9 Empowering Anthems For Your Playlist
Like Hannah Montana once said, “Everybody has those days when they’re feeling blue.” Luckily, The COMM has your back with a playlist of 9 empowering songs that’ll get you up and moving despite the blues.
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1. ***Flawless (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Who doesn’t feel hyped and energized after singing along to this track? What makes “***Flawless” even more impressive is the powerful snippet of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk speech. With iconic lyrics like “I woke up like this”, Bey’s legendary vocals, and the unique trap beats, it’s a no-brainer why this song is a crowd favourite.
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Lizzo’s “Juice” is a self-love song everyone deserves to hear! “Juice” includes lyrics like “I was born like this, don’t even gotta try” on top of its funky beat and upbeat bass, you can’t help but get loose with Lizzo! Her unwavering advocacy of doing whatever one wishes to do with their bodies makes Lizzo a maverick, especially in an industry that hasn’t always been positive about different body types.
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There’s no denying the cultural impact of the Spice Girls and their global hit “Wannabe”. With over 85 million records sold, they are one of the most successful girl groups of all time! Fun fact: “Wannabe” was written in just 30 minutes, but it’s still relevant 25 years later. Despite catchy but slightly confusing lyrics like “Zigazig-ah”, “Wannabe” perfectly encapsulates the essence of girl power while celebrating the importance of a squad. But seriously, what is Zigazig-ah?
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Chica is a K-Pop bop that’ll be a staple on your playlist (if it isn’t already). Aside from the killer choreography, the song talks about breaking out of your shell and showing your true self to the world. With meaningful lyrics like “Let it all out, let your feelings out, let the world know what you’re all about” and “You shine brighter than the darkness, it is true”, Chungha inspires all of us to put ourselves out there regardless of what anyone has to say!
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5. Midnight Sky
Miley knew what she was doing when she dropped “Midnight Sky” as the lead single of her new album, “Plastic Hearts”. This song is about evolution, embracing independence, and being comfortable in one’s skin without needing to be loved by anyone. “Midnight Sky” is the perfect 80s rocker moment with Miley’s signature intense, edgy vocals. Sounds like a bangerz to me (pun intended!)
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6. Bad Reputation
Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” is a rock classic! She’s a rebel with a cause: single-mindedly pushing the boundaries of music with songs full of attitude and flair. Jett did so in a time when the industry believed that girls couldn’t handle rock ‘n’ roll. In the end, Joan said it best herself, “There’s nothing more threatening than a girl with a guitar.”
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7. My Future
Having won five Grammys at the age of 18, we all know that Billie Eilish has a bright future ahead of her. Throughout “My Future”, Eilish sincerely reflects on her past and her future. This track marks a major creative change for Billie as her previous songs were predominantly about her personal struggles with depression and anxiety. With hopeful lyrics like “Cause I, I’m in love, with my future, can’t wait to meet her”, Billie poignantly reminds us to carry on despite the future’s uncertainty because we’ll all be okay—eventually.
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“Hopscotch” is one of (many) iconic songs from Tinashe’s album “Songs For You”. Nashe sings about her wealth and success, which is traditionally what male rappers rap about. Honestly, who could blame her for bragging? She’s gorgeous, popular, and rich! She absolutely should be shouting it from the rooftops! “Hopscotch” is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re down because it instantly reminds you that you’re as hot as LeBron in the 4th quarter.
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9. God is a Woman
Listen to “God is a Woman”, and you’ll have a hard time feeling anything but freakin’ powerful! The song title raised a lot of eyebrows when it was released because of its bold and controversial statement. But Ariana wanted the message to be loud and clear! “God is a Woman” celebrates freedom, femininity, sexual liberation and sexual power. With Ari’s sultry, gospel vocals, “God is a Woman” is a certified pop bop!
What do you think of our playlist? Let us know which track is your favourite in the comments below!
Written by Vania.