Illustration by Elly Malone.

Sometimes it seems as though it’s impossible to find a song that isn’t about a dramatic, beautiful love story, or a tragic breakup. Instead, these songs come at love from a softer, more speculative angle. Whether it’s dreaming of the boy who sits across the room in class, the future with a lover, or moving on to something better, these starry-eyed singers are happy in their head. ♦