I’m a big fan of music and love how the right music can inspire certain actions and evoke certain feelings. If I need a calming effect I may play my favorite reggae tunes. If I’m at the gym, I find motivation for attacking the elliptical through ridiculously fast passed dance tunes. Now what about those moments when I need to get amped up to make a power move? What do I go to when I need inspiration for proving I’m not a weak little girl but a strong, powerful woman? I have a couple of go-to songs. Check out my Girl Power Playlist (in no particular order) below. I’ll warn you now; Beyoncé is all over this thing but given her feminist ideals, that should come as no surprise to you so carry on.
1. Grown Woman – Beyoncé
“They love the way I walk ‘cause I walk with a vengeance, and they listen to me when I talk ‘cause I ain’t pretending”
The African drum and rhythmic beat are enough to give me life for all eternity but I love how this song is basically letting you know (if by chance you were not aware) that you are in fact dealing with a grown woman. Hello! Don’t forget it.
2. I’m just a girl – No Doubt
“I'm just a girl, all pretty and petite so don't let me have any rights”
Oh the sarcasm. I discovered this little ditty in the 90’s with everyone else and immediately fell in love with Gwen Stefani. Essentially, you’re free to think that I’m just a girl if you want to but I assure you, you’ll be surprised.
3. Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys
“Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame| So bright, she can burn your eyes”
Ms. Keys can do no wrong. It wasn’t too long ago that this song was taking over the airwaves and rightly so. Why not pay homage to the girl who’s doing great things and doing them with confidence.
4. Run the World – Beyoncé
“Girls, we run this motha (yeah!)”
So the lyrics aren’t the most eloquent but they’re aggressive, really friggin aggressive and that’s just what the doctor orders when I need to throw doubt out the window and feel like I’m large and in charge.
5. All in a Day’s work - Danity Kane
“Just closed a deal | All in a day’s work…I’m making this $#!1 look easy…”
I actually found this little-known song on Youtube. The lyrics as well as the outfits in the video could be considered a little risqué but the sentiment is awesome. These scantily clad women are letting you know that they work hard and take care of business all the while making it look extraordinarily easy. I can dig that.
6. Independent Women – Destiny’s child
“I worked hard and sacrificed to get what I get | Ladies, it ain't easy being independent”
This one pretty much speaks for itself. I’m an independent woman and proud of it. Next song.
7. Superwoman - Alicia Keys
“Even when I’m a mess, I still put on a vest with an S on my chest.”
The original version is a little too slow paced to get me really fired up but the message is right on point so it’s a great one to play on a regular basis. For a more vivacious version, see the live performance above featuring Queen Latifah.
8. Diva – Beyoncé
“I’m a-a diva (hey), I’m a, I’m a-a diva (hey), I’m a, I’m a-a diva (hey), I’m a, I’m a-a diva”
Okay so this song is about nothing, nothing at all. I mean it’s admittedly nonsensical for the most part. With that said, this meaningless babble in no way shape or form detracts from the songs ability to make me feel like I own the darn place. I’m here for the hard hitting beat and the 10,578.2 times Ms. Knowles utters the word DIVA. I'm a-a diva. Hey!
9. Can’t hold us down – Christina Aguilera
“I don’t understand why it’s okay | The guy can get away with it and the girl gets named.”
The double standards still exist and that sucks royally. Here’s a little motivation to stomp them out. Attitude included.
10. I am woman – Helen Reddy
“I am strong (Strong), I am invincible (Invincible), I am woman”
I couldn’t compile a girl power play list and not include this classic. Even if the song is before your time, you’ve probably heard the timeless line of "I am woman hear me roar". For a more youthful take, check out Jordan Spark's song of the same name.
11. Roar – Katy Perry
“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire, ‘cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar”
Speaking of roaring, I fell in love with Katy Perry’s song Roar right away. Though it’s not gender specific, it has motivation written all over it and the kind of sass that makes me think she's speaking right to us ladies.
12. Feel like a woman – Shania Twain
“Color my hair-do what I dare Oh, oh, oh | I wanna be free-yeah, to feel the way I feel | Man! I feel like a woman!”
Being a woman is clearly awesome but in case you needed something to remind you how awesome feeling like a woman is, this oldie but goodie is it.
That's all she wrote folks. Go on ahead and add these goodies to your playlists and enjoy. You can thank me later. 😉