The Music We All Need to Listen to in 2019

There are plenty of times when I find myself needing to find music to remind myself of how I’m powerful and capable of change, whether that be in the morning trying to get to class or while on the treadmill.

This month is Women’s History Month. This month is meant to emphasize and “honor women's’ contributions in American history.” Although this is only one month out of a year, the idea of women and our contributions is something that is meant to be celebrated year round.

For a long time, women in music were overwritten and overlooked. A lot of female artists attempting to enter male-dominated music genres and fields still are today. Many women shaped and created the music industry that we have today, and yet many of their names are still unknown.

In honor of Women’s History Month in 2019, I have spent weeks putting together and perfecting a playlist (I would be honored if you listened to the Spotify playlist I made) that I feel is not only about the empowerment of women but is also fun, meaningful, energetic and by women. This playlist not only crosses genres, but it also crosses decades.

I hope you appreciate and enjoy these songs as much as I do.

  • Superwoman by Alicia Keys

  • Ain’t Your Mama by Jennifer Lopez

  • Woman’s World by Little Mix

  • Fight Song by Rachel Platten

  • Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce

  • Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys

  • Bad Girls by M.I.A.

  • Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson

  • ***Flawless by Beyonce and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Woman by Kesha and The Dap-Kings Horns

  • Who Says by Selena Gomez & The Scene

  • Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara

  • Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani

  • S.L.U.T. by Bea Miller

  • Brave by Sara Bareilles

  • Good as Hell by Lizzo

  • Raise Your Glass by P!nk

  • The Future is Female by Madame Gandhi

  • Pynk by Janelle Monae and Grimes

  • Strut by The Cheetah Girls

  • Respect by Aretha Franklin

  • Rise Up by Andra Day

  • One Girl Revolution by Superchick

  • I’m Every Woman by Chaka Khan

  • Rise by Katy Perry

  • Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

  • F E M A L E by Sampa the Great

  • Scuse Me by Lizzo

  • Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill

  • Video by India.Arie

  • Wonder Woman by LION BABE

  • A Living Human Girl by The Regrettes

  • Bad Reputation by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

  • Hijabi by Mona Haydar

  • Just Because I’m A Woman by Dolly Parton

  • Blk Girl Soldier by Jamila Woods

  • Barbarian by Mona Haydar

  • These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ by Nancy Sinatra

  • Don’t Touch My Hair by Solange and Sampha

  • I Am Her by Shea Diamond

  • Talkin’ Bout a Revolution by Tracy Chapman

  • 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton

  • Brujas by Princess Nokia

  • Fight Like a Girl by Zolita

  • Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko

  • Girl Gang by Leikei47

  • Fall In Line by Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato

  • Girls by Rita Ora and Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX and Cardi B

  • Woman (Oh Mama) by Joy Williams

  • Warrior (from A Wrinkle in Time) by Chloe x Halle