Happy ‘Single Awareness Day’: Empowerment Anthems for Anyone Who’s Not In a Relationship This Valentine’s Day

Bonjour readers,

In case you couldn’t tell by the title, or if you’ve not been past any shops recently, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Everywhere you go there seems to be an explosion of hearts and some kind of promotion for the most romantic day of the year. So, whether you’re sickeningly loved up, or you’re a person who points and rolls your eyes at those who are sickeningly loved up, I hope you have a great day.

However, Valentine’s Day does have a habit of making us singletons even more aware of the fact that we’re single – hence the nickname ‘Single Awareness Day.’ Although, that needn’t be a bad thing. We may be single, but we’re also strong, independent and we don’t have to answer to anyone. With that in mind, I thought I’d share with you my Top 5 most empowering anthems for those of you who are slaying the single life this year, or if you just need a little pick me up, these songs are sure to do the trick. But, don’t take my word for it, have a listen for yourself…

 

#1. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself

The first single from the 18 year old actress’ debut EP ‘Haiz’, is an empowering dance/pop track. Being honest, when I first heard this I wasn’t too sure about it – I thought the lyrics were a bit questionable in places – but there’s no denying that it has a great sound, it’s fun and it makes you want to get up and dance. The chorus is an absolute banger overflowing with positive vibes, and Seinfeld’s R’n’B-tinged vocals are strong and bold throughout. Overall it’s a song about self-love (whichever way you interpret that) and empowerment – love yourself, you don’t need anybody else.

Taken from my ‘Tracks of the Month: November 2015’ click here to see the full post.

 

 

#2. Demi Lovato – Confident

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll know that I love Demi Lovato. ‘Confident’ is the second single from her fifth studio album of the same name, and it really sees her come into her own. Gone are the days of self-doubt and struggle, this is sassy and sexy, with bucket loads of attitude. As always Lovato’s vocals are stunningly bold, full of defiance and, well, confidence. It’s without doubt an empowering track, after all, “What’s wrong with being, what’s wrong with being, what’s wrong with being confident?”

Taken from my ‘Tracks of the Month: November 2015’ click here to see the full post.

 

 

#3. Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex


Formidable pop foursome Little Mix premiered their new single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ on week two of the X Factor 2016’s live shows – and they certainly aren’t pulling any punches. The lead track from their newest album ‘Glory Days’, is a bold break-up anthem full of attitude. ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ is ridiculously catchy, with a powerful driving beat and an explosive, anthemic chorus that you can’t help but sing along to.

The lyrics, although scathing, do have an edge of humour to them – almost as if the girls are poking fun at everyone who did them wrong now that they’re ‘over it,’ giving it a very uplifting quality. Each member shines in their respective part of the song, and the harmonies interspersed throughout show that their vocals complement each other brilliantly. It’s fun, sassy, sexy and a massive middle finger to that ex – I’m sure we’ve all got one :).

 Taken from my ‘Tracks of the Month: October 2016’ click here to see the full post.

 

 

#4. Orchard Hill (formerly Disclosure) – What a Waste of Time

Following some issues with their original name – which lead to confusion with a popular electronic dance act – this Oxfordshire based quintet came back with a new moniker but, rest assured, they’re still a pop-rock powerhouse. From the outset this track is a playful burst of colour, with a hook that promises to have audiences bouncing along like crazed jack-in-a-boxes. Singer, Tiff’s deep and throaty vocals are great also, sounding strong and hitting the notes on every trill with ease. It’s assertive and definitely appropriate for when you’re ready to acknowledge ‘what a waste of time that boy can be’, because let’s face it, we’ve all felt like that right?

Taken from my ‘Tracks I’m Loving: April/May 2013’ click here to see the full post.

 

 

#5. Cassadee Pope – Wasting All These Tears

This was Cassadee Pope’s first solo single after winning The Voice USA in 2013, during which time audiences saw her transition from singing, mostly, pop/rock to country. This track sees her successfully mix the two, incorporating elements of country with her signature pop/rock vocals. Pope’s vocals carry the ability to inject bags of emotion into the song, giving it the right amount of bite to tell the story in a way that you can really believe. The lyrics have a really cathartic quality and, personally, I can really relate to them – and I’m sure a lot of other people can too.

Taken from my ‘Tracks I’m Loving: October 2013’ click here to see the full post.

 

 

Now, get out there and show them whose boss. 🙂

If you liked these and want to check out my ‘Top 10 Anti-Love Songs’ from last Valentine’s Day, click here. Or, if you’re in a romantic mood and want to check out my ‘Top 8 Love Songs’, click here.

 

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Tracks of the Month: November

Hola readers,

It’s December! (seriously, where has this year gone?.) Please excuse the fact that I’m a bit late in getting this blog post online; amidst trying to get all my Christmas shopping done before December so I can avoid the seasonal rush, I haven’t posted as many blogs as I would’ve liked to these last few weeks. However, I won’t be posting a ‘Tracks of the Month’ at the end of December, as I’m taking a break over Christmas and New Year to spend time with family and friends, so I feel like this can serve as a joint post for both Nov and early Dec. Anyway, enough of me rambling on, you know the drill – here are the songs that I’ve been obsessed with this past month.

 

Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself

The first single from the 18 year old actress’ debut EP ‘Haiz’, is an empowering dance/pop track. Being honest, when I first heard this I wasn’t too sure about it – I thought the lyrics were a bit questionable in places – but there’s no denying that it has a great sound, it’s fun and it makes you want to get up and dance. The chorus is an absolute banger overflowing with positive vibes, and Steinfeld’s R’n’B-tinged vocals are strong and bold throughout. Overall it’s a song about self-love (whichever way you interpret that) and empowerment – you don’t need anybody else.

 

Demi Lovato – Confident

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll know that I love Demi Lovato. ‘Confident’ is the second single from her fifth studio album of the same name, and it really see’s her come into her own. Gone are the days of self-doubt and struggle, this is sassy and sexy, with bucket loads of attitude. As always Lovato’s vocals are stunningly bold, full of defiance and, well, confidence. It’s without doubt an empowering track, after all, “What’s wrong with being, what’s wrong with being, what’s wrong with being confident?”

 

Rudimental ft. Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me

The drum and bass foursome have teamed up with Ed Sheeran again – after working together on Sheeran’s previous single ‘Bloodstream’ – and the result is just infectious (in the best possible sense.) The collaboration see’s Sheeran lend his vocals to Rudimental’s new single ‘Lay It On Me’. The track has a great beat and a really fun overall vibe that I think would be great to experience live, and Sheeran’s vocals are faultless as he fluidly moves between his lower and higher ranges. It’s definitely a song that brings the party; I think it would be very much at home blaring from the speakers of a nightclub or lighting up the night in a festival setting.

 

Jamie Lawson – I Wasn’t Expecting That

The debut single from Brit singer/songwriter Jamie Lawson – the first act to be signed to Ed Sheeran’s label ‘Gingerbread Man Records’ – is an incredibly poignant love song. ‘I Wasn’t Expecting That’, is a delicate acoustic track with lyrics that will surely melt any heart. Telling the story of a relationship, from the first kiss to seeing your children fly the nest, the song has a distinct poetic quality to it that makes it really lovely to listen to. It’s overflowing with emotion and it hits you right in the chest – it’s impossible not to feel something when you listen to it. I first heard this song when a friend of mine said she loved it and told me to listen to the words, I didn’t know what to expect at the time but one thing’s for sure, I wasn’t expecting that.

 

Luke Pickett – Empty Corridors

This track is a bit of a rediscovery for me; I’ve liked Pickett’s music for years and every now and then I pick this song up and I’m reminded why I fell in love with it all over again. The delicate acoustic arrangement, Pickett’s seductive yet understated vocals, and the dark romanticism to the lyrics, combine to create something that’s hauntingly poetic. Simply put, it’s a beautiful song – I’d love to sing it with him.

 

So, there we have it. As always thank you for reading, and feel free to let me know in a comment what songs you’ve been loving recently. 🙂