When my husband and I found out we were having a daughter, I immediately started compiling any “girl power” song I could think of. In utero, she listened to Beyonce on repeat. Music is such a powerful influencer in our lives and I wanted my daughter to be surrounded by music that would empower her.
As she’s grown up to the ripe old age of two, I’ve continued to gather music into a playlist we call her “Girl Power Mix.” I thought I’d share some of my favorite’s here.
Run the World (Girls) by Beyoncé
Most songs by Beyoncé or Destiny’s Child are pretty safe bets when it comes to female empowerment, but this one is my favorite. We used this song to announce that we were having a girl.
Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
This one has become my daughter’s favorite. It took me a few days to figure out this was what she was asking for when she said “Listen fiyah! Listen fiyah!”
Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya
This is actually the song that made me want to start a playlist. I heard it on the radio and thought, I want my daughter to listen to this every day. “This girl right here is gonna rule the world. That is what I wanna be, because I wanna be.” I love the lyrics to this song!
No Scrubs by TLC
Obviously this was making the list. A classic.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston
So, most of these songs are about breaking out of the norm, being able to take of yourself, not relying on a man, etc. But, there is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking out relationships if that’s what you want. That’s why this song made the list. Also, it’s just a great song.
No by Meghan Trainor
Without getting political, let’s just say it’s important for little girls to know how to say “no.” To know that they don’t have to be nice to everyone all the time. It’s okay to be rude if someone is being persistent and/or invading your space. Meghan Trainor is all over the playlist, honestly.
Confident by Demi Lovato
There are so many messages to girls that if they think they are beautiful, it’s a bad thing. “You don’t know you’re beautiful. That’s what makes you beautiful.” Thanks, One Direction… I wish I had possessed more confidence as a teenager and young adult and I want my daughter to know from day one that she is allowed to be confident.
This Mountain by Faouzia
This is more of a general empowerment song, which I love. It’s just about persistence and being willing to get up and keep trying every time you fall.
So Am I by Ava Max
Just like it’s okay to be confident, it’s okay to have flaws. I want my daughter to know that being different is a strength, not a weakness.
Might Not Like Me by Brynn Elliott
When I was in high school, I was determined to be “the cool girl,” so all of my backpacks, phone cases, even my Christmas stocking, everything was Star Wars and superheroes and video games. I love all of those things, but I’ve realized since growing up a little that I also like princesses and floral print! My current phone case has Ariel surrounded by flowers and glitter. I’ve seen so many girls go through this. They either pretend to not be “like other girls” or they play down their strengths so they won’t intimidate boys. If someone doesn’t like you for who you are, they’re not worth your time!
BONUS: Disney Princesses!
We tried really hard to not press the princess thing on my daughter. We mixed them in with blocks and cars and other more gender-neutral options, but it turns out that she just inherently loves princesses. And that’s fine! Because there are plenty of princess songs on our playlist. Here are a few that I love.
These are some of the songs on my daughter’s playlist. What girl power songs do you love? Did I miss any of your favorites?