If you don’t know who Nat Wolff is, a) you might be living under a rock, and b) you will soon. The high school senior just wrapped work on the much buzzed about indie flick “Palo Alto,” in which he portrays a character from the twisted imagination of James Franco. There are also pictures of him making out with Selena Gomez all over the internet right now — granted, he was shooting a scene for his role in “Behaving Badly,” but don’t think it hasn’t gotten tongues wagging.
Perhaps best known as one half of the “Naked Brothers Band,” Nat took a break from the Nickelodeon spotlight to grow up and reappear in front of cameras as a young man — a remarkably talented and winsome young man. Among his upcoming film roles, Wolff stars opposite Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in Focus Features’ upcoming “Admission.” A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he also still makes music and performs with his brother Alex Wolff.
Zap2it asked Nat to help us put together a Valentine’s Day playlist. Judging from the results, we think you’ll be as happy as we are that he obliged. Here are Nat Wolff’s V-Day track selections, and why he picked each one. Enjoy:
“Something In The Way She Moves” – James Taylor
“Something in the way she moves, or looks my way or calls my name, seems to leave this troubled world behind.” I think is the most beautiful opening line to any love song and “JT” will always mean James Taylor to me.
“Just For You” – Sam Cooke
“Just For You” has just four chords and just a couple lyrics, but Sam Cooke’s amazing voice and the simple track make this song an extremely romantic classic.
“In My Life” – The Beatles
The Beatles are the greatest band of all time, hands down, and were also the reason I became a songwriter. It was hard to choose just one as they have so many beautiful love songs, but “In My Life” is one of their best. I have taught myself the opening guitar line on five different instruments. (I have too much time on my hands.)
“I’m The Man Who Loves You” – Wilco
Thought I’d put a (just slightly) more modern track on the list. This is a song from Wilco’s genius album “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.” The verse lyrics are so out there and the chorus is so simple and romantic, which makes it an interesting and unique tune. It’s also featured in one of my favorite music documentaries “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.”
“America” – Simon & Garfunkel
Just like with many of the tunes on my list, I’ve spent countless hours listening to this song in bed, in cars, and I’ve listened to it on Valentine’s Day. I’ve also tried writing a song as good as this one, without success. It might be too complex to be labeled purely as a love song, but I had to include it. The third verse is my favorite.
“This Must Be The Place” – Talking Heads
“Out of all those kinds of people, you’ve got a face with a view” … “never for money always for love” … “love me till my heart stops.” Pretty romantic. If you want to kiss someone, you have to put on this tune because it’s too romantic to be resisted. It’s such a fun, bouncy track, I love it so much. I also listen to this song on set if I need to get into a lovey mood.
“Pale Blue Eyes” – Velvet Underground & Nico
Lou Reed is the man. Alex, my bro, and I are big Velvet Underground fans. We got to see Lou Reed sit in with another band at Radio City in NYC and he sang “Pale Blue Eyes,” and we both teared up because this song has meant so much to us. This is a song to listen to the night of Valentine’s Day when you’re reflecting on your day and thinking about a person you care about. That opening guitar line says it all.
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” – The Beach Boys
First of all, this song has signature beautiful Brian Wilson-arranged harmonies and a killer track with some horns and harp. Lyrically, it’s the ultimate young love song! It addresses the difficulties of young love and the feeling that no one understands how you feel. “Wouldn’t it be nice to live together, in the kind of world where we belong?”
“Say Yes” – Elliott Smith
I got introduced to Elliott Smith when I was on tour with Alex and our band when I was 14. In general, he has had a big impact on my songwriting, but especially this song, which is one of his more hopeful songs. I also listen to this song on set a lot.
“Shelter From The Storm” – Bob Dylan
“Beauty walks a razor’s edge, someday I’ll make it mine; if I could only turn back the clock to when God and her were born; come in she said, I’ll give ya shelter from the storm.” Bob Dylan might just be the greatest singer-songwriter of all time, and this is one of his best. The ultimate devotion song. If you’re ever making a romantic playlist for someone, you better not leave this one off the list. I’d never make that mistake.