Girl Anthems - Lead 2016

Fact: Being a girl is awesome. It's true that females face a unique set of obstacles and encounter many challenges on a daily basis, but there's no denying the power of women. For those instances when the stressors of everyday life leave you questioning your inherent fierceness, there's nothing that will lift your spirits quite like a good song.

From Aretha Franklin's "Respect" to Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman," there have been a plethora of classic girl-power anthems that have helped ladies celebrate the joys and pains of womanhood, from generation to generation. We salute the classics but today, on the International Day of the Girl, we're celebrating girls from far and wide by flashing forward to the new millennium where pop princesses and R&B divas have encouraged girls to be survivors, reminded us that no one can hold us down and, of course, empowered us with the reminder that we're flawless (hair flip).

Get excited because we've rounded up the best quintessential girl-power anthems that have kept us feeling fierce and fab from the year 2000 to now. Put on your dancing shoes, and scroll down to check out our faves!

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"Stronger" by Britney Spears (2000)

"Survivor" by Destiny’s Child (2001)

"Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera (2002)

"This One’s for the Girls" by Martina McBride (2003)

"Can’t Hold Us Down" by Christina Aguilera featuring Lil’ Kim (2003)

"Bossy" by Kelis featuring Too $hort (2006)

"So What" by Pink (2008)

"Firework" by Katy Perry (2010)

"Pretty Girl Rock" by Keri Hilson (2010)

"Run the World (Girls)" by Beyoncé (2011)

"Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson (2011)

"22" by Taylor Swift (2012)

"Flawless" by Beyoncé featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013)

"Confident" by Demi Lovato (2015)

"Formation" by Beyoncé (2016)