Who doesn’t love a girl power playlist? Whether you’re jamming at home, having a dance party with friends or driving cross-country, these songs will definitely set the mood for feeling independent, powerful, and motivated.
It’s the year Feminism is coming to the forefront. From Beyoncé to Taylor Swift, major artists and role models are taking a stand on the social, economic, and cultural equality of women. Feeling down or having a bad day? Maybe your confidence has taken a hit and you need a quick boost (we all do sometimes). These songs will do the trick! Here’s a girl power playlist specifically made to help you feel awesome and empowered. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to jam.
Girl Power Playlist Songs To Listen to Now
- Can’t Hold Us Down. Christina Aguilera and Lil Kim.
We all remember Dirrrty Christina Aguilera. At a time when most artists were talking about men’s attention, Christina Aguilera and Kim took on societal expectations for men and women when it comes to dating.
- Independent Woman Pt. 1. Destiny’s Child.
Long before Beyoncé stood in front of a neon Feminist sign, Destiny’s Child came out with this independent woman anthem and Charlie’s Angel theme song. A perfect fit for our girl power playlist!
- You Don’t Own Me. Lesley Gore.
Long a women’s right and LGBT activist, Lesley Gore first hit the public eye with her song, seen in the movie First Wives Club. This song was one of the first of its kind and still rings true to women being seen as possessions.
- Just a Girl. No Doubt.
Let’s be real: this song kicked butt twenty years ago, and it still does now. Making fun of those preconceived notions of what women are and their limitations, Gwen Stefani stood up for what it really means to be a woman.
- Bad Reputation. Joan Jett.
Joan Jett’s song makes you just want to get up on the table, rip off your bra, and forget about what you’re expected to do.
- Flawless. Beyoncé.
Yes, this song has been playing nonstop on the radio for two years now, but who can blame them? By sampling Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk, Queen B brought the message of this song to a whole other level.
- Like A Boy. Ciara.
Flipping the roles in the song and video, Ciara criticizes society’s expectations of monogamy from men and women, and how men would feel if these roles were reversed.
- U.N.I.T.Y. Queen Latifah.
Let’s give it up for this song. Twenty years later, she’s singing it at the Nobel Peace Price Concert in Oslo. If that doesn’t explain the magnitude of this song, I don’t know what will.
- Unpretty. TLC.
Your worth is not derived from what men think of you, and this song focuses on just that. TLC took on so many issues facing women in the 1990s, from STDs to Domestic Violence. This song is just one of the many they wrote on such issues.
- Blank Space. Taylor Swift.
We know its the hottest song on the charts right now but doesn’t it just make you just want to laugh at all the haters? In the same way that No Doubt pointed out what people say about women, Taylor Swift took on the media’s portrayal of her, and other women, as crazy and turned it on its head. We had to add it to the girl power playlist because we love T Swift and we know you do too!
What songs would you add to our Girl Power Playlist? Let us know! Keep jamming to these fabulous women and stay motivated, confident and empowered!
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is The Guidance Girl. Her goal is to help YOU become the most confident person you know! Emily is an award-winning author Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, Educational Speaker, and parenting consultant. She travels around the country educating girls, women, and parents. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.