Bad days are sure to come and go, but when they arrive it can be hard to lift yourself out of self-doubt and encourage yourself to take up the space you deserve. Sometimes, music can be the perfect way to do that, as there are tons of tunes that explore the importance of embracing the best and worst qualities of ourselves, while learning to love who we are.
Check out 11 self-love tracks for when you need a pick me up below.
Florence + The Machine – “Shake It Out”
If you’re feeling like your own worst enemy, sometimes the best thing you can do is shake off some of the negativity in your life. Frontwoman Florence Welch is all too understanding of the importance of letting go of the things that are holding you down, as she sings poetic lines like, “And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back/ And given half the chance would I take any of it back?/ It’s a fine romance but it’s left me so undone/ It’s always darkest before the dawn.”
Marina – “Enjoy Your Life”
Marina, formerly Marina and the Diamonds, has made her comeback with the release of her expansive album, LOVE + FEAR. “Enjoy Your Life” is a killer self-love anthem that encourages listeners to accept the fact that they may not be able to resolve all of the issues in their life, but to enjoy it nonetheless. Marina’s vocals take the lead as she sings, “Sit back and enjoy your problems/ You don’t always have to solve them/ ‘Cause your worst days, they are over/ So enjoy your life.”
Laura Marling – “Rambling Man”
Laura Marling’s throaty vocals take the lead on this tune, while the British artist sings about the importance of remaining true to yourself. Marling sings lines like, “Let it always be known that I was who I am,” as the subject of the song explores what it means to embrace the parts of yourself you don’t like, while staying true to yourself, even when you’re distracted by the people around you.
Of Monsters And Men – “Alligator”
“The main inspiration behind ‘Alligator’ was a drive and an energy,” the band’s frontwoman Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdóttir explained to NME of the empowering track. “It wasn’t necessarily what I was feeling at that moment, but I wanted to feel strong. It was about finding that space of feeling empowered. You can hear it in the music; it’s taking space.”
Perfume Genius – “Queen”
Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius is able to find an unmatched sense of vulnerability through his music, and “Queen” is no different. This track is all about embracing who you are, as Hadreas triumphantly sings lines like “Don’t you know your queen?” despite bubbling fear and rumours about his sexuality. With textured instrumentals and perfectly quotable lines like “No family’s safe when I sashay,” this track is sure to get you feeling strong.
Alabama Shakes – “This Feeling”
Not only does Alabama Shakes have a stacked lineup of killer blues rock tracks, but they have a handful of empowering tunes to turn your mood around on a bad day. The vulnerability in “This Feeling” is powerfully impactful, as frontwoman Brittany Howard sings lines like, “See, I’ve been having me a real hard time/ But it feels so nice to know I’m gonna be alright.” This is the perfect track for those moments when you need to acknowledge that, although things may not be going as planned, everything is still going to be okay.
Robyn – “Honey”
Not only is Robyn’s “Honey” an upbeat pop banger, but it comes accompanied by an empowering video full of Robyn’s biggest fans embracing who they are. Although the lyrics may not be a traditional self-love anthem, the video is sure to encourage you to love who you are. “I grew up in a very small rural Island in Canada,” one fan explains of the clip. “Robyn was like definitely one of my first findings on my journey to becoming what I am now.”
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”
After being featured in the recently released hit Netflix film, Someone Great, this Lizzo track has truly exploded. Lizzo’s expansive repertoire is stacked with tons of self-love tracks, but “Truth Hurts” is a standout, packed with a catchy beat, raspy vocal lines, and empowering lyrics like, “You’re supposed to hold me down, but you’re holding me back/ And that’s the sound of me not calling you back.”
Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian At Best”
Courtney Barnett’s quirky songwriting is probably one of her most reputable qualities as a musician, and “Pedestrian At Best” uses that unique lyricism to celebrate the flaws that come with being a human. Sometimes self-care is about compassion, and embracing the messy, chaotic aspects of your life.
Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe”
Swedish pop artist Sigrid’s “Don’t Kill My Vibe” made it onto this list for a pretty straightforward reason. The track is all about refusing to let others bring you down, and allowing yourself to have a good time on your own, as Sigrid sings, “You love to tear me down, you pick me apart/ Then build me up like I depend on you/ But I throw myself from heights that used to scare me/ Guess you’re surprised I’m the puzzle you can’t figure out.”
Beyoncé – “***Flawless”
You can’t really have a list of empowering songs without featuring a little Beyoncé. “***Flawless” is a quintessential self-love anthem that sees Beyoncé singing about how great she it, with the famous lines “I woke up like this/ We flawless, ladies tell ’em/ I woke up like this.”