In this series, I pick a different theme each week and recommend five songs within it for you to give a listen. These tracks will include some of my favorites over the years, with many being ones I listen to on a regular basis. If you have any theme recommendations, post them in the comments, and your idea(s) may be featured in later editions. Let’s get started! 

To follow up Valentine’s Day, the theme this week is crushing. This is a theme that I am sure all of us have felt at least once in our lives. There are times where we have liked someone or had feelings for a person that we wanted to be reciprocated. There are also times where you are crushing on the person you are already dating. So, this week’s story goes out to all of you who are in dreamland and have heart eyes for someone special. 

  1. “Adore You” by Harry Styles 

From his sophomore effort, “Adore You” tells the story of someone who wants nothing more than to appreciate the person they like. They want this person to know they are into them and how special they are as a person. The beat to this song is tremendous, Harry’s vocals are stellar, and it will have you grooving along throughout its duration.   

  1. “Let My Love Open the Door” by Pete Townshend 

This is a bit of a throwback, but this song was written by Who guitarist Pete Townshend. This track is about liking someone who is closed off and afraid to open up. The artist is pleading for this individual to open up to them, and they believe that their love can help them. This track is very upbeat with a catchy chorus. I recommend this number to anyone who needs a soundtrack to the butterflies in their stomach. 

  1. “Valentine” by COIN 

A single released ahead of the band’s anticipated third album, “Valentine” is about being in love with someone who you aren’t sure feels the same way. With the lyrics“you ever love something so much it hurts, you feel the contemplation from the singer. You hear the anguish of the singer trying so hard to advocate their feelingsso much that it is hurting them. So, for the individuals who are crushing on someone but do not know the other’s intentions, this one's for you.  

  1. “Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears 

This track is one I consider to be a quintessential love song. It opens with power chords that hit you right in the chest, and the vocals by Curt Smith are astounding. This song tells the simple story of falling hard for someone and not wanting them to break your heart. I have always loved the band’s instrumental production, and this song is no exception. Even though this song is an older track, the lyrics and production make it a standout that is a must listen for anyone with a crush. 

  1. “Sit Next To Me” by Foster The People 

Even though this is one of the band’s more popular songs, that doesn’t diminish its value. “Sit Next To Me” is a feel good song about developing feelings for someone and wanting to spend time with them. With more of an indie/alternative style, this track has an upbeat tempo and great lyrics. For anyone who is in the early stages of a crush and is just starting to like someone, definitely give this song a listen. 

This concludes this edition of The Mantra Mixtapes. I hope you all enjoy this new series. If you have any songs that you would like to add to this list that reflect this week’s theme, feel free to add them to the comments below. I would love to hear your recommendations. Until next week, later Raiders! 

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