Happy International Women’s Day! I hope today you take a moment to appreciate all the beautiful and strong women in your life. I’m a feminist, so I am proud to support all women 💅🏼💅🏽💅🏾💅🏿. In college and in my career, I have met and worked with some amazing women #TheFutureIsFemale
To celebrate women and all their awesomeness, I’ve put together this playlist of badass women who are definitely setting a great example and are very inspirational. The playlist is called “Females Are Strong as Hell”
Sia – Unstoppable
Starting off this playlist with a little track from Sia. I love Sia because her voice is loud and just has that power. When the chorus of a Sia song hits, take cover. “Unstoppable” is the perfect track to jam to on International Women’s Day. Women are unstoppable, powerful and important. Sia will inspire you to become the badass you know you are.
Best lyric: “I’m a Porsche with no brakes. I’m invincible. Yeah, I win every single game”
Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu)
Janelle Monáe has been everywhere lately. She starred in “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight”, two of the best films of the year. Monáe is a fantastic actress, but her music really is next level. It’s this awesome mix of psychedelic soul, R&B and rock.
Monáe is bold and creative. She is kind of like a female Prince, or Prince is like a male Janelle Monáe. “Q.U.E.E.N.” , the lead single from her 2013 album “The Electric Lady”, tackles topics like sexuality and religion. According to Monáe, “Q.U.E.E.N” is designed to make you jam, dance and FUNK out… with dialogue to come.
Monáe is a feminist and one of hell of a talented person.
Best lyric: “Well I’mma keep leading like a young Harriet Tubman. You can take my wings, but I’m still gonna fly, and even when you edit me, the booty don’t lie
RuPaul – Glamazon
You may think it’s odd to include a track from RuPaul on this playlist, because he is a man. Well, gender identity is on a spectrum, so mad respect to all the boys who dress like girls and the girls who dress like boys.
If you ever need a confidence boost. Listen to RuPaul, I guarantee you in five minutes you’ll feel like you’re baddest bitch on the room (Because you are… *takes gum out, twirls on finger*).
Best lyric: “She gonna work that sexy body so sexual. She’s like a female phenomenon. She’s a GLAMAZON.”
Ariana Grande – Bad Decisions
Ariana Grande, that girl has got some T-A-L-E-N-T. For this playlist, I chose to include one of my fave tracks from “Dangerous Woman”. “Bad Decisions” has Ariana shouting to the skies the love she shares with her man is the best. So good, that it makes her make bad decisions.
More importantly, I wanted to include Ariana in this group of artists because she is a pop star who shows her support for women frequently. Recently, she went to Twitter and explained to her 44 million followers that sexuality in her music is not an invitation for harassment. See her tweets below:
A little louder for the people in the back, Ari. Brb I’m going to go listen to “Bad Decisions”
Best lyric: “Ain’t you ever seen a princess be a bad bitch?”
Sade – Soldier of Love
I included Sade in here because I have been listening to A LOT of Sade lately, like a lot a lot. The song is called “Soldier of Love” so you know right off the bat you’re going to get something fire. And it’s a Sade track, so that’s slays us too.
Sade’s voice is incomparable, you hear her passion every time she sings. The mix of downtempo rock makes an amazing backdrop for lyrics about survival and strength. If you don’t like Sade, then you can get the fuuuuuuuck away from me.
Best lyric: “I’ve been torn up inside, I’ve been left behind. Tall I ride. I have the will to survive”
Nina Simone – Feeling Good
Oh hell yes, some Nina Simone. I had to include this classic Simone track. Her iconic voice, the lyrics, the way it makes you feel.. Just everything about it.
Everyday is a new day, take the opportunity to feel good and work to create a life for yourself. RIP Miss Simone.
Best lyrics: “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me… And I’m feelin’ good.”
Lady Gaga – Hey Girl (feat. Florence Welch)
Lady Gaga has been killin’ it lately: a new album, the Super Bowl Halftime show, a world tour. She is making 2017 her bitch.
One of my favorites from Gaga’s new album, “Joanne” is a duet with Florence Welch. “Hey Girl” has these two extraordinary vocalists singing about supporting one another. For the whole track, the two sing about lifting each other up, whether it’s walking home together or no longer one-in’ up another.
During a BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show interview, Gaga had this to say about Florence Welch and “Hey Girl”:
“We made a beautiful record for women. She is one of the greatest singers in the world.”
Leslie Clio – I Couldn’t Care Less
I like this song because it has an idgaf attitude. German singer-songwriter, Leslie Clio, really lays out she doesn’t care about what you think. I love this song because it has a Lily Allen vibe, it’s upbeat and happy but the lyrics are a little dark.
If you don’t like Leslie Clio’s peaches, don’t shake the tree. Simple as that.
Best lyric: “If I am bored though I’m bound. Maybe I’m lost but I don’t need to be found”
No Doubt – Just a Girl
If you know me, you know I fucking love No Doubt/Gwen Stefani. Tbh a Gwen Stefani tattoo is in the works for me right now.
I had to include this track from No Doubt’s classic album “Tragic Kingdom”. Take this time to get a little angry and let your inner punk show. Dye your hair bleach blonde, wear some red lipstick, rock a crop top, and let your Gwen flag fly. I am literally wearing that exact outfit while typing this rn.
Best lyric: “Cause I’m just a girl, little ol’ me. Well, don’t let me out of your sight”
Fifth Harmony – That’s My Girl
Okay, say what you want about Fifth Harmony, but these girls have some fucking JAMS. This is my favorite Fifth Harmony song ever. For many reasons:
- The horns in it make me bounce
- The lyrics are aggressive as much as they are empowering
- Tinashe wrote it, anything she writes is golden
- The girls’ voices sound incredible together (Big shout outs to Lauren and Normani)
The future of Fifth Harmony was a bit uncertain for a while because of the departure of Camila Cabello, but lucky for us the group with carry on without her. Fifth Harmony will keep releasing jams like this, and I’ll keep bopping along.
Best lyric: “You’ve been down before. You’ve been hurt before. You got up before. You’ll be good to go, good to go”
Alicia Keys – Girl Can’t Be Herself
If you haven’t heard Alicia Keys new album, “HERE”, you need to to sit the FUCK down and take a listen. It’s her best album in a decade. The sound is stripped and you can tell she is singing every lyric from the heart.
On the track “Girl Can’t Be Herself”, Alicia sings about makeup, insecurities and the pressure girls have in society, all over a funky baseline. This is one of the shortest tracks on “HERE”, but it’s hard-hitting. Alicia Keys has proven time and time again she is one of the most talented songwriters of our generation. If you disagree, I hate you.
Side note: Alicia Keys LOVES Home Depot. The other night at 1 AM, I was watching her Wendy Williams interview. Keys talked about how she loves going there. I don’t know why it was important to include this fact, but it was.
Best lyric: “‘Cause when a girl can’t be herself no more. I just wanna cry, I just wanna cry for the world.”
Beyonce – World Wide Woman
It is NOT a playlist of strong women until you include Beyoncé. That’s not my opinion, that’s literally just science. Queen B’s “Lemonade” has been the soundtrack to almost everyone for the past year, but I wanted include an older Bey song for this list. “World Wide Women” is an essential track from her 2006 album “B’day”.
On “World Wide Women”, Beyoncé outlines the fact she elevates her man to another level. She is a boss and an inspiration to women. Queen B always kills it.
Best lyric: “I’m a world wide woman. WWW you can log on anywhere you’re girl can take you there.”
Gin Wigmore – Kill of the Night
I’ll be honest, I am not that woke on Gin Wigmore, but after listening to this song, I am going to explore her catalog. This alternative rock track from her second album, “Gravel & Wine” is the perfect song for a scandalous night out.
Wigmore’s raspy voice and aggressive lyrics are perfect for any women on a mission. Gin Wigmore is your gonna rock your fucking world. Go get ‘em, girl.
Best lyrics: “The danger is I’m dangerous, and I might just tear you apart”
Angel Haze – Battle Cry (feat. Sia)
In my opinion, Angel Haze is one of the most underrated rappers in the game today. Take some time to check out her album“Dirty Gold”. It’s lit. My favorite track, “Battle Cry” is triumphant af. Angel Haze reflects on her life and the struggles she gone through to get to where she is today. She also reminds you to focus on yourself and not worry on material objects. Sia then comes in and delivers a loud ass chorus (It’s Sia.. you expected something else?)
Listen to this track if you’re feeling a bit lost, it’ll motivate you to be the best version of yourself.
Best lyric: “I’m just out here sprintin’, I’m runnin’ right through my vision. I’m trying to outrun my past, but still trying to defeat my limits”
Kesha – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
Kesha is a perfect example of a resilient women. For almost two years, she has been in a legal turmoil against her record company, Sony Music, and her longtime producer, Dr. Luke. Kesha claimed Dr. Luke sexually assaulted and verbally abused her. In 2014, Kesha checked into rehab for an eating disorder. Kesha and her mother have said Dr. Luke was a direct cause of her health problems.
I won’t go into too many details of the case because that is a post for another time. What I really want to say about Kesha is she’s an inspiring and talented musician. In her early days, she was written off as a dumb-drunk pop star. BUT, her work with animal, women, and LGBT charities prove she is smart and kind.
For this playlist, I chose probably the most underrated and unknown Kesha song. In 2012, Kesha covered Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” for an Amnesty International charity album. This cover is stripped down to Kesha’s voice and minimal instrumentals. You can hear the singer crying throughout the whole track, it shows a vulnerable side to a pop star we don’t normally get to see.
It is rumored we will be getting new music from Kesha soon. I pray to God this is TRUE. Keep on keepin’ on, Kesha. You rock.
Best lyric: “Goodbye is too good a word, babe. So I just say fare thee well”
Little Mix – Salute
A fantastic song to close out this playlist. The title track from Little Mix’s second album, “Salute”, will get you fucking amped up with its empowering lyrics and military-inspired drum beats. It’s no wonder this song was chosen for a commercial celebrating the women of 2016 US Olympic Team.
My favorite thing about Little Mix is the members of the group genuinely care and love each other. The music industry tends to pit women against each other *cough cough.. Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in 2013.. cough*, but Little Mix has stayed strong and supported one another since the group won The X Factor in 2011. So, grab you loudest speaker and blare the FUCK out of some Little Mix and get ready to conquer the world.
Best lyric: “Get your killer heels, sneakers, pumps or lace up your boots. Representing all the women. Salute, salute!”