“Flowers” by Miley Cyrus
Miley dropped this iconic song after her departure from ex-husband Liam Hemsworth, and it’s clear the singer is thriving more than ever. This feel-good pop song has an unforgettable self-love message: you don’t need to be in a relationship to feel complete, because you can treat yourself better than anyone else can. We can all take some notes from Miley and buy ourselves flowers (or a floral backpack), hold our own hands, and take ourselves dancing.
“Dancing with Myself” by Billy Idol
Speaking of dancing, this infectious ‘80s bop is sure to get you out onto the dance floor without a care in the world. The glam-rock and new wave influences that defined the ‘80s helped it gain its status as the most freeing, empowering decade of music. Once you start to feel the energetic drums and guitar riff pumping through the speakers, you’ll feel motivated to go dancing with yourself.
“Bejeweled” by Taylor Swift
Fresh off Swift’s latest album Midnights, “Bejeweled” is the ideal song to blast while you’re getting glammed up for a night out with friends. If anyone ever takes you for granted or fails to see your worth, “Bejeweled” is the perfect reminder that you’ll never lose your shine.
“Better by Myself” by Hey Violet
If you’re not in the dancing mood this summer or just want a more low-key song to remind you how freeing single can be, here’s a mellow pop beat about realizing you’re better off alone than staying in a toxic relationship. The soothing drums and bass line are the perfect blend for those chill summer days lounging poolside or at the beach. So, pack up your Restore Tote with beach towels and sunscreen, and let the sun soak up your worries as you listen to your happy songs playlist.
“What the Hell” by Avril Lavigne
This empowering song is all about enjoying the freedom that comes with being single. As soon as the uplifting synth melody comes on, you’ll be reminded to not only find comfort in yourself, but to enjoy yourself in the process. Being single and free is your chance to take risks and get out of your comfort zone. Put yourself out there and meet new people, pick up a new hobby, and explore new places and adventures. As long as this summer playlist is on repeat, the season is yours to conquer.
“Good as Hell” by Lizzo
Nothing screams self-love like a Lizzo song. This pop Queen will help you get over your ex, drown out your worries during a night out, and boost your self-esteem all at the same time. If you’re still in the Lizzo mood, add “Truth Hurts” to your playlist and scream along to the lyrics.
“Single” by Natasha Bedingfield
We’re bringing it back to Y2K with another pop/R&B-inspired anthem that will make you proud to be single. Take the lyrics as a sign that you’re nothing short of independent and unstoppable this summer. If you’re down to keep the 2000s vibes going, add some Kelly Clarkson to your summer playlist. We recommend “Since U Been Gone,” about finally getting free from a sucky relationship, or “I Do Not Hook Up,” about maintaining your pride and not settling for a “situationship.”
“Unstoppable” by Sia
If life’s been beating you down lately, Sia’s got the perfect balm. This empowering single is the confidence pick-me-up you need to get through hard times. It’s okay to have a bad day and be in tune with your emotions, but “Unstoppable” is a reminder that you’re powerful enough to push through anything.
“Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac
No summer playlist is complete without some ‘70s hits. This classic rock staple is perfect for when you’d rather be alone than be with someone who isn’t right for you. Go enjoy an afternoon drive with the sunroof down, feel the breeze flow through your hair, and let the guitar solo heal your soul as you leave negativity in the rearview mirror.
Although being single gets a bad rap sometimes, it has its perks. Think of it as an opportunity to focus on yourself and pave the way for unforgettable memories with friends. So, don’t be afraid to embrace the single life, do your daily positive affirmations, and put this happy songs summer playlist on shuffle. You’ll be single and glowing all summer and beyond.