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Regardless of relationship status, Valentine's Day should offer something for everyone. This love-themed playlist provides an assortment of tracks centered around self-love, friendship and romantic relationships.

Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself” is the perfect go-to for singles embracing their time alone. Upbeat and catchy, the track's lyrics promote self-empowerment: “Gonna love myself, no, I don’t need anybody else.” This confidence boosting track has a feel-good energy perfect for for any Valentine’s Day occasion. 

As '00s fashion trends, pop-punk singles and complicated crushes make a comeback, Avril Lavigne's 2007-hit "Girlfriend" similarly lives on. This classic throwback offers listeners an empowering anthem for those crushing on someone already in a relationship this Feb. 14.

For those looking to daydream, "Loving is Easy" by Rex Orange County provides listeners with an idyllic look on love.The lyrics, "I was all on my own / Almost glad to be alone / Until love came in on time, on time" depict the feeling of being comfortable alone, yet open to the potential  of love coming along — a healthy mindset to strive for during the season of love. 

Along with Valentine's Day comes Galentine's Day, a Feb. 13 celebration of essential friendships. Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” says it best with the lyrics: “Ooh, you make me live / Whenever this world is cruel to me / I got you to help me forgive.” I’d recommend this track to just about anyone — in Queen we trust.

Calvin Harris’ “Feel So Close” took TikTok by storm this past Halloween, inspiring thousands of recreations of Damon Salvator and Elena Gilbert's iconic dancing scene in The Vampire Diaries accompanied by Harris’ 2011 track. Whether you want to feel like the main character or enjoy dancing with your crush, best friend or long-time partner — “Feel So Close” has you in good hands.

Those looking to reminisce over past lovers are in luck as Taylor Swift has a plethora of tracks to accompany you during any sad-boy-hour.  Swift’s new version of “Love Story” brings us back to 2009, the year we all pretended to relate to her breakup experiences: “We were both young when I first saw you / I close my eyes and the flashback starts / I'm standin' there / On a balcony in summer air.”

Christian Leave’s 2016 rendition of Elvis Presley's 1961 hit, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” can put just about anyone into their feels. The track opens with gently strummed guitar layered underneath Leave’s passionate vocals: “Take my hand. Take my whole life, too. For I can't help falling in love with you.” I'd recommend this song to any couple in need of a late-night, romantic slow dance alone in their kitchen.

Bruno Mars might as well be the man of our dreams with his hit song “Just the Way You Are.” Mars' 2010 track offers listeners 3 minutes and forty-one seconds of prime karaoke material perfect for any Valentine's Day cozied up next to a loved one.

Accompanied by slow instrumentals, Fergie’s 2006 song “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is overdramatic in the best way possible. Fergie promotes resilience with the lyrics: "I hope you know / That this has nothing to do with you / It's personal, myself and I," reminding her audience that no one is worth shedding tears over.

Lastly, ‘girl in red’ shows how love can remind one of any season with her 2018 track, "we fell in love in october." In short, a girl loves fall because that is when she fell in love.Love can be many things, even as simple as falling in love with a season.

From girl power, to romance and friendship-inspired tracks, this Valentine's Day-themed playlist has plenty for everyone this season. In addition to these ten tracks, a few more romantic essentials can be found on The 2021 Arkansas Traveler Official Valentine's Day Essentials.

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