12 O'Clock Track: Andre 3000's funky ode to February 14, "Happy Valentine's Day"



Outkasts Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
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Every day is a good day to listen to Outkast, but today is a particularly good occasion to bump a specific song off the duo's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. It's a track that appears on Andre 3000's half of the album and it's a pretty great ode to today's holiday.

I'm talking about "Happy Valentine's Day." It's today's 12 O'Clock Track and it's one of my favorite tracks off Andre's Love Below regardless of the date.

Using a slinky funk melody Andre sings and raps about a modern-day Cupid who invites everyone to submit to the raptures of love. On paper it sounds a little cheesy, but Andre's refined cool and laid-back sensuality can turn any non-romantic into a believer… or at least make anyone want to listen to "Happy Valentine's Day" more than once. Stream it below—I'd recommend playing it a few times, if only to remember that it's been nearly 10 years since this song came out.

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