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In honor of Valentine’s Day, a look at the history and evolution of love songs

Pop group The Beatles, waving to screaming fans en route to Boston airport, America, from left to right, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, on August 12, 1966.  (Photo by Daily Express/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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Pop group The Beatles, waving to screaming fans en route to Boston airport, America, from left to right, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, on August 12, 1966.

It’s safe to say love songs aren’t what they used to be – but is that such a bad thing?

It’s safe to say love songs aren’t what they used to be – but is that such a bad thing?

As the societal concept of love has changed, it only makes sense that romantic music has changed with it. Love songs tackle issues such as gender, sexual preference, dating, cheating – the list goes on. Arguably, these ideas have all evolved since before Mozart struck his first piano key, so how has music reflected the change?

We sit down with LA Times music critic Mikael Wood to discuss.

Guest:

Mikael Wood, pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times

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