On this list of best songs about women empowerment are powerful, chanting anthems as well as subtly strong calls to action. Music, along with being a form of artistry, is also an important tool for social and political change. Artists on this list are ones that have been using their voice to champion women for a large part of their careers and it can come in many forms.
M.I.A.'s “Bad Girls” with its bouncy beat speaks on and encourages women to drive in countries where it is forbidden. Hailee Steinfeld's “Most Girls” flips the “not like the other girls” trope on its head by suggesting that most girls are smart, strong, and beautiful. Other great songs on this list include “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton and “Hey Girl” by Lady Gaga and Florence Welch.
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"Respect" - Aretha Franklin (1967)
Originally an Otis Redding song, Aretha's version was given a new arrangement and new lyrics about a woman demanding respect from her man.
What you want, baby, I got it
What you need, do you know I got it?
All I'm askin' is for a little respect when you come home
"Bad Reputation" - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (1980)
The 1980 classic rock song talks about deviating from societal norms.
I don't give a damn 'bout my reputation
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
“Tomboy” - Princess Nokia (2017)
An unapologetic expression of Princess Nokia's non-feminine style.
I'm finna sit back and just sip on Bacardi
You come to my party, you gon' meet my army
A room full of girls and we actin' real rowdy
“Don’t Touch My Hair” - Solange featuring Sampha (2016)
“Don't Touch My Hair” speaks on the microagression in the title.
Don't touch my pride
They say the glory's all mine
Don't test my mouth
They say the truth is my sound