Friday Tunes: New Millennium Girl Power
While I was home for the holidays, I spent a few days cleaning through my childhood bedroom. It was interesting, sifting through old books and journals and clothes, remembering exactly who I was during my pre-teen years. A favorite find? Long forgotten mix CD’s I had my older sister burn for me (full of songs ripped from Napster, in true “new millennium” form).
Sometimes it’s easy to forget all those formative influences that make up who you are today, but I was pleasantly surprised by the level of girl power that pervaded my music taste. This was before the Internet age of “girls as think pieces”, before I even knew what feminism was. I liked these songs because I enjoyed them, because the singers were sassy and cool and not about to let anyone push them around.
So let’s not wallow in meaning, or debate the “right” and “wrong” ways to be a girl, let’s just embrace the nostalgia and enjoy feeling 12 years old again.
Let Me Blow Ya Mind // Eve ft Gwen Stefani
Stronger // Britney Spears
Hit Em Up Style // Blu Cantrell
Strong Enough // Sheryl Crow
Say My Name // Destiny’s Child
It’s Not Right // Whitney Houston
That Don’t Impress Me Much // Shania Twain
No Scrubs // TLC
Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? // Paula Cole
Just A Girl // No Doubt
Who Will Save Your Soul // Jewel
What Would You Do // City High
Bitch // Meredith Brooks
Wannabe // Spice Girls
No More (Baby I’ma Do Right) // 3LW
Get Over Yourself // Eden’s Crush
Lady Marmalade // Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink
Are You That Somebody // Aaliyah
Complicated // Avril Lavigne
Fighter // Christina Aguilera