February 2019 Playlist



Kieran Armstrong, Senior Editor

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and that means a Valentine’s-themed February Playlist has arrived! Because I’ve been on both sides of the love spectrum, I know that half of us A-TECH kids wanna pump some smooth love jams during the Valentine’s season, while others look forward to a good hard simp to wash their sadness away with a mocha depresso.

So, whichever side you’re on, we’ve got something for you this month on MavMessengerMusic

For the lovers:

“I Just called to say I love you” by Stevie Wonder is a love classic that’s warmed the heart strings since the early eighties. It’s one of my favorite songs ever and is sure to get you into that loving, slow jam mood you’re looking for.

“Trip” by Ella Mai is a contemporary R&B smash hit by the young British sensation. The song is excellent and intimate, sure to get you in your feels during the Valentine’s Day season.

“What is Love?” by Haddaway is the most memed song on this list, but I had to add it, because if nothing else, besides being a great Haddaway track, it’ll definitely give you a good chuckle while you listen.

“I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner is another classic that pretty much everyone knows, but if you don’t, trust me, it’s a true ‘80s track that’ll give your heart little jazz hands.

“Do you remember the time?” by Michael Jackson is actually one of my favorite songs. This legendary MJ track is always a good listen, and it comes as an excellent Valentine’s Day selectin (unless you just got dumped. If that’s the case, this may not be it, chief).

“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran is actually not a song I liked when it first came out, but it’s definitely grown on me. Though it’s more about surface-level lust than love, it a bop that’ll get your heart rate up as you move around to the beat (I hear Mr. Schaper screaming “OVERLOAD” behind me somewhere).

“Mine” by Bazzi is one shortest, catchiest pop love songs I know, and I think it really fits the Valentine’s Day mood. Bump it in the car or the AirPods you bought with the $175 you stole from your parents to get the good vibes flowing.

“Can’t help falling in love” by Elvis Presley is a song I’ve never heard before. I just added it because it’s Elvis and we live in Vegas. It be like that.

“We Found Love” by Rihanna is an early 2000s classic that I love because when I was in fifth grade I didn’t listen to radio, therefore it wasn’t played until my ears bled like it was for most kids.


For the simpers:

“End of the Road” by Juice WRLD is a vastly underrated sadboi/gurl anthem that really just speaks for itself. Listen to the lyrics and don’t let the vibrant melodies fool you.

“Payphone” by Maroon 5 is a true, quality heartbreak song by the only team that choked worse than the Rams at the Super Bowl.

“Without Me” by Halsey is the sadgurl smash hit by the Simp Queen of 2018 who performs a brilliant vocal spectacle. If the only ‘W’ you’re trying to do during Valentine’s Day is wallow, this is the track for you.

“Idontwannabeyouanymore” by Billie Eilish isn’t a heartbreak song per se, but it’s definetely a tall glass of depresso that, alongside a dark tone, holds seriously mature subject matter that forces the listener to immerse themself.

“After the Love has Gone” by Earth, Wind and Fire is a classic sadboi/gurl anthem. I mean everyone and their literal mom has simped out to this song on the radio. Definitely a must when looking for an oldie to be sad to.

“Where did we go wrong?” by The O’Jays is a bit of an undiscovered jewel in the simp world. Looking for some real sadboi harmonies and grown men singing about girl problems? This is the track for you.

“Teenage Fever” by Drake is a song that pretty much everyone our age knows, but I thought it should be included. It’s not the simpy-est Drake has gotten, but it’s a good listen, and the lyrics definitely compliment the well-chosen sadgurl sample he used to give the track its oldie feel.

Honorable Mention Simps:

Everyone’s in love blah blah blah during Valentine’s Day, but I decided to give a little extra love to the simp-masters out there. Here are a few honorable mention simp tracks that are only available on certain platforms and might give you the vibe you’re looking for.


  1. The Vitamin Water Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd0_8TX3HMs
  2. “Let Go” by Juice WRLD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpEZiHgj8ds
  3. “Know When” by NEAR:https://soundcloud.com/its_near/know-when-feat-no1-noah
  4. Your Own Voice