13 Feminine Anthems

Updated: May 26

Our Galaxy's 13 Feminine Anthems for the Playlist We All Need

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that music is one of the most fulfilling feeds for the soul. Through music, humans evoke mountains of emotions through words and sonics that resonate with them. Break-up songs, feel-good songs, and anything in between, music is known to enhance our feelings and affects our perception of the world.

With that being said, we’ve created a playlist of our Favorite Feminine Anthems that we think fits a variety of moods for various women. Whether you’re doing your spring cleaning, working out, or just looking to clear your mind, we bet this playlist will be the perfect companion.

1. JoJo- Man

We love us some JoJo, and not just because she is a bad-ass female artist who had to climb her way to the top with every possible roadblock in her way, and still managed to hone the creative magic that is her. (Let us just note, if you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know the feats JoJo has had to overcome to get to where she is, google it because she’s incredible.)

She is a powerhouse vocalist that is everything R&B music should be. With lyrics like, “I’ve been getting comfortable on my own and shit,” and “I need somebody who can love me like I love me, love me like I can,” this sensual, vibey track gives you no other choice but to be feelin’ yourself while you bop to it. It’s a song that reminds you of your worth and embracing your own sensuality.

JoJo’s new album Good to Know is available now.

2. Taylor Swift- The Man

This one is a no-brainer, as Swift released this track just a few weeks ago as the new single off of her Lover album. If there’s an artist who knows the pressure of having to fight for the same respect as a man it’s Taylor Swift, and this song is her calling it all out. She expresses her frustration with lyrics like, “They’d say I hustled/ put in the work/ they wouldn’t shake their heads and question how much of this I deserve,” showing just how hard it is to be taken as seriously as a man.

But this sarcastically catchy song is one that screams its sarcasm towards the double standards of society. It’s fun, it’s honest, and it’s important.

3. Haim- The Steps

This is for all the women who feel misunderstood by a man who can’t handle their power. Haim is a band of three sisters from the San Fernando Valley of California whose groovy tunes make us feel like we are back in the 70s with their disco/pop/rock sound. We may be a little bias, but we have yet to see women rock as hard as these women do, and this song resonated with us big time.

“And every day I wake up and make money for myself/ and though we share a bed you know that I don’t need your help/ Do you understand?/ You don’t understand me, baby,” can be sung at the tops of lungs for all of us hard-working ladies out there. This song is a true JAM.

Their new album, Women in Music Pt. III is set to be released this summer.

4. Destiny’s Child- Independent Women, Pt. I

What type of playlist would this be if there wasn’t at least one of Destiny’s Child’s female anthems on it? These ladies screamed Women Empowerment throughout the duration of their group’s existence, and this song is the epitome of that. We remember our nine-year-old, jobless, innocent selves belting this track while we made up choreography in our bedroom, having no idea the true impact a song like this was making for the growing women in us. We’d wave our hands and sing words like, “try to control me, boy, you get dismissed/ pay my own fun, oh and I pay my own bills/ always fifty-fifty in relationships” like we had been burned before.

But as adults, this is the song to sing in every man’s face who takes us for granted. And if not to their faces, then at least in the comfort of our own bedrooms, braless, with the wine in hand that we bought because we depend on US!

5. Lizzo- Like a Girl

Oh Lizzo, you dope body-positive angel, you. We’d just like to say that Lizzo’s entire Like I Love You album promotes women empowerment in the most fun way, but in Like a Girl, Lizzo ties in her themes to perfection. It’s another one of those tracks that you’ve just got to bust-a-move to; carefree and feeling like a bad-ass.

“Crazy, sexy, cool baby/ with or without make-up/ got nothing to prove/ but I’ma show you how I do,” are reminders to us that we are amazing just the way we are. Lizzo always has us feeling good about that!

6. Hayley Williams- Cinnamon

“I’m not lonely babe, I am free,” Hayley sings to us in one of her new singles, Cinnamon. Well-known for being the lead-singer of our favorite band of all time, Paramore, Hayley has recently embarked on a solo project, Petals for Armor, that is giving us life in every way we need it to right now.

A lyricist of all lyricists, Hayley’s new song is a reminder that waking up alone is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s very empowering. Lyrics like, “Home is where I’m feminine/ smells like citrus and cinnamon,” will catch into your head instantly. This is groovy, and funky, and so much fun to listen to. Not to mention, a music video where Hayley Williams dances some sick choreography? We are so in!

Her new, highly anticipated album, Petals for Armor, is set to debut on May 8th.

7. Christina Aguilera ft. Lil Kim- Can’t Hold Us Down

Remembering this song exists might be the highlight of our 2020 so far, because goddamn is this a bop and a half. This is the song that brings out your inner rapper you didn’t know lived within you, all while making you feel like no one can stop you. And they can’t. Can’t Hold Us Down is the definition of a lady’s anthem and it needs to be on every feel-good playlist, including ours.

Those opening lines of, “What? Am I not supposed to have an opinion?/ Should I keep quiet just because I’m a woman?/ Call me a bitch cause I speak what’s on my mind/ Guess it’s easier for to you swallow if I sat and smiled,” gives us chills every time like “hell yeah, girl, tell em”!

And then you've got the iconic Lil Kim chiming in with her, "Here's something I just can't understand/ If a guy has three girls then he's the man-- but if a girl do the same, then she's a whore." Bluntly telling it like it is. What a cobination.

"So what do we do girls? Shout out loud."

8. Dua Lipa- Boys Will Be Boys

Hot damn did this track surprise us! Now, don’t get us wrong, we love Dua Lipa, but this song just set her apart for us, with a whole new respect granted. Dua Lipa’s newest album, Future Nostalgia, debuted in March and this one got us right in the feels while we danced in our seats listening for the first time. This is a big fuck you to the man, if we can be so blunt about it. It’s sarcastic use of getting it’s point across is too good, and wildly inspiring.

The second verse though, that’s what really takes the song’s whole theme and smushes it all up in your face. “I’m sure if there’s something that I can’t find the words to say/ I know that there will be a man around to save the day/ and that was sarcasm, in case you needed it mansplained/ I should’ve stuck to ballet.” DAMN DUA! DAMN! Sing. That. Shit. Because we are here for all of it.

9. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts- Bad Reputation

Now come on, when thinking of the real raw women in music, Joan must be on every list ever. Coming up in music at a time when women in rock was nothing short of a taboo, she shouted her voice to everyone who would listen until she was heard. And boy do we hear her. Even now, lyrics like, “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” still reign true for the feminine powers of the world trying to find their place.

This punk anthem is one to rock out to with headbanging and arms waving, with no fucks to give- as they say. Because we don’t give a damn about our bad reputations!

10. No Doubt- Just a Girl

Gwen Stefani, how we love that 90s pop-angst. This reggae infused/ska punk track is another stick-it-to-the-man type of song, in a satire way. She’s talking about being held down, and feeling like without a man holding her hand, how can she be seen as more than “just a girl”?

She says, “Cause I’m just a girl/ I’d rather not be/ Cause they won’t let me drive late at night.” Gwen is shouting for the power she deserves, and says, “Oh, I’ve had it up to here!/ Oh, am I making myself clear?” We all know what it feels like to be fed up with the standards for a woman, and this just shows how timeless the notion is.

11. Rihanna ft. Sza- Consideration

Can you say Queen? Everything she does is empowering to us because she’s got no apologies for anything- and she shouldn’t! But if we had to choose the song that best appeals to this theme, it’s got to be Consideration. Rihanna is a sexy, shameless, powerhouse of a woman, and this song is a prime example of why. No matter who tries to break our peace, they better recognize they can “run it on back”.

You catch this vibe the moment this track cuts in, and lyrics like “I got to do things my own way darling/ Will you ever let me? Will you ever respect me? No” got us feeling like everybody better come correct and know our worth. “You should just let me, why will you never let me grow?” Exactly, Rihanna! Let us live!!!

12. Chaka Khan- I'm Every Woman

Rhythm and soul are no match for the pioneer that is Chaka Khan. Let’s just get that straight. Those gospel vocals mixed with her pop/disco sound can make anyone who listens to her music feel it in the depths of their body. But this one is just extra special. Play this track with a drink in your hand and your dancing shoes on and turn into the Queen of the World. Go on. You deserve it.

“I can sense your needs/ Like rain unto the seeds/ I can make a rhyme/ Of confusion in your mind,” damn right we can. I mean, after all, we are every woman. We’ve got it all.

13. Salt N’ Pepa- None of Your Business

Sing this song every single time some dare tries to judge you for the choices you make and the things you want to do with your life. Why? Because it’s none of anyone’s business, and the ladies of Salt N’ Pepa have been reminding us of that since 1993. First of all, three ladies killing the rap game in the early 90’s? EMPOWERING! They didn’t care what you had to say about them, and this is the song they used to tell the world that.

“I used to think it was me, but now I see it wasn’t/ They told me to change, they called me names, and so I popped one/ Opinions are like assholes and everybody’s got one/ I never put my nose where I’m not supposed to.” Right there is your reminder to dust your shoulders off to anyone who hates on you. Do the Cabbage Patch and the Tootsee Roll and the Running Man all through this track. We see you!

We hope these feel-good songs have you dancing like the amazing woman you are while you’re listening to it. Give us your feedback and let us know if you added them to a playlist. Any of your favorites on this list? Tell us. And if you’ve got any to add, let us know the song and how it resonates with you in the comments.

-Christine Weimer, @beacolorfulyou

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