There are countless love songs composed by Goth and Post-Punk artists, so much so that some state outright that they are indeed love songs, are not in fact love songs, or are even specifically a Gothic Love Song.
For this Valentine’s Day we compiled a list of some of the classics that were used for mix-tapes and playlists since the 80’s and 90’s.
Naturally, we have omitted any entries into this list that might encourage your partner to give you a suspicious look, and wonder if you actually listen to the lyrics of the song you are trying to seduce them with.
Trust me—many tracks suggested to us as being love songs are in fact about death, heartache, and quite often illicit substances and affairs.
And sometimes these songs are cynical and existential inquiries wondering “Who Knows What Love Is”?
Or maybe as quite often is the case for Nick Cave, lyrics actually depicting the murder of the recipient of said “affections”.
But that is not the case with this list. This is saccharin sugary romance at its finest.
Just Like Heaven
Most of Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me Especially One More Time
and most of Disintegration as well.
Siouxsie and The Banshees
Most romantic Siouxsie and the Banshees song is The Last Beat of My Heart
With Slowdive being extremely sexual.
as well as Melt!
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Into My Arms
Echo and The Bunnymen
Lips Like Sugar
The Killing Moon
Shake the Disease
Dead Can Dance
In Power We Entrust The Love Advocated
Clan of Xymox
The Perfect Kiss
All Night Long
This Mortal Coil
Song To The Siren
Hand In Glove (One of the best gay love songs of all time!)
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Just Like Honey
My Bloody Valentine
Never Say Goodbye
Not A Love Song
PIL’s This Is Not A Love Song
Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart
The Sister’s Of Mercy’s Valentine