By Whitney Hunter |
It’s that time of year again- the time when you act excited for your roommate and her boyfriend and the love that they have for each other. In reality, you’re really over in the corner eating some Ben and Jerry’s. But why does this always have to be the narrative? Valentine’s Day rolls around and suddenly you’re supposed to magically have a significant other to share it with. All I can say is that this idea is just ridiculous.
Get ready, because I’m about to drop some mind-blowing news. Are you ready?
It’s okay to be single.
Shocking, I know. Especially at Baylor where it seems like every other day you’re scrolling past an engagement post on Instagram. It is perfectly acceptable to be single in your early twenties, and after that as well.
Whenever I’m feeling a little bummed out about being single or I just need to be reminded about how amazing it is to be a woman, I listen to these songs. They are the perfect songs to play at your Galentine’s party. No – that’s not a typo. Galentine’s Day was created by the character Leslie Knope on the TV show Parks and Recreation. It is on February 13th and is a day to celebrate female friendship.
Here is a playlist of songs to remind you just how powerful being a woman is, that you can do anything you set your mind to, and just how much of a boss you truly are.
Water Me – Lizzo
If you were to look up self-confidence in the dictionary, a picture of Lizzo would pop up. This woman oozes confidence. I saw her when she opened up for HAIM in concert and let me tell you, she goes HAM. She is so unapologetically herself, which is clear in each of her songs. I could make a whole female empowerment playlist composed solely of Lizzo’s songs, but I won’t put you through that.
Favorite lyric: I don’t get dehydrated, I moisturize it daily. I am my inspiration, I am my inspiration.
The Schuyler Sisters – Hamilton
People are either obsessed with Hamilton or couldn’t care less about it. Personally, I’ve always loved musicals and Hamilton is no exception. This song is one of my favorites on the album because of how much sass is contained in the lyrics. These women are tired of waiting for subpar men to help them, and they want their voices to be heard during this period of Revolution.
Favorite lyric: And when I meet Thomas Jefferson, I’m ‘a compel him to include women in the sequel!
Dancing Queen – ABBA
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that ABBA is back and better than ever. After the release of Mamma Mia in 2008 and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again this past summer, everybody and their mom has been singing along to ABBA. I’ve loved ABBA and this song for years- I remember being a little girl and singing along to this song with my mom. She would always tell me about how she would sing into her hairbrush microphone when she was younger. This song brings back fond memories of my childhood and reminds me that the age limit for being a dancing queen is not just seventeen.
Favorite lyric: Ooh, see that girl, Watch that scene, Dig in the dancing queen
Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce
Can this be a true girl power playlist without this song? Cliche- I know, but there is not another song that sums up female empowerment as well as this one. This song makes you realize that you can conquer anything life throws at you and that women can do anything that men can do, if not more.
Favorite lyric: How we’re smart enough, To make these millions, Strong enough to bare the children, then get back to business.
Man I feel like a woman! – Shania Twain
If the first note in this song doesn’t flip a switch in you, then there’s a good chance you’re dead inside. When she says “let’s go girls,” I feel like I can kick down a door and go be the most empowered version of myself.
Favorite lyric: The best thing about being a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun.
Woman – Kesha
Yes- this song has an expletive in the chorus, but sometimes you just need to scream about being a “motherf-ing woman.” Kesha sums up how it feels to be independent and proud of who you are.
Favorite lyric: Everything I got, I bought it, Boys can’t buy my love.
***Flawless – Beyonce feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My apologies for using another Beyonce song, but this is just too good to pass up. It’s true that the Beyonce portion is incredible, but the real MVP of this song is the portion by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from her TED talk. This will give you chills. Everytime I hear it, I am reminded to strive for excellence.
Favorite lyric: Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
Bad Reputation – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Let’s go over the three main reasons I love this song, shall we?
- It is an anthem for doing what you want regardless of other people’s beliefs or judgements.
- There’s no female rock musician quite as hardcore as Joan Jett. This woman is as tough as nails and makes you want to act about 40 times tougher than you currently are.
- This is the theme song for one of my all-time favorite TV shows, “Freaks and Geeks.”
Favorite lyric: A girl can do what she wants to do and that’s what I’m gonna do.
Blast these songs driving around in your car, getting ready for the day, jamming with your friends, or even if you just need a little pick-me-up to remind yourself how incredibly tough you truly are.
And in the spirit of Galentine’s, never forget what the one and only Leslie Knope once said- “Hoes before bros. Uteruses before duderuses. Ovaries before brovaries.”