Love is in the air—or maybe it’s in your stomach after a first date with your recent crush. You swiped right to find out that he/she/they dig well-curated playlists about love, and your ol’ pals at Allston Pudding have you covered!
We asked our favorite local music bloggers to share their top tracks for sensitive, sappy suckers. Check out their picks below, then grab your headphones and stream the whole mushy mixtape here. Get ready to have feeeeelings.
I just want you to love me.
FRANKIE COSMOS, “ON THE LIPS”
This song goes out to all the awkward weirdos who didn’t kiss someone on the first date, immediately regretted it on the way home, but then realized it’s for the best.
BIG BOY CLUB, “KISS ME” (SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER COVER)
With mushy-gushy lyrics about wanting to smooch under the stars, this cover is gonna make your heart flutter.
SAT. NITE DUETS, “HANG OUT WITH ME TONIGHT”
This is a great song for the best kind of healthy crushin’—the feeling of being okay alone but finding someone you like spending time with so much that you wanna be around them all the time anyway.
GUIDED BY VOICES, “TEENAGE FBI”
I could say the typical “I grew up in the ‘90’s,” or tell you that this song is how my crush makes
me feel sometimes, but honestly, GBV is simply my girlfriend’s absolute favorite band and this is for her.
YO LA TENGO, “OUR WAY TO FALL”
Crushin’ is the hard, fast process of memorizing everything about a person and hoping said person does the same for you, “even if it lasts an hour.”
LOS CAMPESINOS, “YOU! ME! DANCING!”
All those exclamation points are just so rich with meaning.
A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW, “CRUSHIN’”
Pretty much every song in their catalog feels as recklessly liberating as yelling a crush’s name from your rooftop, but how could we not pick a song that is literally called “Crushin’?”
KEVIN MORBY, “ALL OF MY LIFE”
This song is so simple and romantic and just oozes yearning for an unknown companion who never seems to come.
MITSKI, “I WILL”
Love can be too much work and desperate but somehow still worth it… maybe?
OBERHOFER, “YR FACE”
I used to put song lyrics in my AIM buddy profile and hope my crushes would find them, actually talk to me and then our love would finally blossom.
LADY LAMB, “ATLAS”
After the gut-wrenching heartbreak detailed on Lady Lamb’s debut album Ripely Pine, “Atlas” seems like a bright nod to a crush that worked out after all.