I'm kind of all about girl power these days. I think women need to lift each other up instead of tearing each other down. See, we can disagree without disrespecting each other. We can feel beautiful, confident, smart, and amazing without making someone else feel ugly, weak, stupid, or somehow less than. These are the songs I listen to when I want to flaunt my love of girl power. They serve as a reminder that women everywhere are powerful, strong, and fearless.
1 “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera
I confess, I'm not an enormous Xtina fan, but I will never deny that her voice is fierce or that she has a number of truly amazing songs. This is one of them, and it is hands down one of my favorites. The message is so incredibly important. I think this song should be required listening for every woman, every teenager, and every little girl in the world – just so they know that they are beautiful.
2 “Fly” by Nicki Minaj Feat. Rihanna
I am in love with these two women. Nicki gets a lot of shit and I know she says some very questionable things, but if you take the time to listen to her interviews, her comments, and the songs that don't make it to the radio, you might just see a different side of her. And Rihanna, well, I wish we could get married, but that's not the point. The point is that “Fly” will make you want to spread your wings and do just that.
3 “Girl in a Country Song” by Maddie and Tae
This song … this song is just amazeballs. AMAZEBALLS. The lyrics are so on point – sharp, funny, and relevant. Even if you don't like country, this belongs on your girl power playlist. My favorite lyric? “'Cause I got a name/ And to you it ain't 'pretty little thing,' 'honey,' or 'baby.'”
4 “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys
Alicia is most definitely a girl on fire. The second you hear the opening notes of this song, you'll be a girl on fire, too. In fact, you are a girl on fire – right now, right this second, and always. You, too, can have your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds, and all the while, you can rule the world.
5 “Perfect” by Pink
Pink's catalog is full of empowering songs that speak to women, but this is one of my favorites. There are moments when you feel like so much less than what you are. In those moments, you need a song like this. Your flaws don't matter. Your imperfections do not define you. They don't matter because they make you who you are, and perfection is an unreachable goal, anyway.
6 “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce
So, obviously, you can include almost all of Lemonade on your girl power playlist. However, this is a must-have track, too – because you can rule the world. No matter who you are or what you decide to do with your life, you can own it, live it, love it, and make it yours.
7 “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
This is practically a girl power anthem by this point, for good reason. It's impossible to listen to this song and not feel uplifted and powerful. Kelly knows.
8 “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato
I love this song for all sorts of reasons. Mainly, I think something about it speaks to all the pressures that girls and women feel, all day, every day. What do you think?
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