The songs on this fierce playlist will remind you that being single can be empowering

Stand up and all hail the single folks out there on this Valentine’s Day! Just because you’re not currently tied down doesn’t mean that February 14th has to be all doom and gloom. Many like to joke that Valentine’s Day is actually “Singles Awareness Day” – but does it have to be as awful as our culture makes it sound? If you don’t have a Valentine, why can’t you appreciate and celebrate being single instead?

Forget the candy hearts and roses, being single is a time you should relish in and enjoy to the fullest.

The age of singledom shouldn’t leave you feeling ashamed; rather it’s an opportunity to discover who you truly are independently. Being single challenges you to transform into your best self and take on the world on your own. Although being alone might seem scary, it’s important to practice self-love and know your self-worth before you can fully commit to a healthy relationship.

So, soak up this period and enjoy this time with yourself. Trade in that formal dinner date and get dolled up for a Galentine’s Day with your BFFs. Go on a solo date to your favorite spot in the city. Embark on a weekend trip you’ve always been dreaming of but never made happen. The opportunities are endless; you just have to start with one.

Don’t fret if you’re in need of a little inspiration, because we’ve got you covered.

We’ve rounded up 20 of the ultimate single lady jams you’ll want to listen to all day long. From Beyoncé’s “Run The World (Girls)” to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” get ready for the karaoke session of a lifetime.

And always remember, love and happiness will surround you no matter if you’re taken or not.

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