Every day deserves a little moment of celebration. Nothing says celebration like a little music, so here are my choices for songs that should be playing on every woman’s iPod. In no particular order, these great songs celebrate this glorious state we call Woman like none other.
You can feel free to disagree with my choices, but I have taken these songs to heart, and now I might be a bit of a handful. Can you see my cyber-wink from here?? Erin
1. Cyndi Lauper “True Colors” (sung here by Eva Cassidy) I love that Cyndi Lauper created this song. We girls of a certain age grew up listening to her and taking her words to heart. Girls are about so much more than just having fun, and this song was Cyndi’s beautiful way of saying that. Eva Cassidy was a great talent lost too soon to skin cancer. She sings this song so beautifully that it almost feels like it was written for her.
2. Lesley Gore “You Don’t Own Me” —Men, especially in today’s political environment, seem to have forgotten this. You DON’T own me! Stand up and rock it out, Sisters. This is the song to be singing in your head when you cast your ballots.
3. Helen Reddy ”I am Woman”—This song was the battle cry of the women’s movement for a reason. It celebrates and empowers women. You will feel a whole lot better about getting a new job, quitting an crappy job, or, heck, even washing your floor, if you are doing it with a heart full of some of this invincible girl power. It is such a powerful touchstone that in 2010 when Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” the first time a woman won the award, they played it as her exit music.
4. Sara Bareilles— “Love Song” She won’t even write him a love song if he doesn’t respect her and treat her right. And by him, I mean THE MAN, because she wrote this song to her record label. It’s the little stands we take to make sure people treat us with the care and understanding we deserve that change the world. In this case, her little stand became a huge hit AND a satisfying thumbing her nose at the executives who tried to control her. Even if “he” can’t love her, you certainly should. She is a Sister who has your back.
5. Gwen Stefani “Just a Girl” –This is a girl who has had it with the way men rule the world. This is the song to rally your girlfriends to the cause. We don’t need a world where we are forced to hold someone’s hand (I personally love hand-holding, but you get my drift). This song was written in 1995, Ladies. The world has not changed that much since then. Get inspired.
6. India Arie “I’m Not Your Average Girl”— This song celebrates being a happy, well-adjusted girl like none other. I want to play this on repeat into my teenage daughter’s ear in a non-stop loop. If we all thought like this, the world would be a much happier place.
7. Indigo Girls “Closer I am to Fine”— This was the song that girls sang OUT LOUD during college. Every woman I knew then could sing this song by heart. This was our generation’s version of “I Am Woman.”
8. Nina Simone “Feeling Good” This song just oozes happy, confident, potent, powerful woman. If you felt like this every day, there is almost nothing you couldn’t do. You go, girl!
9. Linda Ronstadt “Different Drum”— I love the spunk and honesty in this girl’s desire to spread her wings and fly. Even her polite decline of the boy trying to “reign” her in warms my heart. Another one I might have to put on a playlist for my teen girl.
10. Natasha Beddingfield “Unwritten”— Don’t let the fact that this was the theme song to “The Hills” deter you from hearing the awesome message she has to share. She celebrates making mistakes, releasing inhibitions, and female empowerment—what’s not to love?
By Ellen Williams Erin Dymowski