We could all do with empowering anthems filled with lyrics about self-love and self-appreciation, right? This year's been a good one for new tracks that tackle this topic! Here, a list of songs from your favorite artists that speak about lovin yo'self and who you are:
"Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande
ICYMI, "Thank U, Next" is a self-empowerment song that mentions many of Ariana's past relationships. She references four of her previous exes: Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Mac Miller, and Pete Davidson. Ari emphasizes self-love in the second verse, where she says that she's started spending more time with her friends and "someone else"— herself! Go, Ari!
Lyrics to remember: She taught me love/ She taught me patience/ How she handles pain/ That shit's amazing
"Party For One" by Carly Rae Jepsen
This track celebrates self-time and self-appreciation! Even though the song starts out with Carly Rae Jepsen singing about someone she's trying to get over with, "Party For One" highlights getting back on one's feet and ultimately just loving yourself and your time alone.
Lyrics to remember: Party for one/ If you don't care about me/ I'll just dance for myself/ Back on my beat
"Solo" by BLACKPINK's Jennie
In her first ~solo~ track, Jennie Kim sings about freeing herself from a romantic relationship that's really toxic. She also talks about believing in herself, even saying that she's a GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) sitting on her throne!
Lyrics to remember: You're sittin' on your feelings/ I'm sittin' on my throne/ I ain't got no time for the troubles in your eyes/ This time I'm only lookin’'at me, myself and I
"Woman Like Me" by Little Mix
This female-empowering single from British girl group Little Mix asks whether a man could fall in love with a woman who isn't the stereotypical "good girl." It tells us that being our own person is more important!
Lyrics to remember: And every time we touch, boy, you make me feel weak/ I can tell you're shy and I think you're so sweet/ Spending every night under covers and/ Still I wonder, could you fall for a woman like me
"Perfect To Me" by Anne Marie
In the music video for this track, different people describe their own definition of "perfect," with some focusing on their physical appearance and some exploring the idea of feeling, rather than looking, perfect. Anne Marie herself says, "Right now, the meaning of perfect to me is being different. Being different from everyone else in the world. I just think that's beautiful."
Lyrics to remember: Love every single part of my body/ Top to the bottom/ I'm not a supermodel from a magazine/ I'm okay with not being perfect
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