Galentine’s Day is here! You know what that means, gather your squad, pop a bottle of champagne, listen to some female empowerment tunes and celebrate love and life with your girlfriends.
Galentine’s, which replaces the “val” with “gal” in Valentine’s, is celebrated on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. Although it’s not an official holiday, it’s become a beloved tradition amongst many groups of friends, especially the single ladies.
The fake holiday was created 10 years ago by the fictional character Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) of Parks and Recreation. In an episode that aired in 2010, she said: “Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” The rest is history.
Celebrating it is easy and Billboard is here to hook you up with 11 Latin songs for your Galentine’s playlist.
From Karol G’s “Tusa” to Olga Tañon’s “Es Mentiroso,” take a listen below.
“Tusa” - Karol G, Nicki Minaj
Karol G sings about a girl who thinks she’s over her ex but gets really sad whenever she hears the song that reminds her of him. Nicki’s rap verses, on the other hand, assures the ex that it’s his loss and now she’s moved on.
“La Mejor Version de Mi” - Natti Natasha x Romeo Santos
In “La Mejor Version de Mi,” Natti Natasha opens up about finding herself and embracing her self-worth after ending a toxic relationship. Santos, on the other hand, is the man who realized he messed up the relationship due to his actions.
“Lindo Pero Bruto” - Thalia, Lali
“Lindo Pero Bruto,” which in a nutshell means “cute but dumb,” is a song dedicated to those men who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, don’t offer much, or are only good for one thing.
“Si Una Vez” - Selena
With its clear message of "I regret ever loving you," "Si Una Vez" is probably one of Selena’s most empowering tracks.
“Ya Te Olvide” - Yuridia
In this timeless Latin pop song, Mexican singer Yuridia says it best: “I already forgot about you / I’m free again.”
“Dollar” - Becky G, Myke Towers
“The life lesson behind ‘Dollar,’ speaking in-depth about the personal meaning I have with this song, is really that at the end of the day you have to love yourself first and trust yourself before you believe anyone else,” Becky G previously told Billboard.
“Libre” - Diana Fuentes
Libre was recorded during a time when so many things were happening to Diana Fuentes at the same time. “I realized that this was all happening for a reason: to make me feel like a free woman, a free person, which is who I am today,” she said.
“Todos Me Miran” - Gloria Trevi
Fed up with a man who doesn’t know your worth? Trevi is here to help! “Todos Me Miran” is a song about a woman who broke free from her toxic relationship and lived her life to the fullest.
“Basta Ya” - Jenni Rivera ft. Marco Antonio Solis
Along those lines, the late Jenni Rivera teamed up with Marco Antonio Solis for “Basta Ya,” a song about letting go of someone who’s not good for you.
“La Vida es Asi” - Ivy Queen
Confronting a cheating ex-boyfriend, Ivy Queen dropped “La Vida Es Asi” to assure her ex and his new girl that she’s moved on to someone better.
“Es Mentiroso” - Olga Tañon
And it isn’t a real party without some merengue jams. Olga Tañon’s 1994 hit “Es Mentiroso” is all about putting those lying men on full blast.