It’s cold, you’re tired and that pile of work is not disappearing… This is exactly what you need: The ultimate Girl Power playlist. Can you guess what number 1 is?
Okay ladies, now let’s get scrolling.
13. R.E.S.P.E.C.T – Aretha Franklin
Above is one of THE best Girl Power songs. Sadly, the video isn’t the best (they didn’t have HD in 1967). So, Aretha, you’re starting off the countdown.
Did you know…Franklin didn’t write the song. A MALE artist, Otis Redding, wrote it about wanting respect from a woman after he brings the money home. Franklin changed the lyrics slightly and instead demanded she have respect.
12. Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld released this self-loving, motivational hit over two years ago, and it’s still relevant today. “It’s ultimately about taking care of yourself and indulging yourself, whether that be emotionally or physically or with material things.” – Steinfeld
11. No Scrubs – TLC
Who doesn’t have this song saved on their phone?! It was the best banger of ’99 and is played relentlessly whichever club you go to. It’s so good that even Blink 182 featured it in a live performance.
10. Wannabe – Spice Girls
The Spice Girls oozed feminism in the 90’s, even their catchphrase was “Girl Power”! Wannabe’s lyrics embrace the concept of feminism – it’s not just guys that call the shots.
“If you want my future, forget my past. If you wanna get with me, better make it fast. Now don’t go wasting my precious time. Get your act together, we could be just fine.”
9. Part Of Me – Katy Perry
In this upbeat Girl Power anthem, Perry sings of someone who tried to put her down but she fights back saying: “You’re not gonna break my soul”. Perry is also known for another Girl Power hit, ‘Roar’, which follows similar themes of not being put down and becoming a fighter.
8. Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Like Franklin, Cyndi Lauper covered this song from a man called Robert Hazard in 1983. But Lauper’s cover was so well received that she was given MTV’S Video Music Award for Best Female Video in 1984.
7. Bad Blood – Taylor Swift
This number is oh-so very controversial, is it about Katy Perry? Who knows. But what we do know from this music video is that Swift is not someone to be messed with. Her girl squad will back her up in whatever feud there is.
6. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
There’s no doubt that Destiny’s Child were a massive part of every 90’s gal’s growing up. The three ladies are praised for so many good reasons; their ability to sing, dance and their female empowerment tracks.
5. Power – Little Mix
Little Mix’s ‘Power’ is probably 2017’s most Girl Power orientated song of the year. Not only is it by our favourite girlies but Stormzy also features in it. The best line of his lyrics is:
“You can be a woman and a boss and wear the trousers at the same time.”
4. Formation – Beyonce
Within the first few seconds of this absolute banger you know s**t’s gonna hit the fan. Towards the end of Queen B’s beautiful masterpiece, she states that us girls need to
3. Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves – Aretha Franklin
YES, that is her! Aretha is back in the playlist alongside the legendary Annie Lennox with the 1985 classic ‘Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves’. In an interview with the ASCAP foundation, in 2006, Lennox said:
“Women are the most extraordinary force in the world.”
You may recognise other songs by Eurythmics.
2. Hard Out Here – Lily Allen
We all know who Lily Allen is. Whether you like or dislike her, this song deserves to be on the playlist. There are so many sexist statements within the song that people believe and say daily! Lily’s humouring those sexists in this song in a way I don’t think has been done before.
“You better be rich, or be real good at cooking.”
“You should probably fix your face or you’ll end up on your own.”
1. Run The World (Girls) – Beyonce
So here it is, the final contender of this playlist. In this top hit, Beyonce’s basically saying that us girls, do in fact, run the world.
There’s a great saying in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which reinforces Beyoncé’s ethos in Run The World.
Behind every man there is a mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and aunt that will influence their decisions whether that be consciously or subconsciously.
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