Empowering songs that make us say YAS KWEEN *Ilana Glazer voice*
Looking for a new playlist? We went through Spotify and pulled some old and new songs that we believe empower women. So, whether you're getting ready for a night out, driving to work, or vibing out at home, we hope you can add at least a few of these songs to your own playlists.
GIRL is Maren’s latest single and it’s all about addressing insecurities that can show themselves in a way that causes jealousy and causes you to think there’s something wrong with you when, in reality, there’s enough crowns to go around. It’s ok to have some days where you feel like you suck or feel like you don’t compare to others, what’s important is that you pick yourself up and acknowledge the power in trying your best. You’re not meant to compare to others, your focus should be on you cause you’re the shit. Hear Maren talk with about the song in her own words here.
“Draw your comparisons, tryin’ to find who’s lesser than. I don’t wanna wear your crown, there’s enough to go around.”
2) 7 Rings - Ariana Grande
a. Whether or not you like Ariana Grande and/or her music, you gotta admit she’s been through some shit in the last couple years with the devastation at her Manchester concert, the death of Mac Miller, and the whirlwind romance with Pete Davidson. Any one of those are a tough pill to swallow but she kept her head up, didn’t back down, and came out stronger on the other side. That’s a quality we can admire in a woman so we love how she’s owning her hard work and her confidence in this song. And of course, Thank U, Next is a perfect embodiment of a woman’s fire.
“Been through some bad shit, I should be a sad bitch. Who woulda though it’d turn me to a savage. Rather be tied up with calls and not strings, write my own checks like I write what I sing.”
3) Women - Florida Georgia Line & Jason Derulo
Now this one is obviously not by a woman but it’s got a pretty solid message. We can appreciate these three men giving women the praise we deserve. They tweeted: “It’s a song that just puts women on a platform like they so deserve. ‘Women’ is a tribute to all the women out there.. we wouldn’t be here without them.” Peachy Keen says Amen to that!
“Women, sweet, sweet women. You keep the world spinnin’ and love in our eyes. That’s what you do, women, beautiful women, we’re all better off with em right by our side.”
4) Love Myself - Olivia O'Brien
This is a powerful self-love anthem that we’ll be playing all February long. Olivia’s words illustrate what goes through a lot of our heads. We’re often feeling like there’s something wrong with us when the truth is, we’re all meant to be different and we should all love ourselves for it. We’re all moving one day at a time and that’s where the similarities stop so there’s no sense in comparing ourselves to others. We agree with Olivia, you don’t need to know exactly who you are or where you’re going, you just need to love yourself.
“I don’t need to know who I am yet. I don’t need to have a solid plan yet. I don’t need to be the same as everyone else. I just need to motherfuckin’ love myself.”
5) Miss Me More - Kelsea Ballerini
I think it’s safe to say that most, if not all, of us have been in that relationship that we completely lose ourselves in and once it ends, we brace ourselves for impact because we think losing this person will hit us too hard. But it’s a beautiful moment when you realize you cherish the loss because you finally find yourself again and realize how fuckin awesome you are. Learning to be free and independent is a powerful process and Kelsea does a wonderful job of putting it into words.
“I miss me more, I miss my own beat, to my own snare drum. I miss me more, miss my own sheets in the bed I made up. I forgot I had dreams, I forgot I had wings. Forgot who I was before I ever kissed you. Yeah, I thought I’d miss you, but I miss me more.”
6) Finest Hour - Cash Cash & Abir
This song is for those days where you’re just a mess and a jumble of emotions. Society has a way of telling us we should repress what we’re feeling and we push things down, sometimes unknowingly. But there’s always a breaking point and that’s more than ok. Don’t ever feel like you have to hide how you’re feeling just because it’s not your finest hour, let it out and feel those emotions because that’s how you grow and move on.
“Bottling my emotions, all this talk and commotion. Everybody got me stressed out, I can’t control if I break down. Every night is a big blur, I cant get a hold of my temper. Ain’t no one to depend on, I’m falling down and I’m holding it all by a thread now. No I ain’t perfect, never said I was perfect.”
7) I Love Me - Meghan Trainor & LunchMoney Lewis
No one likes a cocky asshole BUT there’s a different between that and a confident, empowered human being. We really stress self-love here at Peachy Keen and this hit my Meghan Trainer is another anthem we can rock with. People are always gonna have their opinions, that won’t change but who cares anyway? If you love you then own it. If you’re working on getting there, own that too. Learning to love yourself is a lifetime journey, listen to this song on the way.
“Because I’m sexy and it ain’t my fault. I ain’t waiting on nobody’s call. You don’t want me baby, that’s your lost. I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine. And you can tell by the way I talk, and you can tell by the way I walk. I can see clear when looking at the mirror, saying God made me just right.”
8) Anxiety - Julia Michaels & Selena Gomez
Mental health is another topic that society tends to shy away from but the truth is mental health is a part of all of us, whether we struggle with mental illness or not, and it’s something that should be acknowledged and discussed. Julia Michaels created this song with Selena Gomez to talk about their relationship with anxiety and depression. It’s not your typical female duet that focuses on men or some other trivial topic, it’s about female empowerment and self-acceptance.
“My friends, they wanna take me to the movies. I tell em to fuck off, I’m holding hands with my depression. And right when I think I’ve overcome it, anxiety starts kicking in to teach that shit a lesson. Oh, I try my best just to be social, I make all these plans with friends and hope they call and cancel. Then I overthink about the things I’m missing, now I’m wishing I was with em.”
9) Girls Need Love - Summer Walker
For some reason, us women aren’t supposed to have sex drives, yet another thing society has pinned on us. Summer Walker uses this song as an honest way of describing what EVERYONE feels sometimes (not just men) and that is the expression of sexual needs. It’s a sexy, sultry, expressive song that says hey I’m a woman and I too need to let out my sexual frustrations. Women have a sex drive too, fuck the weirdos that try to stifle that.
“Girls can’t never say they want it, girls can’t never say how, girls can’t ever say they need it, girls can’t never say now.”
10) Wonder Woman - LION BABE
Women are fire so a song entitled ‘Wonder Woman’ is spot on. We love that this song is saying to all women: you don’t have to accept less, you don’t have to succumb to external expectations, and if anyone’s trying to force your hand, you can handle them because you’re wonder woman. All women are strong, something that we can’t stress enough. When you listen to this song, think about your superpower.
“I ain’t gonna break for that, I’m a wonder woman. I ain’t gonna take all that, I’m a wonder woman. That’ll get you nowhere, you don’t wanna see what happens when I get provoked. You don’t wanna go there, see me spin around, see me swing my golden rope.”
11) Sit Still, Look Pretty - Daya
We love this song because we love anyone that breaks out of the box society tries to put them in. Women have a lot more work to do to fight for equality but we’ve also come so far. We don’t need a relationship to be stable and we definitely don’t need anyone taking care of us. We can be loud and we can look however we want.
“Mister Right could be nice for one night, but then he wanna take control and I would rather fly solo. Then Snow White, she did it right in her life. Had seven men to do to the chores cause that’s not what a lady’s for.”
12) Queens Don't - RaeLynn
We love that this song is all about realizing your worth and doing it without tearing anyone else down. We love the message that, as women, we don’t break, we get stronger. We also love that RaeLynn's definition of a Queen includes a woman that doesn't try to tear other women down.
“Every jewel on my crown, you better believe I earned it. Won’t keep people around that done believe I deserve it. No, queens ain’t fake. A queen’s gonna rule just the way she was made, I ain’t bout to let nobody come and take me off this throne.”
13) Body Count (Remix) - Jessie Reyez & Kehlani & Normani
I love listening to this song when I’m getting ready to go out because to me, it’s all about reclaiming my body, my sexuality, and my independence. Our freedom is exactly that, OURS. We can do what we want and love who we want, we deserve respect no matter what. The original version with Jessie is fire, too.
“Funny how you think I need you but honestly, I don’t need anything. Like what you see, you can look but I won’t let you touch up on anything. I’m independent, I’m self-sufficient and I don’t need a wedding ring.”