In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we have compiled our list of the Top 10 Best Female Empowerment Albums of All Time and created a playlist to go with it. Check out our recommendations for your library and download our playlist to get that femme energy pumping throughout March.
No Doubt- Tragic Kingdom
Tragic Kingdom is an album that celebrates the 90’s grunge culture with No Doubt’s iconic lead singer as a shining example of girl power. Timeless tracklist that reminds us that girls can do anything.
Solange- A Seat At the Table
A Seat At The Table is a powerful reminder that, despite the efforts of systemic racism and oppression, the fight for justice lives on. Let this album provide you with both a reprieve and the motivation to keep pushing forward!
Britney- Oops!... I Did It Again
Britney’s second album Oops!... I Did It Again was the fastest-selling female album of all time until Adele’s 25. With its legendary hits like Stronger and Lucky, Oops!... I Did It Again established Britney as a force to be reckoned with in the industry and shaped a generation!
Erykah Badu- Baduizm
Erykah’s spirituality resonates through you with her jazzy vocals and hip-hop beats in her debut album, Baduizm; a unique flavour of black feminist expression that will take you beyond the usual stories of heartbreak.
Choosing one album for this list caused a ruckus at Glisten HQ; we stan Renaissance, but we settled with Beyonce's iconic Lemonade: her anthems of female empowerment, wisdom and strength are sure to make you bee-line to the dance floor.
Little Simz- GREY Area
Truthfully, any album by Little Simz will have you inspired, but GREY Area was a standout for this young rapper for its bravery and lyrical honesty. A true poet and speaks to the heart of young women of today.
Lauryn Hill- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Widely considered to be one of the most influential records ever, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill continues to capture the attention of audiences across the globe with its iconic sound and provoking themes.
Doja Cat- Planet H.E.R
Take a trip to Planet Her with Doja Cat's latest album, a perfect blend of musicality and sensuality– the ultimate soundtrack for when you just wanna dance the night away and shed all your inhibitions.
Amy Winehouse- Frank
This year marks 20 years since we were blessed with Frank’s one-of-a-kind and unforgettable sound. Amy’s debut album brought jazz back into the mainstream and is the ultimate break-up album- perfect for belting out at full volume.
Femme It Forward- Big Femme Energy, Vol. 1 (Deluxe)
Enter into the ultimate femme energy with this deluxe compilation featuring some of the baddest female voices! Jam out to inspiring vibes for whatever mood you're in - it's time to Femme It Forward!
You can follow our Female Empowerment playlist on Spotify here and check back here weekly throughout March for our Femme-spired month where we will be sharing more IWD content to brighten up your day. What album would be in your Top 10? Comment below!
By Erin O’Neill