Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Ellie Goulding on a Valentine's Day playlist - Reverb

Pop & Circumstance: A Valentine’s Day playlist for every emotion

She won't be your Valentine...you'll be hers. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

She won't be your Valentine...you'll be hers. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Love is a complicated thing, no doubt. It is a battlefield, after all. In times of relationship trouble, we turn to Kelly Clarkson. In times of lonesome despair, we turn to Pink. In times of complete and utter best-sex-ever joy, we turn to Justin.

Valentine’s Day is rearing its ugly head, and whether you’re content being single or feeling trapped in a never-ending breakup, P&C is here to provide you with some tunes for the ride. We hope they give you a good popgasm, way better than your ex ever could.

1. Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”

When to rock it: In the basement of your best friend’s V-Day party.

What will happen: Everyone, no matter the age or gender, will break into song, kinda like “High School Musical.”

Will remind you of: Fist-pumping in the car with your first real significant other.

Emotional state: Nostalgia for a simpler time.

2. Robyn, “Hang With Me”

When to rock it: Towards the end of your justified two-week wallowing period following a breakup.

What will happen: You’ll cry, for the last time (you promise).

Will remind you of: The one that got away.

Emotional state: Ugh, regret.

3. Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”

When to rock it: At the bar with all your favorite girls.

What will happen: People will roll their eyes; you won’t give a shit.

Will remind you of: Being unable to figure out why he didn’t like you back

Emotional state: Jealous bitch.

4. Rihanna feat. Drake, “Say My Name”

When to rock it: In the bedroom after the V-Day date, chock-full of sexual tension.

What will happen: You’ll figure out the square root of 69, and some other stuff.

Will remind you of: That girl or guy you slept with Valentine’s Day 2011, and that’s pretty much it.

Emotional state: Fleeting romance.

5. Ellie Goulding, “Guns and Horses”

When to rock it: Commuting to work or class — whichever part of your day needs some contemplative soundtrack.

What will happen: You’ll realize you’ll do anything to get the one you want.

Will remind you of: The days you tried to give it your all, but it wasn’t enough

Emotional state: Unrecognizable passion.

6. Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, “Moment 4 Life”

When to rock it: Before a “serious talk” with a significant other.

What will happen: Your fairy godmother will show up for a pep talk, and you’ll decide that this guy is the one.

Will remind you of: The best times of your life, duh.

Emotional state: Pure, unadulterated sap.

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Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a Pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.

  • VS

    It’s “What’s My Name,” not “Say My Name”

  • http://twitter.com/maloiacono The Great Mikesby

    Great list! real funny, feel ya on the nicki and katie picks..robyn too. I threw together a V-Day List of indie songs. check it out here:nnSomePeopleThink This Is What Indie Music Hipsters Bump on Valentines Daynhttp://somepeoplethinking.com/2011/02/10/somepeoplethink-this-is-what-indie-music-hipsters-bump-on-valentines-day/

  • Bloom1100

    KATY PERRY WOW !!! I <3 HER