It’s International Women’s Day! And what better way to honour the fairer sex, than with a run down of the most empowering karaoke anthems for women, written by some of the biggest female powerhouses around. Like what you see? Head over to our app for our exclusive full International Women’s Day playlist now.
Beyoncé – Run The World (Girls)
Kicking things off is none other than Queen Bey. It’s hard to find a Beyoncé track that’s not empowering to women to be honest. But 10 years on from its release, Run The World (Girls) still reigns supreme as her defining female anthem.
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
Dancing On My Own is an absolute pop banger, making it a karaoke classic. But it’s also a complex song that dances between out-and-out defiance and heartbreak, making it all the more powerful. As fellow pop star Lorde described it, “it’s happy and sad, fiery and independent but vulnerable and small, joyous even when a heart is breaking”.
Spice Girls – Mama
The inventors of Girl Power. Of course the Spice Girls were going to feature on our list. In ‘Mama’, they pay their respects to their mothers and the sacrifices they made for them.
Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
Bow down to the original strong, independent woman: Chaka Khan. Released in 1978, it’s impossible not to feel uplifted and empowered by ‘I’m Every Woman’, nearly 40 years later. Talk about being ahead of her time.
Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
About making Girl On Fire, Alicia said “I felt like a girl misunderstood that no one really knew, I felt like it was time to stop making excuses for any part of my life that I wanted to change. Once I made that choice I became a Girl on Fire, the lion broke free!” Channeling the inner lioness – that’s something we can all relate to.
Billie Eilish – you should see me in a crown
On her record breaking debut ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ Billie says we should see her in a crown. And with lyrics like these, it’s hard not to “You should see me in a crown / I’m gonna run this nothing town / Watch me make ’em bow / One by one by one.”
Janelle Monáe & Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.
Here we have not one but two absolute Q.U.E.E.N.s, in the form of Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu. Janelle is a star who continually rips up the rulebook as to how a female singer should look, dress and act. Not only does she absolutely rock a power suit, but she’s known for speaking out about gender and sexuality stereotypes. She gets a place on our best karaoke songs for women list any day.
M.I.A. – Bad Girls
M.I.A. is an original bad girl – fierce, outspoken and an independent creative force to be reckoned with. As well as being a powerful hook, the lyrics “live fast, die young, bad girls do it well” are actually a message of support for the Women To Drive movement in Saudi Arabia, hence why the stunt-filled video featured her driving recklessly through the desert.
Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey – Don’t Call Me Angel
If we had a list for empowering female films, Charlie’s Angels would undoubtedly make the cut. Luckily for us, the 2019 reboot bestowed upon us the gift of ‘Don’t Call Me Angel’, the theme song by power trio Miley, Ariana and Lana.
Shakira – She Wolf
In Shakira’s words, “She-wolf is the woman at daytime and the animal at night. She is a woman who knows what she wants and she goes for it. She’s in touch with her most subconscious desires and she satisfies them – and she defends her freedom and her liberties and she does it with her teeth and claws, like a wild animal.” You tell ‘em, grrrrrrrrl.