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Songs For Ill-Advised Office Romances


In all likelihood, you spend more time at work than you spend anywhere else, with the exception of your own bedroom. So, really, it's only natural that the two locations intersect as often as they do. From longing gazes across cubicles to furtive make-out sessions in dairy coolers, workplace romance is rampant to the point of inevitability. Sometimes, under a select set of circumstances, it's not even a horrible, career-demolishingly tragic mistake.

Maybe your office romance will mark the beginning of a lifetime in which you alternate bliss and contentment. Perhaps it'll lead to a ruinous, humiliating spectacle in which vicious rumors give way to depositions, divorce and desktop knickknacks being stuffed hastily into boxes and hauled out by security. Either way, you'll need a soundtrack — five songs to guide you through your exciting and unpredictable new life.

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Stephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson is a host, writer and reviewer for NPR Music, where he speaks into any microphone that will have him and appears as a frequent panelist and guest host on All Songs Considered. Thompson also co-hosts the daily NPR roundtable podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created with NPR's Linda Holmes in 2010. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk. (To be more specific, Thompson had the idea, which took seconds, while Boilen created the series, which took years. Thompson will insist upon equal billing until the day he dies.)