These songs range from female badassery, to R&B independence, to empowered pop pieces, to pure unapologetic punk. These are only a chosen few. Link to the full playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1137830012/playlist/7enJTI7pT5g2c12x2dj9qu


1. Salt-N-Pepa — None of Your Business

Genre: Hip hop
Topic: Sexuality and slut-shaming

"How many rules am I to break before you understand that your double-standards don't mean shit to me?"
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Gotta miss those 90's girl bands. 'Specially the amazing rap songs Salt-N-Pepa blessed us with

2. Beyonce — Run the World (Girls)

Genre: Pop
Topic: Working women and independence

"I'm repping for the girls who taking over the world. Help me raise a glass for the college grads."
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3. No Doubt — Just A Girl

Genre: Punk rock
Topic: Female stereotypes

"I'm just a girl, all pretty and petite, so don't let me have any rights. Oh, I've had it up to here!"
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There are a ton of quote-worthy sarcastic lines in this one

4. Lesley Gore — You Don't Own Me

Genre: Pop
Topic: Liberation and self-assertion

"I'm young and I love to be young! I'm free and I love to be free! To live my life the way I want, to say and do whatever I please."
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Lesley Gore was a lesbian who publicly spoke about LGBT issues (in the 60's!) and this song was recorded when she was only 17.

Also, do yourself a favor and check out the cover in the movie First Wives Club. It's guaranteed to get you out of bed and sing along! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PSr71Nllmw

5. Cindy Lauper — Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Genre: Pop
Topic: Having fun ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

"Some boys take a beautiful girl and hide her away from the rest of the world. I want to be the one to walk in the sun."
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6. Beyoncé — ***Flawless (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

Genre: R&B
Topic: Identity and feminism

"I woke up like this (we flawless). Ladies, tell 'em: Say "I look so good tonight"."
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Can't make a list and not have this pop culture masterpiece on. Also, check out Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TedTalk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc where Beyoncé got her samples from

7. The Pussycat Dolls — I Don't Need A Man

Genre: Pop
Topic: Independence

"I don't need a ring around my finger to make me feel complete. So let me break it down: I can get off when you ain't around!"
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8. Eurythmics — Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves (ft. Aretha Franklin)

Genre: Pop rock
Topic: The conscious liberation of the female state!

"Now this is a song to celebrate the conscious liberation of the female state! Mothers, daughters and their daughters too. Woman to woman, we're singin' with you. The inferior sex got a new exterior: We got doctors, lawyers, politicians too."
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boiii this song is filled to the brim with feminist passages, it was tough to pick just one

9. Nicky Minaj — Feeling Myself (ft. Beyoncé)

Genre: Rap
Topic: Sexuality and confidence

"Male or female, it make no difference, I stop the world, world stop: Carry on."
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still can't believe I was alive when these two blessed us with this

10. Beyoncé — Formation

Genre: R&B
Topic: Solidarity and black pride

"I like my baby heir with baby hair and afros. I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils."
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enough Beyoncé already? but she is ICONIC

11. Nancy Sinatra — These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

Genre: Country rock?
Topic: Self-rule and relationships

"One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you."
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12. Kesha — Woman

Genre: Pop
Topic: Gender, independence, female solidarity... boy, this song says it all

"I don't need a man to be holding me too tight. I'm a motherfucking woman, baby, that's right. I'm just having fun with my ladies here tonight."
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y'all canNOT allow yourselves to sleep on Kesha's new album. She's been through so much and deserves all good things coming her way

13. Madonna — Material Girl

Genre: Pop
Topic: Sexuality and knowing what you want and going for it

"Some boys kiss me, some boys hug me, I think they're okay. If they don't give me proper credit I just walk away."
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14. TLC — No Scrubs

Genre: R&B
Topic: Catcalling and harassment

"So NO, I don't want your number. NO, I don't want to give you mine and NO, I don't want to meet you nowhere. NO, I don't want none of your time."
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15. Bikini Kill — Rebel Girl

Genre: Punk
Topic: Sexuality and fierceness

"That girl thinks she's the queen of the neighborhood. I got news for you, she is!"
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This song sparked the Riot Grrrl revolution (or was it the other way around?) and has been an absolute BANGER ever since

16. Lady Gaga — Til It Happens to You

Genre: Pop
Topic: Rape and victim blaiming

"'Til your world burns and crashes, 'til you're at the end, the end of your rope, 'til you're standing in my shoes, I don't wanna hear nothing from you."
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this song was made for a documentary "The Hunting Ground" targeting college rape culture and I highly suggest you check it out (it's on Netflix)

17. Joan Jett — Bad Reputation

Genre: Punk rock
Topic: Gender roles and REVOLUTION

"You're living in the past, it's a new generation: A girl can do what she wants to do and that's what I'm gonna do. And I don't give a damn 'bout my bad reputation."
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there was no one cooler than Joan Jett to pave the way for women in the punk industry back in the day

18. Princess Tiana — Almost There

Genre: Jazz
Topic: Work, dreams and succes

"So I work real hard each and everyday, now things for sure are going my way. Just doing what I do. Look out, boys, I'm coming through!"
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An odd one, but you gotta admit: Tiana is a boss

19. Against Me! — Thrash Unreal

Genre: Punk
Topic: Gender roles, class and status

"She’s not waiting for someone to come over and ask for the privilege. She can still hear that Rebel Yell just as loud as it was in 1983, you know. There ain't no Johnny coming home to share a bed with her and she doesn’t care."
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apparently Against Me! is underground 'cause I couldn't find any pictures of the band on WHI. Their lead vocalist is a trans woman named Laura Jane Grace and we certainly need that representation in music

20. Pussy Riot — Make America Great Again

Genre: R&B pop
Topic: ALL the feminist politics

"Could you imagine a politician calling a woman a dog? Do you wanna stay in the kitchen? Is that where you belong?"
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And who better to end this with, than our very own, revolutionary, russian Pussy Riot?

That is all. Thank you.

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