-year hiatus. It’s good to have you back, JT.

6. “Just Me Before We Met” by Noah and the Whale – Folk meets synthesizer in this sentimental track. “Don’t be shy, be brave little champion / It’s better to live than to hide.” Who doesn’t love a song with an encouraging message.