These aren’t your typical love songs

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Daryl Palumbo performing live. (Photo courtesy of Nick Karp photography)

Angelica Wallingford

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, it’s time to break out the cash and get your sweetheart something nice. Let’s face it though; the whole chocolate and flowers routine is getting a bit cliché and so are those super popular Top 40 love songs being played on the radio. Here are some tunes guaranteed to put a smile on that special someone’s face, all of which are available on iTunes.

1. Head Automatica – “Beating Heart Baby”

Released in 2004, Head Automatica’s “Beating Heart Baby” is a perfect mixture of angsty alt-rock and up-tempo sweet pop music, with an added dash of electronica mixed in. Lyrically, the song deals with all the feelings that come with having a crush on someone and gauging whether or not that someone is into you. Lead singer Daryl Palumbo’s unique vocal style is one of the highlights of this track. The way he sings the chorus is guaranteed to make you or your significant other swoon.

2. John Legend – “Ordinary People”

This song has to be the most realistic love song ever written. Love isn’t always rainbows and butterflies with a fairy tale ending. “Ordinary People” perfectly encompasses all the emotion, compromise and work that goes with being in a relationship. The simplistic piano arrangement and raw emotion in “Ordinary People” is hands down one of the best songs that John Legend has ever released.

3. The Cure – “Lovesong”

This band is one of the most successful new wave bands to come out of the U.K. Their 1989 hit “Lovesong” is one of the band’s trademark tracks and has been covered by many artists over the years, including Adele on her 2011 award winning album “21.” With its simplistic lyrics about love’s bliss and its new wave/gothic alternative sound it has become one of the most signature love songs released over the past 20 years.

4. No Doubt feat Lady Saw – “Underneath it All”

No Doubt’s 2002 collaboration with dancehall/reggae singer Lady Saw is undoubtedly one of the best love songs that the band has ever written. The lyrics were initially written by lead singer Gwen Stefani as a sweet ode to her relationship with her then-boyfriend-now-husband Gavin Rossdale. Musically, the song has the signature No Doubt sound with a reggae fusion twist.

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No Doubt hanging out before a gig. (Photo courtesy of Wilson Webb, Rolling Stone)