100 songs of the decade [Top 10]: 5. Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld

 100 songs of the decade [Top 10]: 5. Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld

Written by: Mattias Larsson, Lance Moreno, Oscar Holter, Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter
Produced by: Mattman & Robin and Oscar Holter
Album: Haiz EP
UK release: August 2015
UK chart peak:

I remember everyone talking a lot about this song in the first few days after its release, and I didn’t really take it seriously: Hailee Steinfeld was an Oscar-nominated film actress, after all, so was she really an artist I needed to get properly invested in? The answer, obviously, was yes: when I finally gave Love Myself a chance, I was obsessed instantly. It was on Repeat One for days.

Of course the big presumption with this song is that it’s a big ol’ wankbanger; about being able to “scream my own name”, vowing to “touch the pain away” and “keeping that tempo right without you”. Hailee herself has been careful to distance herself ever-so-slightly from that idea, insisting that it’s about self-empowerment in general – but whatever the case, this song absolutely slaps.

In a year when Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter also found big success with Selena Gomez on Good For You, they unlocked massive popstar potential in Hailee too; giving her a slick pop bop with an easy chant-a-long chorus and simple toe-tappable instrumentation. The “la-la-la-la” bits in the middle-8 are a great call; and by the time the big finale rolls around, it’s… well, it’s the pop equivalent of an orgasm.

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Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.