As the election nears, here’s your motivational playlist. Let’s rock the vote for a feminist future.
You can listen to these songs and more on Unsweetened: A Playlist for a Feminist Future on Spotify.
Rising Appalachia, “Resilient”
“These times are poignant. The winds have shifted. It’s all we can do. To stay uplifted.”
Pussy Riot, “Make America Great Again”
Pussy Riot reminds us not to take our liberties for granted. “Let other people in. Listen to your women. Stop killing black children. Make America great again.”
Buffy Sainte-Marie, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”
The suppression of Native American votes is another affront to indigenous people.
Sonic Youth, “Youth Against Fascism”
This 1990s anthem by Sonic Youth is more poignant today.
Adia Victoria, “Backwards Blues”
Let’s not travel any further backwards this year.
Violent Betty, “Know Your Rights”
The Saskatoon-based Violent Betty covers the infamous Clash song with power and rage.
Alicia Keys, “Girl On Fire
Here’s the confidence boost you need – You are on fire!
War On Women, “Pro-Life?”
These feminist hardcore punks bring it. Shawna Potter told Bitch Magazine, “I’m not going to dance around the fact that there is a war on women. I’m not implying it. I’m telling you.”
Ani Difranco, “Which Side Are You On?”
“They stole a few elections, Still we the people won.” Let’s not let them steal this one.
Queen Latifa, U.N.I.T.Y.
We are done with the disrespect and street harassment of women and LGBTQ people. Unity.
Lady Gaga, “Born this Way”
They cannot erase you.
Janelle Monáe, “Americans”
Janelle Monáe shines a light on the contradiction between how a person claims American identity and how American society values certain citizens more than others.
Hazel Dickens, “The Rebel Girl”
In this 1915 song, Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens sings your praises, rebel girl.
Aretha Franklin, “Respect”
Turn up this feminist and civil rights anthem loud. “All I’m asking is for a little respect.”
Tacocat, “Men Explain Things to Me”
Seattle punk quartet Tacocat dismantles mansplaining.
Sheer Mag, “Can’t Stop Fighting”
This song about the plight of the women who’ve gone missing in Ciudad Juarez by Philly garage-punks is a rallying cry.
The Julie Ruin, “Girls Like Us”
Claim your awesomeness.
Melky Jean, “Better”
Haitian-American Melky Jean dedicated this song to Haiti. It will be better.
Carolina Chocolate Drops, “Political World”
The Carolina Chocolate Drops bring the banjo and the fiddle to this song written by Bob Dylan. This election day let’s show that courage is not a thing of the past and love has a place.
We are all a one-person riot. Vote. Don’t be quiet.
If you like these songs, you will love the playlist.