These days, we women, especially WOC, need as much encouragement and support as we can get. We are strong, but there is nothing like banding together to add to our own individual strength. To inspire each other and hold one another up. Nothing does that better than good, feminist, women’s empowerment music. Music heals, makes us think, makes us proud, and puts into words what we feel.
Consider this collection of songs as your Latinx Empowerment Playlist. Lord knows we need it in this political climate. Listen to each song, or the Spotify playlist we put together (link below). Added bonus? Each YouTube video already has all the lyrics, so you can yell them out at the top of your lungs.
“Antipatriarca” by Ana Tijoux
This song is so badass. Ana Tijoux reminds us who we are in this feminist jam.
“La Vida Es Un Carnaval” by Celia Cruz
It has been proven, time and time again, that Celia Cruz’s music will make you feel better. It’s that fabulous combination of her positive energy, uplifting lyrics, and that danceable sound that is infectious. “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” reminds us not to cry, because bad times pass, while life in general is one big celebration.
“Yo No Soy Esa Mujer” by Paulina Rubio
“No Soy Esa Mujer” is Paulina Rubio’s anthem for independent women. In it, she states that she’s not the kind of girl who never leaves the house, or signs her life over to a man. We dig it.
“Dicen Que Soy” by La India
Salsera La India’s messages have always been just as strong as her voice. “Dicen Que Soy” is a woman listing all the things she’s been called, and saying she doesn’t care. The song is empowering, and reminds us that what others think about you has nothing to do with you at all.
“Skyscraper,” Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has showed her own personal strength, and likes to give others strength as well. Her song, “Skyscraper” is the anthem of rising from the ashes like a phoenix, not allowing anyone to define your worth.
“Nasty Man,” Joan Baez
Folk icon Joan Baez has been the voice of resistance and the pursuit of justice since the 1960s. Last year, she decided to write a song called “Nasty Man” about the current President of the nation. We wouldn’t expect anything less from her.
“La Misma Gran Señora”by Jenni Rivera
Jenni Rivera was all about empowering females. In her song, “La Misma Gran Senora,” she lets a man know that with or without him, she’s still that independent boss chick.
“Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
Sometimes the ones closest to you are the ones who hurt you the most. But in the end, these negative experiences are lessons that make you stronger, as Christina Aguilera reminds us in the song “Fighter.”
“Si Una Vez” by Selena
Selena Quintanilla Perez symbolized the confident Latina superstar. Her songs talked about moving on triumphantly after heartbreak, as a strong, capable woman. Her classic, “Si Una Vez,” is about recognizing that you are loving the wrong person, and resolving not to make that same mistake again.
“Soy Yo” by Bomba Estéreo
Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy Yo” is a great song about accepting and loving yourself, just as you are.
“And don’t worry if they don’t approve of you
When they criticize you, you just say
“Make it Happen” by Mariah Carey
Mariah loves inspiring the masses with her powerhouse songs (and voice). “Make it Happen” is a fabulous classic, where she reminds listeners of her humble beginnings, and how her faith led her to a much better life. Who can’t hear her in their head sanging “You can make it! Make it happen.”?!
“Todos Me Miran” by Gloria Trevi
Gloria Trevi has always been different, and cared less about what others thought about her. That in itself is empowering. Her song “Todos Me Miran” also gave us one of the ultimate breakup songs. She took the despair we’ve all felt at someone making us feel less than, and showed us how to get glammed up and remember how amazing we truly are. Yes!
“Bossy” by Kelis Ft. Too $hort
Women are bosses too, and I am here for however many times someone wants to remind us of this. Kelis celebrates her individuality and boss-like tendencies with Bossy,” a jam that will make you remember all the ways in which you too slay.