25 Empowering Theme Songs For Women

Every Visionista needs a theme song!


Music empowers, inspires, motivates and gets our creative energy flowing. A feeling that you can conquer the world comes over you as you turn up the volume, open the car window and let your hair blow free in the wind. We put it on replay when we need it most (even if it’s just playing in our mind) – an important meeting with a client, a presentation in front of a crowd or entering a room of strangers at a networking event. Music gets our mojo going. Just watch any YouTube video of a baby intuitively moving to the beat. It’s proof that rockin’ out to our theme song is in our DNA.


Helen Reddy had never written a song before when she penned I Am Woman in 1971. She set an intention to write an anthem that would inspire women and woke up with the lyrics in her head. The song is a fond memory for my sister and I. When we got our “period”, becoming women, our mother opened the stereo, took out her Helen Reddy album and blasted the song throughout the house. As a teenager we didn’t know whether we should laugh, cry, hide or just roll our eyes. Looking back as the mother of two daughters, I can reflect on the message my mom was sending to us. She wanted us to know we were women, we were strong and we could do anything.


Not only did I Am Woman become an empowering anthem for women’s rights in the 1970’s, it stood the test of time. In 2010, when Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director (The Hurt Locker), the orchestra played I Am Woman as she exited the stage.


Many great songs have been written since Helen Reddy set an intention, tuned in to inspiration and led the way for women’s empowerment. Katy Perry’s Firework is a song that’s on frequent replay in my mind when I need to get my Million $ Party Girl on. Here’s my list of 25 empowering songs that will leave “the doubter”, and any limiting beliefs, at the door.


25 Empowering Songs for Women


I’m every woman – Whitney Houston (& Chaka Khan)

Simply The Best – Tina Turner

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

Hold On – Wilson Phillips

Coming Out Of The Dark – Gloria Estefan

Hero – Mariah Carey

Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

A Woman’s Worth – Alicia Keys

Feeling Good – Jennifer Hudson

Firework – Katy Perry

Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys

Give Me Everything – Afrojack & Ne-Yo

Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

A New Day Has Come – Celine Dion

Play On – Carrie Underwood

Settlin’ – Sugarland

Titanium – David Guetta & Sia

I Am Woman – Jordin Sparks

This One’s For The Girls – Martina McBride

Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield

Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

Hit The Lights – Selena Gomez

Red High Heels – Kellie Pickler

Born This Way- Lady Gaga


Lynn Bardowski is an award-winning entrepreneur, radio host and bestselling author of Success Secrets of a Million Dollar Party Girl.  She speaks to global audiences about entrepreneurship, vision and branding and is a resource for press, media and bloggers. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.


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  1. Kimberly, The Fur Mom November 28, 2012 Reply

    My 3 songs are; these get me FIRED UP!

    Perfect by Pink
    Billionaire by Travis McCoy
    Stereo Hearts by Travis McCoy/Maroon 5
    Love that Firework made the list – a friend of mine has assigned that one as my theme song, because I was able to knock the ball out of the park with Keep the Tail Wagging, which is now 11 months old :)

    • Bree December 23, 2013 Reply

      Run The World Girls by Beyonce 

  2. Bonny Clayton November 29, 2012 Reply

    "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree is definitely a female power song for me!!!!

  3. Joy Flury Brown February 14, 2013 Reply

    Here's a couple that are on MY empowering list: Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7k0a5hYnSI

    and my absolute FAVORITE OF ALL… I'm Beautiful by the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmbX4q-_uHw


    Thanks for posting the others, Lynn… YOU ROCK!!!

  4. Shay March 12, 2013 Reply

    I was here – Beyonce

  5. Talia January 19, 2014 Reply

    HELLOOOO, you're missing the most iconic song! You Don't Own Me by Lesley Gore or Joan Jett

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      Lynn January 22, 2014 Reply

      great song! 

  6. Taylor February 25, 2014 Reply

    hell yeah need this because of my stupid ex deciding to get with my good friend! thanks heaps!!!

  7. Danielle March 26, 2014 Reply

    Super love your list! Will definitely add this to my girl power playlist. Every girl needs to have a girl power playlist. 

    My top 3 songs in my girl power playlist:

    Fighter – Christina Aguilera

    Brave – Sara Barreiles

    Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks


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