These 17 bops are the very best feminist anthems

"Who run the world?"
These 17 bops are the very best feminist anthems
RAYDENE SALINAS HANSEN
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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.

1
“Independent Women, Pt. 1,” by Destiny’s Child

This song was originally released to promote Charlie’s Angels in 2000, but it’s still one of the greatest of all time. All the women who independent, put this song on repeat.

2
“Confident,” by Demi Lovato

Here, Demi Lovato asks, “What’s wrong with being confident?” The answer is nothing, Demi. Absolutely nothing is wrong with being confident.

3
“Soulmate,” by Lizzo

I know Lizzo is technically her own soul mate and she’s out here telling us to be our own soul mates too...but I’d also really like for Lizzo to be my soul mate. Does that make sense?

4
“No Scrubs,” by TLC

TLC will forever be iconic for reminding us that we are worth too much to ever let some scrub catcall us from the passenger side of his best friend’s ride.

5
“Party for One,” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen has the best stance on breakups: Have a party for one and be happy all by yourself.

6
“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.

7
“Girl on Fire,” by Alicia Keys

Screaming “Girl on Fire,” by Alicia Keys, at the top of your lungs in the car with your best friends is basically a rite of passage. It’s somehow soothing and empowering at the same time.

8
“Can’t Hold Us Down,” by Christina Aguilera

“Can’t Hold Us Down” is as applicable today as it was when it was released back in 2002. Put this on repeat as you plot your takeover of the known universe.

9
“Who Run The World (Girls),” by Beyoncé

I mean, does this one need any explanation? It’s the most obvious pick. Everyone knows that girls (specifically Beyoncé) run the world.

10
“The Man,” by Taylor Swift

T-Swift totally calls out double standards in this track and puts it best when she sings, “I’m so sick of running as fast as I can, wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man.”

11
“Mother’s Daughter,” by Miley Cyrus

Shout-out to Mama Cyrus for inspiring this Miley track that’s all about reclaiming your power. Be warned, the lyrics are about to be your new mantra.

12
“thank u, next,” by Ariana Grande

Queen Ari taught us that breakups don't have to hold you back - so say a "thank u, next" to your exes.

13
“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.

14
“King of Anything,” by Sara Bareilles

Instead of letting anyone tell her what she can’t do, Sara Bareilles stands up for herself in this boppy track. Play it on repeat a few times and you’ll feel like the true ~king~ of anything.

15
“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.

16
“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.”

17
“Pynk,” by Janelle Monáe

A catchy song about female anatomy? Yes, please. Janelle Monáe’s “Pynk” celebrates all things femme-tastic. The video—complete with the whole costume—is equally iconic.

Via Cosmopolitan US