Tiësto, Flosstradamus, Flux Pavilion and 22 more DJs pick their favorite V-Day tracks, ones they'll be bumping during their sets and maybe in the bedrooms, too.
Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day makes us all pull a Celine Dion. That is, talk about love (and occasionally beat our chests).
CODE asked 25 DJs to pick the tracks they’d play in a V-Day set. Their responses ranged from mushy to angsty to horny (or from Calvin Harris to Kendrick Lamar to Shaggy).
Us CODERS made a Spotify playlist of their chosen tracks, and supplemented it with some of our own. (Some substitutions and omissions were made according to availability; we know you’ll understand.)
Enjoy tonight, and be careful out there!
Flux Pavilion (Big Beat/Circus)
Pick: Shaggy, “Boombastic”
"I actually opened and closed my Valentine’s set a few years ago with this, and handed out roses to the front row of the audience. It’s a classic tune."
Tiësto (Musical Freedom)
Pick: Tiësto featuring BT, “Love Comes Again”
"Because the lyrics say it all. Valentine’s Day comes around every year and gives you the opportunity to celebrate your love with the one you love.”
Dillon Francis (Mad Decent)
Pick: Alice Deejay, “Better Off Alone”
“Because Valentine’s Day can suck it.”
Justin Martin (dirtybird)
Pick: PillowTalk, "The Come Back"
“Just listen to Sammy D swoon on the track. He is begging for lovin', and it’s hard for anyone to resist with this jam. Pure sexy doo-wop bliss!”
Guy Gerber (Supplement Facts)
Pick: David Bowie, “Wild Is The Wind”
“So sexy, so warm. The lyrics are so scorching, it's almost painful, but it is still loving to the fullest.”
Pick: Jeremih, “Fuck You All The Time”
“It's easily the most futuristic love song we've heard in years.”
Pick: Calvin Harris, “Thinking About You”
“For me, the beautiful, yet almost melancholy vibe of this song, perfectly captures just how fragile and special love is. It's hard not to smile while listening to this.”
Junior Sanchez (Brobot/Size Records)
Pick: Romanthony, "Let Me Show You Love"
“A classic that stands the test of time. It’s simple and self-explanatory! A lot of people will know Romanthony from his work with Daft Punk, but this precedes that. This record is being reissued for a whole new generation of house heads to experience via the Glasgow Underground imprint this year!”
Robbie Rivera (Juicy)
Pick: New Order, “Bizarre Love Triangle”
“This is the first track that I learned to beat mix. It has the word 'love' in the title, but I never understood what they were talking about. Also girls would go crazy every time I played it. I used to mix it with another love song, Erasure's ‘Oh L’Amour.’ I know I just completely dated myself!”
John Dahlback (Mutants)
Pick: Roger Sanchez, “Another Chance”
“It’s beautiful and one of those songs you just gotta love!”
Pick: D'Angelo, ''Brown Sugar''
''Because he sings about heroin. I love heroin.''
Alex Gaudino (Ultra)
Pick: Alex Gaudino, “I'm In Love (I Wanna Do It)”
“It’s the love anthem for the next generation.”
Tim Mason (Size)
Pick: The Killers, “Runaways” a capella
“This one isn’t a traditional love song, but with lyrics like ‘I knew it when I met you / I’m not gonna let you run away / I knew it when I held you / I wasn’t letting go.’ How can you not get a little weak in the knees?”
Thomas Gold (Axtone)
Pick: Polarkreis 18, “Allein Allein” (Eric Prydz Remix)
“For all the lonely hearts out there!”
Doctor P (Big Beat/Circus)
Pick: Bob Sinclar, “Love Generation”
“I've always been a big fan of Bob Sinclar, and this track just seems to make everybody happy!”
Beltek (High Contrast)
Pick: Cassius, "The Sound Of Violence"
"Because this is simply one of the most positive songs ever made in electronic music history. A true classic."
Pick: Kaskade, “Eyes” (Alvin Risk mix)
“One of those songs that'll make you look at your significant other during the right time of the night.”
Stafford Brothers (Cash Money)
Pick: DJ Falcon & Thomas Bangalter, "Together"
"It’s the perfect end to the set, and hopefully the repetition of ‘together’ will get the message across that we should be together, and make it a happy Valentine’s Day.”
Boris (Sci+Tec / Nervous Records)
Pick: Veronica, "Someone To Hold"
"A song that I usually drop every V-Day, since it brings back memories of all the good times with my exes.”
Sandro Silva (Mixmash)
Pick: Brad Carter, “Morning Always Comes Too Soon”
“This song is perfect for a romantic night with your loved one. Perfect vocals to get you in that mood, and it has the right lyrics.’”
Laidback Luke (Mixmash)
Pick: Nouveau Yorican ft Bear Who, “Diga Me”
“Because it’s a track my wife and I made together. It’s a special tribute to the set we’re playing in Paris on Valentines Day.”
Oliver Twizt (Mixmash)
Pick: Usher, “Climax” (Flosstradamus & Diplo mix)
“On Valentine's Day, it’s not the time to rave, scream or jump. It's time to get in that 'after the date' vibe and have a perfect Valentine's night (if you do it well).”
Noah D (SMOG)
Pick: Kendrick Lamar, “Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe”
“Because Valentine’s Day is whack! People always try too hard and just end up getting into some drama. I’m also picking this tune ‘cause it was the first that came to mind, then I walked into the other room, asked my girl what she thought, and she said the exact same thing! Love you, H! XOXO”
Pick: Madonna, “Justify My Love”
“I am everything but a Valentine’s kind of guy, but this song has been played in my bedroom the past couple of years when I had ‘company’ on Valentine’s Day.”
Pick: Alphaville, “Forever Young”
“Because the evening needs its first slow song."
- Code