Have a karaoke night coming up? If you're shy in front of the mic, don't despair. These 35 empowering karaoke songs for women will have the crowd going wild. And if it's intimidating singing alone, why not grab a group of friends to join you on stage?
1. Independent Women (Destiny's Child)
"I depend on me," declared Destiny's Child, back before Beyoncé was Queen Bey. This female empowerment anthem lives well past 2001 when it was first released and is the perfect way to kick off your next karaoke showdown. Grab a couple of friends and tell the world, "Try to control me, boy, you get dismissed."
2. Respect (Aretha Franklin)
All we're asking for is a little respect. Show the world — er, audience — how confident you are, and demand the R-E-S-P-E-C-T you deserve.
3. Wannabe (Spice Girls)
The song that catapulted the Spice Girls' career is the perfect sisters before misters ballad to sing with your girl squad. (Also, the Spice Girls make a great group Halloween costume. Just saying.)
4. God Is a Woman (Ariana Grande)
"I can be all the things you told me not to be," Ariana Grande sings in this compulsively danceable 2018 hit. "When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing." That's how to show the world that you're strong!
5. Love Myself (Hailee Steinfeld)
Hailee Steinfeld reminds us that if you truly love yourself, you really don't need anybody else.
6. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
The ultimate symbol of female empowerment, it's no surprise this song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979. Whether you're getting over a breakup or just want to show off your perseverance, choose this song for karaoke night and you'll wow everyone.
7. Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)
Haters gonna hate and players gonna play (play, play, play), but you can just shake it off, thanks to Taylor Swift.
8. Run the World (Girls) (Beyoncé)
When Queen Bey struck out on her own, her hits were no less empowering. "Run the World" is just one of the many strong-woman songs Beyoncé has given us (stay tuned for more on this list).
9. Woman (Kesha)
Having famously faced a legal battle over claims of sexual assault with her producer, Dr. Luke, Kesha lays it all out in "Woman."
10. Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Pat Benatar)
Players beware. 'Nuff said.
11. Man! I Feel Like a Woman (Shania Twain)
Was I the only one who belted this out in front of the mirror in elementary school? Just me? Anyway, no one says "I love to be a woman" better than Shania Twain — except maybe you at your next karaoke get together.
12. Before He Cheats (Carrie Underwood)
So, this song doesn't necessarily promote the kind of behavior you want to emulate. But it sure does scream "Girl power"!
13. No Man Is Big Enough for My Arms (Ibeyi)
While Ibeyi croons "No man is big enough for my arms," we hear snippets of a speech from Michelle Obama, who utters lines from one of her most famous speeches, noting, "The measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls." Truly inspiring.
14. Confident (Demi Lovato)
What's wrong with being confident? In our book, nothing!
15. You Don't Own Me (Lesley Gore)
Released in 1963, "You Don't Own Me" resonates today and serves as a reminder of female individuality and empowerment. Bring back the 1960s at your next karaoke night with this gem.
16. Scars to Your Beautiful (Alessia Cara)
This powerful melody reminds us that we're all beautiful — and there's is hope even when we feel like we're not.
17. Girl on Fire (Alicia Keys)
This is a true modern anthem for successful girls and women everywhere.
18. Stronger (Kelly Clarkson)
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," indeed. Thanks for cheering us on, Kelly.
19. Stronger (Britney Spears)
Hey, here's another song called "Stronger"...seems to be a theme with these female empowerment karaoke songs. An early 2000s throwback from Britney's second album, Oops!...I Did It Again, "Stronger" tells us that it's okay to rely on yourself.
20. Born This Way (Lady Gaga)
Feminism and power come in all shapes and sizes. "No matter gay, straight, or bi /Lesbian, transgendered life / I'm on the right track baby
I was born to survive," Lady Gaga insists in "Born This Way."
21. Flawless (Beyoncé feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
The inclusion lines from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "We Should All Be Feminists" TED Talk is just one reason why this is the ultimate feminist anthem.
22. Fight Song (Rachel Platten)
Some people may argue that the unofficial anthem of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign was a little overplayed, but it certainly got its message across — and showed us all what it means to take back your life.
23. Let It Go (Idina Menzel)
Who can forget when Elsa "let it go" in Frozen and showed us her true powers? This Disney hit is a definite karaoke crowd-pleaser.
24. Just a Girl (No Doubt)
Gwen Stefani originally wrote this song after being reprimanded by her parents, "Just a Girl" has a rebellious tone and defies the belief that girls must be sheltered.
25. No Scrubs (TLC)
Tell the men who don't deserve you how it is. This song moves fast, but if you can keep up, you'll be the hit of your karaoke bar.
26. Juice (Lizzo)
"If I'm shinin', everybody gonna shine," Lizzo declares in this 2019. The song serves as a powerful statement of self-love.
27. Roar (Katy Perry)
Just one of Katy Perry's greatest girl power hits, "Roar" is a message about standing up to those who hold you back. "I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath," Perry sings. "You held me down, but I got up."
28. I Am Woman (Helen Reddy)
This 1970s throwback is a classic feminism anthem, and the message holds true today.
29. Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)
"No matter what they say," this early 2000s ballad reminds you that you're beautiful.
30. 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)
"You got dreams he'll never take away," Dolly Parton sings, referring to the Man. Released in 1980, "9-5," a ballad for working women, still resonates in 2019.
31. I'm Every Woman (Chaka Khan)
Chaka Khan's debut solo single has been covered many times, including by the likes of Whitney Houston. Make it yours at karaoke and celebrate womanhood.
32. Sit Still, Look Pretty (Daya)
"This gal right here's gonna rule the world," Daya declares. If you don't want to sit still and look pretty, either, then choose this as your karaoke pick.
33. I'm Coming Out (Diana Ross)
This song is all about not conforming and displaying confidence. What better a message to share?
34. You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette)
If we could sum up "You Oughta Know" in one word, it would probably be accountability. You're sure to make a mark if you sing it with the anger and confidence Alanis Morrisette shows.
35. That's My Girl (Fifth Harmony)
It's easy to get up, dust off, and keep going with this addictive, danceable song by Fifth Harmony. Everyone else will be singing along with you, thanks to the easy-to-learn lyrics.