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Happily Single: Glass Half Full
If you're a glass half full type of person, then you're probably already rocking the single lifestyle. High five to you, my friend! Being single presents an opportunity to discover who you are as an adult — according to your way, your schedule, and your own needs. Unafraid of your own company, you don't label being without a partner as "lonely." You treasure your freedom and can proudly provide for yourself.
This special time in your life is a period of liberation, playing the field, and crafting an adventurous, satisfying life. Build a lifestyle that suits you without having to satisfy the whims or obligations of a long-term commitment. Perhaps you're honing in on what you want in a potential partner (if you want to settle down at all). Being happily single is a lot better than being in the wrong relationship!
If unattached is your relationship status, make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B song about being happily single. We have a have a long list to start you off.
1. "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield
Being young and single presents an opportunity to discover who you are and create the life path you desire. In this infectiously positive pop song from 2004, the narrator compares her life to a book whose contents have yet to be written. Taking the pen in her hand, she is just now embarking on writing the story of a lifetime.
Enjoy the freedom of being single by going boldly where life takes you. Live adventurously, writing yourself as the hero who enjoys exciting plot twists, explores unique settings, and mixes with vibrant characters that only the mind can fathom!
2. "Sit Still, Look Pretty" by Daya
The woman in this 2016 pop tune makes it clear that "this queen don't need a king" because she is confident and happy living the solo life. She's flying high on her own and has no need to dress up, sit still and look pretty while waiting to attract the love, attention, and approval of a man. Rather than being someone's trophy wife, this tough gal wants to run the world herself. Seems legit!
3. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Beyoncé
After spending three years with a man who couldn't bring himself to commit, the woman in this 2008 R&B song has moved on. While celebrating her new single status in the club, she finds that other men are definitely taking notice of her, and the sexy dancing and flirting make her ex jealous.
On behalf of all single ladies, this smart gal notifies her former beau that he has no right to be angry or envious now that other men are chatting her up. He had his chance: "If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it." The Grammy Award-winning song caught the global music charts on fire.
4. "Shout Out to My Ex" by Little Mix
In this fun 2016 diss track, a single gal hoops and hollers a big "thank you" to her former flame for setting her free. She's no longer tied down to the moody, tattooed guy she wasn't sure she loved anyway. Although the pathetic user who was once her significant other once broke her heart, the narrator has now bounced back like a slinky. Now she is gleefully living her best life, single and free.
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5. "Good Thing" by Kehlani and Zedd
People who master the single life know that alone certainly doesn't have to mean lonely. In this sultry 2019 R&B number, a woman applauds the single life she loves. She appreciates her own company, can provide for herself, and treasures her freedom:
I'm good by myself, don't need no one else
Don't tell me that you got a good thing for me
'Cause I already got a good thing.
Although the narrator doesn't foreclose the possibility of a relationship, she has found that romance hasn't been her strong suit. That's okay, however, because her solo life is perfectly happy.
6. "Hotel Key" by Old Dominion
For the two singles in this upbeat 2018 country song, tequila and weed lead to a one-night stand that they will always remember fondly. With their clothes strewn all over the hotel room floor, the couple dance, talk about their lives and dream about running away. With the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door, the strangers-turned-lovers sleep hours past the noon check-out time. Then the girl quietly slips back into her single life, taking their hotel key as a souvenir of their memorable night. This is a love match that might have been.
7. "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore
Young, free, and single is the self-proclamation of this refreshingly feminist narrator in the classic 1963 pop song, "You Don't Own Me." The woman in this Grammy Hall of Fame tune cautions her date not to tell her what to do or say and warns him not to put her on display when they go out on a date. After all, she's her own woman and wouldn't treat him like that. No one owns this sassy broad:
I'm young, and I love to be young
I'm free, and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want
To say and do whatever I please.
8. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
Although Cyndi Lauper made this 1983 dance-pop song famous, her version of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" is actually a cover. The song's obscure original version was written and released in 1979, by American musician Robert Hazard. Whereas his rendition disparaged single women for their promiscuity, Lauper tweaked the lyrics to reclaim the song as a female empowerment anthem. Her version promotes the perspective that all women want is to have the same enjoyable experiences as the guys.
9. "Ridin' Solo" by Jason Derulo
The single life is treating the confident fella in this 2003 electronic-infused R&B tune mighty fine now that he is "uncoupled" and back in the dating game. There is no one to answer to or argue with, and better days are in sight now that pain and heartbreak are in his rear view mirror. The narrator is both feeling and looking good. He has himself pulled together mentally and emotionally as he rides solo.
10. "Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande
In this 2019 R&B hit, Ariana Grande finds herself single and appreciating the various ways that her former partners have enriched her life, thereby making her the person that she is today. The chart-topping song about self-love became a global hit. It was written in the wake of the artist's broken engagement to Saturday Night Live comedian/actor Pete Davidson and the death of ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller. "Thank U, Next" was recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
11. "When It Rains It Pours" by Luke Combs
The good ole boy in this 2017 country tune finds himself suddenly single when he is dumped by his fiancée for reasons unknown. Luck improves later on that week when he buys a winning $100 scratch-off lottery ticket at the local gas station. This sets off a series of other small wins for his new life as a bachelor. For example, he scores a Panama beach vacation for two from a local radio station, gets the last parking spot at Hooters, and wins a Moose Club raffle for a used four-wheeler plus golf passes for he and his buddies.
As the narrator deep sea fishes in Panama with the Hooters waitress he picked up, he can barely believe his luck. The country boy is most thankful that he'll never have to see his "ex-future-mother-in-law" again now that he is living the single life.
12. "Stronger" by Britney Spears
Addressing a former lover who betrayed her, the narrator in this worldwide 2000 synthpop hit gives notice that she is not her ex's property. She is leading her own life as an independent, single woman. Better off on her own without him, she is resilient in having rebounded from their broken relationship. Vowing to grow consistently stronger each day, she stands tall rather than lonely. This is someone who is better and stronger on her own as she moves forward.
13. "Miss Movin' On" by Fifth Harmony
There was a time when the gutsy gal in this 2013 R&B ditty was innocent and weak. Fragile and fearful, the narrator was a girl too trusting for her own good. Following a difficult relationship bust up, she's moving on as a single woman, feeling electrified, independent, and strong. Now that she has revamped her life, this is someone on a journey of self-discovery as a single lady. She is not going back to the woman she was once was.
14. "Lush Life" by Zara Larsson
This 2015 electropop song features a single girl who dances until dawn. She breaks up with her boyfriend to live the full tilt solo life without regrets. Her single life consists of a series of short-lived crushes, no serious commitments or encumbrances, and living in the moment. Life is one big party.
15. "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo
Lizzo took the world by storm with this 2017 viral sleeper hit that eventually nabbed the hip hop artist:
- a Grammy Award
- the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and
- recognition by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The self-love and empowerment anthem is a diss track about a woman who is moving on from a broken relationship and rebuilding her life as a single lady:
I put the "sing" in single
Ain't worried 'bout a ring on my finger.
The saucy narrator broke up with her lying ex-boyfriend who didn't treat her respectfully. Now, as a newly single person, she is happy to dish out some truth to her former partner and move on in her exciting life, casually dating one of his friends. He had that coming to him!
16. "I Don't Need a Man" by Pussycat Dolls
The narrator in this 2006 dance number firmly declares that she is her own woman and doesn't need a man to punch her ticket. This single woman feels complete without a partner, as she is fully self-sufficient in supplying whatever she needs or wants. This modern woman's affections cannot be purchased but rather must be earned.
17. "Die Young" by Kesha
Whooping it up in the club, Kesha calls for a celebration of youth and having a good time in this worldwide electropop hit from 2012. The song features a narrator living a single life of hookups and partying. She's having fun on tap and flirts heavily with someone else's boyfriend. Brandishing a carefree moral attitude, the songstress advocates living each day as your last (because you never really know).
18. "Single" by Natasha Bedingfield
Make no mistake. The narrator in this 2004 adult contemporary track is nobody's arm decoration or "plus one." She doesn't need to be anyone's better half because she's perfectly whole right now, thank you. Content as an uncoupled individual, the self-assured narrator isn't waiting on a man to rescue or validate her. She is proud to be an independent, single lady, standing on her own. If the right partner comes along, then she'll do it her way, on her schedule.
19. "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" by Shania Twain
The single woman in this Grammy Award-winning 1999 country crossover ditty is getting all dolled up for a girls' night out on the town. Seeking to abandon the expectations of being ladylike, she just wants to dance, have fun with friends, and cut loose for the evening rather than look for romance. The female empowerment anthem was inspired by female drag performers the Canadian singer witnessed at a resort she used to perform at when she first began her career.
20. "Hero" by Mariah Carey
Singlehood is a relationship status, not an inferior state. When you are living the solo life, facing both daily struggles and adversity without a relationship partner to lean on for love or encouragement, do not despair. Get inspired to pull yourself through.
In this globally popular 1993 R&B ballad, songstress Mariah Carey urges you to cast away all fears and doubts and reach deep within yourself for the hero that resides inside. "Hero" is widely considered her signature song. Yes, you have the strength and dignity to save yourself. You can do it!
Even More Songs About Being Single and Happy
21. Party for One
Carly Rae Jepson
22. Young, Sexy, and Single
23. Independent Women
24. Just Fine
Mary J. Blige
25. How Am I Doin'
27. It's My Life
28. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
29. I Will Survive
30. Shake It Off
31. Dear No One
32. Love Myself
33. Fight Song
35. I Do Not Hook Up
37. Sorry Not Sorry
38. No Scrubs
39. Me Too
40. I'm Like a Bird
41. I'm Good
42. I Gotta Feeling
Black Eyed Peas
43. Lone Ranger
47. Joan of Arc
49. My Future
50. Born Free
51. Dance Again
52, Since U Been Gone
53. Rico Suave
54. Mambo No. 5
55. Ramblin' Man
The Allman Brothers
56. The Fireman
57. To All the Girls I've Loved Before
Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
58. Blank Space
59 Young Girls
60. 24K Magic
61. Travelin' Man
62. Take It Easy
63. Into the Blue
64. Better in a Black Dress
65. Happier Than Ever
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