A Valentine's Mix Tape from 'Talk of the Nation'

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Earlier this week, we asked listeners and NPR colleagues to let us listen in on their Valentine's Day playlists. The responses poured in, and we've compiled them here, in Talk of the Nation's Valentine's Mix. So whether you're wallowing in self-pity or celebrating with your better half today, browse the mixes below and find music that speaks to your heart.

Neal Conan

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Do Right Woman, The Flying Burrito Brothers

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Aretha Franklin

She's a Woman, Beatles

She, Gram Parsons

Stay with Me, Lorraine Ellison

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, Bob Dylan

The Summer Wind, Frank Sinatra

As the Years Go Passing By, Albert King

Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley

Try a Little Tenderness, Otis Redding

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When I'm Sixty Four, Beatles

The Ship Song, Nick Cave

Baby Said, Hot Chip

The Luckiest, Ben Folds

Powers, Blackalicious

God Only Knows, Beach Boys

Let's Stay Together, Al Green

Tupelo Honey, Van Morrison

At Last, Etta James

Lovely Day, Bill Withers

Michel Martin

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Angel, Angela Winbush

Giving You the Best That I Got, Anita Baker

I Would Die 4 U, Prince

My Funny Valentine, Chaka Khan

I Am Singing, Stevie Wonder

He Loves Me, Jill Scott

The Truth, India Arie

Fools Paradise, Meli'sa Morgan

Joy and Pain, Frankie Beverly featuring Maze

Ken Rudin

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Pretty Ballerina, The Left Banke

10538 Overture Electric Light Orchestra

Younger Girl, John Sebastian

20th Century, Brad

Berkeley Mews The Kinks

Gypsy, Van Morrison

Desperate but Not Serious, Adam Ant

For No One, Beatles

Love Me Madly Again, Bryan Ferry

It's Love, The Rascals

She's My Girl, The Turtles

Peekaboo, Siouxsie and the Banshees

Love My Way, The Psychedelic Furs

On and On, The Michael Schenker Group

One Summer Dream, Electric Light Orchestra

The Only Living Boy in New York, Simon & Garfunkel

In the Backseat, Arcade Fire

Peppermint Lump, Angie

Barrie Hardymon

Recommended by Barrie Hardymon, Assistant Editor for Talk of the Nation:
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Valentine's Day is boring. Let's face it. So, this is my Valentine's Day mix, dedicated to the most interesting of lovers — the dysfunctional ones!

Barrie's Valentine's Mix for Adulterers, Commitment-phobes, Criminals, Loose Women, and No-Good Men:

Jolene, Dolly Parton; Desperate woman

1952 Vincent Black Lightning, Richard Thompson; Criminal man, red-haired woman

Divorce Song, Liz Phair; Controlling man, neurotic woman

Janie Runaway, Steely Dan; Jailbait

Gold-digger, Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx; er...Gold Digger, duh

Hospital, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers; Sick woman

She's Gone, Hall and Oates; Desperate man

Alison, Elvis Costello; Love gone wrong, and that thing with the party dress, ahem

Little Red Corvette, Prince; Fast woman, fast car

Sarah Handel

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Call to Love, Crooked Fingers
I love you, but I'm not an easy mark... "you may be smooth-talkin' Daddy but I've heard it all before."

Friday I'm in Love, The Cure
I agree with BotN commenter Sarah K. May; it's absolutely classic.

With Arms Outstretched, Rilo Kiley
Adds a little tension, much like "Call to Love" – "If you want me, better speak up, 'cause I won't wait."

I Walk the Line, Johnny Cash
When it comes down to it, walking the line is worth it.

My Baby Just Cares for Me, Nina Simone
Dance around the room with yourself singing this one, whether you're single, coupled, or indifferent – you'll feel the love!

Campfire Kansas, The Get Up Kids
Clean outdoor fun, just feels packed full of possibilities.

Electrolite, REM
Michael Stipe thinks you outshine everyone, and I tend to agree.

Heavy Metal Drummer, Wilco
Echoes "Campfire Kansas" tonally, and who hasn't loved a drummer?

La Familia (Guy Sigsworth remix), Mirah
"It's not forever we can fool around in the dark..." or is it?

Insistor, Tapes 'n Tapes
"I'll be your badger" is kind of like "I'll be your Valentine..."

This Will Be Our Year, The Zombies
Full credit to an ex – this is a killer way to end a mix!

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The Way I Am, Ingrid Michaelson
My favorite love songs are those that I think are written from the perspective of a woman. I absolutely love this little song and sing it to my sweetheart.

Embraceable You, Billie Holiday

Someone to Watch Over Me, Frank Sinatra

I've Got a Crush on You, Linda Ronstadt

Let's Get it On, Marvin Gaye

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack

Happy Together, The Turtles

Fallin', Alicia Keys

Moon River, Andy Williams

Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love, Cole Porter

Our Love Is Here to Stay, Gene Kelly sings it in An American in Paris, originally performed by Nat King Cole.

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Looking for Gold, The Tough Alliance

Romeo Had Juliette, Lou Reed

Maple Leaves, Jens Lekman

New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down, LCD Soundsystem

I'll Be Seeing You, Francoise Hardy and Iggy Pop

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, Bob Dylan

Dancing With Myself, Billy Idol

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