A sneak peek at a working DJ’s library

By Vanessa Hundley, aka DJ Audioprism

Entertainment and Life Scrivener

There is no angle of the experience of love that has been left unexplored in the musical realm. From that first crush to a full relationship implosion, musicians and lyricists bring forth the deepest of emotions and hold them up to the light. The number of ways people interpret love rival the variety of musical styles and like music, love is always evolving and changing.

There are, of course, an enormous selection of ballads professing eternal love and desire. As a DJ, I mostly play those songs at weddings or private events, though sometimes as a slow dance highlight for galas and social events where having a few moments to really enjoy one’s date are welcome. The world of Pop music is also awash in many amazing “first sight” moments. In the last section of this list I will share some of my favorites from these areas, but first –a sampling of songs  from my library that lift your heart (or hackles) as well as your feet!

  (Skip to the bottom of the article for a full playlist of all these songs!)

First Crush and Infatuation:

Every relationship starts somewhere! Butterflies and bravery come up against each other in these songs that capture that first strike from Cupid’s arrow. 

The Jets  – Crush On You          

Sam Cooke – Cupid

Selena Gomez  – Bad Liar           

Avril Lavigne  – Girlfriend

Ronettes – Be My Baby

Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover

Usher  – U Got It Bad (Soulpower Remix)

Clairy Brown and the Bangin’ Rackettes – Love Letter

Mario – Just A Friend 2002

Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

The Early Days of Love:

So after a little (or a lot) of flirting, you snagged that love interest. The world is a bright and beautiful place! The birds are singing! You are entranced by all their little quirks!  And maybe a little nervous too…

The Pointer Sisters  – I’m So Excited

Katrina & The Waves –Walking On Sunshine

Janelle Monae  – Make Me Feel

Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel

Goldfrapp – Ooh La La

Dusty Springfield  – Son of a Preacher Man

Alabama Shakes – I Found You

Counting Crows  – Accidentally In Love

Walk The Moon – Shut Up and Dance

The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love

Going In Deep:

You’ve made it past the early days, now it’s for real. 

The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’

Foster The People – I Would Do Anything For You

High Valley – Single Man

The Cure – Love Song

John Legend – Love Me Now

Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home

Tegan and Sara  – Closer

Diana King – I Say A Little Prayer

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – Senorita

The Zombies  – This Will Be Our Year

Let’s Get Married!:

It’s the one! Say it in a love song as you sweep your intended off their feet.

Jagged Edge – Let’s Get Married (Remarqable Remix)

The Dixie Cups  – Going to the Chapel of Love

Bruno Mars – Marry You

Paula Abdul – Will You Marry Me

Jason DeRulo – Marry Me

K-Ci and JoJo – All My Life

The Five Satins – To the Aisle

Tina Turner – The Best

Magic! – Rude

Aloe Blacc- I Wanna Be With You

Highs and Lows:

Some relationships thrive on drama. We all know them , or have been part of them – where it just doesn’t make sense to anyone besides them that they are still together. Opposites attract is just one way to put it! 

Orianthi – Shut Up and Kiss Me

John Cougar Mellencamp  – Hurts So Good

Paula Abdul  – Opposites Attract

Rihanna – We Found Love

Katy Perry – Hot N Cold 

Britney Spears – Toxic

311 – Beautiful Disaster

Lauryn Hill – Ex Factor

Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream

The Police – Every Breath You Take

End of the Road:

Some people break up to make up, and some just break up. But even heartbreak comes with a chance of dance, and getting some groovy moves in on the floor can help you get back into the rhythm of love!

Cee Lo – Forget You

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Leslie Gore  – It’s My Party

Ariana Grande – Thank U Next

The Weeknd  – Blinding Lights

Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive

Beyonce – Why Don’t You Love Me

Amy Winehouse  – Back to Black

Grimes – Flesh Without Blood

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Tears of a Clown

Single Again:

What’s a singleton to do? Get out and dance in all your solo glory!

Trina – Single Again 

Beyonce – Single Ladies

The Mowgli’s – I’m Good

Nick Jonas – Bacon

Cher – Believe

Hailee Steinfeld – I Love Myself

Seryah – L.B.D.T. (Look But Don’t Touch)

TLC – No Scrubs 

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Lady Antebellum – Bartender

Undercover Lovers:

A quick bonus section  of songs that encompass love and deception all at once.

The All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret

Heart – All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You

Billy Paul – Me & Mrs. Jones 

Amy Winehouse – Me & Mr. Jones

Anuel AA – China

Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend

Beyonce & Shakira – Beautiful Liar

The Outfield – Your Love

Dion – Runaround Sue

Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.

Slow It Down A Bit:

As promised, my favorite slower selections! 

Mazzy Star – Fade Into You

Leon Bridges – Here In My Arms

Etta James – At Last

Chi Lites – Oh Girl

Jessie J – Casualty Of Love

INXS  – Never Tear Us Apart

Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

Gary Wright – Dream Weaver

Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love

Mark Knopfler – Storybook Love

A final toast to love, for yourself and others – start the playlist below and enjoy all these songs for your Valentine’s experience! And be sure to like and follow everything @djaudioprism for new music commentary, taped interviews with personalities from around the world and updates on future public performances!

 

Vanessa Hundley aka DJ Audioprism is  owner of Audioprism Entertainment,  is a full time DJ/VJ/KJ/MC, Web and TV Personality, and Wonder Woman who incorporates her love of music and everything entertainment into all facets of her life. She resides in Atlanta, GA, with her amazing daughter, fabulous partner and a variety of fuzzy friends intent on taking over the world one clump of fur at a time. Follow her on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Mixcloud for everything

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