10 Songs To Make You Feel Empowered & Confident
It’s a fact that the most confident woman has her days when she’s not feeling her best. She looks in the mirror and doesn’t like her outfit or she feels her hair isn’t poppin’. Worst yet, she scrutinizes every inch of her face until she feels miserable. It’s ok to feel down but who wants to stay in a funk? No one. Good thing is you don’t have to stay in that frame of mind. We all need an energy boost from time to time and music can help. Certain songs have a way of making us shake off the bad vibes and feel confident in our beauty. Here are 10 songs from throughout the years that will boost your mood and make you feel like “THAT CHICK!” again:
“Who’s That Girl?”-Eve (2001)
Before she was a co-host on CBS’s The Talk, rapper Eve was delivering some serious lyrics like no other. As the first lady of the Ruff Ryders label, she held her own among her male counterparts so effortlessly. She rocked pink tresses that had everyone running to the salon to get “The Eve hairstyle.” In “Who’s That Girl?,” Eve raps confidently about making a name for herself in a predominantly male industry and having real talent.
“Yo, yo I can understand why you’re scared of Eve/ Thought I did it one way, ain’t prepared for me/ Huh, mad cause an image I don’t care to be / Realness, real s**t, spit reality.”
Singer Kelis released this banger on the first day of the new year back in 2006. “Bossy” set the tone for not only that year but for years to come. Kelis sang about getting things done by her rules, period. She accomplished her goals in style by wearing diamonds on her neck and grills. You can be beautiful and about your business at the same time and Kelis let us know that.
“I’m bossy/ I’m the first girl to scream on the track/I switched up the beat of the drum.”
Ten years ago, Beyonce dropped her third studio album I Am... Sasha Fierce and it featured the song “Diva.” The album reflected Beyonce’s dual sides: one being her soft and angelic nature and the other being her fiery alter ego Sasha Fierce. On the record, Beyonce channeled Ms. Sasha-to-the-Fierce and talked about how she’s a boss. She makes her own money, runs her businesses and doesn’t have to depend on anyone for anything. That’s a diva alright.
“Since 15 in my stilettos, been struttin’ in this game / “What’s yo age?” was the question they ask when I hit the stage / I’m a diva, best believe her, you see how she gettin paid? /She ain’t callin’ him to greet her, don’t need him, her bed’s made.”
“Rockstar 101”-Rihanna (2008)
On “Rockstar 101,” Rihanna debuted her bad gal status. She self-proclaimed herself as a rockstar because she tours from city to city and performs for thousands. Even if you’re not a rockstar, you can’t help but feel like one on this track.
Got up in the club, posted in the back / Feeling so good, looking so bad /Rocking this skirt, rocking this club / Got my middle finger up, I don’t really give a f**k.”
“Django Jane”- Janelle Monae (2018)
Getting through a struggling time is such a great feeling and Janelle Monae wrote “Django Jane” to celebrate herself and her family. When Monae was younger, she worked at Foot Locker while her mom worked as a janitor and her father was a sanitation worker. They all worked every and any job to survive. Now, Monae is performing in arenas across the world and winning Oscars. Look at that!
“Box office numbers, and they doin’ outstandin’ / Runnin’ outta space in my damn badwagon / Remember when they used to say I look too mannish / Black girl magic, y’all can’t stand it.”
“Just Fine”-Mary J. Blige (2007)
Queen of Hip-hop Soul, Mary J. Blige gave her fans a different side of her with the up-tempo, dance tune “Just Fine.” Inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough,” Blige professed to the world that she is happy in her skin. She washed away any doubts and fears and truly appreciated how far she’s come. Blige let us know that she has no worries and she’s doing just fine.
“So I like what I see when I’m looking at me / When I’m walking past the mirror / Don’t stress through the night, at a time in my life / Ain’t worried about if you feel it.”
“Independent Women Part 1”-Destiny’s Child (2000)
Michelle, Kelly, and Beyonce took girl power to its ultimate level when they released “Independent Women Part 1.” Featured on the soundtrack for movie remake Charlie’s Angels, the trio called out all their independent ladies to pat themselves on the backs.
“The shoes on my feet (I bought it) / The clothes I’m wearing (I bought it) / The rock I’m rocking (I bought it) / Cause I depend on me, if I want it.”
“Doo Wop (That Thing)”-Lauryn Hill (1998)
Dear Lauryn Hill, please make music again. This year marked 20 years since her debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. This body of work gave life to being honest with oneself. Hill was a teacher on “Doo Wop (That Thing)” because she spoke to her ladies and fellas about being aware of people’s bad intentions and to always value oneself. Hill made it ok to love ourselves not despite of our imperfections but because of them, they make us real.
“Girlfriend, let me break it down for you again / You know I only say it cause I’m truly genuine / Don’t be hard rock when you really are a gem / Baby girl, respect is just a minimum.”
“Let It Flow”- Toni Braxton (1996)
Toni Braxton is that best friend in your ear who tells you to do the right thing. In “Let It Flow,” she’s telling her ladies to let go of the guy who is no good for them. It’s not an easy choice to make but it will be the best thing to do in the long run. Braxton gave her fans hope by telling them that they are strong and worthy of the best love, that ultimately comes from within.
“Just let go / And let it flow / Let it flow, let it flow / Everything’s gonna work out right, you know.”
“Pretty Girl Rock”-Keri Hilson (2010)
Singer Keri Hilson wanted women to feel confident in saying the words “I am pretty.” It’s self-motivating to recognize and appreciate your own beauty. By doing so, you uplift yourself and can compliment other women too. In the music video, Hilson paid homage to iconic women throughout the decades such as Janet Jackson, TLC, and Diana Ross.
“All eyes on me when I walk in / No question that this girl’s a ten / Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful / Don’t hate me cause I’m beautiful.”
Let us know in the comments below which songs made you feel empowered and which ones are your favorites.