Our Ultimate International Women’s Day Playlist

International Women’s Day takes place on the 8th March and is a celebration of women’s achievements from all around the globe. From social and economic triumphs, to cultural and political successes – it’s a day for women all over the world to celebrate each other and their accomplishments, as well as helping to raise awareness about gender equality. So, in celebration of the event, we’ve put together the ultimate International Women’s Day playlist, filled with empowering music from some of the most inspirational women in the music industry. From new releases to old classics, this playlist is sure to make you want to dance!

Rain on Me – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

There’s not much that can go wrong when two of the most successful female musicians in the industry join forces. Released in 2020, this catchy single won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration, Best Cinematography, Song of the year and the NRJ Music Award for International Collaboration – to name a few!

Good as Hell – Lizzo

Loved for her bubbly personality, Lizzo’s sassy single ‘Good As Hell’ was released in 2019 and spent four weeks in the UK top 10 charts. If there’s a feel-good song that’s guaranteed to put you in a good mood this International Women’s Day, then this is it.

I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

An oldie but a goodie, I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross is the ultimate feel-good tune. Released in 1980, the song has made appearances in the charts on numerous occasions since it was released, as well as featuring in some major film titles.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Another classic mood-boosting tune, Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper is the ultimate International Women’s Day song. Released in 1983, the song was Cyndi’s first major single release and won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, as well as being nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year. Soon gaining recognition as a feminist anthem, it’s no surprise that the song spent 12 weeks in the UK charts.

Run The World (Girls) – Beyoncé

No International Women’s Day playlist would be complete without Beyoncé’s Run the World (Girls). Released in 2011, Beyoncé wanted to develop a song that combined a range of different cultures and eras and, most importantly, would empower women. The music video won Best Choreography at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2011, as well as being nominated for the Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards – so it goes without saying that the video was as powerful as the song.

Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld

Released in 2015, Love Myself was the lead single from Hailee Steinfeld’s debut album, Haiz. The song was written to empower women to be independent and encourage self-confidence, which is a message we can get on board with for International Women’s Day.

Mother’s Daughter – Miley Cyrus

Renowned for being a strong, outspoken woman, Miley Cyrus often challenges the standards that society holds for women through her music, and Mother’s Daughter is no exception. A true feminist anthem, Mother’s Daughter was released in 2019 and, despite being controversial, the video won two MTV Video Music Awards the following year. So if you’re looking an empowering song to listen to this International Women’s Day, then this should be played on repeat.

You Should See Me In A Crown – Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish began writing and singing her own songs at aged 11 and, at age 17, she became the youngest female artist to ever have a number 1 album in the UK – inspiring girls all over the world to follow their dreams. You Should See Me in a Crown was inspired by BBC drama, Sherlock, when Professor Moriarty utters “honey, you should see me in a crown”, which Billie thought was ‘dope’, so coined the phrase for her next song.

Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls

No International Women’s Day playlist would be complete without an appearance from the Spice Girls, who are strong advocates of girl power. Representing women of all kinds, the Spice Girls gave young girls the confidence to be themselves, whether they were a tomboy, girly-girl or more loud and outspoken. Their single, Spice Up Your Life was released in 1997 and quickly shot to number one in the UK Singles Chart, to become their fifth consecutive number one single, with 321,000 copies sold within the first week.

Just A Girl – No Doubt

No Doubt’s feminist anthem, Just A Girl was written by lead singer, Gwen Stefani. The song was inspired by her frustrations with her parents, who were very overprotective of her because of her gender, as well as her perspective of life as a woman. The song was also the first that Gwen wrote without the assistance of her brother, making it a pivotal moment in her music career.

One Way Or Another – Blondie

One Way Or Another was inspired by lead singer, Debbie Harry’s experience with a stalker in 1970, which forced Debbie to relocate. However, rather than writing a song as a victim, Debbie wanted to create an upbeat track about an empowered woman, one who would not be broken by the actions of someone else. This pinned Debbie as a new kind of female role model – one who was glamorous, tough and outspoken. Although the song was never released as a single in the UK in 1979, it did enter the charts in February 2013 when it was covered by One Direction.

So whether you’re a fan of Beyoncé, or prefer some classic feminist anthems, our International Women’s Day playlist is sure to have you dancing round your kitchen, feeling empowered.