4th Of July Playlist: 15 Songs By Pop’s Most Independent Divas
At this point, Fourth of July has become yet another holiday where bogged down editors like ourselves look forward to just because we have a federal day off! But for the rest of the world, the upcoming weekend will be filled with fireworks, coolers stuffed with beer and celebrating our country’s independence.
Over the past few decades, some of our favorite divas in pop — from Beyonce to Charli XCX — have channeled their inner Lady Liberty with badass tunes that are all about self-liberation.
So hold on to your sparklers ladies, and get to rocking out with your independent self with the songs below (in no particular order)! Be sure to stick around to the end for our Spotify playlist!
1. Kelly Clarkson — “Miss Independent” (2003)
This tune was originally meant for Christina Aguilera, but Kelly Clarkson rocked it in her own fierce way. The American Idol winner doesn’t need a man to hold her own, and we say “Cheers” to that!
2. Destiny’s Child — “Independent Women Pt. 1” (2000)
This next tune (sung by one of music’s most kickass girl groups) was featured on the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack, a film about a trio of kickass women. Any questions?
3. Christina Aguilera — “Fighter” (2003)
Christina Aguilera has always been a defiant popstress, and her “Fighter” single solidified all the reasons why she couldn’t be f*cked with — musically or otherwise!
4. Demi Lovato feat. Cher Lloyd — “Really Don’t Care” (2014)
Demi Lovato is one of the more confident popstresses of her generation, as she is not afraid to reveal her flaws and mistakes. And if you don’t like it? Too bad — she really doesn’t care!
5. Beyonce — “***Flawless” (2014)
Speaking of flaws, Queen Bey showed women there was nothing wrong with owning your confidence. It is possible to be a wife, sex symbol, businesswoman and a mother all in one, so work it ladies!
6. Miley Cyrus — “Can’t Be Tamed” (2010)
2010 marked the ended of Miley Cyrus‘ sugary-sweet Disney era and revealed her to be a bold and unapologetically provocative pop rebel. We’re glad to see that, five years later, she has sticked to her mantra.
7. TLC — “No Scrubs” (1999)
This anthem may have been released at the turn of the New Millennium, but women of all ages and backgrounds are still singing its independent praises years later. We all deserve more than a lowly scrub!
8. Madonna — “Human Nature” (1995)
Madonna will go down in history as one of the most confident, audacious and no-f*cks-given entertainer of all time, and her “Human Nature” single shows just why. The tune serves as a middle finger to all the haters, and she couldn’t care less about what they think.
9. Nicki Minaj — “Lookin Ass” (2014)
Men in hip-hop routinely downgrade women in their songs, and thankfully Nicki Minaj was fed up. Her “Lookin Ass” song is a scalding and wildly honest tune that breaks down the ballooned egos of her male rap counterparts.
10. Rihanna — “Hard” feat. Young Jeezy (2009)
That Rihanna reign just won’t let up! The singer wasn’t always this confident, but we’re glad she exploded with an unabashed musical freedom when she felt ready.
11. Mariah Carey — “Shake It Off” (2005)
Mariah Carey has always been an independent women who doesn’t need a man to weigh down her goals. So if you can’t keep up with her needs, she’ll just shake you off with ease!
12. Britney Spears — “Overprotected (Darkchild Remix)” (2002)
By the time Britney Spears‘ third self-titled album dropped, she was blatantly tired of being treated like she was still a Mickey Mouse kid. She was now sexier, more confident and did not want her team telling her how to think anymore (we just wished they listened sooner).
13. Fifth Harmony — “Bo$$” (2013)
Fifth Harmony are a fierce group of young ladies who serve to empower their fans and also pay respect to fellow independent women. So you better show them some R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
14. Jessie J feat. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj — “Bang Bang” (2014)
Some of the best musical moments occur when pop ladies come together to produce a banging (no pun intended) tune — as seen with “Bang Bang.” Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj know they are damn sexy and are not afraid to show it!
15. Charli XCX — “Break The Rules” (2014)
Finally, this tune is another middle finger to all critics who think females should be boxed in one category. Charli XCX has been a rebellious artist since her 2010 debut, and she shows no signs of slowing down!