Music inspires! Music pumps you up! Music can make you feel powerful!
A new study reports that listening to music, especially music that has a heavy bass line, can boost feelings of empowerment and control! So crank up these tunes!
In no particular order, here’s a list of our 10 favorite girl power songs that we feel empower women to be strong! What are your favorites?
1. “Mann Ke Manjeere”
“Mann Ke Manjeere,” tells the true story of Shameem Pathan, who courageously broke out of her abusive marriage and became a truck driver to support herself and her child.
2. “Video” by India Arie
India embraces herself and loves all of her flaws. “I’m not the average girl from your video. I ain’t built like a supermodel. But I learned to love myself unconditionally. Because I am a queen.”
3. “Ballo,” by Rabbi Shergill
In the midst of female foeticide and infanticide in India, Rabbi Shergill celebrates the worth of the girl child.
4. “32 Flavors,” by Ani Difranco
Ani Difranco is widely considered a feminist icon. From the earliest days of her career, she has supported broad range of social movements. In 32 flavors, Ani celebrates the underdog.
5. “When I Was a Boy,” by Dar Williams
In this song, Dar muses about her own childhood experiences as a tomboy. She feels gender roles limit boys and girls, who then become limited men and women.
6. “Born This Way,” by Lady Gaga
The lyrics of Lady Gaga’s song “Born this Way,” include religion, freedom, feminism, and individualism with an overall message of empowerment.
7. “Soldier of Love,” by Sade
“I’m in the front line of this battle of mine. But i’m still alive. I’m a soldier of love,” sings Sade. The soldiers in the video represent Sade’s emotions “in the battle ground of life,” she said.
8. “Stronger,” by Kelly Clarkson
A song about perseverance and strength in the face of adversity.
“Brave” was written by Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff in 2011. Antonoff described the song “as a real civil rights anthem at a time when there are no civil rights anthems and there’s a giant need for civil rights anthems.” Bareilles also discussed the song in many interviews, revealing that she thinks, “there’s so much honor and integrity and beauty in being able to be who you are, [and] it’s important to be brave because by doing that you also give others permission to do the same.”