It’s scientifically proven that sad songs can help heal your broken heart after a breakup, but if you’re done with channelling your inner Bridget Jones by crying floods of tears listening to ‘All By Myself’…these empowering uptempo songs about being single represent the next stage you’re finally ready to move onto. Congratulations!
Why do we fear being single so much anyway? We gain fierce independence from letting go of someone who wasn’t right for us. The special happiness of only having to answer to yourself should be bottled up and sold to the pity-party goers who spend way too much time dwelling on why no one seems to love you. As long as you love yourself, that’s all that matters.
So if you’re ready to host an awesome party of one for some all-important me, myself, and I time, these are the tracks to soundtrack your official declaration of independence. Listen to the Spotify playlist below or check out our list of songs about missing someone…
But hopefully you’re now ready to embrace the single life. You’re free. So spread your wings!
Single by Natasha Bedingfield
After reminding us that the rest of our lives are still unwritten, Natasha then spoke directly to the singletons. So listen up when she sings. She’s got a lot to say about not needing to be on anyone’s arm to look or feel good. You’re better on your own with only yourself to look after. You’re single and that’s how you want to be (you just don’t know it yet).
Thank U Next by Ariana Grande
Instead of trashing her exes, Grande showed her respect and gratitude. She thanked them by reflecting on what positives they temporarily brought to her life and appreciated that they simply weren’t meant to be. This song is the epitome of a healthy breakup! One might teach you love and the other might teach you patience, but the only person who can teach you true happiness is yourself.
Shout Out To My Ex by Little Mix
Here’s another anthem that views newfound single life through rose tinted glasses. So remember, it’s always healthy to look back and smile. Rid yourself of any negative feelings and feel strong and content in being single and free. Little Mix’s heartbreak made them who they are today and boy, they’re over it.
No Scrubs by TLC
What’s the definition of a ‘scrub’? – Well, a scrub is a guy who thinks he’s fly – AKA a busta. According to TLC, you don’t need a man who’s always talking about what he wants and just sits on his broke ass. And if he tries to holla’ at you, just turn around and leave. He’ll hate to see you leave, but love to watch you walk away.
Love Myself by Hailee Steinfeld
Put your hands in the air if you look in the mirror and love what you see! Hailee Steinfeld does. She sings – “I’m gonna put my body first and love me so hard till it hurts.” This is great advice for anyone who hates the loneliness of being single. Like the great RuPaul says, if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?
It’s My Life by Jon Bon Jovi
Whenever you’re feeling lost after a breakup and maybe struggling to find your footing again, blast this in the car and scream along. Let the top down in your convertible and embrace the freeing wind brush through your hair now that you’re listening to songs about being independent! It’s your life and it’s now or never! You ain’t gonna live forever, so grab life by the b***s before it’s too late.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
This one is for all the people out there wanting to frolic amongst the fun and freedom of singlehood. We all just wanna have fun, right? So if you’re a new single pringle and simply want to let your hair down and enjoy no longer being tied to someone, this is the anthem for you. Now, where’s the champagne at?
Single Ladies by Beyonce
All you single ladies out there put your hands up! The truth is, if they liked you THAT much, they should have put a ring on it. It’s as simple as that. If they’re not ready for commitment and loyalty, then they’re not worth your time. You’ve cried your tears for three good years, so now’s the time to enjoy playing the field. Get out there!
Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé found happiness in knowing he’ll eventually meet ‘the one’, but before then, he was fine either way. He knew it’ll all turn out in the end, so what’s the harm in enjoying single life and learning important things about yourself before you start a relationship? Wise words Mr Bublé, wise words.
Survivor by Destiny’s Child
Who hasn’t thrown on a fierce camouflage outfit and stomped around singing to Survivor by Destiny’s Child before? Nope? Just me. Kelly, Michelle, and Beyonce wanted us all to know there’s fight and grit inside all of us if we put our minds to it. Remember…Now that they’re outta’ your life, you’ll grow richer, stronger, wiser, and smarter from the pain!
Ridin’ Solo by Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo uplifted us all by realising how happy he was being single. He started to shine like a star as soon as he broke free, and best of all, he was pain-free and finally had the time to get his s**t together. This song reminds us singletons out there that we should enjoy spreading our wings. You might even want to start a fulfilling new life of solo polyamory, who knows?
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
If at first you’re afraid and petrified of single life, Gloria Gaynor wants you to know that beyond the sleepless nights of wondering how you’ll cope without them by your side, you will grow strong! You will learn how to get along as a new independent single person. Don’t lay down and die – rise from the ashes and remember you’ve got the rest of your life to live and a lot of love to give to someone who’s actually worth it.
Perfectly Lonely by John Mayer
John Mayer perfectly describes the optimism of single life when he sings, “Nothing to do, nowhere to be. A simple little kind of free.” You’re 100% independent when you’re single, so make the most of the liberation by enjoying your loneliness and listening to songs about freedom. You can now do whatever you want, whenever you like.
Believe by Cher
Do YOU believe in life after love? Of course you do, because you’re now a liberated free-spirit who’s realised that love doesn’t define who you are! If you’re struggling to see the greener grass on the other side of a tough breakup, just remember that you’ll get through this and that you are strong enough. You don’t need them anymore.
Check out the whole playlist here.