We celebrate badass women everyday, but today it’s nationally recognized. That’s right; it’s International Women’s Day! In honor of all the incredible women artists from past & present, we are exclusively listening to female artists today and encourage you to do the same. To help you get started, here’s our suggested legendary women, all of whom have loads in their repertoires to keep you celebrating all day.
On this day and everyday, we bow down to the Queen. For over a decade, Beyonce has been an icon, yet even that term doesn’t seem to do her justice. Whether she’s teaching us to not give a f*ck in “Sorry” or demonstrating her ability to be vulnerable, Bey has an uncanny ability to connect with female audiences everywhere. We have a lot to learn.
And while you’re at it, you should listen to Beyonce’s incredible sister, too. Don’t let her sister’s name blind you; Solange stands on her own as one of the most influential singer/songwriters of the past two years. While she’s been singing and performing since a young age, the 31 year old singer truly made waves with her 2016 album A Seat at the Table, a work laced with explosively emotional lyrics and soul-filled melodies.
She may not be consistent in the time between her releases, but the quality of Sade’s work is undoubtably unwavering. This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating Sade’s first song in eight years. Not only is the song a whirlwind of fantasy, but it also was created for the “A Wrinkle in Time” soundtrack. Directed by the legendary Ava DuVernay, this movie is set to break all kinds of records and encourages young girls, especially those of color, to be involved in STEM.
Florence and the Machine
Florence Welch is a red-headed goddess who rocks the color green like no other. There’s no denying that she’s a powerhouse. Today, we’re listening to her collab with Lady Gaga “Hey Girl.” The hit is off of Gaga’s 2016 album Joanne and is an anthem for all women. The duo belts back and forth with lyrics like, “We can make it easy if we lift each other. Hey girl, hey girl, we don’t need to keep on one-in’ up another,” making it impossible not to smile and compliment the girl nearest you.
FKA Twigs is a woman of many titles: singer, songwriter, record producer, director and dancer. Not to mention the fact that she has impeccable and unparalleled style. Most recently, she released a collab with Apple Music and Anderson .Paak that features her funkily dancing around her big city apartment. Despite her mild peculiarity, FKA Twigs remains relatable and authentic.
Of course, this is only a small fragment of the millions of talented female artists. These women and so many more continue to inspire us, challenge us and make us feel understood, and they are worth celebrating endlessly.