14 Songs for When Your Valentine's Day Bae Is Yourself

Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé in the "Feeling Myself" music video | © Tidal
Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé in the "Feeling Myself" music video | © Tidal
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Music Editor27 February 2017

For all of us who don’t have a day full of flowers, cocktail hours, and fancy meals planned with their girlfriend, beau, or random date for the evening, here’s a Valentine’s Day playlist that focuses on self-love, self-empowerment, and healing.

TLC – “No Scrubs”

“So no, I don’t want your number / No, I don’t want to give you mine and / No, I don’t want to meet you nowhere / No, I don’t want none of your time.”

Kendrick Lamar – “i”

“As I look around me / So many motherfuckers wanna down me / But an enemigo never drown me / In front of a dirty double-mirror they found me / I love myself.”

The National – “All the Wine”

“I’m put together so beautifully / Big wet bottle in my fist / Big wet rose in my teeth / I’m a perfect piece of ass.”

Jill Scott – “Golden (Kaytranada’s Life Extended Living Edition)”

“I’m taking my freedom / Pulling it off the shelf / Putting it on my chain / Wear it around my neck / I’m taking my freedom / Putting it in my car / Wherever I choose to go / It will take me far.”

Janet Jackson – “Control”

“Got my own mind / I wanna make my own decisions / When it has to do with my life, my life / I wanna be the one in control.”

Chance The Rapper – “No Problem” ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne

“You don’t want no problem, want no problem with me, bih! / You don’t want no problem, want no problem with me / Just another day, had to pick up all the mail / There go Chano ridin’ through the streets, they be like, ‘There he go!'”

Nicki Minaj – “Feeling Myself” ft. Beyoncé

“Bitch, never left but I’m back at it,and I’m feelin’ myself, jack rabbit / Feelin’ myself, back off, cause I’m feelin’ myself, jack off / He be thinking about me when he whacks off, wax on? Wax off.”

Cage The Elephant – “In One Ear”

“So it goes in one ear and right out the other / People talking shit but you know I never bother / It goes in one ear and right out the other / People talking shit, they can kiss the back of my hand.”

Destiny’s Child – “Independent Women, Pt. 1”

The shoes on my feet / I’ve bought it / The clothes I’m wearing / I’ve bought it / The rock I’m rocking / I bought it / Cause I depend on me. If I want it / The watch I’m wearing / I bought it / The house I live in / I’ve bought it / The car I’m driving / I’ve bought it / I depend on me.”

Florence + The Machine – “Shake It Out”

“And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind / I can never leave the past behind / I can see no way, I can see no way / I’m always dragging that horse around / All of his questions such a mournful sound / Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground / Cause I like to keep my issues drawn / But it’s always darkest before the dawn.”

Janelle Monae – “Q.U.E.E.N.” ft. Erykah Badu

“Am I a freak for dancing around? / Am I a freak for getting down? / I’m cutting up, don’t cut me down / Yeah I wanna be, wanna be queen.”

Chairlift – “Ch-Ching”

“Nobody will help you ’til you go and help yourself / Take it and don’t wait for it to come from someone else / I’ve got everything I need right here, between my hands / And there it is right in front of me.”

Charli XCX – “Body of My Own”

“I’m into myself, don’t need you / Cause I can make it feel just like I’m hanging on / Yeah, I can do it better when I’m all alone / Lights out, so high.”

Modest Mouse – “Float On”

“Bad news comes, don’t you worry even when it lands / Good news will work its way to all them plans / We both got fired on exactly the same day / Well, we’ll float on, good news is on the way.”

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