Self Empowerment Anthem
Let's face it, being a teenager is hard. With all of the pressure on you to succeed, plus the fact that you might be ugly
, or a nerd
could completely destroy any ounce of confidence that you have.
However, it seems like the artists of today have noticed this trend, and there are more artists today writing optimistic feel-good-about-yourself songs than you could shake a stick at. They tell the listeners that they are beautiful
, that they were born this way
, You Are Better Than You Think You Are
, and that it doesn't matter if they're not popular because Freaky Is Cool
A majority of them apparently focus more on teenage girls, since that's who the media seem to "target" the most. There do seem to be more appearing that address guys as well, but only gay guys, because they're the only ones who have confidence issues
. Can sometimes overlap with Pep Talk Song
- P!nk's song "Raise Your Glass" is an anthemic song about how Freaky Is Cool.
- Pink does a lot of these; "Perfect" and "Stupid Girls" are pretty good examples. The former doubles as a Pep Talk Song, as she's not the only one being empowered.
- Katy Perry's "Firework"; the video makes it especially apparent. Throughout it, a group of people become confident about themselves (symbolized by lighting up like fireworks). Shown are a young girl with cancer, siblings with abusive parents, a pair of gay boys, a pudgy girl, and a...street magician?
- Lady Gaga's "Born This Way". While it can be applied to almost any minority, including the disabled and homely, it's obvious target is those who are in sexual minorites. It's very popular due to it being the first main stream song that had this as it's message.
- "Mean" by Taylor Swift. The song's lyrics are basically a Take That agaisnt a critic who claims that she can't sing, but in the video it shows several other people bullied because they're different, and the message essentially becomes "we're going to be famous even though you look down on us, but you're going nowhere because you're a jerkass".
- Glee not only covered several of these songs, but also had an original entitled "Loser Like Me".
- An earlier example than those listed above, TLC's "Unpretty" is solely focussed on girls who have issues with their looks.
- Christina Aguilera has "Beautiful", another one for people who don't like the way they look.
- "More Beautiful You" by Johnny Diaz is Christian-oriented, but the message is basically "you're already beautiful".
- "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson.
- "We R Who We R" by Ke$ha celebrates being yourself despite haters.
- "Born To Try" by Delta Goodrem celebrates taking choices in your life
- "Brave New Girl" by Britney Spears celebrates taking control of your life.
- "Fly" by Hilary Duff is a self empowerment song to the ninth degree.
- Several examples from the Heavy Metal genre:
- "Innocent" by Voltaire, a song written for victims of bullying.
- "Heard It All" by Emilie Autumn. It becomes Harsher in Hindsight when you find out what EA was going through when she wrote that song. Apparently, she didn't truly believe the message of that song applied to herself.
- Emilie also has "What If".
- "Top of the World" by Greek Fire.
- "Jade" by X Japan is this, directed at a person engaging in some form of self-harm (whom many believe to be hide).
- "Skyscraper", "Warrior" and "Me, Myself & Time" by Demi Lovato.
- "Can't Be Tamed" and "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus.
- Imagine Dragons has "It's Time", "Radioactive", and a number of others.
- Multiple songs off of Lostprophets' second album encourage the listener to stand up for themselves and take action in life, most notably "Make a Move" and "Start Something."
- Fifth Harmony's "Bo$$" is this, empowering the modern woman.
- "Who Says" by Selena Gomez.
- "Black Gold" by Esperanza Spalding.