Y’all, I cannot tell you how much fun I had putting this playlist together. I spent days looking all over YouTube in search of songs by Black women that not only were meant to empower and inspire but also spoke to the everyday experiences of being a Black woman. This list is long and extensive as I wanted to include artists who you’re already familiar with as well as those whom you may not. From hot girl summer anthems to gospel, there’s a song for everyone to jam to. 

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Lizzo – Good As Hell

Jazmine Sullivan – Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)

Kelsey Lu – Due West

Des’ree – Gotta Be

Ibeyi – River

Janet Jackson – Control

Seinabo Sey – I Owe You Nothing

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Break You Down

Chole x Halle – Everywhere

Salt ‘n Peppa – None of Your Business

Sudan Archives – Nont For Sale

Beyonce – Grown Woman

Rayana Jay – Undefeated

Esperanza Spalding feat. Algebra Blessett – Black Gold

Tiwa Savage – Kolobi

Andra Day – Stand For Something

Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y

Whitney Houston – I’m Every Woman

Esthero – Black Mermaid

Alicia Keys – Superwoman 

Missy Elliott – I’m Better

Sounds of Blackness – Optimistic

Jordin Sparks – One Wing 

Patti Labelle – New Attitude

Solange – Cranes in the Sky

Mandisa – Overcomer

India Arie – A Beautiful Day

Danielle Brooks – Black Woman

Angie Stone ft. Pauletta Washington – Happy Being Me

Sampa The Great feat. Nicole Gumbe – Black Girl Magik

Goapale – Closer To My Dreams

Jill Scott – Golden

Rihanna – Pour It Up

ESG – Erase You

Estelle – Conquer

Amber Mark – Way Back

Le’Andria Johnson – Better Days

Janelle Monae – Django Jane 

Ciara – Level Up

Sa-Roc – Forever

Akua Naru – Find Yourself

Sheryl Fortune – Fighter 

Nao – A Life Like This

Rebecca Ferguson – Run Free

Vivian Green – Keep On Going

Kelly – Kelly Rowland

Amel Larrieux – Get Up

Nicki Minaj feat. Beyonce – Feeling Myself

Chaka Khan ft. Slade – I Love Myself

Sinach – I Know Who I Am

Mariah Carey – Make It Happen

Jhene Akko – Frequency

Destiny’s Child – Survivor

Mereba – Black Truck 

Victoria Monet – The Glow

Sherri Moffett-Jones – Encourage Yourself

Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On

Mary J. Blige – Just Fine

Joy Denalane – Steppin’ Up

Nina Simone – Feeling Good

Jamila Woods – Black Girl Soldier

Koryn Hawthorne – Won’t He Do It

Maysa- Inside My Dream

Lalah Hathaway – Breathe

Michelle Williams ft. Beyonce, Kelly Rowland – Say Yes

Chrisette Michelle – Ten Foot Stilettos

Lion Babe – Wonder Woman

 Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out

Are you jammin’ as much as I am? I hope so cause this list is fire! And I got a little more for you – 12 dope podcasts that are hosted by Black women. These podcasts range from mental health and wellness, pop-culture, business, and politics.

Do you have any empowering songs by Black women that you love? Share with me in the comments below to keep this playlist going.

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Maria Antionette is a professional hairstylist, DIY creator and fashion lover with a belief that beauty can be fun, easy and simple.
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