Sometimes the world can get you down. Rent is due, your parents keep questioning every life choice, and — no matter what age you are — your energy levels just aren't what they used to be. Fortunately, the world is also full of empowering songs that will make you feel like a badass when life is telling you to feel otherwise: These songs are perfect for those moments when landlords, loved ones, or work has made you feel like anything less than the awesome person that you are. If you need something to recharge your self-esteem and zest for life, I highly recommend giving one of these babies a try.
Will listening to Beyoncé's "Flawless" or Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" fix all your problems? No, but I'll be damned if they won't empower you to fix some of them yourself (or at least feel strong enough to not care about them anymore). It's so easy to lose hope in the face of countless obstacles, but these songs can help you keep your head held high and your spirits intact.
If you're having one of those days, weeks, months, or decades where things absolutely refuse to go your way, then relax: take a breath, put on your headphones, and find your inner badass with these rousing hits.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Theme Song
The theme song to Tina Fey's hit Netflix sitcom is 90 seconds of pure joy. For real, one of the biggest reasons I watched the entire show in one sitting (besides the fact that it's amazing) is that by the end of each episode I just wanted to hear the theme song one more time. It made me feel that good inside.
"Ima Read" — Zebra Katz Featuring Njena Redd Foxxx
Walk down the street listening to this song and marvel at how little you care about what people think of you while it's playing. I dare someone to mess with me on a day when I'm listening to "Ima Read" — this song makes me feel like I could literally conquer the world.
"Express Yourself" — Madonna
Who amongst us hasn't turned to Madonna for guidance at one point in our lives? Plus, if you listen to the above version of "Express Yourself" from her MDNA tour, you get to hear this song and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" all in one! That's twice the empowerment!
"212" — Azealia Banks
This song is unrestrained, self-worshipping ego on parade — and sometimes that's exactly what you need.
"Lift Off" — Kanye West and Jay-Z, featuring Beyonce
"I'm 'bout to take this whole thing to Mars," y'all. Kanye and Jay Z's Watch the Throne had a lot of songs that could make it on this list, but only one of them had Queen Bey.
"Somethingood" — Chromeo
This article would have taken me less time to write, but when I started re-listening to this song, my body instinctually began strutting in circles around my apartment, and I wasn't able to stop until the song was over.
"Work" — RuPaul
You don't have to be a model for RuPaul's chic '90s hit to make you feel like your a runway diva. Sashay, chantay!
So chin up! The next time you're feeling like a loser, just listen to these songs and remember that you're the ruler of the world... or, at least, a very capable court jester.