10 Songs That Prove Girls *Do* Run the World

Here's a mix inspired by the Women's March.

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"Run The World (Girls)" by Beyoncé

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This playlist would be a complete sham without the appearance of Queen B. And what better song to use than her girl power anthem? With its rifle-like drum beat and chantable chorus, this one's great to get you and your crew fired up before, during, or, come to think of it, even after the march.

"You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore

There's something about this classic anthem by Lesley Gore that feels like the perfect theme song for the Women's March. Might we recommend the song's title for one of your protest signs?

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"Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" by X-Ray Spex

"Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard," Poly Styrene murmurs before screaming, "but I think, 'Oh bondage, up yours!'" By "bondage", she means slavery. And by "up yours," she means…well, we think you get the gist of it. Sing it, sister.

"You Gotta Be" by Des'ree

For when you need an inspirational pick-me-up, or maybe just feel like sobbing uncontrollably without shame, Des'ree's got your back. If you're feeling overwhelmed, this is the one to blast: "Listen as your day unfolds, challenge what the future holds / Try and keep your head up to the sky," she sings. "Go ahead release your fears, stand up and be counted / Don't be ashamed to cry."

"Just A Girl" by No Doubt

The first time we heard Gwen ferociously singing these sarcastic lyrics might very well be the first time many of us discovered feminism. "Ohhh, I've had it up to here," she wails. "Am I makin' myself clear?"

"Just One Of The Guys" by Jenny Lewis

This is Jenny Lewis's lament against the patriarchy. "No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys / There's a little something inside that won't let me," she sings. But it ends on a powerful note: "I'm not gonna break for you / I'm not gonna pray for you / I'm not gonna pay for you / That's not what ladies do."

"Rebel Girl" by Bikini Kill

Because any woman who's marching this weekend is the true embodiment of a rebel girl. And is there any other lyric in the history of lyrics better than, "That girl she holds her head up so high / I think I want to be her best friend"?

"None of Your Business" by Salt-N-Pepa

The ultimate anti-slut-shaming song was written before the term slut-shaming was even a thing, which might be the coolest thing about it. "How many rules am I to break before you understand that your double-standards don't mean shit to me?" Valid question.

"Just Because I'm A Woman" by Dolly Parton

Dolly was sipping on that truth tea during a time when the truth wasn't something a lot of women weren't brave enough to speak. "My mistakes are no worse than yours," she mournfully sings, "just because I'm a woman."

"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra

You're going to be doing a lot of walking this weekend. Do it with attitude and, while you're at it, picture yourself in Nancy's boots, doing a particularly destructive little dance all over a certain someone's administration.


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