The Best Spring Fling Songs

Flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer and love is in the air. Serenade your sweetheart with these whimsical songs from Sixpence None the Richer, Semisonic, Jimmy Eat World and other softies.

Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet
Maverick

It would take a very special gentleman to win over the unhinged 20-something Alanis Morissette from Jagged Little Pill. But the “You Oughta Know” singer is soothed by the Don Juan of “Head Over Feet.” “Your love is thick, and it swallowed me whole,” she confesses. In the simple video reminiscent of Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” Morissette can’t stop grinning. Her man has made her goofy and carefree. Love that makes you feel child-like (not childish) is the best.

Sixpence None the Richer - "Kiss Me"

Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me
Squint Entertainment

Young romance is always an adventure. In this bucolic hit from 1999, lovers “take the trail marked on your father’s map” to a spinning step and green, green grass. The imagery might sound old-fashioned, but Leigh Nash’s vocals are sublimely sweet. “Kiss Me” is a melodic meet-cute that perfectly complemented the ugly duckling movie She’s All That

Sean Lennon - "Breeze"

Sean Lennon - Into the Sun
Grand Royal

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s son followed in pop’s footsteps with his debut album, Into the Sun, in 1998. It was an eclectic collection featuring experimental duo Cibo Matto, jazz keyboardist Anthony John Medeski and his proud mum. This meditative deep track exemplifies spring lust. Lennon sings of feeling like a tree, remembering how he shaded his one and only from the dangers of the world. Blurting sound effects mimic crickets and other woodland creatures.

Pulp - Common People
Island

Though it’s not necessarily set in spring, this tale of pauper meets princess is all about the fling. A rich Greek girl comes to university to slum it in a sociological experiment, and Pulp’s playboy, Jarvis Cocker, is all too happy to oblige. He takes the woman to – of all places – a supermarket for a date and asks her to imagine being poor. “Common People” is a dance floor classic because it tears down class lines— if only for five minutes. 

Sugar Ray - 14:59
Atlantic

Summertime’s favorite gang cross into calmer territory with this 1999 number. Mark McGrath drops his register to bedroom tone and sweet-talks his lady. “Someday, when my life has passed me by / I’ll lay around and wonder why / You were always there for me,” he drips. It’s the taming of the bro, courtesy flamenco-like guitars, ocean waves and pebbles for percussion.

Semisonic Feeling Strangely Fine
MCA

What was a ’90s love without a mixed tape to express one’s feelings for another? Semisonic’s 1998 single celebrates the heart and soul that went into each cassette. “It’s the modern equivalent / Singing up to a Capulet / On a balcony in your mind,” Dan Wilson muses over drummer Jacob Slichter’s complex rhythm and multi-instrumentalist John Munson’s playful keyboard. Cassettes have made somewhat of a comeback, so it’s a great time to relive this catchy song.

Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
Capitol

“If I don’t let myself be happy now / Then when, if not now?” pines Jim Adkins on this quivering song. As pianos, nervous percussion and U2-like guitars pile on the adolescent tension, you can imagine two teens fumbling to hold hands. Their hearts leap in their chests as they consider consummating their relationship, full of butterflies and promise. It’s a shining moment in the emo catalog, but as Adkins said in a post on AbsolutePunk.net, “They were wheeling in timpani when we realized we had taken it a little too far.” Still, “Heaven’s” sprawling, twee lyrics inspired another scene staple, Something Corporate’s “Konstantine.”

Alkaline Trio
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Goth punk mainstays Alkaline Trio have always been fascinated with the dichotomy of love and death. Only singer Matt Skiba could make coffin-shopping sound so lovely. In this early track off 1998’s Goddamnit, he daydreams about kissing the collarbone of a mysterious lady he meets at a party. He might be on to something— the clavicle is considered a lesser-known erogenous zone. Perhaps Skiba is the real romantic of his concurrent band, Blink-182.

10,000 Maniacs - These Are Days
Elektra

Love doesn’t always have to be between two people. Sometimes, like in this 1992 10,000 Maniacs ditty, it’s between a person and nature. Natalie Merchant sings reverently about the changing of the season. “These are days, you'll remember / When May is rushing over you with desire / To be part of the miracles you see in every hour,” go her exaltations. The world is in bloom, and so is her spirit.