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10 Most Underrated Valentine's Day Songs to Impress Your Date

Not your basic romantic playlist.
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You don't want to be that kind of date. You're not going to get back to your place and put on Coldplay are you? You're not going to put on "Ignition (Remix)," right? No, you'd better not. You want to make your significant other feel special on Valentine's Day, you want to have a playlist of love songs that's unique, that's unexpected. You want these 10 romantic songs.

RADIOHEAD, "ALL I NEED"

Lust has quite possibly never been personified as well as "I'm an animal trapped in your hot car."

D'ANGELO, "REALLY LOVE"

This is underrated only in that when people think about sex they think about D'Angelo's abs in the "Untitled (How Does it Feel)" video. But, he mumbles so much in this song it's almost hard to hear how suave it is.

FRANK OCEAN, "FORREST GUMP"

Maybe it's a Tom Hanks-related sexual awakening or maybe it's a metaphor for a high school romance. Either way, it's beautiful.

THE XX, "BRAVE FOR YOU"

There's something in the vulnerability, in the confession of "Brave For You" that makes the song feel like true, honest love.

ALVVAYS, "ARCHIE, MARRY ME"

Drenched in nostalgia and shimmering guitars, there's something just so charming about Alvvays directness here.

BRIGHT EYES, "FIRST DAY OF MY LIFE"

If by any chance you're near a computer, an iPhone, a sound system, or a DJ who takes requests when it happens, please play "First Day of My Life" before a first kiss. It seems cheesy, but you'll never forget it.

THE ROOTS, "YOU GOT ME"

Book clubs, college classes, Paris, and amateur films—it's the type of hyper-intelligent, breathless university romance that every student dreams to have as an undergrad.

MAC DEMARCO, "I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR HER"

While he might seem like a slacker who just relaxes on the beach and makes chill guitar music, Mac DeMarco really cares about one woman. In fact, most of his songs are about her. Maybe that's why he's so happy all the time.

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ST. VINCENT, "MARRY ME"

This is quite possibly as clear a statement as any. And though she now makes stunning art-rock, there was a time, early on when St. Vincent's Annie Clark had a simple song with a sweet message.

DRAKE, "HOLD ON, WE'RE GOING HOME"

Drake is the cheesiest guy around. His love songs can range from being dorky to lame to kinda sweet. But he's at his best when he goes full pop schmaltz.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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