In this slow self-love ballad, Sabrina steadily controls her whispering pitch to sing about how comfortable she is about not knowing who she is yet: “I’m just an outline of what I used to be/ Constantly evolving/ Steadily revolving.” This is for the ladies who are still finding themselves and embracing how change is a beautiful process, not to be ashamed of.
In this electronic-synth song, dark-pop goddess, Jillian Banks, realizes she is too powerful to be trapped in a manipulative relationship with a man who was intimidated by her. Often times, men feel threatened when a woman is “bigger” than them, and thus, resort to controlling them: “But admit it, that you wanted me smaller/ If you would’ve let me grow, you could’ve kept my love.” Wanting the relationship to work out, she realized the only way for it to continue was if he were to let her thrive, instead of belittling her talents and achievements. This is for the ladies who have been made smaller by intimidated men- don’t let anyone tell you you’re too much.
In this triumphant upbeat anthem, Norwegian songstress, Sigrid makes a bold statement: “But I throw myself from heights that used to scare me/ Guess you’re surprised I’m the puzzle you can’t figure out.” With deep drums and a hardcore chant, listening to this will make you feel like you can conquer the world. This is to all the ladies who have been looked down upon and controlled- don’t let anyone break your stride.
In this powerful pop tune, Olivia shows how you should love yourself first, before you love anyone else. In this era of photo-shopped pictures and unrealistic body expectations, it’s difficult not to question if you’re good enough: “I don’t need to be the same as everyone else/ I just need to motherf***in’ love myself.” This is to all the ladies who constantly bend over backwards just to put others first- it’s time to put yourself first for once.
In this rebellious alternative recount, the sultry Lana broods about the fun and fall of being girls: “This is what makes us girls/ We all look for heaven and we put love first/ Something that we’d die for, it’s our curse.” She believes what makes us girls is our willingness to fall in love and our unwavering commitment. This is to all the ladies who are recklessly fun in love, and in life.
In this inspiring number, that’s accompanied with an equally beautifully choreographed music video, Sia shows that she’s got stamina to push through the mountains in life. Paying tribute to 2016 Orlando Club shooting, this is an ode that anyone is free to be the greatest, despite their sexuality, race, age or ethnicity: “Letdowns will get you, and the critics will test you / But the strong will survive, another scar may bless you.” This is to all the ladies out there who have pushed, and are continuing to push through the tribulations of life- you’re doing great.
In this confident banger, queen of pop, Dua, shows that she’s not one to mess with: “If you don’t like the way I talk, then why am I on your mind? / If you don’t like the way I rock, then finish your glass of wine.” With raspy vocals and booming ad-libs of “hey!” this song is a surefire way to get you pumped. This is to all the ladies who have people talking about them- don’t worry, might as well give them something to talk about.
In this iconic classic, girl group TLC dubbed the modern-day derogatory term for a no-good-nothing boy– a scrub. Sassing out all the broke boys who are trying to holler at them, they sing about how these scrubs are no good for them: “And I know that he cannot approach me / ‘Cause I’m looking like class and he’s looking like trash.” This is to all the ladies who have scrubs hitting them up in the DM’s- don’t settle for anything less than you deserve.
In this almighty innuendo-filled hit, the goddess of pop, Ariana, flaunts how comfortable she is in being a woman. Laden with several religious and mythological hidden eggs, this single pays tribute to sexual liberation and domination: “And I can be all the things you told me not to be / When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing.” With soaring falsettos and multiplied vocals to mimic a gospel choir, this song will send a shiver down your spine. This is to the ladies who are comfortable with their sexuality and power.
In this ground-breaking Black Power anthem, queen B strikes back with another female-empowering hit. A token for the Black Lives Matter movement, this fiery song calls for all the ladies to get in formation and rule the world. Embracing what makes them different and celebrating their cultural roots, this hot track will inspire you to hustle: “i dream it i work hard i grind til i own it.” To all the ladies who have their eyes set on a goal- grind til you get it.