By Marissa Eller
Music is more than just a pretty melody with a nice rhythm – it’s a vehicle for empowering and motivating listeners. Here are a few of the most powerful lyrics from feminist songs, made to motivate you to fight for gender equality.
10: “Salute” by Little Mix
Ladies all across the world
Listen up, we’re looking for recruits
If you’re 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, salute!
Girl group Little Mix shows pure, unadulterated feministic power in not only this lyric – the entire song “Salute” details a female revolution.
9: “Control” by Halsey
I’m bigger than my body
I’m colder than this home
I’m meaner than my demons
I’m bigger than these bones
Halsey, who battles bipolar disorder, conveys to her listeners that battling your own mind is a part of life and sheer willpower will always win.
8: “Me, Myself and I” by Beyonce
I realized I got
Me myself and I
That’s all I got in the end
That’s what I found out
And it ain’t no need to cry
I took a vow that from now on
I’m gonna be my own best friend
Queen Bey shows us that sometimes the only person a girl can rely on is herself and proves that you can do anything with your own mind.
7: “Clean” by Taylor Swift
Rain came pouring down when I was drowning
That’s when I could finally breathe
And by morning gone was any trace of you,
I think I am finally clean
Taylor Swift’s latest album is all about emotion, and “Clean” is no different. In this lyric, she is shedding the scars of an old relationship and getting back to her independent roots.
6: “Who Run the World” by Beyonce
My persuasion can build a nation
Endless power, with our love we can devour
You’ll do anything for me
Who run the world? Girls!
Once again, Beyonce throws out a classic feminist anthem about how one woman’s strength and love can rule the world.
5: “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato
You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I’m made of glass
Like I’m made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper
We all know Demi Lovato is as strong as they come, and her classic hit, “Skyscraper” is a power ballad no one can forget. Demi will forever be rising from the ground.
4: “Hurricane” by Halsey
I’m a wanderess
I’m a one night stand
Don’t belong to no city
Don’t belong to no man
I’m the violence in the pouring rain
I’m a hurricane
Halsey throws her weight around in this melodic battle of a song. By stating blatantly that she belongs to nothing and no one, she shows the world that she is not one to be messed with.
3: “Little Me” by Little Mix
You can see there if you catch her eye,
I know she’s brave but it’s trapped inside,
Scared to talk but she don’t know why,
Wish I knew back then
What I know now.
Wish I could somehow
Go back in time and maybe listen to my own advice.
I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out,
Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder,
Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful,
Everything she doesn’t see,
You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out,
And know that right here, right now,
You can be beautiful, wonderful,
Anything you wanna be,
In this stunning and thought-provoking tune, Little Mix goes back in time to encourage their younger selves. This song is an anthem for anyone who has had self-confidence issues in the past. What would you say to your little me?
2: “Stay Beautiful” by Taylor Swift
Every little piece love,
And don’t you know
You’re really gonna be someone,
And when you find everything you looked for
I hope your life lead you back to my door
Oh, but if it don’t,
All the way back to Taylor’s debut album is this hidden gem. “Stay Beautiful” is encouraging and proves to anyone who needs to know they are beautiful that even when you don’t think you’re all that great, someone else does.
1: “Confident” by Demi Lovato
It’s time for me to take it
I’m the boss right now
Not gonna fake it
Not when you go down
‘Cause this is my game
And you better come to play
I used to hold my freak back
Now I’m letting go
I make my own choice
Yeah I run this show
So leave the lights on
No, you can’t make me behave
So you say I’m complicated
That I must be outta my mind
But you’ve had me underrated
What’s wrong with being, what’s wrong with being
What’s wrong with being confident?
The raw, feminine power of Demi Lovato is on full display in this song. Being a boss and taking control is what Demi is all about, and “Confident” is the epitome of a strong feminist song.
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