“Tainted Love” – Soft Cell
Marilyn Manson covered it. Rihanna clipped it. But did you know “Tainted Love” was originally performed by 60’s singer Gloria Jones? Now take that golden nugget of knowledge and use it the next time you go on a date. All of your love problems will be resolved. Guaranteed.
“Last Goodbye” – Jeff Buckley
This one is heavy, and one of my favorites. Buckley’s ethereal vocals juxtapose a rather desolate song about losing a loved one, and belongs on any list of this nature.
“Love Will Tear Us Apart” – Joy Division
Another great song that’s holistically kind of a downer. Ian Curtis wrote “Love Will Tear Us Apart” after his divorce from wife Deborah, committing suicide soon thereafter. Curtis passed in 1980, and the remaining members formed New Order who went on to create another renowned love-stricken track titled “Bizarre Love Triangle.”
“Black” – Pearl Jam
The perfect “love stinks” song for any KROQ aficionado. The meaning behind Vedder’s lyrics have undergone boatloads of public theory, but that’s typical with his lyrical poetry. As real and as passionate of a song you’ll ever submit yourself to.