The 10 best 'girl power' anthems of all time

Posted on Mar 9 2016 - 11:02am by
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Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani are reportedly recording their own “girl power” anthem. 

She’s just a girl — teaming up with another “beautiful” girl.

Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera are reportedly recording their own “girl power” anthem, according to Hollywood Life.

Stefani already has a hit girl song under her belt from her No Doubt days — “Just a Girl” — and Aguilera has her own song about being comfortable in her own skin called “Beautiful.”

Both Stefani and Aguilera have been judges on “The Voice” but never at the same time. This season features Aguilera as the only female judge alongside Stefani’s beau Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell.

Demi Lovato recently put out the song “Confident” as a current-day “girl power” anthem. The artist sings about running the show and repeats “what’s wrong with being confident?”

Now Stefani and Aguilera are also looking to put out a contemporary anthem by combining their powerful vocals.

Here’s a look at 10 of the best girl power songs of all time:

“Respect” by Aretha Franklin

R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Everyone knows how to spell this word thanks to Aretha. This 1960s hit is one of the most renowned girl power anthems.

Franklin’s version, however, takes a much different spin as a declaration of respect from a strong and confident woman.

“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor’s 1970s disco hit is still extremely popular today.

The lyrics follow a woman’s bounce back from a devastating break up while she discovers herself. “I Will Survive” landed on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks.

“Run The World” by Beyoncé

Who run the world? GIRLS.

This line is rooted in current pop culture because of Beyoncé’s hit song where she repeats the line over and over again along with the lyric “Girls! We run this mother … (yeah).”

“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar

The Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter was a popular female artist in the 1980s. She was the first female artist to perform on MTV, with her hit song “You Better Run” in 1981.

In her most powerful anthem about being a strong woman, she sings, “knock me down … I get right back on my feet again.”

In the video, which ran on loop on MTV in the the 80’s, she famously stood up to her pimp with fierce dance moves.

“He Wasn’t Man Enough” by Toni Braxton

Braxton proves that her man wasn’t going behind her back — but he just wasn’t “man enough” for her.

“What you thinkin’? / He’s not playing me / He wasn’t man enough for me,” she sings.

The singer was an R&B staple in the early 2000s, topping the Billboard 100 list with “He Wasn’t Man Enough” at No. 2 for several weeks. She earned a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the hit back in 2001.

“Piss Factory” by Patti Smith

Patti Smith was a staple in the New York City punk rock scene since her 1975 debut album “Horses.”

Her song “Piss Factory” was a B-side on her 1974 single “Hey Joe.” The “punk poet laureate” wrote the song after creating a poem about her job in a baby buggy factory. She sings “I’m gonna be somebody, I’m gonna get on that train, go to New York City, I’m gonna be so bad I’m gonna be a big star and I will never return.”

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

This 1980s anthem is pretty self-explanatory. Lauper sings about girls who enjoy their lives as opposed to being oppressed by parents’ rules or sheltered away from “the rest of the world” by a boy.

The single reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the music video earned a Grammy. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is still highly regarded as a feminist anthem.

“Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill

Another punk rock female anthem is this popular song by the all-girl group, Bikini Kill.

“Rebel Girl” is a popular 1990s single produced by legendary female musician Joan Jett. The lyrics discuss a confident girl in the neighborhood that the singer aspires to be friends with.

It was named 445 on Blender’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.”

“Independent Woman” by Destiny’s Child

Beyoncé makes the list twice as a modern day symbol for feminism. Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams sing about not needing a man to take care of them in this hit made for the “Charlie’s Angels” film.

“All the women who are independent / All the honeys who makin’ money / All the mommas who profit dollas / All the ladies who truly feel me / Throw your hands up at me,” the trio shouts.

“B—h” by Meredith Brooks

The Grammy-nominated hit by Brooks debuted as the lead single on the album “Blurring the Edges.”

It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts, where it stayed for four weeks. The singer repeats her flaws and attributes before shouting “I do not feel ashamed.” The song is often inaccurately attributed to another strong female artist, Alanis Morrissette.

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