In promoting women’s independence, acts of self-love, and the ability to up their game, women empowerment became the crowd’s favorite thing nowadays. To add to this, in a world where life becomes dynamic, feminism became the power that breaks the stigmas of sexism. Women finally found a way to clench their fists and say we can do it, too!
Moreover, music makes a great medium to express oneself becoming another platform for women to express power. And no, women do not want to be more than men, they want to be equal. Here are the songs that inspire women for girl power.
10 Songs That Inspire Women To Up Their Game
1. Taylor Swift – The Man
First, Taylor Swift dressed up as The Man. It became a blatant easter egg of women thinking like a man and becoming the alpha females of the century. They had to be the boss of their own life. This song screams women’s empowerment louder than ever.
According to Swift during the Vogue interview, it plays with the idea of perception and she often wondered how she would be written and spoken about if she was a man. Here is an iconic line from the song:
“I’d be a fearless leader
I’d be an alpha type
When everyone believes ya
What’s that like?”
-Taylor Swift, The Man
2. Little Mix – Salute
The military feels of the song makes it a great anthem for girl power. Showing the boldness and bravery that the military men execute can be a great symbolism for the song to assert women’s empowerment.
According to Genius, men have always been perceived as stronger. Salute represents women as fighters and as strong individuals who do not need a man to define them.
“Don’t need ammunition, on a mission
And we’ll hit you with the truth
Divas, queens, we don’t need no man, salute”
-Little Mix, Salute
3.Taylor Swift – long story short
Another Taylor Swift song on the list shows her vulnerability during the death of her reputation. As she acknowledges her struggles when she fell from the pedestal, she finally found her way up and she survived. However in the song, she made it about her long-time boyfriend, Joe Alwyn being with her during those bad times.
According to Genius, long story short is an overview of her and Kanye West‘s feud back in 2016 and Alwyn has always been her safe haven during the drama. However, the song offers a resolution and peace that her struggles have finally ended.
“And I fell from the pedestal
Right down the rabbit hole
Long story short, it was a bad time
Pushed from the precipice
Climbed right back up the cliff
Long story short, I survived”
-Taylor Swift, long story short
4. Selena Gomez – Lose You To Love Me
Fourth, Selena Gomez has also been known for dating her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber. Their entire relationship has been rocky because they have been on and off for years and finally calls it off in 2019.
Getting over a break-up, Gomez picks herself back up in this song that she needs to lose him to find her old self. Losing people then reclaiming yourself is a win-win situation for me and it shows empowerment.
Moreover, nobody will be there for you at the end of the day except yourself. Let the #SelfLove begin while making this song your anthem!
“We’d always go into it blindly
I needed to lose you to find me
This dancing was killing me softly
I needed to hate you to love me, yeah”
-Selena Gomez, Lose You To Love Me
5. Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex
Another break-up song lurks around the music industry that hardly screams you made my heart break and that made me who I am. Combined by Little Mix’s powerful voices contributed to the girl power feels of the song!
In addition, turning pain into power has been a sign of strength. The song itself may sound petty due to the direct attack on an ex. However, the song still emanates power.
“Shout out to my ex, you’re really quite the man
You made my heart break and that made me who I am
Here’s to my ex, hey, look at me now
Well, I, I’m all the way up
I swear you’ll never bring me down”
-Little Mix, Shoutout To My Ex
6. Gilbert Bécaud – L’important C’est La Rose
This may not be familiar to everyone nor the writers and the singer. This French song dedicates to the females who experience a wave of melancholia that kept them wondering where could their the one be, and when are they going to meet them.
In addition, the subtle and comforting feels of the song make it gentle for the women who may have been going through something, the whistle in the beginning- like a lullaby made by our mothers. And the poetic touch of the song makes it beautiful and fit for empowering a woman. Here are the Philippine Madrigal Singers performing the song.
“There’s a petal and a thorn,
There’s a beauty in each flower,
And we all must stay together,
Like a rose”
-Gilbert Bécaud, L’important C’est La Rose (English Version)
7. Katy Perry – Part Of Me
Seventh, the military-themed song from Katy Perry made it to the list, another getting-over-a-heartbreak experience. In addition, the power of this song even became the title of Katy‘s documentary film in 2012.
Going back, the song narrates Katy‘s relationship wherein the man took everything from her, but Katy refuses to let her passion for music go.
“Throw your sticks and your stones
Throw your bombs and your blows
But you’re not gonna break my soul”
-Katy Perry, Part Of Me
8. Keala Settle – This Is Me (from 2017 film The Greatest Showman)
To begin this, everyone has flaws and imperfections, and this does not give an exception to women. This song from The Greatest Showman gave an excellent voice to the people fighting against their own insecurities brought by the standards that the people made.
Alongside Keala Settle‘s powerful vocals, the song has given people a breakthrough in owning their flaws proudly and using it as a power to be different than the rest. This song personally gives me a sense of power because I have imperfections too that I now considered as an edge despite everyone’s criticisms. Be different, because being the same as everyone is boring.
Moreover, working on your insecurities is power!
“When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me“
-Keala Settle, This Is Me
9. Bebe Rexha – You Can’t Stop The Girl (from the 2019 film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil)
In addition to the list, the title itself already gives off that girl power vibes! Not to mention that it came from a movie that showcases how strong a female lead can be without needing any man.
Moreover, Maleficent as starred by Angelina Jolie has shown what a woman can do. Disney may have perceived her as an antagonist who messed up with a 16-year-old princess, but her movie shows the other side of her story. Making her actions understandable. To sum things up, you can’t stop the girl from doing the stuff that she has always wanted.
“You can’t stop the girl from going
You can’t stop the world from knowing
The truth will set you free, oh”
-Bebe Rexha, You Can’t Stop The Girl
10. Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna – Fly
Lastly, Fly sung by Nicki Minaj and Rihanna would be perfect if you’re feeling a little down brought by the world’s criticisms towards you. This is a song for the women who aim to conquer the world, the highly progressive and goal-driven women yet being brought down by the people around them. If you can relate to such, this song is for you!
“I came to win, to fight
To conquer, to thrive
I came to win, to survive
To prosper, to rise
-Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, Fly
These are some of the powerful songs that I found comfort in whenever I feel powerless as a woman. How about you?
Paulette Annefreid Vivar is a journalism student from Cavite State University Indang Campus. She is a musically-inclined student journalist who loves to write poetry and to speak figuratively in her creative works, to compose songs and to sing.