Most Iconic Feminist Bops
In honor of International Women’s Day, it’s only fitting we reflect on some of the jams that made us proud to be female. The last 18 years of music have been some of the best of all time with the rise of the female superstar. Join us in celebrating these iconic feminist bops that made our top 10 countdown.
10. Obsessed– Mariah Carey
We officially declare Mariah the queen of self-love with this diss track that also doubles as a empowerment anthem. “Finally found a girl that you couldn’t impress. Last man on earth still couldn’t get this.” Relatable, am I right?
9. Before He Cheats– Carrie Underwood
This may be the most iconic revenge anthem out there. In the instance of cheating, we do not condone carving your name into his leather seats, though we do encourage blasting this song and letting it all out. Even if you’re not a country fan, it’s hard not to love this one.
8. Bad Girls– M.I.A
M.I.A is a trailblazer in terms of minority representation. She is female, Sri Lankan, and in her 40’s making bad ass rap tracks. If that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will. This is one of those songs that whenever it comes on, it makes me wanna drive 90 MPH and rob a bank, even though I’m probably on the way to my suburban hot yoga class.
7. Flawless– Beyoncé
If you’re an English nerd like me, then this music video is especially iconic. Bey includes a reading by Chimamanda Adiche, which addresses the many social injustices/expectations that come with being a woman. Adiche is an icon in her own right. If you’re unfamiliar, nerd out and look up one of her TED Talks. I think you’ll understand why Bey and I love her too. Yonce the low-key scholar I see.
6. Bitch Better Have My Money– Rihanna
This list simply wouldn’t be complete without at least one Riri track. We chose this one because it completely embodies the “girl boss” persona. Not only is it about getting money, but handling your business like a boss. This song delivers a message of independence and women getting their own coin, and we’re SO here for it.
5. Like A Boy– Ciara
“Wish we could switch up the roles, and I could be bad. Tell you I love you, but when you call I never get back.” Ciara really snapped on this one. Not only are her lyrics painfully true, but it began a movement of women asking more for themselves in their relationships.
4. Unwritten– Natasha Bedingfield
We dug deep into the archives for this one, but you have to admit it still slaps. It’s catchy, empowering, and was worthy enough to be the theme song for “The Hills”, so need I say more? We miss you, Natasha.
3. Buttons– The Pussycat Dolls
Okay, just look at that strut, I’M STILL SHOOK 12 YEARS LATER. (Wow, I feel old) This jam was a huge for sexual equality. “I’m tellin’ you to loosen up my buttons babe” coming from a woman, was one of the first of it’s kind. Since then, we’ve seen women being even more open as sexual beings in their lyrics. Hell, now we got Nicki saying “let him eat my a** like a cupcake”. We have you queens to thank!
2. Bodak Yellow– Cardi B
Next time you’re pre-gaming with your girls before a night out, this is the go-to. 100% chance of the entire place losing their mind, especially if they’re already a few shots in. The stripper to pop star come up is one we can all get behind. We salute you, Cardi for owning every once of who you are and not shying away from your past.
1. Feelin’ Myself– Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé
I’m sorry, but did you really think there was any possible way Beyoncé could NOT get mentioned twice? This song is all about being comfortable in your own skin and loving who you are, so of course this tops our list. “Male or female it make no difference, I stop the world. World stop…. carry on.”