Down with the man!

New York Magazine caught up with Lady Gaga, Ciara and a few other well-known ladies at Billboard’s Women in Music Luncheon, to find out their favourite female empowerment anthems. Here’s what they chose:

Fifth Harmony: Can’t Hold Us Down by Christina Aguilera and Lil Kim

“Everyone sweeps it under the rug, but I think it is so incredible. The first line is ‘What? Am I not supposed to have an opinion, should I be quiet just because I’m a woman?’ Literally she’s just in your face about it and it’s so amazing. I want to cover it so bad.”

Tamron Hall: Survivor by Destiny’s Child

“For obvious reasons.”

Ciara: One Woman Army

“It’s for the ladies, and it’s one of my favorite songs.” [What about a song that’s not yours?] “I’d say Destiny’s Child, ‘Survivor’ and ‘Independent Women.’”

Kelsea Ballerini: Stronger by Kelly Clarkson

“I love her and I like when songs sound like the lyric – you listen to that song and even if you didn’t know what it was saying, you’re like, ‘Man, I feel good about myself right now.’ So, it’s that kind of song.”

Yael Stone: Après Moi by Regina Spektor

“It’s half in Russian, and it’s so badass. But anything that she sings essentially has a kind of depth of soul that gets me going.”

Brittany Howard: She by Laura Mvula

“In the song it repeats this mantra that’s just like: ‘She don’t stop.’ And even if you’re having a bad day it’s like, you know what? I have no other options – I can’t stop anything that’s happening. It’s just nice hearing that, affirming that anything you’re doing – walking through the airport, sitting in traffic – you can do it!”

Demi Lovato: Confident

“It’s my own song, but I’m really proud of it. It’s about taking charge.”


Lady Gaga: What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes

“Need I say more?”