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BE MINE?: The Self-Love Mix for this Galentine’s Day

Roses, candy hearts, big teddy bears? Don't wait around for someone. Treat. yo. self.

Whether you’re single or taken this Valentine’s Day, we all know that the obnoxiously pink holiday isn’t the real star of February.  That’s right- I’m talking about Galentine’s Day, or February 13th.

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Hell yeah it is. Galentine’s Day is when women everywhere celebrate women everywhere, a day of self-love, self-celebration, and desserts all around.  It’s when you let your hair down, let loose, and let yourself feel the loooooove– all the love you always knew you deserved. That stiflingly red and pink aisle at Walgreen’s isn’t what Galentine’s Day is about. Roses, candy hearts, big teddy bears? Yeah, you deserve all of the above and more, but not necessarily from someone else. On Galentine’s Day, you get to treat yo’ self.

So run a bath, light some candles, and pour yourself a glass of bubbly.  Bask in self-glory and shimmy, shake, and sashay to this powerful (AND romantic) playlist.

1. Love Myself || Hailee Steinfeld

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This dance-pop song can never fail to make you remember the importance and value of self-love and self-care. It’s hard to forget to love yourself when Hailee Steinfeld is screaming the reminder into your ears over and over again. A beautiful, dizzily upbeat scream. Favorite lyric? “Got me speaking in tongues- The beautiful, it comes without you.”

2. Feeling Myself || Nicki Minaj (ft. Beyoncé) 

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Sometimes we like to get all dressed up and dolled up. Not for that naive, unappreciative man, but to feel powerful and self-sufficient on our own. Whether or not you feel your best in sweats or a sequined dress, every woman out there deserves to take this Galentine’s Day to really feel yourself. Favorite lyric? “Bitches ain’t got punchlines or flow, I have both and an empire also.”

3. Beautiful || Christina Aguilera

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You know the other 364 days of the year, the boring days, the days where you might not feel like you’re on top of the world (or on top of your shit for that matter?) Yeah, this amazing tune, with piano coupled with Christina’s classic charm, will make sure that Galentine’s Day reminds you of your self-worth. Favorite lyric? “We’re the song inside the tune (yeah, oh yeah), full of beautiful mistakes.”

4. Milkshake || Kelis

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Sometimes, loving yourself means accepting that sexuality is a strength! Step out of that slut-shaming stereotype, sister, and harness that sexual prowess! Yeah, this song might be an overused cliché, but it’s also an undeniable rhythmic dance beat. Favorite lyric? Of course, “my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.” Can’t beat that one.

5. Fight Song || Rachel Platten

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I know, I know. This song played on the radio a lot, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t amazing! I got to watch her perform this live, and I can confirm she is just as talented, fun, and upbeat as she is in the recorded version! It’s a really strong reminder to all of us that the battles we fight are always within our capabilities to win, if we stick it through. Favorite lyric? “Like how a single word, can make a heart open.”

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6. Brave || Sarah Bareilles

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This is such a cutesy indie pop song, and I love that. You know that feeling when you have something you really want to say but you don’t want to risk getting a bad reception? Yeah, Sarah Bareilles wrote this song for a gay friend of hers, when he was on the closet, and it might even help you get over your fears too! Favorite lyric?  “Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live, maybe one of these days you can let the light in.”

7. Girl On Fire || Alicia Keys

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This hip-hop/R&B ballad is slow, sultry, and oh-so-smooth. Let Alicia’s buttery voice and incredible choruses wash over you.  The beat is heavy and pulsating, and Key’s vocals range over an octave of notes! GIRL CRUSH ALERT. Favorite lyric? “Feeling the catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away.”

8. Run The World (Girls) || Beyoncé

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Ah, the classic female empowerment song. With the variety of beats in this mix- and the genre ranging from electropop to R&B- this ditty will have your head bopping and your hips shaking. It’s a song full of positive affirmations for women all over the world to unite over. What more could you want, really? Favorite lyric? “How we’re smart enough to make these millions, strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business.”

9. You Don’t Own Me || Lesley Gore 

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You might be more familiar with the more recent rendition of this song by Grace and G-EAZY, but 17 year old Lesley Gore originally sang this song in 1963. It’s the moment you ghosted that obnoxious SO, the time you stood up to that ex, or just the general badass vibe you give off to our dear patriarchal society. Favorite lyric? “I’m young and I love to be young, I’m free and I love to be free.”

10. Doing It || Charlie XCX and Rita Ora

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When you’re with your girls, you just do your thing. Enough said. No matter how long its been, when we reunite you know that “I got your back for life.”

It’s simple, but its fun and energetic, just like the time you spend with your girlfriends.

11. Young Lady || Kid Cudi  (featuring Father John Misty)

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Hear me out, because you will love this.

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Kid Cudi is singing about a girl who is doing her thing, being awesome, and he admires her for it (from afar). Father John Misty is in the back like “Jesus Christ girl!”

“Has anyone told you that you’re fresh as hell? And I dig the way you wear your hair too- it makes you look more mature.”

When you celebrate your girlfriends, you remind them how amazing they are for being who they are. Whether they have a Valentine or not, it is impossible for your girlfriends not to be loved because they’re badass ladies who you’re growing and slaying with.

“I’ll admire from afar, star. Keep doing all the great things you’re doing. You got it goin’ on, young lady.”

12. Everything We Touch and Games for Girls || Say Lou Lou

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If you want something good to blast in the car or while getting ready, Say Lou Lou’s sound will capture the mood and their lyrics will put confidence in your step.

“Everything we touch turns to gold at night” because you and your girlfriends bring the fun wherever you go.

“Games for girls” has got to be pretty self-explanatory, but I will say that if you want to make Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day (or both) a little twisted this year, it’s all the more worth a listen.

13. R-E-S-P-E-C-T || Aretha Franklin

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You have to end on Aretha! This classic is a reminder for you to be as loud and full of love as possible. You don’t need to take shit from anybody; they should be respecting you, because of how incredible you are. That climactic break towards the end will soon have you head-banging and shoulder-shimmying, and Aretha’s famous hooks will have you saying those seven letters of the alphabet to everyone in your life who’s slept on you. Favorite lyric? T-O-O  E-A-S-Y.

Hope you enjoyed jamming out with your gal pals.

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Because we love you, we compiled all your new favorite songs in one playlist. Enjoy!

  1. Love Myself Hailee Steinfeld 4:00
  2. Feeling Myself Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé 3:58
  3. Beautiful Christina Aguilera 3:59
  4. Milkshake Kelis 3:12
  5. Fight Song Rachel Platten 3:25
  6. Brave Sara Bareilles 3:58
  7. Girl On Fire Alicia Keys 3:53
  8. Run The World (Girls) Beyoncé 3:56
  9. You Don't Own Me Lesley Gore 2:30
  10. Doing It Charli XCX ft. Rita Ora 3:37
  11. Young Lady Kid Cudi Ft. Father John Misty 4:25
  12. Everything We Touch Say Lou Lou 3:24
  13. Respect Lyrics Aretha Franklin 2:22

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Irene Ameena

Irene Ameena

Editorial fellow Irene Ameena is a high school senior who's a self-professed "book junkie" with a passion for all things social justice-y. She hopes to study brain sciences and go to law school one day. Until then, she writes for her school newspaper, updates her literary blog, and gets overly excited by fictional characters.

Tania Dawood

Tania Dawood

Tania Dawood is a Political Science major at UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas). She is a native of Las Vegas and is always looking for fresh narratives and a new way to get her voice out. She especially enjoys learning comparative politics and staying involved on her college campus.

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