Whether Galentine’s Day for you means winding up and going out or winding down and staying in, a killer playlist is key.
We handpicked our go-to songs to fit any kind of celebration you’re having (or skipping) this Valentine’s day. Whether you’re single AF, chilling with the girls, or imaging a romance with someone who doesn’t exist, there’s a song here for you.
Hanging out with your friends on Galentine’s Day shouldn’t be just about venting about your love life, but if you need to vent, good friends will listen and then help you dance it out. – Allison, Much
Favourite Lyric: “What’s worse? / Losin’ a lover or losin’ your best friend”
Few songs celebrate friendship better than TLC’s classic “What About Your Friends.” Released in 1992, the track was calling out fake friends way before it became the trend in the 2010’s. TLC promote the cornerstones of friendship, including loyalty and reliability and sticking with you through the bad times, including wearing way too much neon.
Favourite Lyric: “Even though I might seem easy / It don’t give you no cause to deceive me / It’s not the way that I want my friends to ever be”
Real friends don’t try to steal your boyfriend. That’s like, the rules of feminism. Plus, just don’t be a shady friend.
Favourite Lyric: “Where my girls at / From the front to back”
Fortunately I’ve never gone through a breakup as explosive as the one Aly & AJ (aka Alyson and Amanda Michalka) describe in “Potential Breakup Song.” But if I ever do, this is without a doubt the tune I’d start blasting the minute my hypothetical future boyfriend and I are through. Neither Aly nor AJ are willing to give their guys any slack, correctly pointing out that any boyfriend with a shred of self-respect should call his partner back on their birthday. In just under four minutes, both sisters remind us that being on your own is preferable to being with someone who’s not worthy of your time or attention. And if you’re looking for something to brighten up your day, check out this clip of Aly & AJ reminiscing about the song 10 years after its initial release. -Sara, Much
Favourite Lyric: “Without me, you know you’re lost / Minus you, I’m better off / Soon you will know.”
Despite being 14 years old, this banger is still able to empower women everywhere. Chronicling a relationship all the way from falling in love to breaking up to so moving on, this track has all the makings of a perfect Galentine’s bop: a declaration of independence (“I can breathe for the first time”), ex-boyfriend bashing (“I even fell for that stupid love song”), and a bridge that everyone can scream along to—with or without the help of a few drinks. -Celina, Much
Favourite Lyric: “You had your chance, you blew it / Out of sight, out of mind”
If Galentine’s Day could be embodied, it would be in the form of Dua Lipa. Her girl power anthems never fail to inspire, empower and just make you feel like a bad ass woman who don’t need no man. Warning: her latest jam, “IDGAF,” is so powerful that it may even cause some in happy relationships to kick their man to the curb (ideally, while wearing a solid coloured pantsuit). Blast this with your girls to spark a sense of true female strength from deep within. -Hilary, MTV
Favourite Lyric: “You say you’re sorry but it’s too late now / So save it, get gone, shut up / Cause if you think I care about you now / Well boy I don’t give a fuck”
Anyone who knows anything knows that The Cure’s greatest album is 1989’s Disintegration, and the best love song on that record is “Lovesong.” Not a hard thing to accomplish, considering the extremely gloomy nature of the album. On a brighter note, Robert Smith actually wrote this song as a wedding gift for his wife Mary Poole, which is pretty much the zenith of romantic gestures. Also: they’re still together! Also also: look at their matching wedding day lipstick. Swoooon. –Neila, Space
Favourite Lyric: “However far away / I will always love you / However long I stay / I will always love you / Whatever words I say / I will always love you / I will always love you”
Kesha’s no-bullshit girl power anthem brings the hype to any ladies’ night. Whether you’re staying in for a slumber party or going out on the town this badass bop is sure to get the good vibes flowing. -Sylvie, Intern
Favourite Lyric: “Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money / Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me ‘honey'”
The TLC ladies know best when it comes to knowing what you deserve. If you’re looking fly whether you’re out with your girls, busting a move in your room while getting ready, or jammin’ in the car to every word, this tune will always make for a classic pick-me-up, (especially for when you’re feelin’ yourself). -Kaitlin, Intern
Favourite Lyric: Favourite Lyric: “Well a scrub checkin’ me But his game is kinda weak / And I know that he cannot approach me / ‘Cause I’m looking like class, and he’s looking like trash / Can’t get wit’ a deadbeat ass”
If I want to pump everyone up before heading out, I pop this song on. By the end of the song, we’re all obnoxiously shouting the lyrics. Girls night out #saved. -Jess, Intern
Favourite Lyric: “This night ain’t for the faint of heart / Cause the faint of heart gon’ fall apart.”