Valentine’s Day tends to be one of those days where you either love it or you hate it. What can be an exciting day for the loved up couples and romantics alike can also be a dreaded event for the single guys and gals out there or those that cringe at all of the lovey-dovey gifts.
For the single ones out there, it is definitely a day we’re sure you could all do without – or at least without the social post reminders. But just because being single on Valentine’s Day isn’t the most exciting of times, it doesn’t mean you can’t still have as much fun as your mates who are super smitten. To help you out a bit, here are 14 songs (ironic, we know) to jam out to if you’re single this Valentine’s Day.
Taylor Swift – ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’
There’s nothing better than a T-Swift track to boost your confidence. Whether you are newly single or a few years in, this hit is bound to have you singing out the lyrics until your neighbour calls noise control. The popular song features Swift singing about an ex that she most definitely won’t be getting back together with. Despite being about an ex, it has some very strong single guy/gal vibes that are about moving on, because who really needs a relationship anyway? I’m sure we’d all rather grab a bunch of friends and dance around our rooms in PJ’s and animal costumes – much less stressful.
Key lyrics to belt out: “You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me/But we are never ever, ever, ever getting back together”
Justin Bieber – ‘Lonely’
Sometimes we all just need a sad song to get us in our feels and Justin Bieber’s ‘Lonely’ is sure to do the trick. The hit reminds us that even those in the most #relationshipgoals can feel a little lonely sometimes. Although the track refers to Bieber’s life growing up in the spotlight, it’s still a great comparison as to how many of us can feel when reminded of our singleness in such an obvious way. Although the tune doesn’t exactly have an upbeat feel to it, it sure makes up for it with the catchy lyrics and chorus. There’s no doubt you’ll have this track on repeat as you smash out a few lyrics, plus a little birdie told us the shower has the best acoustics.
Key lyrics to belt out: “What if you had it all/But nobody to call?/Maybe then you’d know me/’Cause I’ve had everything/But no one’s listening/And that’s just f- lonely”
Ariana Grande – ‘thank u, next’
After listening to a few sad songs, there’s no better way to switch things around than with an Ariana Grande classic. ‘thank u, next’ embodies the confident single energy that we all occasionally need and if you’re ever in any doubt about the end of a past relationship, this hit will remind you that living the single life can sometimes be the best place for you. Within the lyrics Grande emphasizes that in the hardest of times we often find our strength, ultimately bringing us closer to the types of relationships we truly want. So, the next time you find yourself feeling a little down in the dumps on Valentine’s Day, just channel your inner Ariana Grande and ‘thank u, next’ those feelings away.
Key lyrics to belt out: “Thank you, next (next)/Thank you, next (next)/Thank you, next/I’m so f*ckin’ grateful for my ex”
Drake – ‘God’s Plan’
This catchy hit from our favourite Canadian rapper will most definitely put you in a better mood. ‘Gods’ Plan’ is all about the ‘everything happens for a reason’ life, which is the motto to live by when you’re sitting around wondering why you’re single on yet another Valentine’s Day. An artist that is well-acquainted with the single life, Drake is a living example of the fact that you don’t need another half in order to make it in the world. Instead of focusing on all of those couples on Instagram, simply play a bit of Drake and channel that energy towards your goals instead, as the saying goes – ‘you only live once’
Key lyrics to belt out: “She say, “Do you love me?” I tell her, “Only partly
I only love my bed and my mama, I’m sorry”
Katy Perry – ‘Part Of Me’
OG pop legend Katy Perry knows how to make a breakup hit. If there’s anyone that can show you how to bounce back from a rocky relationship it is definitely her. The classic hit screams independent woman/man vibes with Perry singing about how even the harshest of breakups won’t ruin her, we love a strong independent queen. Whether you are fresh out of a relationship or you’ve been living the single life for a few years now, this track is bound to make you forget about your single woes. Released in 2012, the journey from Perry’s last relationship to now is a true testament of how you never know what’s waiting around the corner – BRB while we wait for our Orlando Bloom to rock up.
Key lyrics to belt out: “Throw your sticks and your stones/Throw your bombs and your blows/But you’re not gonna break my soul/This is the part of me/That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no”
Billie Eilish – ‘Therefore I Am’
You know we couldn’t skip the queen of moody music, Billie Eilish. Her famous hit ‘Therefore I Am’ is not only catchy as hell, but also features a music video that is probably THE best date you could ever take yourself on – who doesn’t love free food, right? The popular track is said to be a dig at her haters who have previously tried to body-shame her in interviews and Twitter comments. The title itself refers to the well-known phrase by philosopher René Descartes who discussed the idea that while we may not always be certain of our physical existence, we know that our self-conscious is real because we are thinking. To put it plainly, it’s a big F-you to her haters. So if you’re feeling a little angry that yet another Valentine’s Day has come along, we highly recommend listening to this track to get a little bit of that frustration out.
Key lyrics to belt out: “Stop, what the hell are you talking about?/Get my pretty name outta your mouth”
Lady Gaga – ‘Born This Way’
Sometimes we all need a reminder that it’s ok to just do your thing, and there’s no better example of that than with Lady Gaga’s iconic ‘Born This Way’. The pop icon is a prominent symbol of being independent and making your own way in the world. She emphasizes the importance of recognising each other’s unique-ness and backgrounds, so if you ever need a bit of that boss energy in your life make sure you add this to your list of songs. Pro-Tip: this hit will go off on your gym playlist as well.
Key lyrics to belt out: “I’m beautiful in my way/’Cause God makes no mistakes/I’m on the right track, baby/I was born this way”
Shawn Mendes – ‘Treat You Better’
I’m sure we don’t just speak for ourselves when we say we’d probably be a little happier with a Shawn Mendes in our lives. The popular Canadian singer is the epitome of the cute ‘boy next door’ vibe – who doesn’t love a tall handsome guy with the voice of an angel? However if you haven’t quite found your Shawn Mendes yet then not to worry, the singer is here to remind us that there is someone out there to treat you better than your last ex. The popular track is another reminder that there are plenty more fish in the sea, and if any of them look like Shawn Mendes… well you might just find us celebrating Valentine’s Day next year.
Key lyrics to belt out: “I know I can treat you better than he can/And any girl like you deserves a gentleman/Tell me why are we wasting time/On all your wasted crying/When you should be with me instead?”
Rihanna – ‘Only Girl (In The World)’
It’s been a while since we’ve heard some fresh music from this extremely talented artist, so this old-school dance hit is bound to get you pumped up no matter what the occasion is. There’s no better way to spend your day than jamming out to the red-hair era of Rihanna, and you best believe we all tried replicating that gorgeous set of red waves, to no avail. If you need some single gal inspo for your life just look at Rihanna, she walks through hers like a boss and does not settle for anyone, period. If you’re going to play this track then make sure to turn it up loud, you can thank us later.
Key lyrics to belt out: “Want you to make me feel/Like I’m the only girl in the world/Like I’m the only one that you’ll ever love/Like I’m the only one who knows your heart/Only girl in the world”
Ariana Grande – ‘7 Rings’
If at this stage you are still sitting in your room feeling a little down about the single life, do us a favour and turn this track on. This insanely catchy hit will have your mood switched around within the first five seconds. Ariana Grande is simply the embodiment of a single woman who doesn’t need a man, and fans absolutely adore her for it. Although the singer is recently engaged, there’s no doubt she worked hard for her success, and with a talented voice such as hers we aren’t surprised she is considered one of the best. Add this song to the top of your playlist for some extra boss energy. Warning: you may be tempted to go on a shopping spree after listening.
Key lyrics to belt out: “Wearing a ring, but ain’t gon’ be no “Mrs.”/Bought matching diamonds for six of my b*tches”
Demi Lovato – ‘Confident’
You’d best believe we couldn’t have a singles playlist without adding the queen of confidence. It goes without saying that watching all of your friends in relationships can make you lose a little bit of that confidence we all need, so when you’re feeling a little low make sure you listen to this popular track to snap yourself out of it. Not only does the hit have some inspiring lyrics, but it is accompanied with an action packed music video with a feature from the insanely talented Michelle Rodriguez. The catchy hit and badass duo will have you ready to tackle the world of dating in no time, or just chill in your own if that’s more your thing too.
Key lyrics to belt out: “What’s wrong with being/What’s wrong with being/What’s wrong with being confident?”
Olivia Rodrigo – ‘Drivers License’
Sometimes we all just want to be a little dramatic when singing our blues away, and there’s no better track to do this than Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’. The recent hit has taken the world by storm with her story about heartbreak and missing a certain someone. This song will most definitely have you feeling a little nostalgic, but we all love a little cry every once and a while, so turn this one up loud and let the waterworks flow.
Key lyrics to belt out: “Red lights, stop signs/I still see your face in the white cars, front yards/Can’t drive past the places we used to go to/’Cause I still f*ckin’ love you, babe (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)”
Taylor Swift – ‘Shake It Off’
After you’ve had a little cry, it’s probably about time to dry your eyes and ‘Shake It Off.’ Taylor Swift’s catchy hit is the perfect tune to get you up and out of your feels, and simply just forget about what the day is. The queen of heartbreak songs had a little fun with this track and if the video clip is anything to go by the singer certainly knows how to make fun of herself. Swift emphasizes that no matter what anyone else thinks, as long as you’re true to yourself and having a blast, then nothing else really matters. We highly recommend listening to the track during those times you just need to forget about the seriousness of life and have a bit of fun.
Key lyrics to belt out: “’Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate/Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake/I shake it off, I shake it off (Whoo-hoo-hoo)”
Nicki Minaj, Beyonce – ‘Feeling Myself’
And finally, to end the playlist on a high note we present you: ‘Feeling Myself’. The legendary Nicki Minaj and Beyonce absolutely smash this 2015 hit and give us major girl-power vibes. Whether you’re single or taken, this track will have you feeling like a boss ready to take on the world. So the next time you’re feeling a little lonely on Valentine’s Day, or you just need a confidence boost, put your headphones on and turn this hit up. It will remind you that there’s no time to worry about relationships when you’re too busy just living your life.
Key lyrics to belt out: “I stopped the world/Male or female, it make no difference, I stop the world/World stop…Carry on”