The Ultimate Feminist Playlist To Get You Through Post-Election Blues

Election Day 2016 was hard. After crying myself to sleep for a scant four hours, and then waking up with tears in my eyes when my best friend called and said, “I can’t help feeling like we lost because America hates women,” I started to get angry. I got angry at my fellow white women who decided their whiteness was more important than their womanness and more important than our sisters of color. I got angry that all of the work I’ve spent my life on could potentially be erased. I got angry about the fact that my friends who have been sexually assaulted (which, as a reminder, is one in five women and one in 71 men in America) have to watch a man who has been charged with sexual assault multiple times take one of the most powerful positions in the world.

And when that anger started to take over, I turned to music. Specifically, I listened to more Ani Difranco than I have since I was a baby feminist in high school, listening to burned copies of Living in Clip as my best friend and I drove around in her Subaru. I listened to her words and her anger and her pain and remembered that while this anger and sadness is nothing new, the stakes have been raised once again.

And while Ani does it for me (I mean, “Not A Pretty Girl” couldn’t be more relevant right now), I know that her brand of angry folk rock isn’t for everyone. With that in mind, here are 37 feminist songs that will help you work through that anger, sadness, grief, and maybe even bring a little bit of joy. But most of all? I hope they get you pumped for the fight. Because we are going to have to bring our A game.

1. “Not A Pretty Girl” — Ani Difranco

HybridFalcon on YouTube

2. "Asking For It" — Hole

notmygeneration on YouTube

3. "Independent Women, Part 1" — Destiny's Child

DestinysChildVEVO on YouTube

4. "Sorry" — Beyoncé

beyonceVEVO on YouTube

5. "So Yo" — Bomba Estereo

BombaEstereoVEVO on YouTube

6. "Formation" — Beyoncé

Space Studio on YouTube

7. "The Handmaid's Tale 1" — Lakes Of Canada

Lakes of Canada - Topic on YouTube

8. "You Don't Own Me" — Lesley Gore

JohanVilchez on YouTube

9. "Pussy Control" — Prince

10. "Crimson Wave" — Tacocat

hardlyartrecords on YouTube

11. "Rebel Girl" — Bikini Kill

grunjon on YouTube

12. "I'm Not Gonna Cry" — Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings

chr111777 on YouTube

13. "Tyrone" — Erykah Badu

ErykahBaduVEVO on YouTube

14. "Bad Reputation" — Joan Jett

JoanJettVEVO on YouTube

15. "Roar" — Katy Perry

NewWave on YouTube

16. "Papa Don't Preach" — Madonna

Warner Bros. Records on YouTube

17. "Swimming Pools" — Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on YouTube

18. "Elevate Or Operate" — Esperanza Spaulding

NPR Music on YouTube

19. "I Don't Need A Man" — Pussycat Dolls

ThePussycatDollsVEVO on YouTube

20. "Better Days" — Dianne Reeves

Elmz Cadelina on YouTube

21. "F*ck With Myself" — BANKS

banksVEVO on YouTube

22. "Cornflake Girl" — Tori Amos

Tori Amos on YouTube

23. "Hey Mami" — Sylvan Esso

Music Ward on YouTube

24. "Gravel" — Ani Difranco

GoodMusicOnEarth on YouTube

25. "Closer To Fine" — Indigo Girls

IndigoGirlsVEVO on YouTube

26. "Girl On Fire" — Alicia Keys

aliciakeysVEVO on YouTube

27. "Queen Of The World" — Claudette

pukedragon on YouTube

28. "Flower" — Liz Phair

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29. "Give Me One Reason" — Tracy Chapman

faith1277 on YouTube

30. "To Be Young, Gifted And Black" — Nina Simone

NinaSimoneVEVO on YouTube

31. "Lazy Lover" — Brazilian Girls

BrazilianGirlsVEVO on YouTube

32. "Let's Talk About Sex" — Salt-N-Pepa

SaltNPepaVEVO on YouTube

33. "No Scrubs" — TLC

TLCVEVO on YouTube

34. "I Choose" — India Arie

mohojohoe on YouTube

35. "Dear Mama" — Tupac

2PacVEVO on YouTube

36. "This Woman's Work" — Kate Bush

KateBushVEVO on YouTube

37. "Phenomenal Woman" — Laura Mvula

lauramvulaVEVO on YouTube

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