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Don't look now, but Valentine's Day is once again looming on the horizon. One of our most polarizing holidays, Valentine's Day either reminds you of the seemingly endless frustrations of being single or, as with most of the listeners who shared stories for this edition of All Songs Considered, it's a chance to celebrate love in all of its wonderfully unpredictable, beautifully diverse forms. On this week's show, listeners dedicate songs to the ones they love. Hear music from Bjork, The XX, a classic tango from Carlos Gardel and more.

If you've got a dedication, share it in the comments section below.

From previous Valentine's Day shows, we've got guest DJ sets from John Waters and Tom Jones, lesser-known love songs, and our favorite breakup songs.

Valentine's Day Song Dedications

  • The xx: 'VCR'


    "I'd like to dedicate this song to Juan Jordan. We met via some nice algorithms, and it has turned out surprisingly well, though we do have a rather unconventional relationship. I look forward to being with you always." --Janie

  • Dr. Dog: 'Where'd All The Time Go?'


    "It's a song for my grandmother Rhea, who passed away last July. I think Valentine's Day is a holiday that will always remind me of her — because she was born in February, but also because she's one of those people who really held love about everything else. Her entire life was for her family, and her children and for her husband." --unidentified listener

  • Bjork: 'Joga'


    "My husband and I knew each other in junior high and then ran into each other at the local mall ... when we were going on 30 years old. Within the first few weeks, he made me a two-sided mix tape of inappropriate songs (considering we were just beginning a possible relationship) filled with implications of passion and long-term commitment. Along with the tape was a card in which he wrote out the lyrics to 'Joga' by Bjork, which was also the first track on the tape. I had never heard it before and did not know what in the world she was talking about, but I was so emotionally and physically awakened and embarrassed, like someone for the first time had seen my soul." --Nicole

  • Carlos Gardel: 'El Dia Que Mi Quieras'


    "I'm spending a year working at our embassy in Baghdad, and my wife Sandra and children are back home, and I miss them terribly. Before I met Sandra, I had no interest in tango music. But she was born and raised in Argentina, the land of the tango, and as I fell in love with her, the music became a part of my life. So I'll dedicate Carlos Gardel's classic tango 'El Dia Que Mi Quieras' — 'The Day That You Love Me' — because it always reminds me of her and our family." --unidentified listener

  • Feist: 'The Park'


    "Blake was one of my first boyfriends, I guess you'd say. We never did anything. But the one night we might have kissed but never did, we went out to Olive Garden and we both mutually agreed that since we both had garlic breath that we wouldn't kiss. And that turned out to be the last time I ever saw him. And the song "The Park" exaggerates the idea that if you lose someone you love dearly, they may come back someday, but you have to face the reality that they will not. And if despair could speak, it'd be this song. For all those who are alone on Valentine's Day, I applaud you." --David

  • The Beatles: 'Why Don't We Do It In The Road'


    "It was the late '80s and I had been introducing my girlfriend to The Beatles (a requirement for any long-term commitment). We were parked listening to The White Album on cassette, waiting for curfew to end our night. I was waiting for a song that I thought would encapsulate my feelings and waited for it to come up in queue on the tape. Unfortunately, like Mother Superior, I jumped the gun and drew her attention to the next song, one song early. Instead of the great love song 'I Will,' she was treated to the joyous 'Why Don't We Do It In The Road?' Needless to say, we had a great laugh then and still do to this day whenever we hear 'our song' 23 years of marriage later. Happy Valentine's Day, Traci!" --Jackson

  • Led Zeppelin: 'Friends'


    "I know your buttons, and you know the buttons to push to annoy me. But I feel here, it's Valentine's Day... What do you play for someone you work with, and we've done so much together, and you've been such a good friend to me. So I had to think of the band and the song. It had to be a song where we could both say, 'Yeah!'" --Bob Boilen (for Robin Hilton)

  • Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World'


    "You [Bob] took a chance on [hiring] me, and it has forever changed my life. So I looked back at the first show I ever did as the All Songs Considered producer 11 years ago, and this one song jumped out at me. Because I remember at the time you picked it, I'd never heard of the guy, but I thought, 'I'm a long way from Kansas, my home, and here's this beautiful song that has ended up on the first show that I'm doing." --Robin Hilton (for Bob Boilen)



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