The Top 5 Body Positivity Songs

Beauty standards and body image have always been two controversial topics for discussion in our society. Although everyone can experience societal beauty demands, young girls and women, in general, are more likely to feel this pressure than men. Not only that, but social media has caused people to compare their looks and appearance to others, causing people to have low self-esteem and less confidence in themselves. As a way to uplift women, let’s look at five songs that promote body positivity. 

1. “Queen” by Jessie J.         


A very underrated song, in my opinion, “Queen” is one of J.’s singles from her 2018 album R.O.S.E. This upbeat song declares that every woman should love their bodies and think of themselves as goddesses and queens. It also reminds us that we should not listen to the haters that put us down for our differences, but instead, be bold in in our skin. I guarantee you, this song will leave you feeling more confident in yourself by the time it’s over. 


2. “Video” by India.Arie      

Another underrated song in my opinion, “Video” is told from Arie’s perspective of how she views herself in comparison to society’s standards of beauty. 

In one lyric Arie states, “I’m not the average girl from your video.” In other words, she doesn’t comply with the consistent image society likes to push in media outlets.  However, a few lyrics later she says, “But I learned to love myself unconditionally because I am a queen.” In other words, she does not have any problems with the way she looks and thinks of herself as a queen. 

I recommend this song to anyone who needs a reminder that you do not need to look like the people you see in music videos to be considered beautiful. 


3. “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera      Source

One of Aguilera’s older, but more popular songs, “Beautiful” is an undeniable classic reminding all of us that we are beautiful no matter what other people may think of us.  Unlike the other two songs mentioned, this song is slower in tempo and not as upbeat. However, Aguilera’s vocals help bring out a more emotional response which will make people either cry or feel empowered by the song’s conclusion. 

If you start to notice that you are comparing yourself to others or putting yourself down more, this song will help you remember the beauty within you. 


4. “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara Source

A song that will put a smile on your face, “Scars to Your Beautiful” is a great song for those who need something to make them feel good about themselves.  Like, “Video,” this song does not shy away from talking about serious issues concerning society’s expectations of what they feel is beautiful.

However, the chorus is quick to remind us that we do not have to change who we are to be accepted by the world. Instead, remember that our flaws/imperfections are not what defines us, but regardless, still make us beautiful. 


5. “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld  Source

This recent pop song looks at the positive qualities that make girls worth rooting for.

In one lyric of the song, Steinfeld states, “Most girls are smart, strong, and beautiful.” And follows that up with, “Most girls work hard, go far, we are unstoppable,” which I believe are affirmations that all girls should live by.  In a world that likes to put down women for their bodies, feelings, and hard work, it is nice to have a song that says otherwise. 

Overall, I hope this article opened you all up to new songs to listen to and share with others who need these reminders.