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5 Classic Rock Songs that Get Down to Business for Valentine's Night

It's Valentine’s Day, so here we go with the syrupy sentiments and heart-shaped candies with phrases like “I’m Yours” and “Be True.” It’s a holiday for lovers, and a time for those heavily-rotated commercials featuring Hoodie-Footie sleepwear from the Pajamagram people.

On the flipside, Valentine’s Day is an observance and testament to the mythic power of Eros, the Greek god of sexual attraction. Enter now into the realm of Eros, as interpreted by five platinum-selling classic rock bands.

Love is a many-splendored thing, and there are plenty of songs that will echo the sentiment that made February 14 a significant day on the calendar.

But what about Valentine’s “Night”?

5. “Shakin” — Eddie Money

The first time I saw Eddie Money he was on a small stage in a storied Berkeley half dive-half breeding ground called the Longbranch Saloon. The next time I saw Eddie Money he was lifting weights in the weight room at Laney Community College in Oakland, California. In other words, Eddie Money, known to his friends as Eddie Mahoney, was just like the rest of us, a struggling longhair rocker trying to make his way in the post-sixties environment.

Then Bill Graham Presents took a liking to him, and the rest is pop history. Riding a tremendous tailwind courtesy of the breakout hit “Baby Hold On to Me,” Mahoney became Money full time and unleashed a string of FM hits whose companion videos received maximum exposure on MTV.

On “Shakin,” a familiar-sounding tune is transported by the tasty guitar fills of John Nelson, who also paid his dues at the Longbranch. Nelson’s riffing lends an edge of instrumental hotness to Eddie’s joyride with a wild crazy chick who seems open to any number of possibilities.

4. “Magic Man” — Heart

When compiling listicles — which still generate clicks despite widespread disparagement — I try to avoid the obvious choices. But in matters of sexual attraction, sometimes obvious is the way to go. In appreciation of the sexual interests of those of the female persuasion, we highlight Heart’s breakout blockbuster, “Magic Man.”

When the Wilson sisters catapulted out of Seattle in the mid-seventies, it was largely on the strength of lead vocalist Ann’s melodic tone and visceral phrasing.

In an arena replete with bands mining crunch-rock and a hard-edged post-hippie ethos, Heart stood out for sister Nancy’s harmonic background vocals and the talented interplay between the two guitarists. The happy family that was the original Heart line-up soon fell on hard times. But Heart the rock institution lived long and prospered. It all began with the "magic man."