I am not what you would call a music connoisseur. I listen to quite a bit of music, but I’ll listen to just about anything that’s on, and I generally don’t know band names. I certainly don’t the names of anybody in the band, and with the exception of the Barenaked Ladies, I don’t go out of my way to see a concert. In other words, I enjoy music while I’m in the moment listening to it, but I’ve never been inspired to dig deeper. It’s not my thing.
That being said, I fully recognize the power that music can have. I love a good movie soundtrack or score, because there’s a story told through the music itself. They’re great! The Pirates of the Caribbean score will always pump me up and get me ready to work. Therefore, I made a series of mixes in my iTunes that I can play to match the mood I’m in. Sort of like different soundtracks for my life. There’s the slow mix, the workout mix, the belter’s mix – for when I’m in the mood to sing along! – but, I realized that I didn’t have an empowerment mix. A mix of music that pumps me up and makes me feel like I can take over the world. As I was working on a talk that I’m giving at the beginning of March, I decided that I needed an empowerment mix.
Here’s what I came up with, in no particular order, as I generally listen with it on shuffle.
“Respect” – Aretha Franklin
“Fighter” – Christina Aguilera
“Fight Song” – Rachel Platten
“Independent Woman” – Destiny’s Child
“Who Says” – Selena Gomez
“You Gotta Be” – Des’Ree
“I’m Every Woman” – Chaka Khan
“Love Myself” – Hailee Steinfeld
“Stronger” – Kelly Clarkson
“Rhythm Nation” – Janet Jackson
“Brave” – Sara Bareilles
“Born This Way” – Lady Gaga
“Confident” – Demi Lovato
“Ready for the Good Times” – Shakira
“Hit Me with Your Best Shot” – Pat Benatar
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“I’m Coming Out” – Diana Ross
“Get on Your Feet” – Gloria Estefan
“Let’s Get Loud” – Jennifer Lopez
“Raise the Roof” – Jennifer Holliday
“Powerless” – Nelly Furtado
I would love to hear if you have any additions! What am I missing?