Let me start this article by addressing a few things. I am not a female. More specifically, I am not a girl. I am, admittedly, just a foolish 18 year old man. I am not a feminist (just kidding, ladies!); I’ve even been called a misogynist. What I am, however, is a lover of music; girl power songs included.
You might be asking yourself, what exactly does he mean by a “girl power song?” A GP song empowers women of all ages. It teaches us that we don’t need no stinkin’ man in our lives to be happy. They are perfect to listen to after a breakup, at a slumber party, or cruising around town. There have been countless amazing girl power songs that will never get old, but I attempted to narrow it down to the top ten.
The following songs are girl power classics, but did not quite make the top ten.
“So What?” by P!nk
“Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin
“Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé
“I’m a Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
“We are Never Ever Getting back Together” by Taylor Swift
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
“I Love It” by Icona Pop
And now, without further ado, I present the top ten girl power songs of all time.
10.) “Man! I feel like a Woman” by Shania Twain
We start out our top 10 with a little bit of country flair, courtesy of Shania Twain. In this upbeat country song, Twain sings about going out with her girls, feeling alright, and having a fun time. While this song might not be universally appealing to non-country fans, we can all agree that its message is timeless and simple.
9.) “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
The title basically speaks for itself. This 80s classic is simple in nature, yet serves as a lighthearted reminder to sometimes let go and just have fun.
8.) “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani
Many people have mixed feelings about Gwen Stefani’s break from No Doubt and question her solo career. However, nobody can deny the legitimacy of her 2004 song, “Hollaback Girl.” In this urban-pop song, Stefani tells the world that she isn’t, in fact, a hollaback girl. She also ensures that none of her listeners will ever misspell the word “bananas” again.
7.) “Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé
Number 7 on our list is unlike most of the upbeat, peppy songs on our list. It is actually relatively slow, but just as empowering to women. In this song, Beyoncé is in the process of kicking her boyfriend out of her house. All of his stuff can be conveniently found in a box to the left. This song is so good because it reminds us that nobody, no matter how special they may seem, is irreplaceable. Except Beyonce herself; she seems as close to perfection as possible.
6.) “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
Vandalism is rarely a good thing. Under normal circumstances, it is NOT a good idea to dig your key into the side of a car, carve your name into a leather seat, take a baseball bat to both headlights, and slash a hole in the car’s tires. However, if you are country star Carrie Underwood, and your boyfriend cheats on you, then by all means, go ahead and do so. Normal people would probably have charges pressed against them for such actions, but after listening to this song, I doubt any police officer would want to mess with my girl Carrie Underwood.
5.) “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
In this girl power anthem, Christina Aguilera tells her listeners about how her breakup with a man has made her more powerful than before. She has now become stronger, harder, wiser, faster, smarter, and most importantly, a fighter. Aguilera uses her powerful pipes to empower women and make any girl out there going through a breakup feel better about herself. This song has an awesomely turbulent mood to it that leaves all jerk guys out there shaking in their boots.
4.) “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
Coming in at number 4 on our list is American Idol season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson’s 2004 hit “Since U Been Gone.” If you’re able to look past the text lingo in the title (Really, Kelly? You didn’t have time to type out “You?”) you’ll definitely realize how amazing this song. In this song, Clarkson belts out how happy she is now that her ex-boyfriend is out of her life. This song is uplifting, and perfect for screaming along to.
3.) “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé
According to Kanye West, this song produced one of the “best videos of all time.” While Kanye might have been a tad hyperbolic in his praise of the video, the song is certainly an all-time great. It calls for all the single ladies in the club to band together and show the world how dope they really are. It is literally impossible to listen to this song and not dance. Seriously, try it. If you were successful, then you likely have no soul.
2.) “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
This classic disco song takes the silver medal of girl power songs. Gloria Gaynor admits that while at first she was afraid and petrified, it is possible for all girls to grow strong and learn how to get along without their men. So whenever your stupid boy comes crawling back from outer space, put on this song, tell him to walk out the door, cause he’s not welcome anymore.
1.) “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
The top spot on the Girl Power Song Power Rankings is this iconic anthem by the queen of girl power, Aretha Franklin. Aretha doesn’t ask for much, but she does demand respect from her men. This upbeat song is literally impossible to not sing along to, and it also provides a helpful spelling lesson while doing so. As an all time great vocalist, Franklin delivers a powerful vocal performance which echoes the powerful sentiment of her song. “Respect” garners the respect of all its listeners.