Can we eventually start dating sometime soon? I really like you.

I (unfortunately) find myself in the same position as you very often and I wish you the best. Most of these songs describe a yearning one feels for something more. Others depict simply being there for the other person and waiting patiently.

01. Favorite Sons - “The Tall Grass” (Down Beside Your Beauty)
02. Chapterhouse - “If You Want Me” (Whirlpool)
03. The Ocean Blue - “Just Let Me Know” (The Ocean Blue)
04. Blur - “She’s So High” (Leisure)
05. David J - “I’ll Be Your Chauffeur {Original Version}” (Songs from Another Season)
06. The Wedding Present - “This Boy Can Wait” (Tommy)
07. Best Coast - “Something in the Way” (Something in the Way EP)
08. Weezer - “Only in Dreams” (Weezer)

Most underrated songs by the most overrated artists.

I think it’s time for all of us to channel our wide-eyed thirteen-year-old selves and bring a little more classic rock back into our lives. These bands define “overrated,” but these gems have, as far as I know, escaped general acclaim - especially in the context of the albums they first appeared in.

01. The Doors - “The Cars Hiss By My Window” (LA Woman)
02. Neil Young - “For the Turnstiles” (On the Beach)
03. Led Zeppelin - “Hats Off to Roy Harper” (III)
04. The Beatles - “Blue Jay Way” (Magical Mystery Tour)
05. Creedence Clearwater Revival - “Cotton Fields” (Willy and The Poor Boys)
06. Pink Floyd - “Fearless” (Meddle)
07. Queen - “The Prophet’s Song” (A Night at the Opera)
08. The Rolling Stones - “Prodigal Son” (Beggar’s Banquet)
09. Velvet Underground - “Jesus” (The Velvet Underground)
10. The Who - “Rael 1” (The Who Sell Out)
11. Bob Dylan - “Oxford Town” (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
12. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - “4 + 20” (Déjà Vu)

Songs for when you’re stuck in the friend zone…

Man, do I know the feeling.

01. The Magnetic Fields - “I’m Sorry I Love You” (69 Love Songs)
02. Badly Drawn Boy - “Disillusion” (The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast)
03. Belle & Sebastian - “Dog On Wheels” (Push Barman To Open Old Wounds)
04. Kings of Convenience - “I’d Rather Dance With You” (Riot on an Empty Street)
05. Passion Pit - “Moth’s Wings” (Manners)
06. Blonde Redhead - “Elephant Woman” (Misery Is A Butterfly)
07. Crystal Castles - “Not In Love” (II)
08. Pulp - “Like A Friend” (This is Hardcore)
09. Wolf Parade - “California Dreamer” (At Mount Zoomer)
10. The Triffids - “Unmade Love” (Calenture)
11. Arcade Fire - “My Body Is A Cage” (Neon Bible)
12. The Black Heart Procession - “It’s A Crime I Never Told You About The Diamonds In Your Eyes” (2)
13. Devendra Banhart - “A Ribbon” (Niño Rojo)

Music to find yourself and start all over again to

These tracks have gotten me through changing majors, applying for grad school, breaking up and the everyday meltdown. Here’s to the you who wakes up tomorrow.

01. Ray LaMontagne - “Be Here Now” (Till the Sun Turns Black)
02. The Airborne Toxic Event - “Wishing Well” (The Airborne Toxic Event)
03. Florence and the Machine - “Dog Days Are Over” (Lungs)
04. The Almighty Defenders - “Cone of Light” (The Almighty Defenders)
05. Dawes - “When My Time Comes” (North Hills)
06. The Parlor Mob - “Can’t Keep No Good Boy Down (When You Were a Crow)
07. Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons - “Born Again” (Death Won’t Send a Letter)
08. The Cave Singers - “Summer Light” (Welcome Joy)
09. Noah Gundersen - “Moss on a Rolling Stone” (Brand New World)
10. Local Natives - “World News” (Gorilla Manor)
11. Delta Spirit - “Gimme Some Motivation” (Ode to Sunshine)
12. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - “Carries On” (Up From Below)
13. Boy & Bear - “Blood To Gold” (With Emperor Antartica)

songs to drown out the construction going on outside my dorm

Some of these may be headache-inducing, especially in a row, but I think musical cacophony is always preferable to construction cacophony.

01. The Rolling Stones - “Get Off My Cloud” (December’s Children (And Everybody’s))
02. Stars - “He Lied About Death” (Set Yourself on Fire)
03. The Afghan Whigs - “Honky’s Ladder” (Black Love)
04. Ministry - “Stigmata” (The Land of Rape and Honey)
05. Depeche Mode - “A Pain That I’m Used To” (Playing the Angel)
06. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - “Spread Your Love” (B.R.M.C.)
07. White Rose Movement - “Girls in the Back” (Kick)
08. Infadels - “Can’t Get Enough” (We Are Not the Infadels)
09. Okkervil River - “Unless It’s Kicks” (The Stage Names)
10. Clearlake - “I Hate It That I Got What I Wanted” (Amber)
11. The Clash - “The Right Profile” (London Calling)
12. The The - “Sweet Bird of Truth” (Infected)
13. Gang of Four - “I Love A Man In Uniform” (Return the Gift)

waving from the Antarctica

01. Bravestation - “White Wolves” (Bravestation EP)
02. Mogwai - “A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters” (Young Team)
03. Modest Mouse - “The Cold Part” (The Moon and Antarctica)
04. Active Child - “Body Heat (So Far Away)” (Bento #3)
05. Boards of Canada - “Turquoise Hexagon Sun” (Music Has the Right To Children)
06. How to Dress Well - “I Can’t See My Own Face” (Love Remains)
07. The Knife - “Forest Families” (Silent Shout)
08. Sparrow and the Workshop - “Into The Wild” (Crystals Fall)
09. Pink Floyd - “Marooned” (The Division Bell)
10. The Books - “Classy Penguin” (Playall)
11. The Music Tapes - “Freeing Song for Reindeer” (Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes)
12. Strand of Oaks - “West River” (Pope Killdragon)

i should be sleeping, but i’m worried about you and thinking about him

This is a modified version of my “generic depressed night-time” play list. I found that a lot of the lyrics to these songs seemed to match what you’re worried about. Listen, and remember that the morning will arrive soon.

Side A
01. Atlas Sound - “Bored Dub” (Virtual 7” No.3)
02. M83 - “Facing That” (s/t)
03. Animal Collective - “Loch Raven” (Feels)
04. Low - “July” (Things We Lost in the Fire)
05. The Album Leaf - “Summer Fog” (A Chorus of Storytellers)
06. Kevin Drew - “Broke Me Up” (Spirit If…)
07. Shocking Pinks - “You Can Make Me Feel Bad” (s/t)
08. Joanna Newsom - “Go Long” (Have One On Me)

Side B
01. Mogwai - “Helps Both Ways” (Come On Die Young)
02. The Smiths - “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” (Hatful of Hollow)
03. The Magnetic Fields - “When You’re Old and Lonely” (Get Lost)
04. Air - “Highschool Lover” (The Virgin Suicides soundtrack)
05. Radiohead - “Lucky” (OK Computer)
06. Slowdive - “Alison” (Souvlaki)
07. The xx - “Shelter” (s/t)
08. Panda Bear - “You Can Count On Me” (You Can Count on Me 7”)
09. Boards of Canada - “Hi Scores” (Hi Scores EP)

You get to fuck me and say “let’s be friends” once, but you can’t do it twice and not expect me to want to rip your throat out.

That guy sounds like a real ass but, please, don’t give in to your violent urge. Listen to this instead.

01. Liz Phair - “Fuck and Run” (Exile in Guyville)
02. Magnetic Fields - “I Thought You Were My Boyfriend” (i)
03. Ani Difranco - “Out of Habit” (s/t)
04. Blockhead - “The Daily Routine” (The Music Scene)
05. Morning Benders - “Cold War (Nice Clean Fight)” (Big Echo)
07. Elvis Costello - “I’m Not Angry” (My Aim is True)
08. Joy Division - “She’s Lost Control” (Unknown Pleasures)
09.Vivian Girls - “Where Do You Run To” (s/t)
10. Robyn - “Dancing On My Own” (Body Talk Pt. 1)
11. Big Troubles - “Modern Intimacy” (Worry)
12. Devendra Banhart - “I Feel Just Like a Child” (Cripple Crow)

i needed you around, please tell me you need me

01. Chocolate Snow - “Let Me Be Your Christmas Toy” (Eccentric Soul)
02. Atlas Sound - “Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel” (Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel)
03. David Johnston - “True Love Will Find You In The End” (Welcome To My World)
04. Liars - “The Other Side Of Mt. Heart Attack” (Drum’s Not Dead)
05. Phosphorescent - “Can I Sleep In Your Arms” (To Willie)
06. Tapes ‘n Tapes - “Say Back Something (Walk It Off)
07. Tim Hecker - “Night Flight To Your Heart” (Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again)

someday I’ll come back and you’ll regret that I was never yours.

01. Bootsy Collins - “I’d Rather Be With You” (Stretchin’ Out in Bootsy’s Rubber Band)
02. The Schoolboys - “Please Say You Want Me” (The Schoolboys)
03. Lilly Wood and the Prick - “Down The Drain” (Invincible Friends)
04. Patrick Wolf - “The Stars” (The Magic Position)
05. Grizzly Bear - “Knife” (Yellow House)

01. The Zombies - “She’s Not There” (Begin Here)
02. Michael Jackson - “Dirty Diana” (Bad)
03. The Black Keys - “Howlin’ For You” (Brothers)
04. Eagles of Death Metal - “I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)” (Death By Sexy)
05. The Kinks - “Got Love If You Want It (You Really Got Me)” (Kinks)

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