10 feminist songs that you should know about

Maybe you already know them. Maybe you don’t (you probably have already heard at least a few). Either way, I decided to come up with a list compiling what I believe to be 10 of the best songs celebrating female strength and character.

But there’s a catch. The songs I chose are not exactly just about feminism – they are about letting the other sex know that we don’t need them to come to our rescue, and we don’t want them to hit on us on every opportunity either. Sometimes, we are fine being on our own – especially if we’re in a night club.

Well, enough chit-chat. Here are the songs, in no particular order:

Ellie Goulding – I do what I love

The rhythm already leaves you moving your hips without even realizing. Then you start to pay attention to the lyrics, and you’re hooked. She describes my ideal of woman: she does what she loves, and she loves what she does. And all of that while being confident, independent and strong.

Highlight: “I can’t ask for your permission / I can’t wait for it / Because I was born free / And I ain’t taking shit”


Rachel Platten – Lone Ranger

Her fast-paced singing evokes a restlessness in the listener – maybe her intent when describing someone who doesn’t want to get close so she doesn’t get hurt. I put the song here because it also talks about being comfortable alone, and I really like the fact that she is very firm in her decision; she’s not looking for pity or understanding, she’s just stating the way of things.

Highlight: “Maybe I’m selfish / Call me see-through / But I’m debating if I really need to be tied to someone forever / Sure, I get lonely sometimes, and miss being together, but hey! / I wanna roam from city to city / Let the highway and the crowd fill the hunger that’s in me”


Meghan Trainor – No

That’s my favorite feminist song of the moment. Meghan Trainor says exactly what every woman wants to say to guys out there who believe we go to a nightclub just to make out. Well, boys, we don’t. At all. We go to dance and to have a great time with our friends. We do NOT go to be grabbed and cheaply hit on.

Highlight: Can I put the whole song here? No? Oh well. Ok, then. Just a small part. -> “All my ladies, listen up / If that boy ain’t giving up / Lick your lips and swing your hips / Girl, all you gotta say is: / My name is no / My sign is no / My number is no / You need to let it go”


Selena Gomez – Me and my girls

She usually sings about broken hearts, but this song hit me to the core. Especially when she sorts of screams / accuses: “You like to watch while we shake it.” It makes the whole ritual look dirty, and not in a good way. But, at the same time – it’s the truth, isn’t it? And she’s not intimidated by it.

Highlight: “And if we want it, we take it / If we need money, we make it / Nobody knows if we fake it / You like to watch while we shake it / I know we’re making you thirsty / You want us all in the worst way / But you don’t understand / I don’t need a man”


Pussycat Dolls – I don’t need a man

I know; kind of an old song. But it is, in my opinion, an anthem of female independence and gender equality. While the chorus is great and a hymn in itself, I’ll put the first part of the song on the highlight, because it’s also freaking awesome. She says very clearly: there are certain things she won’t do, and if he can’t accept that, well, then bye.

Highlight: “I see you looking at me / Like I got something that’s for you / And the way that you stare / Don’t you dare / ‘Cause I’m not about to just give it all up to you / ‘Cause there are some things I won’t do / And I’m not afraid to tell you / I don’t ever want to leave you confused”


Nina Nesbitt – Mr. C

Small confession: I don’t really like this song. But I decided to put it in the list because the lyrics are cool, if the beat is not. It talks about how a guy buying us a drink doesn’t mean that we will come home with them. We know your games, boys, and sometimes we take advantage of them. Shamelessly.

Highlight: “Oh, you and all your people / You think I like you ‘cause you bought me a drink / But I’m just short of cash and able to wink / Excuse me, Mr. C – who you tryna kid? / I’ll take the drink, but if you think you’re coming home with me – who you tryna kid? / Oh, you’re so vain”


P!nk – U + ur hand

Yes, I am aware that this is a really old song. But I think it talks a lot about (in a rather annoyed way) the -same-old-story- habit of guys thinking they have the right to grab random women in clubs just because they are pleased with the sight.

Highlight: “I’m not here for your entertainment / You don’t really wanna mess with me tonight / Just stop and take a second / I was fine before you walked into my life / ‘Cause you know it’s over before it began / Keep your drink, just give me the money / It’s just you and your hand tonight”


Daya – Sit still, look pretty

Maybe she’s a little bit too much on her verses, criticizing men in a level of negativity that I don’t agree with (not all men want to control us, play us like a toy or take away our freedom). Despite her aggressiveness, I like the idea that she knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to go and get it – mostly because she knows she has the right to have whatever the hell she wants. As we all do.

Highlight: “Oh, I don’t know what you’ve been told / But this girl right here’s gonna rule the world / Yeah, that’s what I’m gonna be, because I wanna be / No, I don’t wanna sit still, look pretty”


Iggy Azalea – Team

She’s not my favorite performer, but I do love her wit. And I love the chorus of this song; it’s about being sure of who you are and not needing other people to prove your worth or your capacity to make it happen.

Highlight: “Baby, I got me, and that’s all I need / I got me, and that’s all I need”


Grace – You don’t own me ft. G-Easy

I know, there’s a man in the song. I consider it one of the best in this list, though, because not only Grace says the best things, but G-Eazy supports her through the whole song. It’s all about equality, and they demonstrate that very well.

Highlight: “I don’t tell you what to say / I don’t tell you what to do / So just let me be myself / That’s all I ask of you / I’m young, and I love to be young / I’m free, and I love to be free / To live my life the way I want / To say and do whatever I please / You don’t own me”.


So, did you like my selection? Would you add others? Which ones? Let me know in the comments!

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