Pop songs like Unwritten
November 24, 2006 2:44 PM   Subscribe

GirlPowerPopSongFilter: Songs like Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield?

In search of catchy energetic upbeat girl-power pop songs. Like Unwritten, also like K.T. Tunstall, Black Horse and Cherry Tree.
posted by ClaudiaCenter to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Madeline Peyroux - Don't Wait Too Long
posted by null terminated at 2:49 PM on November 24, 2006

(well, maybe)
posted by null terminated at 2:53 PM on November 24, 2006

When you say power pop, you might like The Pipettes. Very very catchy, but not much like the singer / songwriters you mention. Just an idea!
posted by philsi at 2:54 PM on November 24, 2006

Babes in Toyland, L7, Neko Case, Feist.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 3:01 PM on November 24, 2006

Legend of a Cowgirl by Imani Coppola.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:14 PM on November 24, 2006 [1 favorite]

That's a very odd definition of "power pop". More in line with the songs you mention would be Amy Studt, Jem and possibly Delta Goodrem, and I second The Pipettes.
posted by cillit bang at 3:39 PM on November 24, 2006

Hang on, you want specific songs:
Amy Studt "Misfit"
Jem "They" and "Finally Woken"
Delta Goodrem "Innocent Eyes"
The Pipettes "Pull Shapes"
Ashlee Simpson "Love Makes The World Go Round"
Lindsay Lohan "Symptoms of You"
posted by cillit bang at 3:43 PM on November 24, 2006

I think the OP means "Girl Power" -pop, not girl- "Power Pop", judging from the request for "girl-power pop songs".
No suggestions, though.
posted by easternblot at 4:12 PM on November 24, 2006

Video by India.Arie and seconding Legend of a Cowgirl
posted by dangerousdan at 4:13 PM on November 24, 2006

Kris Delmhorst, Patty Griffin, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Tegan & Sara, Jill Barber, Ruth Minnikin, Liz Durrett, Toby Lightman, Thea Gilmore, Beth Orten, Laura Cantrell
posted by FunkyHelix at 5:51 PM on November 24, 2006

Wow. For me, this is one of the best kind of AskMes... the kind that makes you say, "Who knew that that weird and/or embarrassing fixation of mine would one day allow me to help someone else?!" For I am an avid collector of pop-y girl power songs and, though my friends tease me about it every time they scroll through my iPod, evidently it will allow me to help you. Here are some of my top picks:

“I’m Not Afraid of Anything” from the musical Songs for a New World
“All Or Nothing” by Athena Cage
“Weight of the World” by Chantal Kreviazuk
“Girl From the Gutter” by Kina
“Tonight and the Rest of My Life” by Nina Gordon
“Slung-Lo” by Erin McKeown
“The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World (not a female artist, but about a girl)
“Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks
“Sweaters” by Beth Waters
“Short Skirt/ Long Jacket” by Cake
“Dreams” and “Free to Decide” by the Cranberries
“Perfect Day” by Hoku
"Supergirl" by Krystal Harris
“Dive and Fly” by Jennifer Daniels
“Who I Am” by Jessica Andrews
“Passionate Kisses” by Mary Chapin Carpenter
“This Town is Wrong” by The Nields
“As Cool as I Am,” and “Another Mystery” by Dar Williams
"Raspberry Swirl" by Tori Amos
"Stronger" by Britney Spears
posted by chickletworks at 7:24 PM on November 24, 2006 [1 favorite]

Another tack, not at all inconsistent with the above, would be create a "Natasha Bedingfield" station on Pandora and see what plays for you, and which you like. Not as effective if you're searching for the benefit of someone else.
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 7:34 PM on November 24, 2006

Abra Moore - Four Leaf Clover
Pat Benatar - Love is a Battlefield
Imogen Heap - Say Goodnight and Go
JD Natasha - Lagrimas
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam - Lost in Emotion
Liz Phair - Why Can't I
? Nellie McKay - Sari ? (that one might be a stretch)
Real McCoy - Another Night (don't ignore this one, it is the JAM, early-nineties style)
Shakira - Ciego Sordomuda
K's Choice - I Want You to Want Me

Seconding Dar Williams - As Cool As I Am

That was fun, good question lady.
posted by tatiana wishbone at 8:29 PM on November 24, 2006

Great ideas, I'm going through them all and will check back.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:24 PM on November 24, 2006

PS, I loved L7, though not for this playlist -- reminded me of Mary's Danish or the Breeders.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:26 PM on November 24, 2006

"The Only Thing" by Tamyra Gray (yes, yes, the girl from American Idol season 1) is great and poppy and very Beddingfield-esque. So's her song "Star", which is more power-pop. But oddly enough, neither song is available on iTunes anymore!
posted by Asparagirl at 11:03 PM on November 24, 2006

Annie - Chewing Gum
Amy Winehouse - Rehab
Robyn - Who's That Girl
Regina Spektor - Fidelity
Girls Aloud - Biology
Teddybears ft Neneh Cherry - Yours To Keep
posted by creeky at 1:11 AM on November 25, 2006

Anything by K's Choice seconded. I have a feeling you would like it. Check out the albums "Cocoon Crash" and "Almost Happy".
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:04 AM on November 25, 2006

"One Girl Revolution" - Superchick
posted by SisterHavana at 11:51 AM on November 25, 2006

Towards the Hip-Hop end of the spectrum:
Amerie - "1 Thing"
Blu Cantrell - "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"

More Dance/Electronic:
Freezepop - "Science Genius Girl"
Goldfrapp - "Ooh La La"

A little harder:
The Donnas - "Fall Behind Me"
Jem - "Come On Closer"
Morningwood - "Babysitter"
Veruca Salt - "Seether" and "Volcano Girls"

Pat Benatar - "Love Is A Battlefield"

More like what you are aiming for:
Nelly Furtado - "Powerless (Say What You Want)" ***
Joan Osborn - "St. Teresa"
Joss Stone - "You Had Me"
Kelly Clarkson - "Miss Independent" and "Since U Been Gone"
Michelle Branch - "Breathe"
Dido - "Sand In My Shoes"
Republica - "Ready To Go" ***
Rachel Stevens - "Negotiate With Love"
No Doubt - "Just A Girl"
Letters To Cleo - "Here and Now" and "Awake"
Liz Phair - "Extraordinary"
Hilary Duff - "Fly"
Jewel - "Have A Little Faith In Me" (from Phenomenon soundtrack)
posted by Rock Steady at 4:03 PM on November 25, 2006

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