With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, ‘tis the season for bouquets, extravagant displays of affection, and queueing up one of Pandora’s lovey-dovey stations like R&B Love Songs, Reggaeton Romantico and Beats Between the Sheets. But for the romantically untethered, February 14 can be just another day or, for some, just plain sad.
No matter what your romantic state, Pandora’s bound to have the playlist for you. And every February 14, people take their pick. Who tends to feel the most romantic on Valentine’s Day? Where, and at what age, are people most likely to feel the love?
First, let’s take a look at the states most likely to listen to love songs over breakup songs.
The state feeling the most love is Hawaii, where people spend 73 hours listened to love stations for every one hour listened to breakup stations. Connecticut is second, followed by Georgia, Florida and New Jersey. South Dakota, meanwhile, is the state that gravitate most toward breakup music, though it’s all relative: South Dakotans are still 17 times more likely to listen to love music than breakup music. …. Maybe love is found in good weather?
How do different age groups differ in this trend? At what points in our life do we need breakup songs, and when do we listen to love songs? The graphic below shows a clear trend: People are more likely to listen to a breakup station in their teenage years and early twenties, gravitating more and more toward love music the older they get. And on the whole, women are more likely to spend time listening to breakup music than men are.
Let’s see what happens when we zoom in on specific artists. Which artists do people go to for love, and which do people queue up in heartbreak? Using the ratio of thumbs up to spins on Pandora over the past year, below we’ve looked at which songs get the most love for certain artists — their big love song, or their big breakup song.
Ariana Grande’s “Into You” vs. “thank u, next”
People are really into “Into You,” Ariana’s 2016 single about a love that takes her breath away, but it’s the eternally catchy and emotionally mature breakup banger “thank u, next” that is the victor in terms of ratio of thumbs up to spins.
Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” vs. “Love Story”
While Taylor Swift has left her doe-eyed days behind her, it’s the fairytale single “Love Story” that outperforms her more cynical “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in thumbs up to spin ratio.
Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” vs. “Sorry”
As shown to us on Lemonade, here doesn’t seem to be an emotion that Beyonce hasn’t shown in her music. Which one do fans dig most? When it comes down to the sing-songy breakup song “Sorry” and the lovesick “Drunk in Love,” “Sorry” ever so narrowly wins.
Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break” vs “Sorry Not Sorry”
Demi Lovato’s got a ton of breakup jams to choose from, but when comparing her 2011 love song “Give Your Heart a Break” to her 2017 kiss-off “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Give Your Heart a Break” gets the most love.
Halsey’s “Bad at Love” vs. “Him & I”
“Bad at Love,” good at breakup songs. Halsey’s self-aware breakup single gets a little more love per spin than “Him & I,” a collaboration with G Eazy about a crazy kind of love.
Rihanna’s “Needed Me” vs “Love on the Brain”
Doo-wop-inspired “Love on the Brain” is sweet and all, but it’s the far more #savage “Needed Me” that narrowly wins this race.
Britney Spears’ “(You Drive Me) Crazy” vs. “Stronger”
Britney Spears’ 2000 empowerment anthem “Stronger” isn’t quite as strong as the catchy love (lust?) single “(You Drive Me) Crazy.”
Selena Gomez “Same Old Love” vs. “Back to You”
Selena Gomez has an arsenal of songs from every phase of love, but when it comes down to the I’m-over-you “Same Old Love” vs. the I’ll-never-be-over-you “Back to You,” it’s “Back to You” that fans love the most, in terms of thumbs per spin.
Miley Cyrus’ Adore You” v “Wrecking Ball”
We’ve seen many, many sides of Miley Cyrus, and on both “Adore You” and “Wrecking Ball” we get a lot of emotion. Despite the strength of “Wrecking Ball,” it’s the far more subdued “Adore You” that has a higher thumb-to-spin ratio.
Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” vs. “E.T.”
Maybe “E.T.” isn’t as much a love song as it is a makeout song. But it counts, and it outperforms “Part of Me” in thumbs-up to spin ratio.