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13 Songs To Celebrate National Hug Day!

From comedy rappers The Lonely Island to the indie rock stylings of Guided By Voices and Braids, here's the perfect playlist to celebrate a warm embrace

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John Lee Hooker, "I Want To Hug You"

When you think of the blues, you probably think of sad, downtrodden tunes. That's not the case for John Lee Hooker's 1964 song "I Want To Hug You." This song is all about grabbing that person you love so much and bringing them close. Simple enough, right?

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Stevie Ray Vaughan, "Hug You Squeeze You"

That brings us to our next blues-rock auteur. Stevie Ray Vaughan might've been one of the greatest electric guitar players of all time, but he was also a really sweet guy. Just give "Hug You Squeeze You" a spin.

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The Lonely Island ft. Pharrell, "Hugs"

The Lonely Island, the comedy project birthed from the minds of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone, are charmingly funny when they do anything, but add Pharrell into the mix and you have "Hugs." Lots of 'em.

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Kimya Dawson & Antsy Pants, "Tree Hugger"

The movie Juno quickly found itself enjoying cult status and mainstream acclaim, which is really cool and uniquely it (would we have Ellen Page without it? We shudder at the thought.) The soundtrack was also this cool, quirky thing--everyone remembers "Tree Hugger," right?

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Braid, "Hugs From Boys"

Emo guys gotta write about hugging, too. In this case, probably the woman of their affection hugging over dudes. Sad boys, never change.

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Guided By Voices "Smothered In Hugs"

Guided By Voices mastermind Robert Pollard writes like 20 songs a day, so he eventually had to land on the topic of hugs. He just had to.

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Prefuse 73, "Aborted Hugs"

Here's a more obscure one for you. Prefuse 73 is a long-running experimental producer, so this "Aborted Hugs" song is decisively weird.

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Saint Etienne, "Hug My Soul"

...And this one is oh so sweet!

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MOD SUN, "Hug Life"

"Hug Life" sounds like the Kidz Bop version of a song called "Thug Life," and we're okay with that.

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Eskimeaux, "A Hug Too Long"

Eskimeaux is Brooklyn's latest and greatest indie export. The title "A Hug Too Long" is sugary and sad; the song mirrors the sentiment. 

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Meg & Dia, "Hug Me"

The ladies responsible for the "Monster" hit of 2006 also wrote the lovely, hug-tastic tune of our dreams.

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The Ataris, "You Need A Hug"

Although The Ataris' biggest tune might be a powerful pop-punk cover of "Boys of Summer," their original songwriting is just as fantastic. "You Need A Hug" proves it.

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Placebo, "Hug Bubble"

The cool thing about this Placebo song is that it's an instrumental: Instead of describing whatever the hell a "hug bubble" is lyrically, they show us. That's pretty cool.


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