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Megan Thee Stallion is an incredible, record-breaking rapper; and she is brimming with other talents.

Source: Variety

Songwriter, rapper, college student, empowering woman, horror screenwriter; these are just a few of the titles that can describe rap sensation Megan Thee Stallion. Megan got her start, like many musicians, on SoundCloud but is now one of the most popular names in music, with hits like “Savage” and her latest collaboration with Cardi B, “WAP.” 

While Megan is quickly becoming one of the most famous women in the world, it still feels like a majority of people only know a few of her songs and don’t know much about her life/backstory. It’s about time for a Houston Hottie history lesson.

Megan Thee Stallion is originally from Houston, as many of her fans already know. Her mother, Holly Thomas, was Megan’s first introduction to the rap scene. Holly rapped under the name “Holly-Wood” and she frequently brought her daughter to recording sessions with her. Those days spent listening to her mother in the studio inspired Megan to pursue a career in music. Megan often attributes her mother as being her biggest influence. 

Although Holly supported Megan’s burgeoning music career to its full extent, she also stressed the importance of her daughter pursuing an education. Megan graduated from high school in 2013 and attended Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, for her bachelor’s degree.

“I’m the baddest bitch walkin’ round on campus.” – Mustard and Mayonnaise (Make It Hot, 2017)

It was on this campus that Megan first started gaining traction on the internet. Videos of Megan battling her fellow classmates in freestyle competitions began to circulate on the internet and gave some credit to her name. While she was attending Prairie View A&M, she was also chastised for her twerking videos and even had to sit through a meeting with administrators about her “behavior” on campus. Despite her somewhat controversial image at Prairie View, Megan continued to post videos of her freestyling on Instagram. Eventually, she gathered enough praise and fans to put her studies on hold so she could focus on her music.

Megan released some of her first singles, such as “Like a Stallion” and “Stalli Freestyle,” on SoundCloud. Eventually, she released three mixtapes total on SoundCloud: “Like a Stallion,” “Rich Ratchet” and “Megan Mix.”

Her first commercially released mixtape was “Make It Hot” in 2017, with hits like “Mustard and Mayonnaise” and “Last Week in HTx.” “Last Week” was the most popular single off of the album and the music video garnered several million views on YouTube. Shortly after the release of that music video, Megan signed with 1501 Certified Entertainment, an independent record label based in Houston. 

Megan quickly began working on her first extended play, or EP as they are commonly called, after signing with 1501. While working on the album, Megan performed at South by Southwest in March of 2018, her first performance as an officially signed artist. A couple of months later, Megan graced listeners with the release of her EP, “Tina Snow,” in June. The EP received positive reviews, drawing in more and more fans with hits like “WTF I Want,” “Neva” and “Big Ole Freak.” “Big Ole Freak” became Megan’s first song on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list, debuting at 99 on the list and eventually working its way up to number 65.

“Bitch it’s Tina Snow, they love me ‘cause I’m cold.” – Big Ole Freak (Tina Snow, 2018)

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Even though her music career was rapidly taking over her life, Megan never gave up her commitment to finishing her education. After leaving Prairie View A&M, Megan enrolled in online classes at Texas Southern University. In February of this year, Megan told Rolling Stone that she only had a few more classes left until she was finished with her degree in healthcare management. She’s continuing to drop record-breaking music all the while being a part-time college student. 

Megan released her “debut mixtape,” “Fever,” on May 17, 2019. The mix featured collaborations with DaBaby and Juicy J. Notable songs from the record include “Cash Shit (feat. DaBaby),” “Pimpin,” “Realer,” and “Sex Talk.” The mix accumulated positive reviews and was called one of the best albums of 2019 by five different publications, including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Paper. Paper even called it the number one album of 2019.

In the summer of 2019, it seemed like everyone in America was determined to have a “hot girl summer” but no one seemed to know where the term came from. Megan originally used the term in a tweet dating all the way back to April of 2018. In an interview with The Root in June of 2019, Megan defined a “hot girl summer” as “women – and men – just being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up your friends, doing you, not giving a damn about what nobody got to say about it.” There’s the definition, literally from the horse’s mouth. 

Of course, with the catchphrase, came (what I think is) one of the best songs of last summer. “Hot Girl Summer” was a single released by Megan in August of 2019, featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla Sign. The song swiftly rose on the charts, becoming number one on both U.S. Billboard Rhythmic and Rolling Stone Top 100 charts. “Hot Girl Summer” also debuted and peaked at number 11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. In December of 2019, the song became platinum with one million sales in the U.S. 

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After her Hot Girl Summer, Megan was gaining more and more recognition and 2020 was, and is, no different. On March 6, 2020, Megan released another EP, called “Suga.” The EP featured incredible tracks, like “Captain Hook” and “Hit My Phone (feat. Kehlani),” but the song that enraptured the teens of America was “Savage.” After TikTok user Keara Wilson started the trend, thousands of TikTok users across the country and the world turned “Savage” into a dance challenge and used the chorus to create creative and sometimes humorous videos. In fact, there was even a “Tiger King” parody TikTok video of someone impersonating Joe Exotic and creating his own lyrics to the song. “Savage” eventually became the most listened to song on TikTok for the month of March with over 7.5 billion plays. 

As if the song could get any bigger, Megan dropped a remix of “Savage” with one of the most prominent names in the music industry and one of her personal biggest influences: Beyoncé. The remix was released about a month after the EP and it became a surefire hit within hours. It became Megan’s first number one song on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list. It was also number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Songs, Rhythmic Chart, and Rolling Stone’s Top 100. The song has sold over two million units as of July of this year. In addition to all those accomplishments, all proceeds from the remix went to Bread of Life Houston’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Thee Stallion and the B can do it all.

“Texas up in this thang, put you up on this game. IVY PARK on my frame, gang, gang, gang, gang. If you don’t jump to put jeans on, baby, you don’t feel my pain.” – Savage Remix (Savage Remix, 2020)

Sadly, Megan hit an unfortunate setback in July of this year. After attending a party in Hollywood, Megan was rushed to the hospital. For a while, the police nor anyone else would release information about what happened. Finally, on July 15, Megan issued a statement on her Instagram that described what had transpired: she had “suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me.” Fans everywhere offered Megan lots of love and prayers for a quick recovery.

However, not everyone was nearly as understanding. Apparently there were people all over the internet spreading misinformation and making the light of the situation, which is unfortunately common when something traumatic happens to a celebrity. When Megan should’ve been recovering and dealing with her trauma, she was instead confronted with hundreds of trolls online.

Source: @theestallion (Megan Thee Stallion) on Twitter

Finally, on August 20, Megan released a series of live videos that clarified the traumatic night. She confirmed that fellow rapper Tory Lanez shot her. She detailed how, even with bullet holes in her feet, she did not want to report her shooter to the police out of fear of how they would react. 

Megan issued her statement because she wanted to share her story, establish the facts of the situation and shed more light on police brutality against Black people. She wanted people to believe Black women for once and to understand that violence against women, specifically Black women, is no laughing matter.

“You can keep hating, I’m poppin’ regardless.” – Captain Hook (Suga, 2020)

While what she went through was traumatic and she needed time to heal, Megan did not let the incident stop her from continuing to climb the charts. On August 7, not even a month after getting shot, Megan released the single “WAP” with Cardi B. It’s safe to say the song quickly became a cultural phenomenon.

The song was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, with many fans praising it for its female-centered sex-positive message. Much like “Savage,” “WAP” became another popular dance challenge on TikTok. Best of all, the song greatly angered many conservative politicians and commentators. Ben Shapiro even went so far as to censor and recite the lyrics to “WAP,” which was immediately ripped apart by many, many people on the internet.

 “WAP” also broke numerous records upon its release. It had the largest opening streaming week out of any song in U.S. history and it was rapidly topped the Billboard Digital Song Sales, Streaming Songs, Hot Rap Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The jaw-dropping music video featured some of the most talented women in the music industry including Normani, Rosalía and Mulatto.

Source: @theestallion (Megan Thee Stallion) on Instagram

Megan Thee Stallion is a formidable rapper and musician. This is fact. People know this. What people might not know is that she is also a big fan of the horror genre. In October of 2019, she produced a web series called “Hottieween” in collaboration with YouTube Music. The three-episode series was directed by fellow musician Teyana Taylor and starred Megan as a private investigator. The series featured murder, vampires and lots of spooky energy, all the while being underscored by Megan’s music. It was a beautiful and unexpected project from the Houston Hottie that I, as an avid horror fan, definitely appreciated.

Megan also surprised fans in October of last year by stating that she was working on an original horror screenplay. In an interview with Vogue, Megan shared that she has always been a fan of horror and one of her favorite movies within the genre is Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead.” She also shared, in a different interview, that she would love to collaborate with recent breakout horror director Jordan Peele on her project, something that would make horror fans everywhere scream for joy rather than fear. 

Megan has amassed a lot of respect and attention due to her confident and inspiring demeanor. However, Megan has been through a lot of pain to get to the place she is now. In addition to her traumatic injury earlier this year, Megan lost her mother Holly to brain cancer in March of last year. Megan has opened up about her grief via Instagram Live and expressed to the world how hard it has been to be in the spotlight while going through so much pain.

“Everything that I done been through made me who I am right now.” – Pimpin (Fever, 2019)

Despite her heartbreaks, Megan Thee Stallion rides on. She is committed to creating music that inspires young women everywhere to be confident in themselves, on the inside and out. She is proving to everyone that you can achieve a degree while working towards your dreams. And she is making Houston proud every single day. 

“Boy I know you wanna come kick it out in Houston, Bitch I’m from Texas.” – Last Week in HTx (Make It Hot, 2017)

Need a place where you can check out all of Megan’s top hits? Listen to “Thee Essentials” playlist on Burnt X’s Spotify (made by yours truly)!

Dream with me: the day harry styles invented sleeping

 Via @AngiTaylorKISS

When I got to college, I noticed that you were either in tune with your mental health or you weren’t. With the mixture of new classes, a new campus and a completely new city while also not knowing anyone, life gets stressful. I quickly learned that keeping up with my mental health would be the best thing for me. I’m sure some of my college friends can agree. 

Throughout my first two years on campus and since the beginning of quarantine, I’ve been hearing a lot about the Calm app but I’ve never been one to believe in meditation or sleep tactics. What was the final push I needed to give it a try? Harry Styles. The Calm team decided it was a good idea to partner with the singer to create a bedtime story for their sleep category and I couldn’t agree with them more. 

Now, let me explain myself before the inevitable judgement begins. I’ve been a fan of Harry Styles ever since the very beginning so when I found out he was going to narrate a bedtime story for Calm, I was definitely not calm. His music is already therapy in itself so I couldn’t even imagine what a bedtime story would do.

    Via @nypost

The audio was released July 8th and I was frantically refreshing the page until it was available. I’m an honest woman so I would be lying if I told you I didn’t laugh at first when listening to the first few words in this ASMR-style bedtime story titled “Dream with Me.” It was a lot to take in. I just couldn’t picture Harry Styles sitting down, leaning into a mic and whisper-talking into it. Picture that. You can’t. For those of you who haven’t given it a listen, Harry takes you on a journey through multiple landscapes while describing the scene with his too-good British accent. From the stars to the valleys, you’ll go on a world tour in just 30 minutes. 

That night, I had actually wanted to get a good night sleep and was hoping this would help. Maybe even ditch the melatonin sitting on my bedside table. My sleep schedule has been completely thrown off guard, as I’m sure most of you can relate to. Now, I couldn’t tell you what he was saying or what the story was about but all I know is that whatever they did, it worked. I was out like a light within what felt like a few minutes. The half-an-hour mixture of ambient sounds paired with his slow, soothing voice allowed me to drift off into the best sleep I’ve had in weeks. I don’t want to say too much to where I spoil it for you but I obviously recommend listening. 

On another note, the audio has become somewhat of a meme on Twitter. Because of Harry’s accent, some of the words he pronounces just sound odd but in the best way possible. I’ll let you watch for yourself.

Harry isn’t the only celebrity that you can have read you to sleep. Our very own Matthew McConaughey has also narrated a bedtime story for those who would like to feel alright, alright alright. The Calm app also has several other advantages besides having celebrities narrate bedtime stories. Under the meditation tab, there’s a ‘7 Days of Calming Anxiety’ that I have been trying out to help meditate and clear my mind and I am honestly very surprised at how well my mind and body relax to it. If you were like me and didn’t believe it could help you, give it a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. There are also specific categories you can pick to help guide your meditation. Besides that, you can take a look at the library of calming music they have. They have plenty of lo-fi beats for you to study to if you’re into that. 

You can get a subscription to the app here: https://www.calm.com

Happy listening!

The Stuck-at-home playlist

Here we are. Four months into quarantine and so much has happened. We’ve been witness to one of the biggest civil rights movements to date. We have seen celebrity breakups and tragic paparazzi photos (Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello…I’m looking at you.) But, we have also learned a lot about each other. Through the power of social media, especially Tik Tok, it’s as if we are going through this pandemic as a community consisting of Gen Z and millennials. 

Music has definitely been an outlet for most people these days. With the rise of Tik Tok, lots of undiscovered artists are being…well, discovered. With summer in full swing, I took it upon myself to share some music I’ve enjoyed since March. When it comes to making a playlist, I find myself trying to justify each song and why they belong there. This time, I’ll group a few songs together to save you some time. You’re welcome.

Songs I’ve Stolen From Tik Tok

Frank Ocean is finally getting the recognition he deserves. I urge you to check out all of his music if you haven’t already. Now, let me blow your mind. When I found out that Djo was actually a stage name for Joe Keery, I basically ran to Apple Music to listen and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. — tighten this up (shorten) if you can

Chateau (Feel Alright) -Djo

Roddy -Djo

Peach Trees -Ax and the Hatchetman 

In My Room -Frank Ocean

Lost- Frank Ocean

Songs To Get You Moving During Quarantine 

Quarantine has forced most of us to slow down and, as a result, sit down. I’ve seen so many tips and routines on social media for working out– but a killer workout playlist is an obvious must. Here are a few of my favorite songs to workout to while contemplating what type of bread I’ll bake later:

E.T. -Katy Perry ft. Kanye West

Savage Remix -Megan Thee Stallion ft Beyonce

After Party -Don Toliver

Tokyo Drifting -Glass Animals & Denzel Curry

Songs From Some of My Favorite Black Artists

#BlackVoicesMatter, always. 

Sober -Childish Gambino (one of my favorite beat drops literally ever)

Anything from Kid Cudi!

Blinding My Vision -K. Roosevelt

Time Machine -Willow Smith

American Boyfriend -Kevin Abstract 

Shea Butter Baby -Ari Lennox & J. Cole

Ex -Kiana Ledé

Songs For The Vibes

I firmly believe everyone needs a vibe playlist. Yeah, you can call me basic but when you think about it, every person’s vibe playlist is different. So here’s my challenge for you: start making your vibe playlist that fits your unique taste and personality. Once quarantine is over and we are able to see our friends, share your playlist with them. It’s a fun way to discover new music and get to know your friends a little better.

suburban wonderland -BETWEEN FRIENDS

All of their music is top notch. No skips. 

A Kiss -The Driver Era

Fun fact: Ross Lynch is half of the duo that is The Driver Era. I’ll let that sink in. 

Games -Lennon Stella

Her voice was 100% sent from God. 

Moral of the Story -Ashe ft Niall Horan

That 1D stan forever part of me will support Niall no matter what but this song? A banger. A sad one, but a banger nonetheless. 

Remedy -Surfaces

Summertime -Verzache

Beige -Yoke Lore

Mind Games -Verzache

Your Love (Deja Vu) -Glass Animals

newly released! So good that it’s criminal!

Songs From a Few of My All-Time Favorite Artists

If I had to choose a few artists that I go to when I feel like all odds are against me, Harry Styles and Mac Miller are at the top of the list. These are some songs that remind me there will be better days, best listened to at the highest of volume:

Best Day Ever -Mac Miller

Fine Line -Harry Styles

I’m Full -Wallows

Thanks for sticking with me. Let us know if you take a listen!

Artist to watch: Briscoe

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Wong

UT freshman geology student Philip Lupton and San Antonio high school senior Truett Heintzelman’s friendship started the summer of 2016 when they met at Laity Lodge Youth Camp. What started as a compliment on each other’s chacos turned into a friendship rooted by their love of music. 

“Throughout those two weeks [at camp], Philip took his travel guitar out and we realized we could both sing half decently,” said Heintzelman, reminiscing on one of the first songs they sang together– The Head and the Heart’s “River and Roads.”

After starting a YouTube channel his junior year and creating new music, Lupton decided to go all in.

“During my senior year, I recorded a four song EP and released it under the name Briscoe so that later, I could incorporate other people into the band instead of just releasing it under my name,” said Lupton, further explaining that Briscoe originated from his grandfather’s middle name and was almost his first name. 

After securing a few shows for Briscoe on his own, Lupton proceeded to invite Heintzelman to come perform with him. At this point, they were pretty much a band but did not exclusively label it, according to Lupton.

“We’d known each other for quite a few years at that point and it was like, I wanted to do it,” Lupton said. “The only reason we didn’t start together was because we live in different cities and we were both in high school so it would’ve been very difficult.”

“Once I got into college and we started playing more and more shows, we recorded “Sailing Away” together over this past Christmas Break and then it was kind of an official thing,” he continues.

The Briscoe boys, heavily influenced by Josh Turner Guitar and Rayland Baxter, have a hard time categorizing their sound. According to Lupton, the writing they have been doing together lends itself a lot more to the folk side but still, their sound varies.

“When people ask me, I usually just say Americana,” Heintzelman adds. “I know that it’s not very specific but just because it encompasses so many aspects– a lot of the folk side, rock, indie and even some country influences as well.”

Briscoe released their first song, “Sailing Away,” as a pair on March 4. Although the song is newly released, Lupton has been working on it since his junior year when the pair wrote the chorus together. After making a few changes to the song senior year, Lupton finally released the song alongside Heintzelman.

 “Whenever Truett and I were looking for a song to record to try to make the ‘Truett and Philip’ Briscoe, “Sailing Away” was our number one,” Lupton said. “We revamped it and released it.”

In regards to their future, Briscoe has a few plans up their sleeves. According to Heintzelman, the pair talk about it often and he admires Philip who is a crazy dreamer and tends to have “midnight madness episodes,” claiming Philip is just what they need to take them all the way.

“We’ve always said that we will see where this thing goes and no matter what, we are gonna have fun with it,” Heintzelman said. “With the way things are going, the streams are pretty solid and the shirts and covers and all that, I feel like we are building up a name for ourselves. Our plan is to make some moves in the next couple of months and hopefully record an album and get that out around summertime.”

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Wong

As we all know, COVID-19 has made life interesting, uncertain and a bit scary to say the least. As most musicians are doing during this time, Philip and Truett have spent time focusing their efforts into the band by songwriting, selling merch and keeping active on social media. 

“I would say between the two of us, we have been making a lot of music and we have spent probably over 24 hours on Facetime together,” Lupton said. “I write music so much better when I’m at home and I just have spare time. I’m just constantly playing music, writing stuff and then sending it to Truett and vice versa.”

Briscoe has been posting weekly covers consisting of artists like Kacey Musgraves, Mt. Joy, Shakey Graves and John Prine on IGTV. For some great vibes and a quick study break, check Briscoe out on Instagram at @briscoe.band. 

Our gift to you– a playlist consisting of all things Briscoe as well as Philip and Truett’s top picks. Enjoy. 

Vote Briscoe for Austin artist of the month!


Quarantine Q&A:

What’s your go-to quarantine snack/meal? (They seemed rather stumped on this one…too many choices.)

P: Bratwurst because they have a bunch leftover from when his family first made them. He comments how it’s “like that scene in Forrest Gump where they’re talking about all the types of ways to cook shrimp.”

T: The frozen section at HEB with all of the frozen mini tacos and chicken nuggets…all that good stuff

Any new tv series you’ve been watching? Recommendations? 

P: Not much of a Netflix person…simple guy

T: Tiger King… “You can’t look away, it’s madness. If you took the most creative writers and producers and directors in the entire world and sat them in a room, they couldn’t come up with something half as crazy as that show. “

Isolation Motivation playlist

Isolation Motivation – Playlist by Emily Hyatt

There’s no denying that 2020 has been off to a really rough start. People across the world have been struggling through one of the worst pandemics in decades. Being trapped at home can be grueling and unproductive. Luckily for us, there are multitudes of fierce female artists that lift us up with their heart, their soul, their art. Even though I’m a journalist, this playlist is very subjective to what I like/think other people would like. Sorry about it.

Motivation (Normani)- It’s basically the namesake, of course I had to include it.

A-YO (Lady Gaga)- One of Gaga’s more underrated songs, it will definitely make you want to get up and smoke a Marlboro (which you should NOT do, it’s bad for your lungs).

Dead Weight (PVRIS)- If you haven’t heard of PVRIS, you’re missing out on the sheer talent of Lynn Gunn. Female-fronted rock bands need more love and this upbeat jam will make you fall for them. 

Savage (Megan Thee Stallion)- You might recognize this from memes but it’s actually an incredible song that will make you feel like the baddest b*tch around…like most of Megan’s music does.

So What (P!nk)- A throwback that remains iconic plus “I’m alright, I’m just fine” is how we all wish we felt right now.

Tempo (Lizzo feat. Missy Elliott)- Anything by Lizzo is a “bop,” as the kids say, and adding Missy just makes it that much better.

Good Thing (Kehlani & Zedd)- Kehlani is my favorite artist and Zedd is one of my favorite DJs and together they made a song that will remind you that you are all you need.

KARMA (Raja Kumari)- I ADORE Raja and the raw power she sings with makes me want to take down the patriarchy with my fists.

What I Need (Kehlani & Hayley Kiyoko)- Two queer icons making you wanna shake it around your room.

Like a Girl (Lizzo)- “Only X’s that I care about are all up in my chromosomes”: no one will ever top this line.

Waterloo (Cher)- If you love ABBA and “Mamma Mia 2” and Cher, it’s a match made in Heaven.

Nutbush City Limits (Tina Turner)– It’s the song I danced to when I found out I got accepted into my first internship. Tina is always there for you.

Ain’t It Fun (Paramore)- Even in a pandemic, be like Hayley Williams and “don’t go cryin’ to your mama.”

Bad Reputation (Joan Jett)- You’re gonna need a leather jacket for this.

Diva (Beyonce)- Remember that you are the “female version of a hustler.”

The Schuyler Sisters (Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones)- “WHEN I MEET THOMAS JEFFERSON, IMMA TELL HIM TO INCLUDE WOMEN IN THE SEQUEL! WERK!” Thank you, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom (Selena)– The Queen of Tejano always makes you twirl.

U + Ur Hand (P!nk)- A sick burn to ward off any f*ckbois trying to slip into your quarantined DMs.

I’m Alive (Céline Dion)– Friendly Canadian reminder to take a deep breath and remember that you’re alive .

Pimpin (Megan Thee Stallion)– One of my favorite tracks from Megan’s 2019 album “Fever”; “Bitch I’m a pimp, where is my cane / Hoe get too close and get slapped with the rain” = poetry

El Anillo (Jennifer Lopez)– I can’t listen to this in a casual setting because it always makes me wanna drop it. 

Consideration (Rihanna & SZA)– Two INCREDIBLE women teaching the children how to be independent.

Django Jane (Janelle Monáe)– My jaw hit the floor when I first heard this song and I remain floored two years later. 

I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)- It’s pretty self-explanatory, no?

Run the World (Girls) (Beyoncé)- WE RUN THIS MOTHA! (Especially motivating if you’re from Houston.)

Edge of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks)– Stevie Nicks was chosen to play the White Witch in “American Horror Story” for a reason; she’ll charm you out of your funk.

Sway with Me (Saweetie & GALXARA)– The “Birds of Prey” soundtrack was filled with amazing tracks but this one will make you sway.

QUE NO SALGA LA LUNA (Rosalía)- Rosalía is a powerhouse of talent and this song sweeps you away with her unbelievable vocals.

Kill of the Night (Gin Wigmore)– Brings a whole new definition to “slaying.”

I Love Me (Demi Lovato)– Demi’s latest single is the ultimate self-love anthem. 

Underdog (Alicia Keys)– A perfect tune for those who are especially struggling through this unprecedented time.

MONOPOLY (Ariana Grande & Victoria Monét)- This best friend duo prompts you to embrace yourself and own it.

Spellbound (Siouxsie and the Banshees)– A classic rock hit from a strong woman.

Shake It Out (Florence + The Machine)– “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” If Florence Welch said it, it must be true.

Fast In My Car (Paramore)- Makes you wanna (safely) drive fast in your car…but do NOT get out and walk around unless you have to.

Applause (Lady Gaga)- An underrated throwback that’s always fun to make up a dance to.

Whole Lotta Woman (Kelly Clarkson)- bodypostivitybodypostivitybodypostivity <3

Arise (Flyleaf)- Flyleaf is an amazing female-fronted rock band and this song from my favorite album is the ultimate uplifting melody.

Gaslighter (Dixie Chicks)- The Dixie Chicks are iconic and their latest release will spurn your ex in the best way possible. 

Pose (Rihanna)- Will make you want to slow-motion walk away from an explosion with sunglasses on.

Mother’s Daughter (Miley Cyrus)- “Don’t f*ck with my freedom,” Miley says. Well, someone, or rather something, did f*ck with our freedom but that doesn’t mean we can’t sing it out anyway.

Work Bitch (Britney Spears)- You better work, b*tch, even in isolation.

Last Friday Night (Katy Perry)- Unfortunately, none of us went to a party last Friday night so we’ll live that fantasy through Katy.

Woman (Kesha)- say it with me: “I’M A MOTHERF*CKIN WOMAN!”

Rumour Has It (Adele)- An old burn song from the good ole days.

Waka Waka (Shakira)- It might make you think of the World Cup, but it will still make you dance.

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Whitney Houston)- Isolation takes this song to a whole other meaning.

Think (Aretha)- “FREEDOM! OH FREEEEDOM!” We’ll have the freedom to go out again, one day.

Lady Marmalade (Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, P!nk)- A truly formidable woman squad to keep you on your toes.

Man! I Feel Like a Woman (Shania Twain)- Let’s go, girls, let’s get out of this negative mindset.

Valerie (Amy Winehouse)- Sorry, Valerie, you can’t come on over but the song is still wonderful.

The Sweet Escape (Gwen Stefani)- A sweet escape from reality.

Hella Good (No Doubt)- If you’re not familiar with No Doubt, I have no doubt this is a great introduction.

Supalonely (BENEE)- Project your lonely feelings through a fun, catchy beat.

Boss Bitch (Doja Cat)- I love Doja and this song just goes to show how incredible she is.

Don’t Rain on my Parade (Barbara Streisand)- Caution: you’ve reached the show tunes section. But this Broadway classic is very fitting, whether you’re directing at your own thoughts or the constant negative news.

Six (Six)- Just to clarify: both the musical and the song are called “Six.” Anyway, the musical is fantastic and this song reminds women to stick together, even in the face of King Henry VIII.

Woman Like Me (Little Mix & Nicki Minaj)- Little Mix made a big bop with this one.

I Do (Cardi B, SZA)- A definite confidence booster, featuring two stunning women.

Normal Girl (SZA)- Even though SZA wants it, it’s okay to not be a normal girl right now.

All Me (Kehlani, Keyshia Cole)- It took FOREVER for Kehlani to drop this single but it was well worth the wait.

Amor Prohibido (Selena)- Our forbidden love is going outside but listening to Selena sing is a close second.

Hot Girl Summer (Megan Thee Stallion & Nicki Minaj)- The prospect of summer is still up in the air but we can still be Hot™ all by ourselves.

Level Up (Ciara)- Fun isolation activity: learning the dance to this music video

Con Altura (Rosalía)- This song’s reggaeton mixed with modern flamenco and Middle Eastern beats are sure to make you move. 

Seven Wonders (Fleetwood Mac)- Surely living through a pandemic is one of the seven wonders Stevie was referring to.

I Like It Heavy (Halestorm)- Another astounding female-fronted band, Halestorm is one of my favorite bands. This is my favorite song because the sheer confidence she sings with manifests in me and hopefully it will do the same for you.

World Away (Tonight Alive)- “I know I will survive this, I’ll be the strongest person I know.” <3

Heartbeat Song (Kelly Clarkson)- Jonathan Van Ness constantly claims he’s a Kelly Clarkson song for a reason: they’re always uplifting, full of passion and sound beautiful.

Bubblegum Bitch (MARINA)- One of the best song titles I’ve ever seen and it’s endlessly catchy.

Confident (Demi Lovato)- There’s nothing wrong with being confident; in fact, I’d say it’s encouraged right now.

Love Myself (Hailee Steinfeld)- Be like Hailee; love yourself.

I’m a Mess (Bebe Rexha)- We might be a mess but at least we can sing about it.

Barracuda (Heart)- This will probably always remind me of that scene from “Shrek 3” but it is first and foremost a rock classic.

Move Your Body (Sia)- Remember to move your body!(-: