For as arrogantly and unnecessarily jaded as I am about lots of things in life, I love love. Well, more accurately, I love romance. I love the moments before anything happens, I love the courting process, I love the feeling that someone could light your entire world on fire with passion and possibility. Basically, I'm a thirteen-year-old girl at heart because I LOVE CRUSHES. Seriously, what is as simultaneously wonderful and devastatingly annoying as a crush? That all-consuming attraction to someone that makes you suddenly want to doodle someone's name and wear their letterman jacket? (Okay, I might just be thinking of an Andy Hardy movie.)
I am a big proponent of what I call the twenty minute crush. Basically, I will get a crush on everyone I meet for approximately twenty minutes. After that, it's done. It makes life quite exciting. If there's a lucky someone I think about for longer than it takes Domino's to deliver a pizza, I know it's getting serious. At the moment, I have one of those kinds of attractions and have had one for a few weeks now. (I KNOW RIGHT? IT'S GETTING SERIOUS FOR ME!)
In honor of Valentine's Day, I've made a playlist of my top ten favorite songs about crushes for anyone out there who is feeling the same way:
I Want You (Bob Dylan)
If he would have me, I would like Bob Dylan to be my valentine. I just adore this song so much -- it's one of my favorites off of the beyond brilliant album Blonde on Blonde. The song is a blend best described as folksy-country-rock-amazingness. I love the contrast between the strange, quite obscure lyrics in the verses (very typical of Dylan, especially in the mid 1960s) and the directness of the chorus "I want you / yes, I want you so bad." So simple, but so honest.
Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (Lauryn Hill)
Lauryn Hill is the only human in the world who could take a Frankie Valli song and make it legitimately cool ... okay, maybe Heath Ledger as well. (Guys, I still REALLY miss Heath Ledger.)
I'll Be Your Mirror (The Velvet Underground)
Shakin' All Over (The Guess Who)
Funny Little Frog (Belle & Sebastian)
Be My Baby (The Ronettes)
The Ronettes were fab with this subject matter ("I Can Hear Music" was another top contender for this list), but this is perhaps one of the ULTIMATE, universally beloved songs about crushes. Brian Wilson has referred to "Be My Baby" as the best pop song ever, and who am I to argue with a Beach Boy?
Lover (Devendra Banhart)
Don't Make Me Wait (Locksley)
An up-tempo pop-ish rock song about crushes and the torture the objects of our affection often cause us ("It's something so surreal / the stupid way you make me feel"). It's so swingy and dance-y and fun that it makes crushes (and the agony they bring along with them) sound downright delightful.
Thirteen (Big Star)
I Want To Hold Your Hand (The Beatles)
That's it -- John, George, Paul and Ringo are ALL going to be my valentines this year! The Beatles won over the entire world with this simple little ditty, but there's really no surprise why. The title kinda says it all. We don't need diamonds or flowers or displays of love in grand, Nicholas Sparks-style proportions. All we really want is to hold someone's hand.