Riddle Me List: Songs In The Key Of Single-dom

Saturday, February 14, 2009

As you can tell, I'm in a committed relationship with music. And it looks like it's going to be that way for awhile...well, until Prince Charming comes riding along on his noble steed to whisk me away from blogdom. Let me tell a story...banning the idea of Valentine's Day didn't seem like a bad idea to me a couple of years ago. I would religiously wear head-to-toe black, lock myself in my room with a stack of chick flicks and sneer at anyone who would wish me a happy V-Day. About three years ago, still single and alone, I somehow got invited by my roommate to have dinner with her boyfriend and instead of me declining, I went for it. Bad idea. As they sat there, making googly eyes at each other and interjecting smug remarks of their lovely union...I drank my third glass of wine and thought...why am I torturing myself? I should be cranking up "I'm Every Woman", eating a Worthington's candy box by myself and hitting the town with my single amigas. So last year, tired of being tortured by Cupid and his non-existing arrows, I hit the town with my three BFF's and this year the tradition will continue and my sanity will be intact. So while I eat my way through a box of Worthington's assorted chocolates and watch Something New for the umpteenth time...here is a small little list of songs that get me feeling pretty darn great about my adventures in "Single-Dom".

"I don't want to get to serious/I just like having fun/I'm living the single life"

Title says it all...the 80's funk band crafted the perfect song for all the singletons out there. And it's also moonlights as a punchy dance track that will no doubt get you off your moping keyster. Single people clap your hands.

2. Divas Need Love Too-Klymaxx
"Monday's booked, Tuesday's taken, Wednesday got to get my hair done/I just don't have the time"

Klymaxx were always about female empowerment during their run in the 80's as one of the last urban girl bands. One of the best (and often overlooked) examples of their dedication to meetings in the ladies room is this 1986 confection. Bernadette Cooper and Co. give those self-proclaimed divas (ahem...Audio Diva here) a theme song that is meant to let the opposite sex know that well...we need "me, myself and I" time.

"Don't need to be on somebody's arm to look good/I'm not saying I don't wanna fall in love 'cos I would/I'm not gonna get hooked up just 'cos you say I should"

I've had gal pals ask me curiously: "Don't you want a boyfriend?" and my usual response is a lyric from Natasha's 2005 track, "I don't need another half to make me whole". I've seen way too many of my friends lose it when it comes to one guy and if they just heard this song, I think some changes of heart would ensue.

"I can breathe for the first time/I'm so movin' on, yeah yeah/Thanks to you, now I get, I get what I want."

I know, I know, this is a "break-up" song, but once I let go of all those hopeless crushes, it was like I could breathe for the first time. Seriously, I exhaled...and Kelly was right there with me wailing, being bitchy and letting all the angst out in a perfectly crafted pop-rock romp.

5. Valentine's Day-ABC
"With your heart on parade and your heart on parole/I hope you find a sucker to buy that mink stole/When they find you beached on the barrier reef/When the postman don't call on valentine's day/Don't ask me, I already know"

ABC are known for being a little tongue in cheek and a lesser known track from the new-wave band's 1982 classic, The Lexicon of Love is the ironic love story. This heavy synth track is laced with intricately derived lyrics that describe just being unlucky in love...and the obvious signs when it happens.

"I don't need a man to make it happen/I get off being free/I don't need a ring around my finger/To make me feel complete"

While PCD got more attention for saying: "don'tcha wish your girlfriend was hot like me"...they were really saying that you can look, but I ain't touching you. Fun, feisty with a dab of naughtiness, this track is acceptable to sing if you aren't bound in a relationship.

"I have no quarrel with your point of view/Just understand that I got me mine too/This is my canvas, I’ll paint what I like"

While Jane's 1989 hit, "I Don't Wanna Fall In Love" seems like a better gesture, it's this 1993 track from her sophomore effort, Here Not There, that is the ball your eyes out self-confidence track that is essential for single-ites. It surpasses Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" by miles with it's Blues influence and Jane's powerhouse vocals. If you need this type of song in your life, you can download it for free by clicking the link above...

"I've got the stuff that you want/I've got the thing that you need/I've got more than enough to make you drop to your knees"

Sometimes it's not good to wallow in your single status...sometimes you gotta be a warrior and be hopeful for the day you can be smug in love. Before you do that, you have to set some standards and get a little cocky...that's where Whitney comes in and gives you the blueprint to rock out too and hit the town with. All the males out there better watch out!

Adventurers, what are some of your favorite single/break-up/romantic songs that you are enjoying on V-Day?


  1. You go girl! You're better off wiwthout a man holdinig you back anyway. Your list of desperate single women tracks is great!

  2. So What- Pink

    That's like the ultimate anti - valentine day song.lol


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