Fram•i•ly (noun): the girlfriends who are family, who keep you in your magic
So far, 2018 has been a roller coaster of a year, but leave it to the women working in music today and yesterday to deliver us some hopeful, empowering, and body-moving music to carry us through. Tons of empowering songs by women have hit the airwaves in the last decade, preaching body positivity, supporting other women, exploring the highs and lows of love and singing about taking control of their own destiny.
If you ever need a pick-me-up or just want to celebrate womanhood in all its multifaceted glory, these are the songs you'll want to have at the ready. From Kesha to Madonna, Lady Gaga, Pink, and Cyndi Lauper, these women make music about the various unique ways women do it differently.
REMEMBER: Women wonder. They dream, explore, discover, challenge, rattle, break, upset, imagine, push, shatter, drive, risk, and poke. Women also reach their dreams and change the world. Women are disruptors.
Here’s to all the badass ladies out there, yourself included. Turn up the volume, tag your sisters and have a day that will go down in HERstory. This 2018, the FEMpire strikes back.
BORN THIS WAY BY LADY GAGA
Most empowering lyric: " I'm beautiful in my way / 'Cause God makes no mistakes / I'm on the right track, baby I was born this way"
TRY BY PINK
Most empowering lyric: "Where there is a flame, someone's bound to get burned / But just because it burns, doesn't mean you're gonna die / You gotta get up and try, and try, and try"
SISSY THAT WALK BY RUPAUL
Most empowering lyric: "Better beware, ain't no tea ain't no shade / But at the same time, bitches better get out the way / I'm a femme queen, Mother of the House of No Shame"
RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS) BY BEYONCE
Most empowering lyric: "This goes out to all my girls / That's in the club rocking the latest / Who will buy it for themselves and get more money later"
ROAR BY KATY PERRY
Most empowering lyric: "I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire / 'Cause I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar / Louder, louder than a lion"
GIRL ON FIRE BY ALICIA KEYS
Most empowering lyric: "Looks like a girl, but she's a flame / So bright, she can burn your eyes / Better look the other way / You can try but you'll never forget her name / She's on top of the world"
UNSTOPPABLE BY SIA
Most empowering lyric: "I'm unstoppable/ I'm a Porsche with no brakes / I'm invincible / Yeah, I win every single game / I'm so powerful / I don't need batteries to play / I'm so confident"
FIGHTER BY CHRISTINA AGUILERA
Most empowering lyric: "Makes me that much stronger / Makes me work a little bit harder / It makes me that much wiser / So thanks for making me a fighter"
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN BY CYNDI LAUPER
Most empowering lyric: " That's all they really want / Some fun /When the working day is done / Oh girls, they wanna have fun /Oh girls just wanna have fun"
(WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU) STRONGER BY KELLY CLARKSON
Most empowering lyric: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger / Stand a little taller / Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone / What doesn't kill you makes a fighter / Footsteps even lighter"
SURVIVOR BY DESTINY’S CHILD
Most empowering lyric: "I'm a survivor / I'm gonna make it / I will survive / Keep on survivin'"
R-E-S-P-E-C-T BY ARETHA FRANKLIN
Most empowering lyric: " All I want you to do for me / Is give it to me when you get home (re, re, re, re) / Yeah baby (re, re, re, re) / Whip it to me (respect, just a little bit) / When you get home, now (just a little bit)"
MAN, I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN! BY SHANIA TWAIN
Most empowering lyric: " No inhibitions, make no conditions / Get a little outta line / I ain't gonna act politically correct / I only want to have a good time / I want to be free yeah, to feel the way I feel / Man! I feel like a woman!"
STRONGER BY BRITNEY SPEARS
Most empowering lyric: " Stronger than yesterday / Now it's nothing but my way / My loneliness ain't killing me no more / I, I'm stronger"
HOLLABACK GIRL BY GWEN STEFANI
Most empowering lyric: " I heard that you were talking shit / And you didn't think that I would hear it / People hear you talking like that, getting everybody fired up / So I'm ready to attack, gonna lead the pack / Gonna get a touchdown, gonna take you out / Few times I've been around that track / So it's not just gonna happen like that"
WOMAN BY KESHA
Most empowering lyric: "I'm a motherf---ing woman, baby, alright / I don't need a man to be holding me too tight / I'm a motherf---ing woman, baby, that's right / I'm just having fun with my ladies here tonight / I'm a motherf--er"
MATERIAL GIRL BY MADONNA
Most empowering lyric: "Boys may come and boys may go / And that's all right you see / Experience has made me rich / And now they're after me"
WE CAN’T STOP BY MILEY CYRUS
Most empowering lyric: "Remember only God can judge us / Forget the haters cause somebody loves ya"
FREEDOM BY NICKI MINAJ
Most empowering lyric: "And if you are my rival, then that means you're suicidal / And if you in the club then it's a Young Money recital / I'm just that vital / I'm busy, never idle / I'm ya idol, I'm ya idol, I'm ya mothaf--in' idol"
I WILL SURVIVE BY GLORIA GAYNOR
Most empowering lyric: "Oh no, not I, I will survive / Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive / I've got all my life to live / And I've got all my love to give and I'll survive / I will survive, hey, hey"
SHAKE IT OFF BY TAYLOR SWIFT
Most empowering lyric: "I'll never miss a beat, I'm lightning on my feet / And that's what they don't see mmm hmm, that's what they don't see mmm hmm / I'm dancing on my own (dancing on my own), I'll make the moves up as I go (moves up as I go)"
We say to all women and girls: own your voice and own your power. Carry it. Be proud of it. Always know that, whatever you’re thinking or you’re feeling, your voice is important and should be heard. Let's hear you ROAR.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. 👑 👩