Playlist: This one's for the girls!
April 26, 2020 12:44 PM   Subscribe

What are your recommendations for songs by women, for women, celebrating girlhood? Country music is my favorite, but all things sisterhood will work. Old standards, coming-of-age, DTMF ballads, looking back on a life well-lived. Girls are doing it for themselves.
posted by TrishaU to Society & Culture (27 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
For sisterhood, it's hard to beat Goodbye Earl.
posted by Peach at 12:47 PM on April 26 [11 favorites]

Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" and Shania Twain's "Damn! I Feel Like a Woman"? (I'm not sure if you want responses from men)
posted by WCityMike at 1:03 PM on April 26 [1 favorite]

Dar Williams and Joan Baez, "You're Aging Well"
Dar Williams, "Flinty Kind of Woman"
Ani DiFranco, "If He Tries Anything"
posted by prewar lemonade at 1:33 PM on April 26 [2 favorites]

Jessie Reyez - Body Count
posted by phunniemee at 1:48 PM on April 26

(I'm not sure if you want responses from men)
posted by WCityMike
Y'all come! The more the merrier. By the way, this is getting fun here, so keep it coming.
posted by TrishaU at 1:50 PM on April 26

Hymn to Her by The Pretenders - not country but definitely celebrating the feminine.
posted by Martha My Dear Prudence at 1:55 PM on April 26 [2 favorites]

Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox - "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves"

Alicia Keys "This Girl is on Fire"
posted by Roger Pittman at 2:22 PM on April 26 [1 favorite]

Compulsively, joyfully sing-alongable and danceable since 1979... We Are Family, I've got all my sisters with me... by Sister Sledge.
posted by nantucket at 2:28 PM on April 26 [4 favorites]

Country music ... DTMF ballads

"Men Don't Change" by Amy Dalley was given to me during a breakup.
posted by slidell at 2:29 PM on April 26

For what it's worth, here's Spotify's Women of Country playlist to pull some ideas from.
posted by WCityMike at 2:37 PM on April 26

This One's for the Girls -- Martina McBride
Independence Day -- Martina McBride
posted by NotLost at 2:38 PM on April 26 [3 favorites]

You’d probably enjoy anything by the Topp Twins (Lynda and Jools) - start with ‘Untouchable Girls’. A snippet of the song from a doco about these two strong, funny, inspiring and clever New Zealand women: Topp Twins
posted by The Patron Saint of Spices at 2:41 PM on April 26

Does Fancy fit?
Versions by Bobbie Gentry and Reba McEntire.
posted by NotLost at 2:42 PM on April 26 [2 favorites]

Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls
posted by eponym at 2:49 PM on April 26 [1 favorite]

Queen Latifah w/Monie Love - Ladies First
posted by wellred at 3:26 PM on April 26

Sons of the Never Wrong - Girl Shanty
posted by songs about trains at 3:37 PM on April 26

W.O.M.A.N. - Etta James
Pirate Jenny Song by Nina Simone
To Keep My Love Alive - Blossom Dearie
I'm Just a Girl Who Caint Say No (the Ali Stroker version) - Oklahoma
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
posted by brookeb at 4:47 PM on April 26 [2 favorites]

If you're okay with super poppy music...

That's My Girl - Fifth Harmony. Ultimate confidence, girl power song. So much fun to sing along to
Power - Little Mix (similar vibe to That's My Girl)
Handle Me - Robyn
Epiphany - Angel Taylor
posted by koolaidnovel at 6:51 PM on April 26 [1 favorite]

Taco Cat. It's pretty much their specialty.
posted by Beholder at 6:57 PM on April 26 [1 favorite]

K.T. Oslin's 80's Ladies.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 7:25 PM on April 26 [3 favorites]

I have a soft spot for Taylor Swift's Girl At Home, it's a song where she tells this guy to stop hitting on her and go back home to his GF.
Run the World (Girls) is always a good option
Good As Hell by Lizzo for a DTMF song
Don't You Know You're Beautiful - Kellie Pickler
The Daughters - Little Big Town
posted by Tamanna at 2:11 AM on April 27

I have two DTMF ballads for you:

No Man's Mama by the Carolina Chocolate Drops
You Don't Own Me by Leslie Gore
posted by workerant at 7:32 AM on April 27

Run the World (Girls) - Beyonce
Armor - Sara Bareilles
Woman - Kesha
Truth Hurts - Lizzo
So What - Pink
Roar - Katy Perry
Pretty Girl - Maggie Lindemann
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
posted by ilovepeaches at 8:45 AM on April 27 [3 favorites]

Cat Power, "Good Woman"

And here's one in French, sung by a man, but which certainly strikes me as a celebration of womanhood: Jean Ferrat, "La femme est l'avenir de l'homme", which roughly translates to "Women are the future of man"

posted by DavidfromBA at 12:54 PM on April 27

P.S. I'd also like to add a song conspicuous by its absence (perhaps it was considered too obvious?):
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", by Aretha Franklin (though the original by Carole King is great as well)

Portishead, "Glory Box"
posted by DavidfromBA at 2:47 PM on April 27 [1 favorite]

The entire album is gold, but you've got to hear "Redesigning Women" by The Highwomen.
posted by zeusianfog at 3:35 PM on April 27 [1 favorite]

I'll be spending some quality time with these -- thanks!
posted by TrishaU at 7:55 PM on April 30

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