This is definitely the girl power era. While the 90s had the Spice Girls, TLC and Destiny’s Child, in 2017 we have stars like Dua Lipa, Little Mix, Kesha, Rihanna, Beyoncé and so many more giving us the girl power songs we need.
The feminist movement is more prominent than ever, which makes every strong woman role model in the music industry so important. The list of empowering anthems continues to grow, and we’re here to refresh your mind on some of the most recent hits that make us want to never trust any man ever again.
1. ‘New Rules’ by Dua Lipa
One of the biggest (if not the biggest) girl power songs of 2017, ‘New Rules’ reminds us to not go crawling back to our ex, no matter what he says. The music video has shot to over 500 million views and ultimately become the theme song for every girl going through a break up.
2. ‘Woman’ by Kesha
Kesha has had a hard few years and knows what it means to find strength within yourself to keep going. With her song ‘Woman’, she shows us the importance and empowerment in being female—and this tune is certainly a song you blast with your girlfriends on a night out.
3. ‘Most Girls’ by Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld has always stayed true to keeping women empowerment at the forefront of her music. Her hit ‘Love Myself‘ made us feel supported and want to better ourselves. Now in 2017, Hailee has given us ‘Most Girls,’ a perfect “girls stick together” anthem that reminds us to bring our female counterparts up rather than down.
4. ‘Salute’ by Little Mix
The girls of Little Mix are no strangers to girl power songs, and that includes ‘Salute’. While each of their albums incorporates powerful bangers that teach us the significance of respecting our girlfriends, this song in particular calls out the importance of women sticking by each other, especially in the fight against misogyny.
5. ‘Needed Me’ by Rihanna
Rihanna is perhaps one of the most famous women in the world, making her all the more crucial in the feminist movement. ‘Needed Me’ shows off the singer’s badass side—calling out men left and right for thinking a relationship was more than it was. There’s no doubt that we listen to this song when we want to get an insistent man off our back.
6. ‘The Greatest’ by Sia
‘The Greatest’ has become a staple song for when we’re all feeling down. The music video was a tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub last year, essentially making it more significant than most other girl power songs. Sia is one of the most talented female musicians in the industry today, and she only proves it further with this strong and theatrical track. All in all, it’s an emotional song that encourages you to never give up.
7. ‘How To Be A Heartbreaker’ by Marina and the Diamonds
It’s been a while since we’ve gotten any new music from Marina and the Diamonds, but we’ll never forget this iconic banger. ‘How To Be A Heartbreaker’ embodies every woman’s desire to play with the hearts of men that messed with hers. It’s the perfect revenge track for any girl that likes to stick to their guns.
8. ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ by Demi Lovato
Another revenge track for 2017 that’s left a pretty hefty mark on the charts is Demi Lovato‘s ‘Sorry Not Sorry’. Ensuring she’s never felt better and is moving on from her past, the song captures the feeling of not looking back and forgetting about everyone who wronged you.
9. ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’ by Alessia Cara
Every woman has had to overcome some sort of body image issue—when you see perfect bodies in magazines, TV shows and movies every single day, it can be hard. Alessia Cara describes that message perfectly with her song ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’, telling us all you don’t have to change yourself to be beautiful.
10. ‘Run the World (Girls)’ by Beyoncé
We couldn’t end this list without the most iconic feminist anthem by the queen herself, Beyoncé. Despite being released in 2011, ‘Run the World (Girls)’ is definitely the one of the most powerful songs about girls sticking together. Beyoncé reminds us that girls all over the world—from one end of the earth to the other—need to lift one another up.
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