If you are having a bad day, here’s a list of top 15 songs about self-love to boost your energy today.
On tough days, most of us usually find comfort in music and art. I am definitely one of them. I have several playlists set up on my phone for different moods. Here’s a list of top 15 songs about self-love (in no particular order) to boost your energy on a bad day.
1. India Arie –Video
This is one of my favorites. As a young woman who’s been through several years of insecurity because of the way she looks, this song appeals to my soul. It addresses body shaming, and the impractical beauty standards set by the society. It is a beautifully written song and I would suggest that everyone listen to it once.
Visit India.Arie – Video (Official Video) – YouTube to watch the song.
2. Kendrick Lamar –I (Music Video)
‘I’ by Kendrick Lamar is a timeless rap that radiates positivity and strength. The song speaks about picking yourself up and holding on to yourself. It talks about normalizing lack of confidence, the feelings of distraught and hopelessness. Play it on a bad day and you will end up screaming “I love myself!”
Visit Kendrick Lamar – i (Official Video) – YouTube to watch the song.
3. Anne-Marie – Perfect To Me
This is another beautiful song that overrules the beauty standards and societal expectations of how and what we should do. ‘Perfect To Me’ has a happy and refreshing vibe to it. This one brings a smile to my face within the first 20 seconds of the video.
Visit Anne-Marie – Perfect To Me [Official Music Video] – YouTube to watch the song.
4. Lizzo – Good As Hell
If you have just broken up and need a friend to hype you up, Lizzo is out there waiting for you to click the link below. This one is on a lighter side. I love listening to this on days I feel mentally exhausted. It gets me grooving and, ” Feeling Good As Hell!”
Visit Lizzo – Good As Hell (Video) – YouTube to watch the song.
5. Kali Uchis – After The Storm
‘After The Storm’ is all about not giving up. This melodious song suggests that you push yourself to try one more time. On a hopeless day, if you need a simple and soothing song to instill some hope and motivation, this one’s for you.
Visit Kali Uchis – After The Storm ft. Tyler, The Creator, Bootsy Collins – YouTube to watch the song.
6. Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
‘Beautiful’ is such a masterpiece, touching several important topics like bullying, sexuality and body standards. It is a well-written and a well-presented song. It will surely hit the chords with someone who is struggling to accept themselves.
Visit Christina Aguilera – Beautiful (Official Video) – YouTube to watch the song.
7. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
‘Shake It Off’ is a fun and peppy number, with all the ingredients of a perfect mood-lifter. Taylor’s energy in this song is infectious, and it makes you dance and sing along with her. It’s a colorful and bubbly song to drive your woes away.
Visit Taylor Swift – Shake It Off – YouTube to watch the song.
8. BTS – Answer : Love Myself
No points for guessing, this one by BTS is about loving yourself. The lyrics describe how difficult yet important it is to love yourself. It is an extremely comforting song. It is one of my favorites from BTS because I listen to this whenever I am in a mood for something relaxing and meaningful.
Visit BTS (방탄소년단) ‘Answer : Love Myself’ (Color Coded Lyrics) – YouTube to watch the song.
9. Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
Meghan’s got me humming “I’m All About That Bass, ‘bout that bass”, even while I write. It’s such a catchy song that hits all the cheerful notes while sending the body positivity message right through. Usually, I love the casual, cheerful ones a lot, because I enjoy dancing and jumping once I am done crying (Is it just me?).
10. Selena Gomez – Who Says
Let’s start with a disclaimer here. I love Selena Gomez, for her passion towards people, honesty, and how extremely relatable I find her. And ‘Who Says’ shows off just that about her. It was my go-to as a teenager, as I was struggling to find and understand myself. Each time she sang “Who says you’re not perfect”, I felt perfect. I felt that instant connection and I go back to it even today, years later. This one is for all the young people looking for self-assurance and confidence within themselves.
Visit Selena Gomez & The Scene – Who Says – YouTube to watch the song.
11. Stray Kids – My Pace
Insecurity and jealousy get the worst of us, and ‘My Pace’ addresses it meaningfully. It conveys how it’s okay to do things at your own pace and that you don’t have to rush yourself to be successful. This is another great one for people finding their foot in life.
Visit Stray Kids “My Pace” M/V – YouTube to watch the song.
12. Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful
Society has made us believe in the beauty standards for decades. ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’ is a reminder of how all of us are beautiful, irrespective of the how well we fit in with the standards set by society. It is an inspiring song, sending out positive vibes to everyone out there, struggling with insecurities.
Visit Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Official Video) – YouTube to watch the song.
13. Colbie Caillat – Try
In this era of filters and makeup, this song is a reminder to peel off all those layers and be yourself for once. It is soulful, meaningful and empowering in all the right proportions. Growing up, I had a tough time feeling beautiful and the pieces of art that cover the subject of beauty and the societal standards always make me emotional and remind me of that version of myself. If you relate to my insecurities, you will relate to this song, too.
Visit Colbie Caillat – Try (Official Video) – YouTube to watch the song.
14. Mary Lambert – Secrets
If you haven’t seen Mary Lambert’s work yet, I suggest you start with ‘Secrets’. This one will melt your heart and make you want to set yourself free of all the secrets you hold about yourself. ‘Secrets’ speaks about the beauty of imperfection and how everyone around you expects you to be perfect in every way possible.
Visit Mary Lambert – Secrets (Official) – YouTube to watch the song.
15. Katy Perry – Fingerprints
Katy Perry’s ‘Fingerprints’ is truly a masterpiece. If you are trying to find your identity and pave your own path, you will love this song. The artist emphasizes on breaking the mold and being your own unique self. It is beautifully written and energetic, and yet another one to reassure you to follow your dreams.
Visit Katy Perry – Fingerprints – YouTube to watch the song.
What are your go-to mood-lifters? Mention them in the comment section below for me.