My last post on the great Aretha Franklin and the importance of respecting ourselves has inspired me to put together 21 of the best power anthems for women. If you’re ever feeling down, insecure, lonely, hurt, or you’re just in a fantastic mood and want to jam out to some appropriate tunes, then this list is a must. I highly recommend the volume be put up to an inappropriate level to where you can sing at the top of your lungs and all you can hear is how fabulous you sound – because all you can hear is the singer in question. And of course, DANCE. It’s imperative.
So here are the timeless songs that will get you inspired and straight on your way down the aisle to wedding yourself.
1. Of course, Aretha Franklin – Respect. Duh!
“All I’m asking, is for a little respect when you come home”
2. Destiny’s Child – Independent Women
“Shoes on my feet – I bought ’em
clothes I’m wearing – I bought ’em
rock I’m rockin’ – I bought ’em
‘coz I depend on me”
3. Destiny’s Child – Survivor
“After all of the darkness and sadness, soon comes happiness. If I surround myself with positive things I’ll gain prosperity.. I’m a survivor.”
4. Pussycat Dolls – I Don’t Need A Man
“I don’t need a man to make it happen, I’ll get off being free.”
5. Christina Aguilera & Lil’ Kim – Can’t Hold Us Down
“Thinking all women should be seen, not heard – so what do we do girls? SHOUT OUT LOUD”
6. Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are?
“Show how good you are!”
7. En Vogue – My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)
“You’ll give your woman a little respect”
8. Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Own Me
“I’m free and I love to be free. To live my life the way that I want. To say and do whatever I please”
9. Pink – Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
“You think I’m just too serious, I think you’re full of shit”
10. Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
“She got both feet on the ground and she’s burning it down. OOOOH She’s got her head in the clouds and she’s not backing down”
11. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
“”There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are”, she said, ’cause he made you perfect, babe”
12. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
“Do you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die? Oh no not I. I will survive”
13. Wilson Phillips – Hold On
“You’ve got no one to blame for your unhappiness”
14. Katy Perry – Firework
“You don’t have to feel like a wasted space. You’re original; cannot be replaced”
15. David Guetta ft. Sia – Titanium
“I’m bulletproof; nothing to lose.”
16. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
“Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone”
17. Martina McBride – This One’s For The Girls
“You’re beautiful the way you are.”
18. Helen Reddy – I Am Woman
“You can bend but never break me ’cause it only serves to make me”
19. Beyoncé – Flawless
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?”
20. Madonna – Vogue
“Go inside for your finest inspiration. Your dreams will open the door”
21. Beyoncé – Who Run The World?
“How we’re smart enough to make these millions. Strong enough to bear the children -then get back to business.”
So there you have it. Empowered yet?
Comment below and let me know your favourite girl-power anthems.