20 Songs for Singles

by Samantha Plotner

You thought we’d leave you out? Whether you’re single and loving it or single and miserable, there’s a song here for you.

1) “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
Sample lyrics: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T/ find out what it means to me”

2) “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyoncé
Sample lyrics: “Acting up/Drink in my cup/ I can care less what you think”

 3) “Boys” by Britney Spears
Sample lyrics: “Next week you may not see me here/ So boy just make your move”

4) “Dancing With Myself” by The Donnas
Sample lyrics: “When there’s nothing to lose/ and there’s nothing to prove/ and I’m dancing with myself”

5) “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine
Sample lyrics: “Leave all your love and your longing behind/ you can’t carry it with you if you want to survive”

6) “Express Yourself” by Madonna
Sample lyrics: “Second best is never enough/ you’ll do much better baby on your own”

7) “Somebody to Love” by Queen
Sample lyrics: “I’m okay, I’m alright/I ain’t gonna face no defeat”

8) “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones
Sample lyrics: “You can’t always get what you want/But if you try sometime you just might find/you get what you need”

9) “I Don’t Wanna Dance” by Hey Monday
Sample lyrics: “I want some fun/ boy you’re so not the one”

10) “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake
Sample lyric: “I’m bringing sexyback/ them **** don’t know how to act”

11) “Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves” by Aretha Franklin
Sample lyrics: “This is a song/ to celebrate / the conscious liberation of the female state”

12) “Hear Me” by Kelly Clarkson
Sample lyric: “I’m not always strong/Oh, I need you here/Are you listening?”

13) “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble
Sample lyrics: “Wherever you are/Whenever it’s right/You’ll come out of nowhere and into my life”

14) “Strip Me” by Natasha Bedingfield
Sample lyrics: “I’m only one voice in a million/ but you ain’t taking that from me”

15) “Single” by Natasha Bedingfield
Sample lyrics: “I don’t need to be anyone’s baby (is that so hard to understand?)/ No I don’t need another half to make me whole

16) “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Bentar
Sample lyrics: “Knock me down, it’s all in vain/I’ll get right back on my feet again”

17) “Some Girls” by Rachel Stevens
Sample lyrics: “Some girls always get what they wanna wanna/ all I seem to get is the other other”

18) “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain
Sample lyrics: “We don’t need romance/we only wanna dance”

19) “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift
Sample lyrics: “ Dreaming bout the day when you wake up and find/ that what you’re looking for has been here the whole time”

20) “Popular” by The Veronicas
Sample lyrics: “You either got it or you don’t/and I’m sorry you won’t /get there by using me”

Samantha is a sophomore at Barnard College and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

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