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II: HER WORDS • Culture & Music


KTRM Radio / Truman State Top 10 Girl Power Songs


There are a lot of popular songs floating around right now that degrade and objectify women. With Women’s History Month drawing to a close, it’s important to remember all the songs that empower women instead.


1. Aretha Franklin – “Respect” No one deserves more respect than Aretha—and no one demands more. She literally spells it out for you.


2. Destiny’s Child – “Independent Women Part 1” Not only is this old-school Beyoncé funk, but she and Kelly are rocking out about being hard-working,


money-earning women who need no man to lean on. And if “try to control me, boy, you get dismissed/ Pay my own fun, oh, and I pay my own bills” aren’t lyrics young girls should be singing, I don’t know what are.


3. Beyoncé – “Run The World (Girls)” Beyoncé is the epitome of a strong, self-sufficient woman —and she manages this even while married to


one of the most powerful men in the music industry. “Run the World” is the perfect example of Beyoncé singing out for other women to realize just how truly awesome we are.


4. TLC – “No Scrubs” Another classic 90’s trio takes on themes of strong, empowered women refusing to settle for less than they


deserve. Not only is it one of the absolute best songs to blare in the car with your girlfriends, but the lyrics are awesomely fierce. I mean, “I don’t want your number (no) / I don’t want to give you mine and (no) / I don’t want to meet you nowhere (no) / I don’t want none of your time.”


5. Angel Haze – “Werkin’Girls” Angel Haze probably is the best rapper you’ve never heard of. Not the best female rapper or Native American rapper. Just the best rapper you’ve never heard of. This song in particular is just


about a woman with a vengeance, refusing to take anything from anyone and owning up to her talent. “I’m an undefeated bastard/ My tongue is the f***ing rapture” is one of her more impressive boasts.


6. Shania Twain – “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” Shania Twain’s big hit not only ridiculously is catchy, but it’s got some pretty awesome lyrics as well. “We don’t need romance, we only want to dance.” It’s pretty great someone got the nation singing about how great it is to feel like a woman.


7. Alicia Keys – “Girl On Fire” “Girl on Fire” was a pretty big hit in its own right, but the fact that the song brings to mind a very strong pop culture heroine (Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games,” the girl on fire) while being belted by another puts it on this list. The chorus is so strong and powerful you can’t help but yell along.


8. P!nk – “So What” Pretty much every song P!nk ever has produced could go into this category, but this one packs an especially powerful punch. P!nk still is a rock star no matter whether she has a man or not and she lets the world know.


9. Lesley Gore – “You Don’t Own Me” This one is pretty self explanatory —“You don’t own


me, I’m not just one of your many toys.” It’s jazzy and super cool.


10. Spice Girls – “Wannabe” Oh, the Spice Girls, in all their 90s Brit-pop glory really know how to lay it out. My generation’s original “ovaries before brovaries” anthem is laid out by the band in the catchiest way you could possibly think of. Come on—“If you wanna be my lover, you got to get with my friends” still is in our heads almost two decades later (What? It’s been two decades? That’s terrifying).


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