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Mancunian love songs for the perfect Valentine's Day playlist

Summer Flower workshop bouquet, press image, 2013

Get into a romantic mood with these love songs from Manchester’s finest.

The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The lyrics say it all in this one: ‘And if a double-decker bus /Crashes in to us /To die by your side/ Is such a heavenly way to die /And if a ten ton truck/ Kills the both of us/ To die by your side/ Well the pleasure, the privilege is mine’.

Morrissey – You’re The One For Me, Fatty
Another one from Moz, still romantic in his own way: ‘You're the one for me, fatty/You're the one I really, really love’.

The Stone Roses - Sally Cinnamon
A love letter stolen from someone’s jacket may not be traditionally romantic, but the lyrics tell an endearing love story –'Sent to me from heaven/Sally Cinnamon/you are my world.'

New Order - Temptation
Originally released as a stand-alone single on Factory Records, Temptation is an iconic tune and is said to be a tale of long-lost love. And of course, it’s in Trainspotting.

Oasis - Wonderwall
Although Noel has denied it was written about his ex-wife Meg (he did after they got divorced at least), it’s still seen as one of the ultimate Brit Pop love anthems.

The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?)
This much-covered song by Bolton boys The Buzzcocks is instantly recognisable and highlights the confusion and chaos love can bring.

Take That - Back For Good
Take That’s last video as a five-piece (until their reformation), it’s a wistful piece begging for a lover to return and really showcases the strength of Gary Barlow’s lyrical ability.

The Courteeners - The Opener
A love song to Manchester and a significant other in one. ‘I miss the city I love but I've been having affair/With LA and New York, Dundee/And Doncaster if I may dare/Of course I do, of course I do/But I was meant for this place, and I was meant for you’.

Elbow - One Day Like Today
Guy Garvey wrote this gloriously uplifting tune about falling in love with his girlfriend. Can’t get any more romantic than that.

See Time's Out guide to music and nightlife in Manchester.


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