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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My Top 8 Love Songs

Hi everyone and (whether you’re in a relationship or not) happy Valentine’s Day. Seeing as it is the ‘most romantic’ day of the year I’ve decided to post my Top 8 favourite love songs.

The tracks I’ve chosen might not be your typical love songs, maybe even a little unconventional in places, but they’re all tracks that I could imagine – or have imagined – being my first dance song at my wedding.

 

#1 Landon Austin – Once In A Lifetime

 

I wrote about this song in a previous ‘Tracks I’m Loving’ post, in which I said:

“There is one word that immediately comes to mind when I think of this song: Beautiful. The delicate guitar work and Austin’s melodic voice are nothing short of wonderful, and the track has a real sense of elegance to it. It’s extremely heart-felt lyrics such as, “don’t you know you stop the room?/and all that I can see is you/I’m standing where the lightning strikes, I know this doesn’t happen twice/you must be my once in a lifetime.” make the song moving and poignant. I can imagine this being the perfect wedding song.”

And, in truth, I don’t really have much more to say; I feel like I’d just be saying the same things with different words. But what I will say is, every time I hear this song I fall in love with it all over again.

 

#2 Dave Barnes – God Gave Me You

 

All you’ve got to do is listen to this track to understand why it ended up in this list. The song is delicate and romantic, and the lyrics are heartfelt and beautiful. It’s a song about an extraordinary, unconditional love that makes you think ‘I want a love like that.’

 

#3 Sam Smith – Latch

 

This is another track that I’ve reviewed previously, and what I said was as true now as it was then.

I love this version of Electronic duo Disclosure’s track, featuring vocals by Grammy award-winning artist Sam Smith. The dance beat of the Disclosure version has been replaced by a piano and strings, allowing the lyrics to shine through rather than be overpowered. This also heightens the sentiment – giving it more of a heart-felt, comforting feel – and enables it to really come into its own as a love song. Sam Smith’s vocals are, as always, unrivalled; his soulful tone perfectly connecting with, and conveying, the emotion of the track. Captivating from the beginning to long after it has ended, a beautiful song that you can’t help but love.

 

#4 Ed Sheeran –Thinking Out Loud

 

This ballad screams romantic from the get go. The understated yet dreamy sound, Sheeran’s honest vocals, and the charming, affectionate lyrics work together and result in something nothing short of beautiful. Ed Sheeran himself has said that he “pinned [the track] as the ‘walking down the aisle’ song,” and I’d say he got it spot on. “Well me I fall in love with you every single day/ And I just wanna tell you I am,” need I say more?

 

#5 Edwin McCain – I’ll Be

This track oozes emotion from every note without ever being cheesy. McCain’s vocals are husky, raw and undeniably heartfelt – a striking contrast to the soft, delicate melody. It doesn’t surprise me that many people choose this as a wedding song – it has a sense of elegance about it, and really is the perfect track to fall in love to, and with.

 

#6 The Cab – Vegas Skies

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog then you know that I’m a huge fan of this band and this song is no exception to that love. This piano-led track is poignant, beautiful and Alex DeLeon’s vocals are smooth, dynamic and compelling. “I’ve only got forever and forever is fine.” Enough said.

 

#7 Rogue Re Vera – New York Girl In The Jersey Scene

 

This song is undeniably romantic. The combination of the gentle acoustic guitar backing and the tenderness of the soft vocals creates a delicate vibe, and the honest affection in the lyrics add to the beauty of the track. It’s an understated ballad brimming with emotion, that captivates your attention throughout, “I don’t know where you came from and I don’t care/Jump in my arms and kiss me hard and let’s watch all the jealous people stare.” – stunning.

 

#8 The Summer Set – About A Girl

 

Simply put, this track is a delicate, yet powerful, ballad. “This is a song about a girl/this is a song above love,” – says it all really.

So, there you go. I hope you enjoyed reading my Top 8 Love Songs, I’ll be back tomorrow with my Top 8 Anti-Love songs for those of you who are beyond sick of hearing about Valentine’s Day.

What do you think of my choices? Are there any other songs you think I should’ve included? What is your favourite love song? Feel free to let me know in a comment. 🙂