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    Now Listening: Girl Power Songs & A Summery OOTD | Are you ready for some girl power songs? Click through for 140 songs sung by powerful AF women. If this won't get you in the mood to run the world, I don't know what will, girl.

    Now Listening: Girl Power Songs & A Summery OOTD

    August 16, 2018 Amanda Cross 7 min read
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    Happy Thursday! As you know by now, I am OBSESSED with music. I started my obsession as I was turning 13, and over the years music has helped me cope in so many ways. I love creating playlists for y'all. Since most of my audience is girls, I thought I would create a playlist filled with girl power songs for y'all on this lovely Thursday. I hope that you love it because I created an amazing playlist for you with 140 songs on it. In total this playlist is almost 9 hours long! Let's get to what's on the playlist.

    Now Listening: Girl Power Songs & A Summery OOTD | Are you ready for some girl power songs? Click through for 140 songs sung by powerful AF women. If this won't get you in the mood to run the world, I don't know what will, girl.

    So, here are the rules to this playlist: there are only girl singers or girl fronted bands on this playlist (meaning bands with female lead singers.) There are many bands with girls in them that may occasionally sing that I could have added (The White Stripes, Silversun Pickups, Mindless Self Indulgence, etc.) but I wanted to give the playlist some boundaries.

    Those examples I gave all have badass women in them, by the way, if you want some good rock bands to check out. We all know my obsession with Silversun Pickups, so there is no slight to the women rocking it out in bands as guitarists, drummers, or anything else.

    Here are the first few girl power songs mentioned on the playlist:

    • Mercy by Duffy
    • Dancing On My Own by Robyn
    • ***Flawless by Beyoncé
    • Bodak Yellow by Cardi B
    • Survivor by Destiny's Child
    • Bass Down Low by DEV
    • Let It Go by Keyshia Cole
    • Maneater by Nelly Furtado
    • Creep by TLC
    • So Gone by Monica
    • Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and P!nk
    • My Love Is Like…Wo by Mýa
    • Can't Hold Us Down by Christina Aguilera and Lil' Kim
    • Work B**ch by Britney Spears
    • Toxic by Britney Spears
    • Get The Party Started by P!nk
    • So What by P!nk
    • Breathe (2 AM) by Anna Nalick
    • Too Little, Too Late by JoJo
    • Needed Me by Rihanna
    • Glamorous by Fergie
    • Did It On'em by Nicki Minaj
    • Feeling Myself by Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé
    • Price Tag by Jessi J. and B.o.B
    • Bang Dem Sticks by Meghan Trainor
    • Green Light by Lorde
    • Million Dollar Bills by Lorde
    • Figure 8 by Ellie Goulding
    • Off To The Races by Lana Del Rey
    • I Love It by Icona Pop and Charli XCX
    • Bad Girls by M.I.A.
    • Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson
    • Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!) by Blu Cantrell
    • Work It by Missy Elliott
    • Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson

    Now Listening: Girl Power Songs & A Summery OOTD | Are you ready for some girl power songs? Click through for 140 songs sung by powerful AF women. If this won't get you in the mood to run the world, I don't know what will, girl.

    More On The Inspiration Of This Girl Power Songs Playlist

    Let's chat a little more about the inspiration behind creating this long AF girl power songs playlist. Honestly, it kinda just hit me. I hadn't created a super long playlist in a while, although I did share a super cool work hype playlist a few weeks ago, that was only like 26 songs though. For this one, I wanted to dig deep and cross genre lines. I have all sorts of tracks on here from genres like hip hop, r&b, country, soul, rock n' roll, pop, and more I'm certain. I probably went a little heavy on the rock, though, as that's my fave genre.

    It was so fun to pull together all these tracks. I even found some songs I used to love and forgot about. I mean, Michelle Branch's “Are You Happy Now?” used to be my jam! It came out when I was 10, so I have no idea who I was so angry about, but man, I used to listen to that all the time. I hope you find some new and old favorites on this girl power songs playlist.

    When I say “girl power” I don't mean girl power in the usual sense. It mainly means songs sung by girls. You could consider a ton of these songs “girl power songs” in the traditional sense though.

    Let's stop rambling, here are more Girl Power songs!

    • Respect by Aretha Franklin
    • Woman by Kesha
    • Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield
    • Playboy by The Marvelettes
    • Potential Breakup Song by Aly & AJ
    • Holy by Jamilla Woods
    • Man! I Feel Like A Woman! by Shania Twain
    • Stop! In The Name Of Love by The Supremes
    • Dancing In The Street by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
    • Needle In A Haystack by The Velvelettes
    • You Beat Me To the Punch by Mary Wells
    • Brave by Sara Bareilles
    • Skyscraper by Demi Lovato
    • Havana by Camila Cabello
    • Million Reasons by Lady Gaga
    • Telephone by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé
    • Praying by Kesha
    • Activate My Heart By Natalia Kills
    • Gucci Gucci by Kreayshawn
    • Untouched by The Veronicas
    • Piece Of Me by Ashlee Simpson
    • Come Clean by Hilary Duff
    • My Happy Ending by Avril Lavigne
    • Stuttering by Fefe Dobson
    • Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
    • Are You Happy Now? by Michelle Branch
    • Cornflake Girl by Tori Amos
    • Criminal by Fiona Apple
    • Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O'Connor
    • Possession by Sarah McLachlan
    • Imagining My Man by Aldous Harding
    • The Kids Are Alright by Chloe x Halle
    • Down By The Water by PJ Harvey
    • Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? by Paula Cole
    • Angry Johnny by Poe

    What I'm Wearing

    For this look, I started with this beautiful kimono I recently picked up from SHEIN. It is gorgeous in person, but I feel like the camera made it even more beautiful.

    I love this kimono partnered with this adorable denim skirt. Everyone and their momma seems to be rocking denim skirts nowadays. They are so comfortable to wear out and about, especially when you have a long kimono, so you don't flash anyone lol.

    I kept it simple on top with a cute Time + Tru tank top from Walmart; this line seems to be killing it right now! Last, but not least, I paired it with some sparkly slides (that you'll see later) and my signature bangles. My bangles never seem to photograph well, but I love them anyway.

    Let's get back to naming some more girl power songs, ladies!

    • What's A Girl To Do? by Bat For Lashes
    • Human Behaviour by Björk
    • Malibu by Hole
    • Over My Head by Alabama Shakes
    • Ain't It Fun by Paramore
    • Thank U by Alanis Morissette
    • White Flag by Dido
    • All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow
    • Linger by The Cranberries
    • My Favourite Game by The Cardigans
    • Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage
    • Let Me Fall by Alexz Johnson
    • A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton
    • Fallin' by Alicia Keys
    • Bust Your Windows by Jazmine Sullivan
    • Doo Wop (That Thing) by Ms. Lauryn Hill
    • Family Affair by Mary J. Blige
    • Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae
    • One, Two Step by Ciara
    • Straight Up by Paula Abdul
    • Seether by Veruca Salt
    • Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton
    • Songs Like This by Carrie Underwood
    • Fastest Girl In Town by Miranda Lambert
    • Mother Mother by Tracy Bonham
    • Naked Eye by Luscious Jackson
    • Here And Now by Letters To Cleo
    • Cannonball by The Breeders
    • Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
    • Supernova by Liz Phair
    • What's Up? by 4 Non Blondes
    • Scratch Your Name by Noisettes
    • That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings
    • Bulletproof by La Roux
    • Smile by Lily Allen


    For the makeup in this look, I kept it pretty simple. I had just gotten the  Chocolate Gold palette for my Too Faced cosmetics review, and I wanted to see if I could create a new look with it. I was a little heavy handed with this look as I was still figuring out the palette. You should see some of the pictures I'm not sharing, ya girl looked shiny AF, and not in a good way. Those are going in the archives, never to be seen, y'all.

    I was a little scared to put this lipstick on for this shot. If you don't know, I am always afraid that pink lipstick will make my lips look ashy. Usually, I steer clear of pink lipstick in favor of red or purple lipstick which I love! I stepped out on a limb for this look because I was already rocking a pink tank top. I am glad I did, though, because it helped the look pop! Now, I might actually wear more pink lipstick now.

    Here are a few more girl power songs to finish this post:

    • 6 Underground by Sneaker Pimps
    • Wannabe by Spice Girls
    • Love Galore by SZA
    • Fidelity by Regina Spektor
    • You Know I'm No Good by Amy Winehouse
    • Take It All by Adele
    • Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
    • Jar Of Hearts by Christina Perri
    • Realize by Colbie Caillat
    • 4ever by The Veronicas
    • Waking Up In Vegas by Katy Perry
    • You're Not Sorry by Taylor Swift
    • Bang Bang by Jessi J., Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
    • Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara
    • Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
    • Underneath It All by No Doubt
    • Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
    • Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer
    • With You by Jessica Simpson
    • Can't Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue
    • Fever by Peggy Lee
    • She Works Hard For The Money by Donna Summer
    • I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
    • Physical by Oliva Newton-John
    • Bitch by Meredith Brooks
    • Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
    • I'm Coming Out by Diana Ross
    • Saving All My Love For You by Whitney Houston
    • What's Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner
    • Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar
    • Alone by Heart
    • King Of Anything by Sara Bareilles
    • All That I'm Living For by Evanescence
    • There For You by Flyleaf
    • Cry Me A River by Julie London
    • Music by Madonna
    • Run The World (Girls) by Beyoncé

    Conclusion: Get Your Girl Power Songs Listening On!

    I am SO happy with how this playlist turned out. It's a mixture of so many songs that I love. I hope that you have found something you adore on this playlist as well. If nothing else, you can marvel at all the badass women who followed their heart and created a career doing something they love. What's better than that?

    Girl Power Songs Spotify Playlist

    Here is the playlist created on Spotify for your enjoyment!

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  • Sara Miller August 17, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Love it! So many old favorites!

  • Madison August 19, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Aly & AJ and Hilary Duff are all-time faves! I miss those days!

  • Juliette | For the Sake of Good Taste August 28, 2018 at 10:16 am

    I keep telling myself that I need to compile an actual playlist with some of my favourite girl power songs—and now I’ve so many more! I think it’s definitely time for me to sit down and make the darn thing already. Thanks for the inspiration! And I love the kimono! 🙂

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    My name is Amanda Cross, and I am the blogger behind The Happy Arkansan. I am a blogger, freelance writer, and podcaster. When I am not creating content for any of my content online, I can usually be found baking, watching YouTube, or napping. I love helping millennials and young adults navigate the mess that is adult life. Keep reading for my thoughts and experiences.

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