Culture July 5, 2018
Ladies put on those face masks and crank up the volume because Beyonce will get you through a night of self-care. Her music isn’t just about running the world or being a diva. The queen of slaying provides us with music for every environment. Here’s a list of 9 of the best Beyonce songs about self-love.
This song has to be on the list of Bey’s best self-love songs. Off her first solo album, “Me, Myself, and I” is a must for a night of self-care. Dripping in self-love, this song serves as a reminder that all you need is you. If anyone is doing you wrong, it’s not right, but it’ll be okay. You’re your own best friend. Relax and start that bubble bath, because you will survive.
Okay. At first, it seems like this fast tempo jam is not quite the vibe for a night in, but its self-love anthem makes it irresistible whether alone or with friends. Another one from early on in her career, “Greenlight” reminds you to get rid of anyone treating you less than perfect. All that mistreatment is “holding up traffic”, keeping you from all the other people ready to treat you better. This song easily turns waiting for takeout and a sad flick into a pajama dance party for one.
Since we’re on the topic of solo dance parties and self-love, let’s not forget to mention Beyonce’s “Get Me Bodied.” This anthem is all about having a good time and feeling good. With lyrics like “I ain’t worried, doing me tonight”, this song is a bonafide self-love groove. Just when you think this song couldn’t get any better, the carefree dance break at the end can’t help but make anyone feel good as hell.
If you’re looking for a Beyonce song that gives permission to be content with your life decisions, “Schoolin’ Life” is the one. This song is perfect. Beyonce addresses age groups from 20s-50s, encouraging them to continue to be great. She even warns those living too fast to slow down and those living with regret to keep going because it’s not over yet. The outro is where anyone can find real-life advice as she sings, “Don’t stop running until it’s finished. It’s up to you, the rest is unwritten.”
As if there’d be a Beyonce list of anything without this song. This high-energy confidence booster is a must for self-love. Within the first few minutes, Beyonce sings about being unfaded by her haters. Another one from her album 4, “Run the World (Girls)” is all about female empowerment and self-love. She toasts to college grads and those kicking ass working 9-5 every day. Whether you’re washing your hair or working on your vision board, this song is perfect background music.
This “clap back” classic from her self-titled album, “Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,” is super essential on a self-love day. As she starts telling haters to bow down and respect her, she then introduces a clip from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay on feminism. Adichie breaks down the definition of a feminist and Beyonce reminds you, that you’re flawless. The audio clip from Beyonce losing Star Search serves as a testament to the ability to overcome any obstacle. You never know where a disappointment will lead you. Keep loving yourself, sis, because you woke up like this.
Not a song that comes to mind right away, “Ring Off” is actually a song about Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles. Right around the time of her parents’ divorce, Beyonce congratulates her mother for taking her ring off. She sings about the hardships her mother overcame in her relationship with her father. It’s a beautiful homage to her mother’s courage in choosing to love herself first. Her mom’s advice serves as the outro reminding us, “Just know it’s called going through it. You’re not gonna get stuck there. You’re not gonna die. You’re going to survive.”
Another from her “Lemonade” album, Beyonce nods to all the female warriors in “6 Inch“. She sings about a woman on her grind from Monday to Friday and then Friday to Sunday. The same woman walks in the club slaying the competition in six-inch heels. You can’t help but wonder if this is autobiographical as Beyonce sings about a woman who loves the grind. If you want a Beyonce song to cosign your ambition, this is it.
This is a job interview, first date, and go to workout song all in one. “Formation” delivers that boost of self-love and confidence. Beyonce reminds us to love ourselves and grind unapologetically. Always get in formation. Work hard and be proud of who you are and what you look like no matter what. She sings reminding us to “twirl on haters” and “grind until you own it.” It’s hard not to follow suit. Slay, all day!
Beyonce is the one to play whenever you need a self-love jumpstart. These 9 songs will help remind oneself to take care of yourself first. After all, who runs the world? Girls.
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