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The Verge Playlist: It’s Valentine’s Day and you’re going to be alone forever

Today is a very special day. Today is a day we celebrate love and hope and love and kissing and sex and hearts and candy and having someone who will care when you die. It’s very real, and very serious. Some people don’t have that person, and for those people, I’ve made the only playlist you’ll ever need.

There’s the pinnacle of loneliness: Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (also covered amazingly by Prince, but that’s not on the internet). There’s a desperate torch song: Dusty Springfield’s truly pitiful “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.” There’s Drake, alone and drunk in a basement: “Look What You’ve Done.” There’s the Violent Femmes’ pleading, self-loathing “Please Do Not Go.” A few loops should take you through the night. I…

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The Verge Playlist: Dungeon Master’s Mixtape

Because I am insane, four months ago I decided to start writing my own custom Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition campaign. And starting on Friday, February 13th, my efforts will be tested when I lead two groups of my colleagues from The Verge through a nightmare of half-drunkenly written lore. It’s going to be a blast.

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The Verge Playlist: Future Jock Jams

At some point on Sunday, if you’re watching the Super Bowl, you’ll hear a familiar sound. Not the sound of a referee making a bad call, or the sound of an abandoned hot dog falling to the floor, or the sound of half-drunk fans growling at other half-drunk fans. No, I’m talking about the sound of jock jams; the only sound capable of satisfying an entire stadium of aggressively competitive people with a lot of money. There’s “Tootsie Roll,” “Pump Up The Jam,” “It Takes Two.” Even if you haven’t listened to those songs in years, I bet you can hear them in your head right now if you try.

Inspired by the mid-90s compilation tapes of the same name, I’ve put together a playlist of “Future Jock Jams.” Not songs that will be jock jams in the…

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The Verge Playlist: Best of Britain

In 1922 the British Empire held power over 458 million people, a fifth of the world’s population at the time. It was a force to be reckoned with, and in subsequent years British pop and rock would also dominate the world thanks to bands like The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and of course, The Spice Girls. These days it’s hard to pinpoint modern bands that compete with the likes of the Blur and Oasis rivalry. At least we still have Ed Sheeran to hold on to.

Here’s a healthy dollop of Britishness. You won’t find any tea, royalty, people driving on the wrong side of the road, or peculiar spellings of colour, but you’ll find a small mix of the best Britain has to offer with a little surprise at the end. Enjoy, and God…

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The Verge Playlist: I love you, Sony Walkman

There are two things I love in this world: breaking news and songs that reference outdated technology. So given everything Sony-related this week, my playlist therefore had a very simple rule from the onset: every song must reference the Walkman. That’s it.

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The Verge Playlist: NickiLeaks

Nicki Minaj’s third studio album The Pinkprint officially drops on Monday, and as of this writing there’s a good chance you may already have it on your computer or audio listening device. If so, carry on; let’s regroup after the weekend and chat about our feelings. If not, now’s as good a time as any to get hyped and remind yourself why a new Nicki album is something to be excited about.

Nicki’s pop leanings are still controversial among those who fell in love with her in her mixtape days. I tend to believe that she should pursue whatever sound she wants to pursue, but I get the frustration with the fact that the massive popularity of 2012’s “Starships” would inevitably overshadow her more out-there stuff; that it would become the first…

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The Verge Playlist: the weird nomenclature of the pop-punk and emo revivals

The last few years has seen a big return of two particular music scenes: emo and pop-punk. Both had big moments in the recent decades — emo in the 90s, and pop-punk at the turn of the century — but the early aughts saw the most popular bands from each scene “make it” while the rest of them broke. Now the scenes are bigger, they’re more openly progressive, and the bands that comprise them are good. The wonderful mix of young talent and veteran bands blend being clever with the flat-out bizarre — especially in the way they name things. From the bands’ names (Tigers Jaw, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Andrew Jackson Jihad) to the album titles (Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?, Chicago Bowls), and especially the song titles below, you…

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The Verge Playlist: I love hating you

People tend to think of love and hate as opposites. Truth is, the opposite of love is not hate, but apathy. Caring deeply vs. not caring at all. Love and hate are in fact two sides of the same emotional coin. Positive and negative forces each with the capacity to jolt otherwise rational humans into fits of insanity.

If you’ve ever truly loved someone then you’ve probably hated them with proportional vigor. This playlist is for anyone who dared open their heart to the first rays of dawn like a dewy little daffodil, only to have it caulked shut from scorn’s fetid excretions. It starts foreboding with a sinewy violence that slowly crumbles beneath the weight of deceit and despair; leaving you coiled upon yourself, exhausted — just like any…

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The Verge Playlist: For the love of horror

“Horror films are great for composers for all the obvious reasons.” said Charles Bernstein, the composer of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, in 2012. “These kinds of pictures provide a wide range of stylistic and experimental musical possibilities.”

No time of the year is as frightening as Halloween. Indeed, the thought of strange children ringing my doorbell, demanding processed sugar is enough to make me shudder. Call it clairvoyance, but I see the ghost of diabetes hovering over their tiny shoulders. But it’s also the perfect time to celebrate horror films, and the soundtracks that give them life. So here we go, a playlist of terrifying tunes from Halloween’s greatest pictures.

  1. Charles Bernstein – A Nightmare on Elm…

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The 7 best Verge videos from last month

It’s now November (and also our third birthday) so we deemed it only appropriate to take a look back at some of the best and most fun videos we made last month. Our video team happens to be some of the most talented folks working on the internet, so we’re honored to show off what amounts to just a handful of the amazing work they’ve done this year. Between reviews and brand new features, you just can’t find anything like this anywhere else. Have a look.

Subscribe to The Verge on YouTube and stay up-to-date with what promises to be another busy month of production in November.

The Return of Small Empires:

Season 2 debuted this past Tuesday with a profile of Atlanta-based startup PartPic.

New episodes air each Tuesday morning. If…

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