Monday, January 13, 2014

Run the World, A *Girl Power* Playlist

I’m a product of the 90’s and proud of it. One of the main themes running through the decade was *GIRL POWER*!! Seriously though, girl empowerment may have been made popular by Madonna, but it was definitely propelled into the stratosphere with the likes of the SPICE Girls, Britney, Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, and...ya know, Buffy. Without these girls paving the way, would our generation of women be as strong, independent, and confident as we are?

As soon as the 2000’s hit, independent women were everywhere- in music, television, movies, in CEO offices and becoming politicians. They were topping the Billboard charts with songs about their ‘independent’ attitudes and headlining their own TV series, even formally male dominated genres, like action series'! (shout out to Alias and my girl Jen!). They got us pumped up about being a girl and empowered us to stand up and fight for ourselves.

It was an awesome time to grow up. There are a lot of new comers to the ‘girl power’ scene now, but the ones from the 90’s will always be my favorite! It’s about sticking up for yourself and I think it made the bond between girlfriends even stronger, because obviously you were going to stick up for them too! There’s nothing like having quality *girl time* together. When we were kids it was sleepovers (though I still do that with my besties too!) and as you grew up, it turned into weekend *girls trips* and *girls night outs* or *girls night in-mani/pedis!*. I really do believe that as a gender, we need each other. We need our “girl talk”, those long chats about anything and everything we’re going through in our lives, down to the smallest minute detail. We need our shopping trips for shoes or clothes or make up because we couldn’t possible buy those daring high heels or neon hued pants without first getting the approval of our BFF. (Who else would honestly tell you that that sheath dress doesn’t flatter the curves they love about you the way it needs to?!)  

A girl needs her besties. She just does. It’s a universal truth. Because no one else but your girlfriends understand how you think, how you feel, or your raging hormones that make you want to murder someone while simultaneously making you want to eat fried carbs ravenously and cry while watching Downton Abbey.

And it’s for those moments, that I made this completely awesome *girl power* mix. Because nothing's better than singing and dancing to the great femme fatals of our generation with your best girlfriends. Or because the last thing you want to listen to when you’re PMS’ing is a man complaining about his problems. (I mean, what does HE know about anything!?! It’s not like HIS insides are literally ripping themselves apart for 7 days, making HIM nauseous, irritable, starving, crazy and on the verge of crying constantly!) 

And, come on, like my girl Beyonce says…Who runs the world? Girls!  

[Again, clicking on title of the Playlist will bring it up on Spotify for you to listen to for free! Did I miss any!? Leave 'em in the comments section and I'll add them! :) ]

1. Run the World (Girls)- Beyonce
2. Irreplaceable- Beyonce
3. Single Ladies- Beyonce
4. Overprotected- Britney Spears
5. Stronger- Britney Spears
6. Piece of Me- Britney Spears
7. Work B****- Britney Spears
8. Before he Cheats- Carrie Underwood
9. Fighter- Christina Aguilera
10. Beautiful- Christina Aguilera
11. Lady Marmalade- Moulin Rouge
12. bang bang bang- Christina Perri
13. Like a Boy- Ciara
14. Titanium- David Guetta
15. Independent Women Part I- Destiny's Child
16. Survivor- Destiny's Child
17. Criminal- Fiona Apple
18. What You Waiting For?- Gwen Stefani
19. Hollaback Girl- Gwen Stefani
20.California Gurls- Katy Perry
21. Firework- Katy Perry
22. Wide Awake- Katy Perry
23. Roar- Katy Perry
24. Since U Been Gone- Kelly Clarkson
25. Miss Independent- Kelly Clarkson
26. Stronger- Kelly Clarkson
27. B*- Meredith Brooks
28. Just a Girl- No Doubt
29. It's my Life- No Doubt
30. So What- Pink
31. Perfect- Pink
32. Raise your Glass- Pink
33. Blow Me One Last Kiss- Pink
34. Wannabe- Spice Girls
35. Who Do you Think You Are- Spice Girls
36. We are Never Getting Back Together- Taylor Swift
37. No Scrubs- TLC

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