'NOW That's What I Call Love': Hinder's 'Lips of an Angel' for Valentine's Day? Really?!

There are plenty of questionable song choices on NOW That’s What I Call Love (out Jan. 26), which a press release sent this morning bills as “A PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT” featuring “20 unforgettable love songs from today’s top artists.” I mean, Hoobastank’s “The Reason”? David Cook’s “Light On”? They might as well have called this thing NOW That’s What I Call Mediocre Adult-Contemporary Rock, am I right?

But one item on the track list really sticks out for me, and that’s Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel.” In case you’re lucky enough to have forgotten it, “Lips of an Angel” is a turgid power ballad about wanting to cheat on one’s current partner with an ex. You know, “My girl’s in the next room/Sometimes I wish she was you.” “Girl, you make it hard to be faithful.” That one. And this is supposed to be romantic?! If your significant other gives you this song about itching to hook up with someone else on Valentine’s Day — or any other day, for that matter — you might be justified in dumping him or her immediately.

I don’t even like Valentine’s Day, but I’m pretty sure “Lips of an Angel” makes a mockery of everything that ridiculous pseudo-holiday stands for. Am I the only one? Watch the song below if you must, click through to the jump for the full lineup of NOW That’s What I Call Love songs, then sound off in the comments section.

NOW That’s What I Call Love track list
Colbie Caillat, “Bubbly”
Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved”
Lifehouse, “Whatever It Takes”
3 Doors Down, “Here Without You”
Nickelback, “Far Away”
Daughtry, “Home”
David Cook, “Light On”
Hinder, “Lips Of An Angel”
Hoobastank, “The Reason”
Howie Day, “Collide”
Katy Perry, “Thinking Of You”
Alicia Keys, “No One”
Natasha Bedingfield feat. Sean Kingston, “Love Like This”
Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”
Timbaland feat. OneRepublic, “Apologize”
Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, “No Air”
Norah Jones, “Come Away With Me”
Lonestar, “Amazed”
Taylor Swift, “Love Story”
Keith Urban, “Kiss A Girl”

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  • Dan

    Katy Perry’s “Thinking of You” is the same way as Hinder, though at least sonically, it sucks a little less.

    • mscisluv

      “Cuz when I’m with him I’m thinking of you…” Yeah, not romantic – oops!

  • Jennifer

    I can’t hear “She Will Be Loved” without picturing the music video in which the guy has an affair with his girlfriend’s mom. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Ambient Lite

      LOL, good call!

  • Katie

    Do you have something against David Cook? Enough with the snarky comments.

  • Jenny

    You’re totally right, Dan. “When I’m with him, I am thinking of you” isn’t the most romantic lyric.

  • Maserda

    Umm… no.

  • Amy

    This album is obviously targeted at HAC audience. All the hits are there. Love David Cook’s Light On. Agree about Hinder. Hoobastank is still milking that one hit.

  • Amber

    Excuse me? I happen to really love “Light On” sung by David Cook as well as a lot of the other songs on this album. Sorry you are so “above it all”. Considering most of the songs, including “Light On” are platinum, I guess many people do not agree with you. Rock snobs are so obnoxious.

    • Q

      You’re missing the point. Regardless of quality, several of these songs are not really what you’d call “romantic” unless you’re idea of romance involves cheating, stalking or generally mourning lost love!

      • Laura

        Well the lyrics for Light On are “leave the light on while I’m gone…” and it could be a love song to someone while you’ve had to go away such as the military for example. I happen to really like it.

  • Devo

    I’d rather die twice than listen to that crapfest of an album.

  • Mary

    I suppose ‘Lips of an Angel’ could work… if you’re the ex-girlfriend.

    But OneRepublic’s ‘Apologize’? Unless there’s another version, the only one I know is the one that’s pretty much a breakup song. Cause that’s what every loving couple needs to say: “it’s too late to apologize”.

    Now that’s what I call dumb.

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  • Rachel

    THANK YOU. I’ve been angry/upset/pissed about that song since it came out (so much so that I’ve made it so that I can never not remember it…ugh.) I’ve never heard anyone else say this.

    On a V-Day album? Really? And of course it’s the girl’s fault that the guy’s a jerk…

  • CountryClub

    That video is good for one reason….Emmanuelle Chriqui.

    • Steve

      Agreed 1000x! Too bad that was also Hinder’s only good song on that album.

  • Sarah

    WTH is “Apologize” doing on there?????
    The only two good songs on there are “No One” and “Amazed”. And I don’t even like country.

  • james99

    umm… and “apologize”? is that a love song? isn’t the lyric something like “it’s too late to apologize”?

  • carl

    “David Cook’s “Light On”? They might as well have called this thing NOW That’s What I Call Mediocre Adult-Contemporary Rock, am I right?”
    No you’re NOT right, only some paranoia about your own taste in music, and by the way, this is a CHRIS CORNELL song,FYI!

    • Mary

      It might be a Chris Cornell song, but it’s most definitely not a “love song”.

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