These 12 Songs Are The Very Best Feminist Anthems

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Sometimes, after a long day of dealing with male-induced bullshit, you just really need to blare a female empowerment anthem. Actually, you really don't need a reason to jam to some girl bops. There's just nothing better than songs about women, by women, for women. From Carly Rae Jepsen to Cardi B to Lizzo, these are the 12 best feminist songs. (Oh, and Beyoncé made the list more than once. You know, for obvious reasons.)

1. "Independent Women, Pt. 1" by Destiny's Child

This song was originally released to promote Charlie's Angels in 2000, but it's still one of the greatest of all time. All the women, who independent, put this song on repeat.

2. "Confident" by Demi Lovato

Here, Demi Lovato asks, "What's wrong with being confident?" The answer is nothing, Demi. Absolutely nothing is wrong with being confident.

3. "Feelin' Myself" by Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé

Rumor has it, if you put "Feelin' Myself " on every morning, you can successfully say buh-bye to every little bit of bad energy in your life.

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4. "Soulmate" by Lizzo

I know that Lizzo is technically her own soulmate, and that she's out here telling us to be our own soulmates, too...but I'd also really like for Lizzo to be my soulmate. Does that make sense?

5. "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande

"I bought a crib just for the closet" is the BIGGEST 2019 mood. "7 Rings" is all about treating yourself and your best friends. (If you can't afford a bunch of Tiffany diamond rings, some solid love and attention should do the trick, too.)

6. "No Scrubs" by TLC

TLC will forever be iconic for reminding us that we are worth too much to ever let some scrub catcall us from the passenger's side of his best friend's ride.

7. "Party for One" by Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen has the best stance on breakups; have a party for one and be happy all by yourself.

8. "Woman" by Kesha

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Every single line of "Woman" by Kesha is worth turning into an inspirational poster...or an Instagram caption, at the very least. It's all about not needing a man because you can provide for yourself.

9. "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys

Screaming "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys at the top of your lungs in the car with your best friends is basically a rite of passage. It's somehow soothing and empowering at the same time.

10. "Can't Hold Us Down" by Christina Aguilera

"Can't Hold Us Down" is as applicable today as it was when it was released back in 2002. Put this on repeat as you plot your takeover of the patriarchy.

11. "Money" by Cardi B

When you first listen to this song, it might sound like it's just about money. If you listen carefully, you'll realize that it's actually all about not needing a man because you can create a bomb life for yourself. (And flexing every time you walk past the mirror because you know you look ah-mazing.)

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12. "Who Run The World (Girls)" by Beyoncé

I mean, does this one need any explanation? It's the most obvious pick. Everyone knows that girls (specifically Beyoncé) run the world.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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