Updated: Jun 29, 2021
Empowering songs you need to listen to..
By: Naya Dukkipati
“I know I’m stronger in the songs than I really am. Sometimes I need to hear it myself. We all need to hear those empowering songs to remind us” Beyonce.
I think this time in history has allowed us to pose many questions as we have been left to our own thoughts in self-isolation. In times of quarantine, many of us have probably grown more doubtful, or judgemental of ourselves. I know I have.
That’s when I decide to listen to music and drown my worries in the amazing messages of great music. More than ever before, this year music has served as a way of connectedness in understanding myself and others because I feel when I am listening to an artist sing empowering lyrics, I feel a sense of community. Since we are still in a period of isolation, I wanted to share with you my top 5 songs that I think EveryGirl should hear.
1. Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce
This empowering song never fails to lift my mood. Apart from its inspiring lyrics, I remember Channing Tatum dancing to this song on LipSync Battle, which makes me laugh and weirdly feel empowered at the same time.
Favorite Lyric: “ I’m repping for the girls who are taking over the world. Help me raise a glass for the college grads.” A call to action for women empowering other women, I can’t think of anything better.
2. R.E.S.P.E.C.T by Aretha Franklin
This song speaks for itself; it is a powerful and joyful classic that shows women deserve the same respect as men. Anytime I feel myself or my ideas being disrespected in school, home, or anywhere else, I have this song playing in the back of mind to remind me of my worth.
Favorite Lyric: “ What you want, baby, I got it. What you need, do you know I got it?” Franklin illustrates that women are both powerful and resourceful, which should translate into how they are perceived and treated in society.
3. Perfect by Pink
I will listen, poorly sing, and badly dance to this song until I die because it shows why perfection is unattainable and how loving and embracing ourselves will lead to happiness.
Favorite Lyric: “Exchange ourselves and we do it all the time. Why do we do that, why do I do that, why do I do that?” This lyric shows that when we conform to others ideals whether it is their perception of beauty or what’s “cool,” we sacrifice our values in the process. Therefore, it is better to be unapologetically yourself because the other way is seemingly pointless.
4. Rise Up by Andra Day
This heartfelt song shows that while it may be difficult, we can all get back on our feet and keep trying and we have the power to keep doing this until we thrive. My favorite aspect of this song is its cyclical nature because it demonstrates that people will encounter pain many times in their life but there's always a way through that misery.
Favorite Lyric: “All we need is hope. And for that we have each other.” This line shows the importance of perseverance and community. That in times of adversity or hardship, we can encourage and inspire each other to keep pushing forward.
5. I Smile by Kirk Franklin
While this song is not female specific, I think this song carries an important message that should be heard by every young person. This song has been vital for me in quarantine because it reminds me and my family that in times of hardship, there is always something to “smile” about. My favorite part of the song is when there is shifts from sad to happier lyrics, the music stays upbeat, which shows the importance of having a positive mindset.
Favorite Lyric: “ Now every day ain't gon' be perfect, but it still don't mean today don't have purpose.” A reminder that a bad day does not define us, what matters is how we approach difficult situations.
Comment your favorite song!