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Love Yourself” is Justin Bieber’s fifth song on Purpose. This song premiered on November 9th, 2015, on Beats 1 Radio, along with Justin Bieber’s collaboration with Halsey - The Feeling.

Trivia[]

  • "Love Yourself" is the last recorded song from Purpose.

Background[]

Originally the lyrics were "if you like the way you look that much / Oh baby you should go and fuck yourself". Ed Sheeran was thinking to give it to Rihanna.[1]

When the song had no vocals but was just guitar, engineer Josh Gudwin sent the guitar riff to multiple guitar players, one of them was Tom Strahle, because it had a horrible buzz. Strahle came really close but nobody ever got Ed Sheeran's vibe of it.[2]

Justin revealed in an interview with Capital FM, "I am working on this song *Love Yourself* and it's great to have both of our stories mix on this song" most definitely referring to Selena Gomez.

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
For all the times that you rain on my parade
And all the clubs you get in using my name
You think you broke my heart, oh girl for goodness sake
You think I'm crying on my own, well I ain't

[Refrain]
And I didn't wanna write a song
Cause I didn't want anyone thinking I still care
I don't but, you still hit my phone up
And baby I be movin' on and I think you should be somethin'
I don't wanna hold back, maybe you should know that

[Pre-Chorus]
My mama don't like you and she likes everyone
And I never like to admit that I was wrong
And I've been so caught up in my job, didn't see what's going on
But now I know, I'm better sleeping on my own

[Chorus]
Cause if you like the way you look that much
Oh baby you should go and love yourself
And if you think that I'm still holdin' on to somethin'
You should go and love yourself

[Verse 2]
And when you told me that you hated my friends
The only problem was with you and not them
And every time you told my opinion was wrong
And tried to make me forget where I came from

[Refrain]
And I didn't wanna write a song
Cause I didn't want anyone thinking I still care
I don't but, you still hit my phone up
And baby I be movin' on and I think you should be somethin'
I don't wanna hold back, maybe you should know that

[Pre-Chorus]
My mama don't like you and she likes everyone
And I never like to admit that I was wrong
And I've been so caught up in my job, didn't see what's going on
But now I know, I'm better sleeping on my own

[Chorus]
Cause if you like the way you look that much
Oh baby you should go and love yourself
And if you think that I'm still holdin' on to somethin'
You should go and love yourself

[Bridge]
For all the times you made me feel small
I fell in love, now I fear nothin' at all
I never felt so low when I was vulnerable
Was I a fool to let you break down my walls?

[Chorus]
Cause if you like the way you look that much
Oh baby you should go and love yourself
And if you think that I'm still holdin' on to somethin'
You should go and love yourself (Yourself)
Cause if you like the way you look that much
Oh baby you should go and love yourself (Yeah)
And if you think (You think) that I'm (That I’m) still holdin' on to somethin' (Holdin' on, oh)
You should go and love yourself


Music video[]

A promotional video was released on YouTube on November 14, 2015. The video features husband and wife dancers Keone and Mari Madrid dancing their way through their house. They are later seen dancing on their phone screens. The video ends when the wife wakes up and finds a note on her husband's pillow saying, "Love Yourself".

Performances[]

Awards and nominations[]

Love Yourself was the second Grammy nominee Justin song, and his first solo song.

YEAR AWARD NOMINATION RESULT
2016 American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Song Won
Danish Music Awards Arets Internationale Hit Nominated
Gaffa Awards International Hit of the Year Nominated
Latin American Music Awards Favorite Song - Crossover Won
Melon Music Awards Best Pop Song Won
NRJ Music Awards International Song of the Year Won
Premios Juventud Favorite Hit Nominated
Rockbjörnen Foreign Song of the Year Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Break-up Song Won
2017 APRA Music Awards International Work of the Year Nominated
ASCAP Awards Song of the Year Won
Canadian Radio Music Awards SOCAN Song of the Year Won
Grammy Awards Song of the Year Nominated
Best Solo Pop Performance Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Lyrics Won

Charts[]

Chart Peak

position

Argentina (Monitor Latino) 10
Australia (ARIA) 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia 3
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1
Canada AC (Billboard) 1
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard) 1
Canada Hot AC (Billboard) 1
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 1
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 1
Denmark (Tracklisten) 1
Ecuador (National-Report) 13
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 7
France (SNEP) 4
Germany (Official German Charts) 3
Hungary (Single Top 40) 6
Iceland (RÚV) 4
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Israel (Media Forest) 1
Italy (FIMI) 10
Japan (Japan Hot 100) 75
Lebanon (OLT20) 1
Mexico Airplay (Billboard) 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1
Norway (VG-lista) 3
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 3
Romania (Romania Radio Airplay) 1
Scotland (OCC) 1
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 1
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 1
Slovenia (SloTop50) 1
South Africa (EMA) 1
South Korea (Gaon) 57
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 4
UK Singles (OCC) 1
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) 1
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard) 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard) 2

References[]

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