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The Badass Black Girl Playlist

“Don’t let anyone steal ya joy! There’s always someone miserable trying to bring you down…you just wish them well and proceed on enjoying your life.”

—Missy Elliott, American rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer

Dear Badass Black Girl,

Celebrate all the badass Black girls in your life—including yourself. We, Black girls, have a voice that deserves to be heard. Here's a playlist to help you love and empower yourself, and lift up other Black girls. May these girl power anthems fuel your inner warrior goddess.

Tell me what's your favorite! Is anything missing from this list?

1. “Independent Woman” by Destiny’s Child

2. “Melanin” by Secrett

3. “I Am Light" by India.Arie

5. “R. E. S. P. E. C. T.” by Aretha Franklin

6. “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree

7. “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

8. “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae

10. “Control” by Janet Jackson

11. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

12. “Bossy” by Kelis

13. “Overcomer” by Mandisa

15. “Wonder Woman” by Lion Babe

16. “Dance or Die” by Janelle Monáe

17. “Ooh Child” by The Five Stairsteps

18. “Black Truck” by Mereba

19. “Kolobi” by Tiwa Savage

20. “Black Woman” by Danielle Brooks

21. “Young, Gifted and Black” by Aretha Franklin

22. “Encourage Yourself” by Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers

23. “Grown Woman” by Beyoncé

24. “Pieces of Me” by Ledisi

25. “Blk Girl Soldier” by Jamila Woods

26. “Due West” by Kelsey Lu

27. “Way Back” by Amber Mark

28. “Black Girl Magik” by Sampa the Great feat. Nicole Gumbe

29. “I Owe You Nothing” by Seinabo Sey

30. “I am not my hair” by India.Arie feat. Akon

31. “New Agenda” by Janet Jackson

32. “Freedom” by Beyoncé

33. “Ladies First” by Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love

34. “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone

35. “Q. U. E. E. N.” by Janelle Monáe

36. “Unpretty” by TLC

37. “Black Girl Pain” by Talib Kweli

38. “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross

39. “Womanifesto” by Jill Scott

40. “Hero” by Mariah Carey

41. “Good Woman Down” by Mary J. Blige

42. “Superwoman” by Alicia Keys

43. “Kelly” by Kelly Rowland

45. “River” by Ibeyi

47. “Pretty Girl Rock” by Keri Hilson

48. “Bag Lady” by Erykah Badu

49. “Do My Thing” by Estelle

50. “Proud” by Heather Small

51. “Closer” by Goapele

52. “A Beautiful Day” by India.Arie

54. “No Regrets” by Elisabeth Withers

56. “Black Gold” by Esperanza Spalding (feat. Algebra Blessett)

57. “Star People” by Fertile Ground

58. “Brown Skin Girls” by Beyoncé

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