Women had to wait for their shining moment – it wasn't always as easy as is today. Female writers needed to do their books under male pseudonyms, weren't allowed to play in the theater, or weren't supposed to be educated and work. Right now, women's rights are getting better, but there are still issues we have to take care of. To make you remember how women empowerment plays a significant role in today's music, we have listed the top ten songs that showcase girls as real queens!
10. "SOLO" by Jennie
Not many K-pop soloists can own that power to create a global hit. Still, when it comes to BLACKPINK's ultimate singer, rapper, and dancer, that wasn't a problem. BLACKPINK loves their "strong and independent" concept, and Jennie followed that idea in her iconic "SOLO" single. It ages like the finest wine and, even after some years, inspires women to proudly be alone if they don't have someone who deserves them.
If anyone ever tells you that being solo is "boring" and that you're desperate because of that… Just remember how amazingly Jennie portrayed a woman and her power, with her standing on her own and slaying. "Like the flowing wind, like the stars above the clouds, I want to go far away, I want to shine brightly" has to be one of the prettiest lyrics BLACKPINK delivered!
9. "Run the World (Girls)" by Beyoncé
Queen Bey is a queen for a reason. Her banger "Run the World (Girls)" is considered a certified female anthem! She obviously spilled facts when she sang, "How we're smart enough to make millions, strong enough to bear the children, and even get back to the business." That's right, girl!
Beyoncé has so many hits that you can't even compare them solidly. However, she obviously covered both the themes of love and loss and female individuality as well. For example, "Irreplaceable" is another song that shows how a woman doesn't need any particular man. She can get any of them in a minute, only if she desires!
8. "Maria" by Blondie
What would art be without some intense descriptions of powerful women with authenticity and attitude? Debbie Harry from Blondie portrayed one unforgettable and impressively shaped woman named Maria. "She moves like she don't care, smooth as silk, cool as air," and "She's oceans running down the drain, blue as ice and desire" are more than highlights!
"Maria" was released in 1999, but it's still a smash. Moreover, the rock sound the band delivered is something we rarely hear today in the women empowerment area. The song is totally different from the others on our list, and if you're a fan of the sound as bold as the protagonist, you'll love this one!
7. "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys
Are you searching for a song that screams "empowerment" even by its title? Well, Alicia Keys really did that with "Girl on Fire," the tune that's now her signature one! Did anyone ever describe a girl as wonderfully as the lyric "Hotter than a fantasy, lonely like a highway?" Women know how to burn bright like fire!
Furthermore, Keys (who is also a poetry writer) understands that life is hard, but she knows that women are stronger than all the challenges. "Nobody knows that she's a lonely girl, and it's a lonely world, but she gon' let it burn," sings she, portraying the never-ending fire that faces all the problems and doesn't bow her head down. That's how it should be!
6. "Scheiße" by Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga can't speak German, but we'll forgive her that because her "fake" German delivered one of the best feminist anthems! It's a pity that this song never became a single since it would be played everywhere and would greatly contribute to female empowerment in art. However, Gaga's album "Born This Way" found its way to the listeners, and so did this feminist song, too!
Throughout the whole track, Gaga kept stating facts, such as "If you're a strong female, you don't need permission." Moreover, she also named herself a "blonde high-heeled feminist," and that's what we wanted to hear. Gaga's contribution to women, LGBTQ+ rights, and many more is something no one can deny!
5. "Kings and Queens" by Ava Max
Ava Max's signature song is "Sweet But Psycho," but no one can deny the boom she created with "Kings and Queens," one of the boldest new feminist anthems. According to Max, a king is no one without his queen – in fact, she is the one who rules the world. Women finally woke up and claimed dominance!
According to Ava, even chess shows the greatness of a woman! "In chess, the king can move one space at a time, but queens are free to go wherever they like," she sings in the song's bridge, and we just know it has to be the everyday reality. We're all queens and free to do what we want and live the way we wish. It obviously was a long way to go, but women today have to believe that they are royalty!
4. "Lion" by (G)I-DLE
When (G)I-DLE says, "I'm a queen like a lion," that's the declaration of female power! The way these K-pop ladies portray their dark and bold themes is something you've never seen before, and with "Lion," they go a step ahead in praise of womankind. The intimidating "Nothing can tame me" verse and Soyeon's wild rap are the most remarkable moments you'll keep replaying!
"Lion" wasn't even an official comeback, so you can only imagine how many unique and quality bangers these girls delivered as well. "Oh My God" is probably the peak of their originality, and we highly recommend that song, too. The lyric "She took me to the sky, she showed me all the stars" has the "she" pronoun" intentionally!
3. "Dangerous Woman" by Ariana Grande
When Ariana Grande mentions a woman in her song title, you know she's about to make an iconic feminist anthem. Grande delivered some powerful speeches and performances regarding women's empowerment. Since she is openly a feminist, many of her songs include the boldest messages about female domination.
One record that expressed a woman's confidence, sexuality, authenticity, and strength is obviously "Dangerous Woman," a sultry R&B track with whirlwind tunes and freedom in lyrics. The way she belts out, "I'm bulletproof and know what I'm doing," lets you know that this song was the moment when she released her female strength and let it shine! Yet, it's unfortunate that she never got a Grammy for it. Another track as astonishing as this one is "God Is a Woman," as additional praise of "her sisters" and all the ladies worldwide!
2. "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" by Shania Twain
The saddest thing in the history of country-pop music is that Shania Twain almost lost her voice because of her Lyme disease. Before that tragedy, this woman ruled the world with some power anthems, including "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," a smash that makes you feel empowered and precious from head to toe. Shania was like that, obviously!
Shania used to be an epitome for a lady that knows her worth, just like she showed in "That Don't Impress Me Much"! In the awesome tune "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," she lets all the girls be free and do anything they feel like doing. The "Men's shirts, short skirts'' concept was ahead of its time, and Twain even made LGBTQ+ men empowered!
1. "Power" by Little Mix
Who could be a better advocate of women's rights than four women together, ruling the world as global pop superstars? Little Mix lost their fourth member, Jesy Nelson, but these four ladies were the synonym for girl power in the good, old times. "Power" is their best one so far, with the vibe so high you'll listen to this for ages!
"Power" is a song that aged like the finest wine, and all the girls got their incredibly shining moment. In this number, they musically and lyrically support women and display their power simultaneously. "You make rain, but I make it shower" is their attitude, and they're transmitting this message in the name of all women. "I'm the one who's in control" is a phrase every lady has to hear!
Luckily, there are so many powerful tracks about ladies that we could never collect them all. That's great because people seem to take care of women's rights more than ever, and we love to see that. No one in this world ever deserved to be underestimated in any way, and these girls stated the facts right in our top ten list. Enjoy their amazing tunes!
What's your favorite feminist anthem from the ones we mentioned? Which song would you add?
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Menna Jay Says:
There's no "God Is a Woman" by Ariana Grande on the list - is it because it was written by four men?
August 01 at 09:46:09 AM
My favorites are Maria, SOLO and Dangerous Woman
June 24 at 12:46:50 PM