Happy Women's Month, FNites! And what better to celebrate girl power than cranking up the volume and singing your heart out through music therapy? Here are 15 inspirational songs to remind you just how fabulously awesome you are.



1. “MAN! I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN” BY SHANIA TWAIN


Why it belongs on your playlist: Who says only guys know how to have fun? This karaoke-perfect ditty is a great anthem for your girls' night out, when you feel like painting the town red, freeing yourself from society's constraints on femininity, and generally living the life that you've always wanted.

Girl power lyrics: “The best thing about being a woman / Is the prerogative to have a little fun.”



2. “PUT YOUR RECORD ON” BY CORINNE BAILEY RAE

Why it belongs on your playlist: The soothing sweet tunes of this song is enough to make anyone chill out and relax. Covered in syrupy-sweet guitar chords and a mellow rhythm track, this song reminds us to go out, get some fresh air, and sing our favorite songs in order to chase the stress away.

Girl power lyrics:“You're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.”



3. “BREATHE” BY MICHELLE BRANCH


Why it belongs on your playlist: If you’re feeling like you need a time out, bust out this song and sing along–we guarantee you’ll feel better in no time. This alternative-rock track makes full use of Michelle Branch’s guitar-playing talents and her penchant for telling the world that she needs a little bit of space.

Girl power lyrics: “‘Cause I don’t want to waste another moment / Saying things we never meant to say.”



4. “I AM NOT MY HAIR” BY INDIA.ARIE


Why it belongs on your playlist: Poet and lyricist India Arie confronts our expectations about women’s beauty in this tune, and it reminds us that our looks don’t always reveal the depths of the soul within.

Girl power lyrics: “I am not my hair / I am not this skin / I am not your expectations.”



5. “THIS YEAR” BY MEGHAN TONJES


Why it belongs on your playlist: This YouTube sensation was once a guest at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she met her idol, singer Adele. Her raspy, soul-sweet voice is perfectly paired with the empowering lyrics of this song, which captures the intentions of every woman who wants to start her life anew.

Girl power lyrics: “Of all of the things I carry / And all of the things I know / I know that I will be loved / No matter where I go.”



6. “RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS)” BY BEYONCE

Why it belongs on your playlist: This powerful anthem from Queen B is a call for all the ladies everywhere to rise up and remember that men might bring home the bacon, but ladies are the ones who run the world.

Girl power lyrics: “My persuasion can build a nation.” Can there be any other question why we call our home country the motherland?



7. “FEARLESS” BY TAYLOR SWIFT


Why it belongs on your playlist: There’s something really joyful about this song, which revolves around a girl taking a chance on a boy that she’s going out, and taking the first step forward. In a society where girls always have to wait for boys to make the first move, this is a refreshing track that tells us girls can be fearless too.

Girl power lyrics: “And I don't know why, but with you I'd dance in a storm in my best dress / Fearless.”



8. “WHAT A GIRL WANTS” BY CHRISTINA AGUILERA


Why it belongs on your playlist: Take a trip down memory lane with this pop classic. The second single off her first album, this song inspires girls everywhere to remind their men that it’s really what they want, and what they need, that keeps the love alive.

Girl power lyrics: “I only looked but I never touched / 'Cause in my heart was a picture of us / Holdin' hands, makin' plans and it's lucky for me you understand.”



9. “WHO SAYS” BY SELENA GOMEZ

Why it belongs on your playlist: When Disney Channel princesses grow up, not everyone is as secure and confident as Selena Gomez. In this song, she reminds us that being beautiful isn’t just skin deep--being beautiful is about being yourself.

Girl power lyrics: “I’m not beautiful / I’m just beautiful me” are words that girls need to say to themselves more often.



10. “THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE” BY ALICIA KEYS


Why it belongs on your playlist: Girls have to do many things, and WE play many roles. Alicia Keys’s song acknowledges this, it and shows us that despite all of these demands in our lives, we should go out and do them, burning brightly.

Girl power lyrics: “Looks like a girl, but she's a flame / So bright, she can burn your eyes / Better look the other way.”



11. “STRONGER (WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU)” BY KELLY CLARKSON


Why it belongs on your playlist: It’s the equivalent of a punch in the gut--this song comes at you from all directions, filling you with strength and the singular purpose of walking away from what hurt you in the past. This American Idol alum reminds us that just because we’re alone doesn’t mean the story is ending, when in fact, it could only be just beginning.

Girl power lyrics: “Thanks to you I got a new thing started / Thanks to you I'm not the broken-hearted / Thanks to you I'm finally thinking about me.”



12. “STAND UP” BY JESSIE J


Why it belongs on your playlist: This reggae-infused track will definitely make you want to stand up and dance. It’s all about being positive and staying hopeful despite all the tragedies that surround us, and standing up for love instead of hate.

Girl power lyrics: “And if you don't reach for the moon you can't fall on the stars / So I live my life like every day is the last, last, last.”




13. “MOUNTAINS” BY LUCY SPRAGGAN


Why it belongs on your playlist: Lucy Spraggan rose to fame when she wowed audiences in the X Factor UK back in 2012, and this inspirational track is part of the album she released a year after. Play this song whenever you're feeling glum; its encouraging lyrics and soothing rhythm will remind you to chase after your dreams no matter what, because there will always be people behind who will cheer you on.

Girl power lyrics: “She said, 'I know what you're scared of. / I used to feel it too. / You're not scared of climbing mountains / You're scared that you can't make them move.' / Oh, oh, oh / I'll move them for you.”



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. “BURN” BY ELLIE GOULDING

Why it belongs on your playlist: Go on girl, light your fire! This track reminds us that we all have the potential to do great things, and it's just up to us to seize every opportunity to make a difference, to shine our light, and to live our dreams.

Girl power lyrics: “When the light started out they don’t know what they heard / Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world / We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky / 'Cause we got the fire, fire, fire / Yeah we got the fire, fire, fire / And we gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn.”



15. “PATULOY ANG PANGARAP” BY ANGELINE QUINTOS

Why it belongs on your playlist: The first single from the winner of Star Power: Search for the Next Female Pop Star is a uplifting ballad about never giving up and never losing hope. It echoes Angeline’s own journey toward stardom, as she started out in obscure talent competitions to finally winning the top prize of a singing competition.

Girl power lyrics: “Lahat ng pinagdaanan, lahat ng pinaghirapan / nagbigay ng kalakasan / Upang marating ang isang pangarap (Everything I’ve been through, everything I’ve worked for / Gave me strength / So that I can reach that one dream.).”

(Screencap from Glee courtesy of 20th Century Fox Television)

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