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Upworthy 2017: 10 summer anthems of self-esteem and self-love

Andrea Warner

The luxury of feeling good and burning bright is, for most people, a lot easier to do as of June 21. The first day of summer is a promise, all warm glows and short nights and plenty of SPF to counter the sun’s blinding light.

But it’s also a lot of pressure to celebrate the skin we’re in, like a magic that one’s meant to contain inside themselves rather than a constant negotiation with the tides of our self-worth and the Venn diagram of our wants and needs.

Thankfully there’s a lot of music right now that is full of sparks and heart, and this 10-song playlist of 2017’s best summer anthems of self-esteem and self-love is full of danceable delights, slicked-up, sweaty beats and runs the gamut from frivolous fun to empowerment earworks.

‘I Love Myself,’ Chaka Khan feat. B. Slade


‘Cut to the Feeling,’ Carly Rae Jepsen

‘Life’s About to Get Good,’ Shania Twain

‘Bend,’ Ria Mae

‘Don’t Want You Back,’ Bakermat feat. Kiesza

‘Sexus Plexus Nexus,’ Pierre Kwenders

‘Thunder Thighs,’ Miss Eaves

'Came Here For Love,' Sigala feat. Ella Eyre

‘Girl, It’s Your Time,’ Vivek Shraya


‘La Capacidad,’ Lido Pimienta

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