I know, I know, you’ve seen these lists a million times with a million similar titles. “Songs Every Bad Ass Chick Needs,” “Top 10 Girl Power Anthems.” You read one, you’ve read them all. And yes, they all include a requisite two Beyonce, Rihanna and/or Nicki Minaj songs.
Now, I’m not going to lie, I am 100% getting ready to give you a list of Top 10 songs for bad chicks that feel powerful, or whatever. But, what I won’t do, hopefully, is give you a list of the same overdone songs that appear on EVERY SINGLE list.
I have a few songs, assuming that we all do, that get me hype to work, exercise, drive to work/Starbucks, be a bad b*tch, etc. These songs here get me motivated to do my best at being me, twirl on my haters (if I have any) and drop it down hella low!
These might already be your jam, they might not and okay, I lied, they’re probably those same, overdone songs on every other list… but they’re near and dear to my heart and slightly rhythmic bodacious bod…
m. lauren’s Top 10 Get in Formation Jams
1. Formation x Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter
(excuse this annotated version but yall know Tidal wasn’t giving up the deets, this was hard to find)
First off, no, I am not in the Beyhive. I am a business casual fan of Blue Ivy’s mother with an affinity for dance and ratchetry. I find that no song gets me hype off top better than Formation does. The first time I heard it (which was when I was watching the video) I was like “ehh.. girl, idk?” By listen 2, I was vibing so hard that I think the cars next to me probably called 911 in case I was seizuring. Relax, rhythmically challenged car neighbor, I was just dancing! Now for what I love about Formation:
- It’s super hype without trying too hard to be hype
- It’s unapologetically black as hell which resonates with me because being a Black girl is my favorite part of myself
- It’s unapologetically Beyonce. I do not believe the prim and proper persona Bey sometimes portrays in HBO documentaries. I am 100% sure that Beyonce is loud, country, sophistiratchet and funny. People hate it when Bey has fun and let’s loose on a track, but that’s my favorite Jay-Z’s wife!
Much like 7/11, I don’t give a damn about the lyrics, I’m going to dance, sing along and be black as hell no matter who’s watching.
Fave Lyric: I dream it, I work hard, I grind ’til I own it/I twirl on my haters, albino alligators/El Camino with the seat low, sippin’ Cuervo with no chaser
2. Migrate x Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is yet another Queen that I highly doubt is as sweet and coy as she makes herself out to be. We all know that she is the queen of shade and randomly wearing booty shorts when you least expect it. So, I fully believe MC to be just as sassy and put-you-in-your-placeable as my favorite auntie. That is why I love Migrate so much.
This is a fun song featuring T-Pain where Mariah entertains me with her regaling* tale of going out to the club to kick it and forget about her whack ass ex. I’ve been listening to this song since E=MC2 came out and I am just now fully understanding the magic. Mariah is letting yall all know that she is coming out, she is not playing with you and your whack crew and she is ready to get down and do whatever. We gonna migrate to the club, migrate to the hotel, migrate away from these hoes…. Girl, this is my jam!
Fave Lyric: Everywhere we go they gon’ flock/Them boys migrate to where it’s hot
3. I’m Every Woman x Whitney Houston
Ever since I was a child, I have loved both Whitney Houston and her rendition of I’m Every Woman. I am very familiar with the Chaka Khan’s original version and I am fond of it but not as fond as I am of Whitney’s.
I fell in love with the song by watching the video as a kid, all my favorite artists were in the video jamming so hard, hell, I thought they were singing backup. The older I got, the more I began to really feel I’m Every Woman. It’s all in the lyrics, and that’s what makes this song so great. It’s one of the most literal, girl power type songs ever created. Literally she is singing, “I’m every woman, it’s all in me, anything you want done baby, I do it naturally.”
As a woman, I relate to this on obsessive levels. I may not be some mythical goddess that can lift a building with her pinky finger, but I can damn sure make some things happen in every area of life if I need, choose and want to. Listening to the background vocals reminds me that not only am I capable of being great as shit, but I am not alone and my struggle is not unique. Every woman has some similar challenges and we have to be there for each other.
Fave Lyric: I ain’t bragging/Because I’m the one/Just ask me/Oh, it shall be done/And don’t bother/To compare/I’ve got it
4. I’ll Take Your Man x Salt n’ Pepa
I’ll Take Your Man is my all time favorite jam by any person, in any time period, in any genre. Yes, I can rap the entire song from memory (as well a Shoop and Whatta Man) as I am an 80’s baby when a penchant for arrogance in my own freestyles. Yes, I freestyle and I am very good at it! But do not attempt to battle me, I rap for fun, okay?
Back to SnP…
Salt n’ Pepa may be one of the greatest groups of all time. When it comes to feeling amazing about being a woman, they top my list for musical empowerment. Whether rapping about being free in their sexuality, practicing safe sex or having a good man, they let you know that they meant what they said and were not to be messed with. I’ll Take Your Man may not be the most empowering message but the song jams so hard. Not only am I dissing you, I’m dissing your man, yall both know you’re getting dissed AND on top of that, I’m gonna take him from you because you couldn’t keep your mouth shut! I might not ever want to steal somebody’s man, in real life, but I guarantee you that this is the most classic insult amongst the young and braggadocious and I will use it at every single turn. You mess with me and I will most definitely (threaten to) take your man!
Fave Lyric: I’ll take your man/whenever I feel like/this aint a threat or a bet/it’s a damn promise
5. Caught Out There x Kelis
I just bet you thought I was going to say Bossy didn’t you? I thought about it, but I kinda sorta promised not to be super cliché. Plus, if Caught Out There never existed, we would never have had a reason for Bossy to even exist. Also, it took me a really long time to appreciate Bossy so we’ll give it a nod and just focus on the very first time I heard and recognized that I was hearing Kelis.
You know what I love about this song? Besides the fact that it’s kind of a sad (well, angry) love song – my favorite genre of music? I love the lows and highs of the song. Kelis comes in talking that grown woman shit to her man, like, dude, “I gave you the best head of life and whatnot”. And then she sings all melodically to ol dude about his trash ass behavior. You get to the hook and she’s yelling about how she hates this dude, right now (which tells me she just might take him back but who knows?)
I love this because rather than crying about some FB and his BS, she lets him know what’s up, shows real emotion and then moves on. She isn’t wallowing, she’s just expelling her feelings and then you know she’s probably gonna go slash his tires, throw his clothes on the lawn and find a new boo. Although this isn’t how I deal with breakups, I can only aspire to not be a bumbling, sniveling ball of snot every time someone harasses my heart. Guess I’ll live vicariously through Caught Out There.
Fave Lyric: So sick of your games, I’ll set your truck to flames/And watch it blow up, blow up, tell me, how you gonna see her now?
I had a lot to say about my fave jams and I didn’t want to take all of your precious time, so…
Check out Part 2 of my favorite hype jams by WOC!!