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Celebrate February 13th With This Galentine’s Day Playlist

Galentine’s Day is on Feb 13, so break out the heart streamers and waffles because it’s time for ladies to celebrate ladies!

We can thank Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope for this special holiday that gives us a chance to recognize our love for our gal pals. You may not be able to gather in person with your friends for cocktails and a fancy brunch this year, but you can jam to this Galentine’s Day Spotify playlist, which features:


Friendship Songs

Galentine’s Day is all about friendship, so this playlist wouldn’t be right without some feel-good friendship songs. From Florence + The Machine’s angelic cover of Ben E. King’s classic “Stand By Me” to the touching Bruno Mars tune “Count on Me,” these songs will make you feel loved.

“Stand By Me” — Florence + The Machine

“I’ll Be There” — Jess Glynne

“Shoulders” — Anuhea

“Good Friend” — Emily King

“Count on Me” — Bruno Mars

“Best Friend” — Brandy

“I’ll Stand by You” — Pretenders


Women Power Anthems

What’s Galentine’s Day without some girl power anthems? Celebrate the strong, inspirational women in your life with these empowering songs from Beyoncé, Chloe x Halle, and other female artists.

“Run the World (Girls)” — Beyoncé

“Warrior” — Chloe x Halle

“Armor” — Sara Bareilles

“Roar” — Katy Perry

“Of a Queen” — Kimie Miner

“That’s My Girl” — Fifth Harmony

“Confident” — Demi Lovato

“Little Me” — Little Mix


Childhood Throwbacks

They may be a little corny, but these mushy-gushy childhood throwbacks express wonderful sentiments of friendship that are still relevant today. (Also, I’m still waiting for the first Cheetah Girls album to be available on Spotify…)

“True Friend” — Hannah Montana

“You’re The Reason” — Victorious Cast

“Amigas Cheetahs” — The Cheetah Girls and Belinda

“Cheetah Sisters – Barcelona Mix” — The Cheetah Girls

“One and the Same” — Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Acoustic” — Amber Leigh Irish


Self-Love Anthems

Social media can sometimes be toxic, inviting us to compare ourselves to literally everyone, even our friends. But in the midst of this competitive world, our best gals remind us of our worth and beauty — and we do the same for them! Our theme for this week is self-care, so here are some encouraging songs to raise your spirits.

“Scars To Your Beautiful” — Alessia Cara

“Treat Myself” — Victoria Justice

“Try” — Colbie Caillat

“F**kin’ Perfect” — P!nk

“Who Says — Selena Gomez & The Scene

“Beautiful” — Christina Aguilera

“Who You Are” — Jessie J


Oldies But Goldies

These (relative) oldies are worth revisiting any day of the year, but they feel especially relevant on Galentine’s Day. Here are a few classic friendship songs plus some old grooves that will definitely get you in a party mood.

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” — Cyndi Lauper

“You’ve Got a Friend” — Carole King

“Count On Me” — Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans

“We Are Family” — Sister Sledge

“You’re My Best Friend” — Queen

“Ladies Night” — Kool & The Gang

“That’s What Friends Are For” — Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder


Collabs that exemplify the power of women

We work best when we work together. And these successful music collaborations demonstrate exactly that. In fact, we wouldn’t have the Gaga-Grande duet “Rain On Me” if it weren’t for the artists’ vulnerability with each other. But those of us who aren’t pop stars can still bring this empathetic and uplifting energy to our own friendships.

“Best Friend” — Saweetie and Doja Cat

“Rain On Me” — Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

“Fancy” — Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX

“Q.U.E.E.N.” — Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu

“Girl On Fire” — Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj

“One, Two Step” — Ciara and Missy Elliott

“Lady Marmalade” — Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, and P!nk


This Galentine’s Day, make sure to:

  • Share this Spotify playlist with your besties!
  • Check out this list of quarantine-friendly ideas for a safe celebration.
  • Call, text, or video chat your friends and remind them how much you love and appreciate them.
  • Watch Leslie Knope and her lady crew on Parks and Recreation. (Here’s a cheat sheet to find all the episodes that feature their Galentine’s Day shenanigans.)

–Maya Santos, Content Creator

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