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Top girl power playlist

Here’s a playlist of the best girl power songs I recommend. Suitable for: getting motivated, going to the gym, or simply starting your day.

Below you have the list and a short story of the song.

1. Sara Bareilles – Brave

Released in 2013 and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance. “Brave” is an upbeat song that sends the message to have courage and tell the world who you are. Composed by Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff in honor of a friend who dared to admit his sexual identity.

2. Katy Perry – Firework

The dance-pop song “Firework” won the MTV award for the year’s best music video. The lyrics inspire you to show the “spark” in you, to be brave and face your fears, and the video shows this through the stories of young people succeeding at things they were afraid of.

3. Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire

The Pop, R&B style song has received various awards for original songwriting and performance. “Girl on Fire” was inspired by Alicia Keys’ life, how she managed to gain strength for her career and personal life in her marriage to Swizz Beatz and the birth of her son.

4. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself

The song is electropop, dance-pop style, and was released in 2015. “Love Myself” has been criticized because it can be interpreted as encouraging masturbation. Still, the singer said that everyone could solve it however they wanted. Still, she believes it means “you have to put yourself first, take care of yourself physically, emotionally and materially.”

5. Colbie Caillat – Try

The pop-style song “Try,” released in 2014, was critically acclaimed for its simple style and ballad-like rhythm. It is inspired by the singer’s life, who felt pressure from others to change her looks and style of music. The message conveyed is not to try to change, to please others.

6. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger

“Stronger” is a dance-pop, electropop-style song released in 2011 that won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. The song’s message is to stay strong after a breakup because “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

7. Pink – So What

It is a pop-rock-style song released in 2011. The lyrics are inspired by the singer’s breakup with biker Carey Hart and encourage them to be strong, even after a breakup, because you’re stronger than they think. It won the MTV award for best song and best music video.

8. Katy Perry – Roar

The song came out in 2013 and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. It talks about finding your inner strength and facing your fears.

9. Christina Aguilera – Beautiful

This Pop R&B style song, released in 2002, won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Performance. “Beautiful” talks about self-esteem, inner beauty, and personal insecurity issues. The message conveyed is not to let the words of others hurt us because each of us is beautiful in our way.

10. Britney Spears – Stronger

This pop-style song, released in 2000, won the MTV award for best music video. The song tells the story of a young girl breaking up with her cheating boyfriend and inspires you to be strong because you deserve the best.

11. Miley Cyrus – The Climb

It’s a country pop-style song released in 2009 that won the MTV award for Best Song in a Movie, Teen Choice Award, and Best Music Video. The message of the song is inspirational. Many may tell you that you won’t make it and you won’t know the best way to go, but the joy in life is brought by this journey of discovering your strengths and conquering “mountain tops.”

12. Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman

It’s a country-pop style song that won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. “Man! I feel like a woman” encourages female empowerment, to be brave, feel good about yourself and have fun simultaneously.

13. David Guetta – Titanium ft. Sia

This house-style, urban-dance song, released in 2011, won the award for best music in the world. And it talks about inner strength.

14. Beyoncé – Run the World (Girls)

Many songs from Beyonce talk about female power, and once again, with this song, she reminds us that women are the ones who have the ability in this world. Women still have many battles to fight for their rights to feel safe. 

15. Aretha Franklin – Respect

It’s an old song from 1967 in Soul style that talks about the woman giving her love and care but giving her the respect she deserves. The song won the Grammy Hall of fame award and best R&B musical performance.

16. Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen

It is a pop-style song released in 2012 and was in the top best and hot dance club songs. It has an energetic beat and inspires us to keep hoping to change the world.

17. Tina Turner – Simply the Best

The song is the singer’s first most significant hit. Tina Turner is a fantastic singer with a great voice and a life story to learn from. Introduced to music by her physically abusive ex-husband, she manages to break up with him and take her children with her. She is a resounding success in music and inspires people to be strong and find their inner strength.

18. Gloria Gaynor – I will survive

This classic song from the 1970s won the Grammy Award for Best Song of the Year. This song has become a symbol of female empowerment and the gay community.

19. Christina Aguilera – Fighter

The R&B rock-style song “Fighter,” which received the Juno Award for Video of the Year, tells how her experience made her stronger, smarter, and a fighter. It’s unclear exactly who the song is about, but the message of learning from life experience is a good one.

20. Destiny’s Child feat. Da Brat – Survivor

It’s an R&B-style song from 2002 that won the Grammy award. It’s about how every woman can live through a breakup because we are strong, and our hard work and ambition give us strength.

21. KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See

This 2002 pop song conveys the message of discovering what you want and fighting for it. The song appears in numerous movies like The Devil Wears Prada, Blind Dating, and others. And the video was filmed in Romania, at the state circus in Bucharest, and produced by Black Dog Films.

22. Aretha Franklin – A Natural Woman

This is a classic soul-style song. And it can be considered an autobiographical song. Carole King and Jerry Wexler, who contributed to the song, tell their love story when Wexler cried out to Carole that he needed a woman like her (“natural woman”). The song inspires me to appreciate femininity and naturalness.

23. Cher – Believe

It’s a dance-pop song released in 1998 that was one of the top-selling albums when it came out. “Believe” helped the singer (then 52 years old) reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The song is about the strength and confidence you can have after a breakup to start over. The power is always in you as long as you believe in yourself.

24. Rihanna – Only Girl

Released in 2010, “Only Girl” is a Eurodance pop style song and won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Song and the 2011 Grammy Awards. The song has a positive message, to feel good about yourself and appreciate who you are.

25. RITA ORA – I Will Never Let You Down

“I Will Never Let You Down” is a song produced in collaboration with Rita Ora and Calvin Harris (at that time, the singer’s boyfriend). The song led to the breakup of the two and has continued to be a topic of conflict. However, the song’s message of fighting for what you want is beautiful.

26. Eve feat. Gwen Stefani – Let Me Blow Your Mind

It’s a pop-rap style song that peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Let Me Blow Your Mind” is a hypnotic song and conveys the message of showing the world who you are, even to amaze.

27. No Doubt – It’s My Life

This came out in 2003 and is a rock-style song. The video is weird: it tells the story of a wealthy young woman who likes to have fun with men and kill them. The singer says she has no regrets for what she did, and after she is given the death sentence, we find out that the three men didn’t die. The song sends the message to take responsibility for your life, have no regrets, and do what you want.

28. Alicia Keys – Superwoman

It is a soulful R&B style song, written by the singer and won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The video shows the singer as various women from different countries who make decisions and have multiple roles in life (entrepreneur, mother, actress, student, astronaut). The message conveyed is that any woman can achieve anything she wants.

29. Kelis – Bossy ft. Too $hort

It’s an R&B pop-style song about owning control of your life, knowing what you want, using your skills, and working for what you want. The term “Bossy” seems to have bothered Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook, a woman in the world’s top 100 most influential people), who started a campaign against the song.

30. Pink – Raise Your Glass

It’s a song released in 2010 in a pop-rock style. And it is unique to her fans who have been with her for so long. It celebrates their differences, what makes them unique, and how they love pop-rock as she does. The video starts by showing the iconic We can do it! Image of women (which appeared after World War II to show that after so much war, with the help of women, we have managed to bring the country’s economy back into balance).

31. Serebro – Mi, mi, mi

It’s a song released in 2013 by a Russian girl group. It has a retro house or electro-swing style, and I recommend it because it can help you boost your confidence in your beauty.

32. Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls

Most Girls is a song released in 2017 that first appeared on social accounts of the singer. Steinfeld wrote the “female empowerment anthem” with Jeremy Dussolliet, Tim Sommers, Asia Whiteacre, and the record’s co-producers, Ryan Tedder and Zach Skelton.

33. Jennifer Lopez – Ain’t Your Mama

The song was released in 2016. It is a pop song influenced by reggae, dancehall, and Latin music. Lyrically, “Ain’t Your Mama” deals with themes of female empowerment, where the protagonist will not accept a partner who needs to be taken care of.

34. Little Mix – Power (Official Video) ft. Stormzy

Power is a song in an electronic pop style that appeared in 2017. It is a British that addresses sexism and female supremacy. The music video holds a political message about protests and marches for “gender equity.”

35. Dua Lipa – New Rules

New Rules is a song in an electropop and tropical house style that appeared in 2017. The song was met with acclaim from music critics. It was nominated for British Single of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards and appeared on year-end lists from publications including Billboard, The Guardian, and The New York Times. 

36. Saygrace – You Don’t Own Me ft. G-Eazy

The song appeared for the first time in 1963. This is a remix of Gore’s original piece at just 17 years old. The song was Gore’s second most successful recording and her last top-ten single. It was an anti-patriarchal stance, showing one woman’s power to deny a man’s wishes.

37. Lady Gaga – Free Woman

It is a Eurohouse, Eurodance, and EDM song launched in 2021. Gaga was inspired by her real-life events; the song talks about her coping with PTSD, which she suffered after being sexually assaulted by a music producer. Gaga also wanted to celebrate her LGBT+ fans. The song’s lyrics talk about reclaiming one’s identity and answer the question, “what does it mean to be a free woman?”.

38. Selena Gomez – Look At Her Now

It is a song of dance-pop, Electropop, and Synth-pop style launched in 2019. The song reached the top ten in Flanders, Greece, Latvia, and Slovakia and the top forty in seventeen additional countries, including The United States, where it peaked at number 27. The song received widespread acclaim from music critics, with many praising its production and self-confidence message.

39. Rachel Platten – Fight Song

Fight Song is a pop rock song that appeared in 2015. The song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in the United Kingdom and Poland. It peaked within the top ten of the singles charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland, and the top twenty in Slovakia. It has sold six million copies in the United States, earning a 6× Platinum certification by the RIAA.

40. Meghan Trainor – Me Too

It is a song from Electro and R&B style in 2016. “Me Too” was a commercial success, peaking at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was certified quadruple platinum in Australia and Canada and triple platinum in the US. 

I hope you liked my recommendations. And if you want to listen to other song recommendations, you have here: Best songs about friendship and Manpower Playlist.

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