Whether you’re looking for some encouragement or just need to be reminded of the strong and powerful woman you are, there are tons of awesome songs out there to choose from for any situation. Here are some of the best girl power songs EVER…
“None of Your Business” – Salt-N-Pepa
Looking for advice on how to shut down the haters? Toss on some Salt -N-Pepa for ways to serve up the right amount of sass.
Most empowering lyric: “What’s the matter with your life? / Why you gotta mess with mine? / Don’t keep sweatin’ what I do / ‘Cause I’m gonna be just fine”
“Who Says” – Selena Gomez & The Scene
All that matters is that you love you despite what anyone says.
Most empowering lyric: “But who are you to judge / When you’re a diamond in the rough / I’m sure you got some things / You’d like to change about yourself / But when it comes to me / I wouldn’t want to be anybody else”
“Unpretty” – TLC
Sometimes the harshest critic is the one in the mirror.
Most empowering lyric: “But if you can’t look inside you / Find out who am I to / Be in the position that make me feel so / Damn unpretty”
“The Man” – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift shines a big light on the double standards between men and women in this song from her album Lover.
Most empowering lyric: “Wondering if I’d get there quicker / If I was a man / And I’m so sick of them coming at me again / ‘Cause if I was a man / Then I’d be the man”
“GIRL” – Maren Morris
All the ups and downs are normal, but girls can face anything.
Most empowering lyric: “Baby girl, don’t you hang your head low / Don’t you lose your halo / Everyone’s gonna be okay”
“Roar” – Katy Perry
This song puts a modern spin on the 1970s lyric “I am woman, hear me roar.”
Most empowering lyric: “Now I’m floating like a butterfly / Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes / I went from zero, to my own hero”
“Mother’s Daughter” – Miley Cyrus
Miley lets us all know that there’s power in freedom.
Most empowering lyric: “Oh my God, she got the power / Oh, look at her, she got the power / So-so, so don’t f*ck with my freedom”
“Nunya” – Kehlani ft. Dom Kennedy
It takes a while for your ex to realize what they’re missing, but when they do, they’ll realize they missed out on the best thing they’ve ever had.
Most empowering lyric: “You put on a show / ‘Cause you don’t want the world to know / That you lost a girl who got it on her own / It’d be good for you to let it go”
“Girl Can’t Be Herself” – Alicia Keys
You’re amazing, just the way you are.
Most empowering lyric: “Who says I must conceal what I’m made of? / Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem / Whose job is it to straighten out my curves? / I’m so tired of that image, that’s my word”
“I’m Dat Chick” – Kelly Rowland
There’s nothing wrong with flaunting a little self-love.
Most empowering lyric: “And I’m not cocky, I just love myself / ‘Cause he can’t buy a ring, I can buy myself / Puttin’ on a show so you can check me out / This chick know she cute so what you talking ’bout”
“Confident” – Demi Lovato
Don’t let anyone wreck your confidence.
Most empowering lyric: “So you say I’m complicated / That I must be outta my mind / But you had me underrated, rated, rated / What’s wrong with being, what’s wrong with being, what’s wrong with being confident?”
“Formation” – Beyoncé
Like the Queen B says, we’ve gotta work hard to get what’s ours.
Most empowering lyric: “I go hard, I go hard / Get what’s mine, take what’s mine / I’m a star, I’m a star / ‘Cause I slay, slay”
“Girl Power” – Cheetah Girls
This girl group reminds us that our friends will always be there to lift us up.
Most empowering lyric: “I’ve made mistakes before but / I know I’m not perfect / It’s ok ’cause who could ever be / As long as I did my best / It won’t matter what no one says / Cause deep down in my heart I’ve got the power to make it all happen yeah”
“Good As Hell” – Lizzo
What would this list be without the president of positivity? It’s a law, and I’m enforcing it.
Most empowering lyric: “Come now, come dry your eyes / You know you a star, you can touch the sky / I know that it’s hard but you have to try”
“Invincible” – Kelly Clarkson
For anyone feeling stuck in the gutter, Kelly helps us remember that weathering life’s biggest storms only make us stronger.
Most empowering lyric: “Now I am invincible / No, I ain’t a scared little girl no more / Yeah, I am invincible / What was I running for / I was hiding from the world / I was so afraid, I felt so unsure / Now I am invincible another perfect storm”
“Hard” – Rihanna ft. Jeezy
Don’t let anyone bring you down because the negativity doesn’t deserve your attention.
Most empowering lyric: “They can say whatever, I’ma do whatever / No pain is forever, yup, you know this / Tougher than a lion, ain’t no need in tryin’/ I live where the sky ends, yup, you know this”
“***Flawless” – Beyoncé ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Aside from literally telling women that they’re flawless, this song features part of the TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie titled “We Should All Be Feminists.”
Most empowering lyric: “I woke up like this / We flawless, ladies tell ’em / Say I, look so good tonight”
“Hey Girl” – Lady Gaga and Florence Welsh
Hey girls, we should always have each other’s backs!
Most empowering lyric: “Hey girl, hey girl / We can make it easy if we lift each other / Hey girl, hey girl / We don’t need to keep on one-in’ up another / Hey girl, hey girl / Hey girl, hey girl / If you lose your way / Just know that I got you”
“Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monáe ft. Erykah Badu
The rap at the end of this song is everything! It’s a rallying cry, and a mantra rolled into one.
Most empowering lyric: “She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel
“Level Up” – Ciara
PSA: Don’t let mistakes hold you back because everything can be a lesson on how to move forward.
Most empowering lyric: “Them old mistakes are gone, I won’t do them no more / That’s old news there’s new news, I done did that before / I turned nothing to something, my comeback on one hunnid’ / Less talking, more action, you just gon’ see CiCi coming / I just keep elevating, no losses, just upgrading / My lessons, made blessings I turned that into money / Thank God I never settled this view is so much better / I’m chilling, I’m winning, like on another level”
“Run the World (Girls)” – Beyoncé
In case you need a reminder.
Most empowering lyric: “Who run the world? / Girls”
“Most Girls” – Hailee Steinfeld
Don’t forget looking good is all about feeling good on the inside.
Most empowering lyric: “You know some days you feel so good in your own skin / But it’s okay if you wanna change the body that you came in / ‘Cause you look greatest when you feel like a damn queen / We’re all just playing a game in a way, trying to win at life”
“That’s My Girl” – Fifth Harmony
If you ever need to feel like you can take on anything, this is the song for you.
Most empowering lyric: “You’ve been down before / You’ve been hurt before / You got up before / You’ll be good to go, good to go”
“CRZY” – Kehlani
This one is a perfect reminder to power past the people who are trying to bring you down.
Most empowering lyric: “Everything I do, I do it with a passion / If I gotta be a b*tch, I’ma be a bad one”
“Do What U Want” – Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera
Even when people try to talk to talk you down, their words won’t be able to hurt you with this song.
Most empowering lyric: “Write what you want, say what you want ’bout me / If you’re wondering, know that I’m not sorry
“BO$$” – Fifth Harmony
Because your goals are worth chasing.
Most empowering lyric: “C-o-n-f-i-d-e-n-t / That’s me, I’m confident / Don’t want yo compliments / Use common sense, I’m on my Michelle Obama shhhhhhhhh / Shut yo mouth / Boy I think you know who run this house / I ain’t thirstin for no bae” –”BO$$”
“God is a Woman” – Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande proved once and for all that god is a woman and it’s just what we needed to hear.
Most empowering lyric: “And I can be all the things you told me not to be / When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing / And he see the universe when I’m in company / It’s all in me”
“Me Too” – Meghan Trainor
Imagine waking up every day, feeling this good about yourself. Goals, honestly.
Most empowering lyric: “And I can’t help lovin’ myself / And I don’t need nobody else /If I was you I’d wanna be me, too”
“Man! I Feel Like A Woman” – Shania Twain
Shania Twain was breaking down the gender barrier back in 2003, and hasn’t stopped since.
Most empowering lyric: “I want to be free yeah, to feel the way I feel / Man! I feel like a woman!”
“Wannabe” – Spice Girls
Your squad is legit goals, and you know it.
Most empowering lyric: “If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends / Make it last forever, friendship never ends / If you wanna be my lover, you have got to give / Taking is too easy, but that’s the way it is”
“Fight Song” – Rachel Platten
A power ballad is truly a vibe!
Most empowering lyric: “And I don’t really care if nobody else believes / ‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me”
“Woman” by Kesha
It’s awesome being a woman and don’t you ever forget it.
Most empowering lyric: “I’m a motherf*cking woman, baby, alright / I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight / I’m a motherf*cking woman, baby, that’s right / I’m just having fun with my ladies here tonight.”
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
Cardi revealed that she wrote this song at a time when she was feeling herself, and you can totally tell.
Most empowering lyric: “They see pictures, they say goals / B*tch, I’m who they tryna be”
“Bad Reputation” – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Take a page from Joan, and just do you.
Most empowering lyric: “A girl can do what she wants to do and that’s what I’m gonna do”
“Salute” – Little Mix
Every girl gang needs matching jackets and an anthem like this one.
Most empowering lyric: “Ladies all across the world, listen up, we’re looking for recruits / If you with me, let me see your hands, stand up and salute / Get your killer heels, sneakers, pumps or lace up your boots / Representing all the women, salute”
“Aint Your Mama” – JLo
Don’t forget to let go of the things that aren’t serving you.
Most empowering lyric: “When did you get too comfortable? / ‘Cause I’m too good for that, I’m too good for that”
“Whip My Hair” – Willow Smith
This girl-power anthem doubles as a bop.
Most empowering lyric: “Don’t let haters get me off my grind /With my head up I know I’ll be fine”
“Diva” – Beyoncé
Most women will be called a diva at some point in their lives, but if Beyoncé taught us anything, it’s that it’s not a bad thing.
Most empowering lyric: “Diva is a female version of a hustler.”
“U + Ur Hand” – P!nk
P!nk is always there for anyone needing to release a little pent-up rage.
Most empowering lyric: “I’m not here for your entertainment / You don’t really wanna mess with me tonight”
“Independent Women (Part 1)” – Destiny’s Child
The ultimate girl power anthem for every woman out there.
Most empowering lyric: “Question, tell me how you feel about this / Try to control me, boy, you get dismissed / Pay my own fun, oh, and I pay my own bills / Always fifty fifty in relationships”
“Pretty Girl Rock” – Keri Hilson
Sing this song to yourself at least twice a day for the best results.
Most empowering lyric: “I can talk about it ’cause I know that I’m pretty / And if you know it too, then ladies sing it with me / All eyes on me when I walk in / No question that this girl’s a ten / Don’t hate me ’cause I’m beautiful”
“Love Myself” – Hailee Steinfeld
In case you needed a reminder: you don’t need anybody else.
Most empowering lyric: “I love me / Can’t help myself, no, I don’t need anybody else / Anytime, day or night”
“Scars to Your Beautiful” – Alessia Cara
Everyone is beautiful in their own way.
Most empowering lyric: “But there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark / You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are / And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart / No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful”
“Stronger” – Kelly Clarkson
Sometimes, you just need to get back up.
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 / Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone”
“IDGAF” – Dua Lipa
Every single time bae tries to apologize after messing up, play this song.
Most empowering lyric: “Well, I’m too busy for your business / Go find a girl who wants to listen / ‘Cause if you think I was born yesterday / You have got me wrong”
“Firework” – Katy Perry
News flash: You’re a badass.
Most empowering lyric: “You don’t have to feel like a waste of space / You’re original, cannot be replaced / If you only knew what the future holds / After a hurricane comes a rainbow”
“Beautiful” – Christina Aguilera
XTina’s voice is a perfect remedy for anyone dealing with self-doubt and insecurity.
Most empowering lyric: “I am beautiful / No matter what they say / Words can’t bring me down / I am beautiful / In every single way / Yes words can’t bring me down / Oh no / So don’t you bring me down today”
“Stronger” – Britney Spears
Some people might think you need them in your life, but that’s not true.
Most empowering lyric: “I’m not your property as from today, baby / You might think that I won’t make it on my own / But now I’m / Stronger than yesterday / Now it’s nothing but my way”
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
Sometimes, you just have to shake all the haters off.
Most empowering lyric: “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate / Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake / I shake it off, I shake it off”
“Making the Most of the Night” – Carly Rae Jepsen
All you need is your BFFs when you’re down.
Most empowering lyric: “I know you’ve had a rough time / Here I’ve come to hijack you (hijack you), I’ll love you while / I’m making the most of the night”