Girl power songs are powerful – they empower, comfort us after a difficult breakup, or set the mood while getting ready for a girl’s night out. Most of the time, the patriarchy looms over our heads, so sometimes we just need to sing along to powerful anthems that celebrate feminism, ranging from those that tackle complex political questions on the matter of gender, or those that remind us to take care of ourselves.
Here are four mood-boosting songs that guarantee a dose of girl power.
“Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld
The title gives it away; this song is about loving yourself, ignoring the haters, and finding yourself. This song’s message by Hailee Steinfeld – a young yet powerful woman who has released many songs that reinforce the power of feminism such as “Most Girls” – becomes clear throughout, and connotes that we should all love ourselves despite what anyone says.
“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
Not only does this ballad fill us with 70s nostalgia, but its catchy disco vibes about moving on strong after a breakup signifies the importance of self-expression. This song has become a popular covered song by many artists nowadays, such as Demi Lovato, and Gaynor’s impressive and evocative vocals are mesmerizing, rendering it perfect for a singalong.
“Primadonna” by Marina and the Diamonds
A personal favorite, I usually listen to this song when I am doing my makeup or in the shower. It gives an enjoyable, nostalgic “2000s” sound like something off Disney Channel. Most significantly, the lyrics that genuinely stick with me: “I’m a primadonna girl/All I ever wanted was the world/I can’t help that I need it all”, as they signify that girls can validate themselves without validation from others. I interpret it as a girl with big dreams, who is called “difficult” by the people around her, but she desires a life full of glamor and will not give in to others’ words.
“God Is a Woman” by Ariana Grande
I still vividly remember when this song dropped during the summer of 2017, and everyone was blown away by the music videos and strong message Grande was portraying – that we should all worship divine femininity, and that women can feel “godly” as well. Men are not the only ones who have power in the world and God should not be constantly portrayed as a man in every sphere, prompting success at breaking down gender barriers. Even though the song’s message was religiously controversial to some extent, its concept became more accepted over time to the point where Lush, the self-care brand, produced a bath bomb called “Goddess” inspired by the song’s concept. I even watched this song being performed live, and it was an incredibly memorable experience with the dancing, heavy bass, and purple theme.
These songs allow us to bask in self-care, femininity appreciation, and overall, give a power boost of encouragement. Remember how powerful you are and start adding these songs to your playlist!
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