By Timia Cobb
This period of musical excellence is about loving yourself. Top artists such as Beyonce, Lizzo, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Khalid, Miley Cyrus and more have hopped on the self love train.
Songs and even full albums are being dedicated to loving yourself, respecting who you are as a person, embracing how amazing you are, shutting down haters and empowering whoever you decide to be.
Artists are speaking up because this newfound self love isn’t just intended to be a trend but to become a normality. If music can make you sad, happy or whatever, what says music can’t make you love yourself more?
No matter if the song makes you feel confident, loved, beautiful etc. the artist made the song to encourage listeners to feel good in their own skin and that’s what matters. Here are some influential songs and artists that support the message of loving, respecting and embracing who you truly are that you should give a listen to.
Lizzo – “Tempo” (feat. Missy Elliott)
For the last year, Lizzo has been loud, curvy and unapologetic. Her music is no different. Lizzo isn’t slim,white, graceful or anything close to the usual European beauty standard.
She is however, her own person and even though she’s plus size she refuses to let that be seen as a flaw.“Tempo” is an anthem for not only plus size women but for any woman who has overly large “assets” and has never had the skinny model-like frame.
There’s obviously nothing wrong with being skinny. No body type is better than another body type but it’s obvious that people who tend to be more voluptuous are not immediately seen as attractive in media.
Lizzo is changing that because she’s a beautiful woman who loves her curves no matter if some don’t.The song makes you feel confident and just happy to be yourself.
“Tempo” is an upbeat song that allows women to know that they are attractive and how they look or are shaped doesn’t hinder that.
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter”
I’m not going to lie and say this song is lyrically genius but the message is powerful. Miley Cyrus has been extremely vocal on social media about being pro-choice and uplifting womens rights, so it’s no shock that this music video is all about the empowerment of women.
The video features multiple people of all colors, shapes, sizes and ages. “Mother’s Daughter” is addressing the issues of women being sexualized and controlled.
The song also pokes at the demeaning of women for educating themselves, choosing not to be housewives and not bowing down to men.
“Mother’s Daughter” overall message is to say that no matter all the things women go through or have to face in society, it’s our job to uplift each other and be strong.
Towards the end of the song Cyrus sings “My mama always told me that I’d make it.That I’d make it, so I made it. I put my back into and my heart in it.So I did it, yeah, I did it.”
Cyrus is describing the strength her mother gave her to work hard and be proud of the woman she is today. Self love isn’t only about loving yourself unconditionally. It can be by surrounding yourself with others who share the same struggles as you, uplifting each other and knowing your worth.
BTS – Love Yourself: Answer
BTS are a game changing Korean pop (k-pop) group that’s dedicated to teaching listeners to love themselves. They’ve dedicated multiple albums to the hardships their fans go through and what the members of the group have gone through as well.
They are trying to make the audience understand that when learning to love yourself, you can become your biggest obstacle.
BTS uses music to let their fans know that whatever they’re going through might be hard but the group is there for them. Their song “I’m Fine” is a perfect example of them trying to relate to fans who deal with not wanting to speak up when their not OK.
The song goes back and forth between wanting to be better but struggling emotionally and the members encouraging fans that they are there by their side.
In the beginning of the song, the leader of the group, RM, raps, “ Even if sadness erases me. Even if there are clouds. Even if I’m in an endless dream. Even if I’m endlessly crumpled. Even if my wings are torn. Even if some day, I’m not me anymore It’s alright, only I am my own salvation.”
RM is rapping about standing in the way of your own happiness and loving yourself. When you put yourself down or think negatively, you might push people away and feel lonely.
This line is trying to make listeners understand that you might not be able to control what you go through but it still could affect how you feel about yourself.
Suga, another rapper in the group, towards the end of the song raps, “All of the sadness and scars became an old memory now. So let’s smile and let go, we so fine, I’m so fine, you so fine.Our future will only have happiness, so put away your fear Enjoy it, you worked hard, we so fine.”
The song works its way through not being fine to allowing yourself to heal and know people are there for you and care for you. Suga’s repeatedly says “we” because he isn’t just talking about the group but also the fans.
It’s their way of saying they’re here for you. BTS’s music might not immediately make you feel better but the message they are trying to share will allow you to know you aren’t the only one struggling.
BTS’s music also allows listeners to know someone cares enough about them loving themselves that a korean music group, they’ve never met, wrote a song about it.
Beyonce – “Brown Skin Girl”
This summer Beyonce dropped The Gift, an accompaniment album to the latest movie she starred in “The Lion King”. The Gift is a very afrocentric album that falls in the genre of afrobeat/afropop.
One of the feature songs “Brown Skin Girl” is a song dedicated to the dark skinned brown girls in the world who lack representation and love from their community.
Beyonce references Kelly Roland, Lupita Nyong’o and Naomi Cambell in the song because they each are amazing, talented and beautiful women who’ve experienced hate because of their skin tones.
“Brown Skin Girl” is a message to young brown skinned girls that no matter the amount of hate or discrimnation they confront, they are still beautiful. What makes this song so heart warming is that Beyonce allows her daughter, Blue Ivy, to feature in the song.
Even though Blue Ivy is only seven years old, because of her famous parents she was open to hate from the media at an early age.
Beyonce teaches her daughter that she’s beautiful despite not being white, “light skin” with kinky curly hair. She’s still human and her features will never be her flaws, no matter what society thinks.
This song was very controversial because when you look at it, black women come in a spectrum of colors, with various hair textures. Beyonce wanted to show love to actual dark brown skinned girls who don’t fit the appropriate standards of beauty. Who don’t look like Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg or Yara Shahidi and who sadly lack appreciation.
This song is a song from a mother to a daughter preaching that your skin is beautiful and it makes those the song is targeting to feel loved.
Featured image by Timia Cobb Via YouTube screenshot.