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17 Best Power Anthems for Working Women

"Bust Your Windows" isn't on here, but we understand the feeling

Christina Aguilera

Sometimes you just need a little musical motivation to get through a grueling day at work. In desperate need of a catchy pick-me-up on a slow morning? There’s a song for that. Craving an empowering tune to help you put you in the right mood? There’s a song for that, too. 

Check out these songs for your ultimate power anthem playlist:

1. “9 to 5” - Dolly Parton

Listen to this classic country hit when you need some motivation to make it through the week or when need to vent about the patriarchy. Take Parton’s advice and pour yourself a cup of ambition every morning.

2. “Like A Girl” - Lizzo

This catchy tune is the ultimate power anthem for working women. Unleash your inner boss and shoot for the stars. 

3. “Flawless" - Beyoncé feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Beyoncé and feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie pair up as the ultimate hype women and will lyrically instill in you that women are flawless while challenging sexist notions ingrained in society. 

4. “Respect” - Aretha Franklin

This female empowerment anthem from the Queen of Soul will surely help you realize all of the respect you deserve. 

5. “Working Girl” - Cher

This song is about the dreams a girl has to hide in order to succeed in a “man’s world,” and the encouragement to take a stand. 

6. “I Will Survive” - Gloria Gaynor

This empowering disco tune is the perfect song to listen to when you need to make it through a tough situation. Gaynor knows how to belt it out and always remember...you will survive.

7. “Girl on Fire” - Alicia Keys

According to Keys herself, these vocals are all for pushing new beginnings and new perspectives. It’s about giving everything your all and never being afraid to do so. 

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8. “I’m Gonna Be an Engineer” - Peggy Seeger

This 1970’s power anthem is all about perseverance and powering through to follow your passions when all the odds are against you. 

9. “Roar” - Katy Perry

This song will give you the courage to take risks, speak your mind, and never let anyone hold you back again. Let it roar, lady. 

10. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” - Cyndi Lauper

This hit is guaranteed to make you get up and dance, no matter where you are. We all need to embrace the fun in everyday and just let loose a little bit.

11. “She Works Hard For the Money” - Donna Summer

After seeing a waitress falling asleep at an afterparty, Summer wrote this song as a tribute to all the hard-working women out there. Keep on grindin’!

12. “Revival” - Selena Gomez

We’ve all gone through changes throughout our lives and careers, and this song is all about learning from your mistakes, moving on, and becoming the best version of yourself. 

13. “Focus” - Ariana Grande

This is a song we can all learn great lessons from. Grande’s lyrics are about acceptance, pushing past the superficiality, and learning to connect with people on a deeper level. 

14. “Survivor” - Destiny’s Child

Here’s another bop about inspiring women to overcome any difficult situation. These lyrics are about harnessing your inner strength and seriously blocking out the haters. 

15. “Feeling Good” - Nina Simone

Simone sings about feeling good despite what’s thrown her way—no one can steal her happiness because she is free. Now that’s a mantra we can all get behind. 

16. “I Am Enough” - Daphne Willis

These lyrics express vulnerability, self-love, and personal growth—things all working women need in order to succeed. 

17. “Beautiful” - Christina Aguilera

Last but definitely not least, Aguilera sings about never letting words put you down and embracing your beauty.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify: 

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By Cara Hutto

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Born and raised a Tar Heel, Cara Hutto is a content writer and freelancer who specializes in women's issues, food, and travel.

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