For those in love, one of the most anticipated days of the year is upon them. For others, the worst, most dreary, dreadful, disgusting day is Valentine’s Day. Honestly, hating on Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a thing, considering it’s simply the celebration of love -- something everyone should normalize. Though, the cheesy gifts and expectation that one’s significant other should do the most for them, can be overwhelming and go unappreciated.

For the singles, the heartbroken and the haters, the 14th might be spent resenting the holiday, and we’re here to help you do exactly that, by providing you with some “anti-Valentine’s” playlist suggestions you can play on full blast, middle fingers up (even if the songs might be a tad basic). P.S. whatever you do, don’t play sad songs today. Don’t be the one sobbing over a stupid rom com with wine in hand … just don’t. 

“Potential Breakup Song” by Aly and AJ 

Aly and AJ surely didn’t know in 2007 that they were writing a hot girl anthem that would become a viral sound on TikTok and scream sung by newly single girls. This track is for the ones who’s man just isn’t getting the job done anymore. Maybe he’s lazy, uncommitted, distant, forgetful, careless, whatever it may be -- dump him and stream “Potential Breakup Song” instead. 

“F**k You” by CeeLo Green

Everyone knows this song, everyone loves it. It is easily one of the greatest songs to sing along to, especially while driving around town (hence the lyrics of the song) with your homies, as together, you remind each other all you need is yourself and your besties.

If you’ve been cheated on, well then girl, definitely let all of your emotions run wild this Valentine’s Day and turn the volume all the way up while driving, jumping on the bed or cooking. Order yourself a pizza, make a bubble bath and treat yourself to some well deserved me time. 

“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson 

Anyone who’s been left broken and drained after a breakup or losing someone that used to be their everything, knows how alleviating and freeing it feels to take that first breath after realizing you’re truly better off without them and have the courage to create your own closure. 

“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson -- an oldie but a goodie -- embodies just that. And if you’re still healing, that’s OK too, but let this song serve as a reminder that someone else cannot make you happy, only you can. You cannot make someone want you back, so don’t tire yourself trying to. 

“thank u, next” by Ariana Grande 

The song of 2019, “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande isn’t so much about telling your ex to kick rocks, but instead being mature and contented enough with where you are in life to be able to state that you’re thankful for the lessons they taught you. As well as being ready to move on to an even better relationship, whether that be with yourself or a new lover. An empowering song to say the least. 

“Best Thing I Never Had” by Beyoncé

Queen Bey, really is THE queen. Several of her songs could be listed here as she reminds listeners to acknowledge your beauty and that a man ain’t sh--. “Independent Women,” “Single Ladies,” “Irreplaceable,” “Sorry,” “Me, Myself and I,” “Upgrade U,” need we say more?

“Best Thing I Never Had,” though, just hits different. The song is about being grateful for not ending up or even getting the chance with the person you at once wanted so badly. Bey sings “Thank God I dodged a bullet,” something we can all relate to, as there is usually that one person you’re glad didn’t have the chance to hurt you more than they already did. 

“Guys My Age,” by Hey Violet

This song should be the poster song for Ohio University and all colleges alike -- all offense intended. Most college guys… just aren’t it. They’re immature, and prefer to stay single and party it up within their four years. Respectable, though, at least they’re honest. But if you’re feeling like guys your age don’t know how to treat you or have been screwed over by one recently, cue “Guys My Age,” and manifest an actual man. 

“I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore,” by LANY

Ugh, the pain of loving someone you just don’t want to have feelings for anymore. LANY puts that feeling beautifully into words in an upbeat track that can inspire individuals to say goodbye to the past and someone who wronged him/her. If you’re in need of some encouragement to let go of what no longer serves you, LANY’s got you like always. 

“Toxic” by Kehlani 

Stuck in a toxic relationship or situationship? Kehlani feels you. Kehlani discusses being caught in her lover’s “dramatics,” something unfortunately too common. People these days love playing games and others love the chase, meaning the toxicity can be addicting, ironically enough. To channel your inner emotions regarding toxicity, listen to “Toxic” by Kehlani this V-Day. Maybe you’ll even gain some clarity. 

“IDGAF” by Dua Lipa

Perhaps this Feb. 14, you’re the heartbreaker. You’re done with their antics, playing the victim, begging for you back, when they were the one who screwed you over. The audacity. You know what they say, they always come back, but do. not. let. them. Rather, sing “IDGAF” by Dua Lipa, a catchy, compelling, forceful track that will teach you the subtle art of not giving a damn. 

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

Last but certainly not least, a classic from the breakup song queen herself. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” is no doubt a banger. Similar to “IDGAF,” this track will really remind your ex, there is absolutely no chance of him/her winning you back. Like Tay says, “this is exhausting,” and going back and forth IS, don’t believe differently. So do yourself a favor and cut off that unstable, rocky relationship. 

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