Top 20 Girl Power Anthems

February 9, 2011  |  

When a girl hears a song that makes her feel empowered, beautiful, and bold—there is no stopping her. She is likely to put that track on repeat, share it with her closest girl friends, and recite the lyrics until they are ingrained in her head. Such a song might inspire her to switch a little harder, say what she’s been dying to say to her boss or boyfriend, have a girl’s night out, or simply order another glass of wine over dinner—either way—she’s been changed. Here are the “Top 20 ‘Girl Power’ Anthems” that changed the game for the ladies.

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  • REzAwsm

    Wheree is “I am Woman”?! What song is more empowering of women than that one! oh, and btw, firework isnt exactly empowering for women; it shouldn’t be on this list.

  • cookie

    too bad the ads on this website are DROWING out the actual songs

  • Patribella

    Although I do love all the video’s on your list……why do they all portray a common theme related to men or sex?
    Female empowerment comes in many ‘Non Sexual’ forms…..and with the exception of India Arie….all of the video’s on your list associate these women’s empowerment with their rejection of a man or a relationship.
    There are thousands of empowered woman with healthy relationships who’s empowerment has nothing to do with being scorned or jilted by a man.
    Empowerment has to do with ‘Self’…and although a bad relationship can often be a catalyst to pursue a more empowered state….it is not what ‘Girl Power’ is all about ; )

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    Should have put “Hit ‘Em Upstyle” by Blu Cantrell!

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  • Amina

    Not that I dislike any of the songs on the list, I just wish the general idea of female empowerment didn’t have to be born from the rejection of men. You know what I mean? Why must an anthem tie itself to a woman breaking free from a man? India Arie’s “Video” is my favourite on the list because it doesn’t talk about being a strong woman because you’ve got power over a man, it’s about accepting yourself as an individual.

    • Patribella

      Agreed ; )

  • Peyton

    Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson. enough said.

  • I cant believe Lauryn Hill isn't on this really??? The whole ALBUM was a woman's anthem "MisEducation of Lauryn Hill

  • Good post! niouwhgfd

  • So What

    From this list, I would pick Firework – Katy Perry.

  • Whitney

    I luv Ledisi's "Alright"…

  • Courtney

    Where's TLC's "Unpretty"? That was a good girl power song.

  • Ashley

    I would like to see the list but I REFUSE to click through 21 pages. Madame Noire please change the interface or make it available to see on my RSS feed.

  • Miss Aj

    What about Janet Jacksons what hat you done for me lately or Chrisette Michelle’s I will be okay? This one is funny what about Spice Girls Girl power? Fantasia I’m doin me, Jill Scott anything. Ladys night (I think that’s the title) with left eye, da brat, lil kim and various artist

  • i would definitely have to include either "control" or "pleasure principal" by janet.

  • Coya

    you forgot pretty girl rock by keri hilson. If that not a girl power song I don't know what is. that song always put me in a better mood. and sometime i catch myself doing my pretty girl rock walk to my classes.

  • Brandy G

    The first time I heard this song I cried…..

  • Lynda F

    What about Mary J "Just Fine?" Somebody dropped the ball.

  • moi

    good list

    but i disagree with milkshake