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Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well. And so begins M.I.A.’s anthem of sexual female empowerment. Quite the song to start this Valentine’s Day playlist with, huh? What follows is a slew of favorite and oh-so classic single-girl hits, with a twist. Just see the David Aude remix of Beyonce’s classic ‘Single Girls (Put a Ring On It)’ – because what would a V-Day Playlist be without any Beyonce? And hey! If it were not for Hannah Horvath in HBO’s ‘Girls,’ what right would anyone have to dance as  she did so crazily here? Check out Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ to recreate your own wild dance numbers just like Hannah. 

What about the single guy? Worried that no one spoke on your behalf? Track number four features single man anthem ‘U Don’t Have To Call’ by circa-2000s Usher. Continuing through what is to be the happiest one-(wo)man V-Day you have set up for yourself, we hit on the pop stars of it all. TLC, Destiny’s Child, Britney Spears, and Natasha Bedingfield round up the remainder of the playlist, with one bonus last track.  

On a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun,’ STRFKR captures the surprising and unexpected quality of  V-Day single anthems. You will not want to miss this last track for a refreshing side of alternative-yet-still-upbeat sounds. Watch out. The fun is just beginning for all you single Valentines!

This playlist and accompanying piece was created by Alicia Hai, Music Blogger at Rhetoric Magazine. Come back for more every week!