It’s only February, but 2020 has already been draining on multiple levels. If you need a pick-me-up from the plenaries, look no further than these empowerment anthems. Some are deep, some less so, but the common denominator? You’ll instantly feel better after listening to these women-centric songs.
The list includes some Beyoncé (obviously), as well as hits from Ariana Grande, Lizzo, the Spice Girls, and Taylor Swift. So queue up your Spotify because this playlist will get you through the rest of the year—or even just the rest of the week. Here are 17 feminist songs to listen to whenever you need a boost of positive female energy.
“Independent Women, Pt. 1,” by Destiny’s Child
“Confident,” by Demi Lovato
“Soulmate,” by Lizzo
“No Scrubs,” by TLC
“Party for One,” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Woman,” by Kesha
Every single line of “Woman,” by Kesha, is worth turning into an inspirational poster...or an Instagram caption, at the very least. It’s all about not needing a man because you can provide for yourself.
“Girl on Fire,” by Alicia Keys
“Can’t Hold Us Down,” by Christina Aguilera
“Who Run The World (Girls),” by Beyoncé
“The Man,” by Taylor Swift
“Mother’s Daughter,” by Miley Cyrus
“thank u, next,” by Ariana Grande
“Rare,” by Selena Gomez
After a far-too-long hiatus, Selena Gomez dropped a new album and nailed the whole “I don’t need a guy to be happy” vibe, especially with this song about knowing she is rare and deserves to be treated as such.
“King of Anything,” by Sara Bareilles
“Wannabe,” by the Spice Girls
I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want: friends as loyal as the Spice Girls. The whole message of this song is about girl power and not letting a guy come between you and your closest crew.
“Most Girls,” by Hailee Steinfeld
Not only is Hailee Steinfeld an Oscar-nominated actress, but she can seriously sing too. This anthem is for anyone tired of that backhanded compliment guys give by saying, “You’re not like most girls.”