These 31 Bops Are the Very Best Feminist Anthems

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Sure, there are men out there who have put out good music (and by men, we mean Harry Styles, obv), but nothing can compare to a song written by a woman, for a woman, with the sole purpose of celebrating feminism. And while feminist songs are nothing new (just ask Dolly Parton and Nina Simone), the best feminist anthems of today work to spread messages of ~grrl power~ that are more inclusive, intersectional, and empowering than ever. In fact, some of the best songs about feminism can serve as your personal hype-woman when you need one most—they're that good.

Ofc, feminist songs aren't just songs about putting men down. They're also about praising female friendships, celebrating female anatomy, embracing sexuality, and fighting for women's rights in a male-dominated world. From feminist throwbacks by Christina Aguilera and the Spice Girls to new hits from Princess Nokia and Dua Lipa, these feel-good bops and heartfelt ballads are full of meaning—and btw, they're also meant to be played loud, whether that means turning up the volume on your headphones or blasting them through your car speakers.

Women really can do anything, but sometimes, we just need a really good song (or 31 of 'em) to remind us of that. If you're in the mood to put the patriarchy on blast, then these epic feminist anthems from your fave artists are here to help you out—and to remind you just how damn powerful you are.

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31 "Boys Are From Mars," by Princess Nokia feat. Yung Baby Tate

Princess Nokia is the queer, intersectional, feminist rapper you need to know, and her take on the old adage "boys are from Mars, girls are from Venus" is legit gold.

Most Empowering Lyric: Rule number four, you the boss and your money is time / So keep your mind in your books and just stay on your grind.

30 "Fight Like a Girl," by Zolita

By the end of this song, you'll be chanting "My body, my choice, my rights, my voice" right alongside Zolita, promise.

Most Empowering Lyric: Boy, I'll make you see / I got the power of Kali in me / Everybody is about to believe / It's a woman's world.

29 "She," by Hayley Kiyoko

As Hayley told Teen Vogue, "She" is all about encouraging young women to live their truth without regret or fear, and it's such a vibe.

Most Empowering Lyric: Be that girl you can't forget / If you try to make her less / She'll stand up and pound her chest.

28 "Boy Problems," by Carly Rae Repsen

Carly's "Boy Problems" is the musical equivalent of a "no boys allowed" sign—plus, the music video is just *chef's kiss.*

Most Empowering Lyric: I think I broke up with my boyfriend today / And I don't really care / I've got worse problems.

27 "Pretty Girl," by Maggie Lindermann

Remember when this song was everywhere in 2016? Maggie's first major single works to dismantle all those harmful female stereotypes—plus, it's just so damn catchy.

Most Empowering Lyric: I'm more than just a picture / I'm a daughter and a sister / Sometimes it's hard for me to show / That I'm more than just a rumor / Or a song on your computer / There's more to me than people know.

26 "Look at Her Now," by Selena Gomez

Coming back from heartbreak isn't always easy, but Selena shows just how triumphant it can be (and how little it matters if a woman is alone).

Most Empowering Lyric: She knows she'll find love / Only if she wants it / She knows she'll find love / On the up from the way down / Look at her now, watch her go.

25 "Like a Girl," by Lizzo

Ofc Lizzo was going to make this list, and her song "Like a Girl" will truly have you d-r-i-p-p-i-n-g with confidence.

Most Empowering Lyric: Woke up feelin' like I just might run for president / Even if there ain't no precedent, switchin' up the messaging / I'm about to add a little estrogen / Buy my whip by myself / Pay my rent by myself.

24 "Nightmare," by Halsey

Feeling pissed TF off at the patriarchy? Halsey gets you—and this song will also give you the perfect response for the next time someone encourages you to smile.

Most Empowering Lyric: No, I won't smile, but I'll show you my teeth / And I'ma let you speak if you just let me breathe / I've been polite, but won't be caught dead / Lettin' a man tell me what I should do in my bed.

23 "Kings & Queens," by Ava Max

Love it or hate it, there's no denying this bop from 2020 is a feminist earworm for the ages.

Most Empowering Lyric: In chess, the king can move one space at a time / But queens are free to go wherever they like / You get too close, you'll get a royalty high / So breathe it in to feel the love.

22 "S.L.U.T.," by Bea Miller

In Bea's world, S.L.U.T. is an acronym that stands for "sweet little unforgettable thing," and we fully support this change.

Most Empowering Lyric: If you don't like what I'm wearing / Well, you're only bothered 'cause you're staring / And you'll never talk me into caring / 'Cause it's my own and I'll keep owning it.

21 "Sit Still, Look Pretty," by Daya

There's nothing wrong with wanting a white picket fence—but Daya's got *much* bigger dreams than that.

Most Empowering Lyric: That Snow White / She did it right in her life / Had seven men to do the chores / 'Cause that's not what a lady's for.

20 "Quiet," by MILCK

Want a feminist power ballad that'll give you goosebumps? Give MILCK's single a listen, which became the unofficial anthem of the 2017 Women's March (and for good reason).

Most Empowering Lyric: But no one knows me, no one ever will / If I don't say something, if I just lie still / Would I be that monster, scare them all away / If I let them hear what I have to say.

19 "Boys Will Be Boys," by Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa flips the sexist trope of "boys will be boys" on its head with this powerful song, which denounces sexual harassment and toxic behavior from men.

Most Empowering Lyric: It's second nature to walk home before the sun goes down / And put your keys between your knuckles when there's boys around / Isn't it funny how we laugh it off to hide our fear? / When there's nothing funny here.

18 "Free Woman," by Lady Gaga

Being on your own isn't a curse—it's an opportunity, and no one knows that better than Gaga.

Most Empowering Lyric: I'm not nothing without a steady hand / I'm not nothing unless I know I can / I'm still something if I don't got a man / I'm a free woman.

17 "Sheezus," by Lily Allen

In addition to making fun of the media for their attempts to pit women against one another, Lily Allen spends a whole verse of "Sheezus" discussing menstruation, which is iconique.

Most Empowering Lyric: Periods, we all get periods / Every month, that's what the theory is / It's human nature, another cycle / Be nice to me, I'll make you one of my disciples.

16 "Salute," by Little Mix

Little Mix may be on hiatus rn (😢) but this feminist anthem will live on forever.

Most Empowering Lyric: If you think we're just pretty things / You couldn't be more wrong / Knock us, but we keep moving up / Can't stop a hurricane, ladies, it's time to awake.

15 "Scars to Your Beautiful," by Alessia Cara

If you're ever feeling down on yourself, then Alessia's here to reshape your self-perception, bb.

Most Empowering Lyric: So to all the girls that's hurting / Let me be your mirror / Help you see a little bit clearer / The light that shines within.

14 "WAP" by Cardi B. & Megan Thee Stallion

Yes, "WAP" is a feminist anthem. Ever notice how men have always been allowed to spew whatever explicit lyrics they want, but they freak out when women do the same thing? Megan and Cardi are empowering as hell on this track while shutting down stereotypes all at the same time.

Most Empowering Lyric: Make it cream, make me scream / Out in public, make a scene / I don't cook, I don't clean / But let me tell you, I got this ring.

13 “Independent Women, Pt. 1,” by Destiny’s Child

This song was originally released to promote Charlie’s Angels in 2000, but it’s still one of the greatest of all time. All the women who independent, put this song on repeat.

Most Empowering Lyric: Try to control me, boy, you get dismissed / Pay my own fun, oh, and I pay my own bills.

12 “Confident,” by Demi Lovato

Here, Demi Lovato asks, “What’s wrong with being confident?” The answer is nothing, Demi. Absolutely nothing is wrong with being confident.

Most Empowering Lyric: I used to hold my freak back / Now I'm letting go / I make my own choice / Bitch, I run this show.

11 “No Scrubs,” by TLC

TLC will forever be iconic for reminding us that we are worth too much to ever let some scrub catcall us from the passenger side of his best friend’s ride.

Most Empowering Lyric: So no, I don't want your number / No, I don't want to give you mine and / No, I don't want to meet you nowhere / No, I don't want none of your time.

10 “Woman,” by Kesha

Every single line of “Woman,” by Kesha, is worth turning into an inspirational poster...or an Instagram caption, at the very least. It’s all about not needing a partner because you can provide for your own! damn! self!

Most Empowering Lyric: I buy my own things, I pay my own bills / These diamond rings, my automobiles / Everything I got, I bought it / Boys can't buy my love, buy my love, yeah.

9 “Girl on Fire,” by Alicia Keys

Screaming “Girl on Fire,” by Alicia Keys, at the top of your lungs in the car with your best friends is basically a rite of passage. It’s somehow soothing and empowering at the same time.

Most Empowering Lyric: Looks like a girl but she's a flame / So bright she can burn your eyes / Better look the other way.

8 “The Man,” by Taylor Swift

T-Swift totally calls out double standards in this track (while also manspreading like a total champ).

Most Empowering Lyric: I'm so sick of running as fast as I can / 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.

7 “Mother’s Daughter,” by Miley Cyrus

Shout-out to Mama Cyrus for inspiring this Miley track that’s all about reclaiming your power. The lyric “Don’t f*ck with my freedom, I came up to get me some” is about to be your new mantra.

Most Empowering Lyric: Hallelujah, I'm a freak, I'm a freak, hallelujah / Every day of the week, I'ma do ya like I want to / I'm a Nile crocodile, a Piranha / Oh my gosh, she got the power.

6 “God Is a Woman,” by Ariana Grande

Listen, if Ariana Grande says God is a woman, then that must be the truth. This song will have you embracing your inner goddess just like Ari does in the music video.

Most Empowering Lyric: You, you love it how I move you / You love it how I touch you / My one, when all is said and done / You'll believe God is a woman.

5 “Wannabe,” by Spice Girls

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want: friends as loyal as the Spice Girls. The whole message of this song is about girl power and not letting a guy come between you and your closest crew.

Most Empowering Lyric: If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends / Make it last forever, friendship never ends.

4 “Most Girls,” by Hailee Steinfeld

Not only is Hailee Steinfeld an Oscar-nominated actress, but she can seriously sing, too. This anthem is for anyone tired of that backhanded compliment guys give by saying, “You’re not like most girls.”

Most Empowering Lyric: Most girls are smart and strong and beautiful / Most girls, work hard, go far, we are unstoppable / Most girls, our fight to make every day / No two are the same / I wanna be like, I wanna be like most girls.

3 “Who Run The World (Girls),” by Beyoncé

I mean, does this one need any explanation? It’s the most obvious pick. Everyone knows that girls (specifically Beyoncé) run the world.

Most Empowering Lyric: Boy, you know you love it / How we smart enough to make these millions / Strong enough to bear the children / Then get back to business.

2 “Can’t Hold Us Down,” by Christina Aguilera

“Can’t Hold Us Down” is as applicable today as it was when it was released back in 2002. Put this on repeat as you plot your takeover of the patriarchy.

Most Empowering Lyric: This is for my girls all around the world / Who have come across a man that don't respect your worth / Thinkin' all women should be seen and not heard / So what do we do, girls? Shout louder!

1 “Pynk,” by Janelle Monáe

A catchy song about female anatomy? Yes, please. Janelle Monáe’s “Pynk” celebrates all things vag-tastic. The video—complete with literal pussy pants—is equally iconic.

Most Empowering Lyric: Pink is the truth you can't hide / Pink like your tongue going round, baby / Pink like the sun going down, maybe / Pink like the holes in your heart, baby / Pink is my favorite part.

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