11 Girl Power Anthems We Bumped In 2016

Women being objectified in popular music is a daily occurrence. When the lyrics aren’t about disloyal hoes, they’re about how a woman relates to her man or why a broke woman is unacceptable.

As much as I groan and complain, I’ll still indulge in a quick twerk or two when Ouu comes on.

Fortunately, there were a few songs from the 2016 charts that stood out against a backdrop of women-hating and slut-shaming. Here’s a playlist of girl power anthems you won’t have to feel guilty for enjoying.

1. Alessia Carr – Scars To Your Beautiful.

Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beauty

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.

2. Sia – The Greatest.

I’m free to be the greatest/ I’m alive.

3. Rihanna – Needed Me.

Didn’t they tell you that I was a savage/Fuck your white horse and a carriage.

4. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself.

I know how to scream my own name/Scream my name/Gonna love myself/no, I don’t need anybody else.

5. Sia – Alive.

I’m alive/I found solace in the strangest place/Way in the back of my mind/I saw my life in a stranger’s face
6. Fifth Harmony – That’s My Girl.

You’ve been down before/You’ve been hurt before/You got up before/ You’ll be good to go, good to go/Destiny said it, you got to get up and get it

7. Beyonce – Formation.

I see it, I want it, I stunt, yellow-bone it/I dream it, I work hard, I grind ’til I own it/I twirl on them haters.

8. Demi Lovato – Confident.

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?

9. Meghan Trainer – NO.

My name is “No”/My sign is “No”/My number is “No”/You need to let it go.

10. Pink – Just Like Fire.

Just like fire, burning out the way/If I can light the world up for just one day/Watch this madness, colorful charade/No one can be just like me anyway.

11. Katy Perry – Rise.

I won’t just survive/Oh, you will see me thrive/Can’t write my story/I’m beyond the archetype/I won’t just conform/No matter how you shake my core.


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