Love is not a pop song. It's not as easy as a generic hook, a catchy melody and some luscious production. There's no real world engineer to gloss over the mix or auto-tune vocals when two people get together and try and make a life. Sometimes maybe, but on most days, it's the type of messy genre-blending clash you'd never hear on the radio, the underground indie thing that gets stuck in your head, stunning and confusing you with its unpredictability.

As Valentine's Day approaches, here's a thought: rather than participating in the capitalist, Netflix and chill-orientated confines of the holiday, how about we celebrate our relationships as unconventionally as we partake in them - either accepting the flaws that come with it or fight about things until something gives. It takes more than chocolate.

We asked ten of our favorite artists what their unconventional Valentine's Day will sound like:


Elohim - Broken Social Scene's 'Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl'

"I fell in love to this song. It's so oddly heart-wrenching and beautiful. I could fall in love over and over again with this swimming in my ears."


Rina Sawayama - Kali Uchis' 'Loner'

"Firstly, because I LOVE U Kali. Secondly, because the song taps into a fear of rejection that I think is pretty universal - it's an anti-Valentine's song in a way. I'm not a huge fan of the day and I think more people can relate to a track like this than anything soppy and Valentinesy."


Alxndr London - Meat Loaf's 'I'd Do Anything for Love'

"Every time I hear this song the ambiguity lingers on. I ask myself how far am I willing to go for love."


Jessica Agombar - Tanto Metro & Devonte's 'Everyone Falls In Love'

"Even with its title, the production or lyrics are not in the least romantic as you would suspect. It's just a sick old-school dancehall tune that gets people straight on the dance floor and the song is all about love without being a power ballad or some soppy, pulling-at-your-heartstrings song. Sometimes you just wanna dance on Valentine's Day to some vibes without having to listen to Celine Dion.


Tony Blaize - Lauryn Hill's 'Ex Factor'

"I just think the journey of the song captures a relationship perfectly, both good and bad, places the good against the bad. 'It could all be so simple, but you'd rather make it hard, loving you is like a battle, and we both end up in scars.' The guitar solo at the end sets my brain on fire! Like, that's the track I wish I wrote and a feeling I try and convey in love songs I write, not to mention I learnt a new word through that song, 'Reciprocity.'


Kenzie May- Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 'Multi Love'

"There are a million songs about love, but it can prove difficult finding that song for your Valentine's Day threesome. You're welcome."


REVILO - Dr. Paul Mealor's 'Ubi Caritas et Amor'

"Run a bath, turn all the lights off, get in with a nice bottle of wine and play this with your eyes closed. All the ethereal love you need."


Alma Elste - Frank Sinatra's 'One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)'

"The song is about a very lonely guy who's drunk and single. He walks into a bar late at night and he finds himself having a pointless conversation with the bartender because there is just no one else to talk to. For me that song is for people who are alone on Valentine's Day. But it's so warm that it cheers you up, and Sinatra's voice is sexier than ever."


T'Angelo - D'Angelo's 'Send It On'

"I love everything about the album Voodoo but it's something about this song in particular any time you put it on you just catch a vibe I feel loved like he's personally talking to me like he's personally going to send me his love; it's an experience every time. If you put this on its a guaranteed vibe/mood setter.


Rax - Bryson Tiller's '187'

"This Valentine's day I'm only playing Bryson Tiller's '187'. It represents a very special time and experience for me. When It comes on you just know it's going down."